Finance Assistant, GS5 (Post #122212) Finance Section (Invoice Processing Stream), UNICEF Global Shared Services Centre, Budapest, Hungary (for Hungarian and EU nationals only)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a calling.

We are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not a job, it’s a calling.

UNICEF’s Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC) in Budapest, Hungary provides services to UNICEF offices globally in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Payroll and Information Technology. For more information about GSSC please visit our webpage at Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC)  and check this YouTube.

How can you make a difference?

The Invoice Processing Stream is responsible for reviewing, validating, and processing invoices from all UNICEF offices, including direct and Purchase Order (PO) invoices, credit memos, reverse invoice requests, advances, down payments and pre-payment related invoices. We are looking for a positive individual, self-motivated and excited by the opportunity to help the mission of UNICEF. The Finance Assistant will review, park and process various invoice processing cases and provide client offices with guidance and support on how to resolve outstanding cases in line with SOPs and finance policy.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related tasks:

  • Support the achievement of monthly performance targets for the Invoice Processing team.
  • Review and process transactional cases submitted by client offices for various invoice processing services, check for validity and conformity with current rules and regulations.
  • Escalate outstanding or complex requests and issues to Finance Associate colleague or Team Lead for further review, advice or approval.
  • Ensure adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Support implementation of various stream projects.
  • Respond to client transaction status and other inquiries.

Please check the JD for general information.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Completion of secondary education (i.e., high school diploma) is a minimum requirement. University level courses in finance, accounting or business are desirable.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience is required. (A completed BA degree from an accredited institution qualifies as 3 years’ experience and will be counted towards work experience requirements.)
  • Working knowledge of technical prerequisites relevant for accounts payable transactions is required.
  • Experience in ERP systems such as SAP and MS Office package is required.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
  • Internal applicants (holders of fixed-term, continuing contracts) from the GSSC are required to complete their Learning Paths corresponding to their current level before applying for another position. Additionally, they must attach a snapshot of the completed path to their applications. Applications that do not meet this requirement will not be considered. For further details on learning paths, please visit the L&D Portal Learning and Development (

Applicants must be Hungarian nationals or citizens of EU countries.

As an advocate for every child, you will receive

  • UNICEF offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting net HUF 610,135 per month.
  • Holidays and leave, including 30 days of annual leaves per year for fixed-term positions.
  • Parental leave
  • Dependency allowance
  • United Nations sponsored medical insurance plan
  • Pension plan
  • Optional life insurance plan
  • Access to professional development and learning programs, online learning and learning path
  • Access to staff well-being support
  • Access to career development support

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

Please visit Compensation and Benefit site on UNICEF Career page

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited staff and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements. UNICEF does not facilitate MFA accreditation for locally recruited staff. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 14 Jun 2024 Central Europe Daylight Time
Applications close: 23 Jun 2024 Central Europe Daylight Time

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