Dec 232017

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 09 Jan 2018


While cash-based interventions (CBIs) have been used in UNHCR operations for many years, the Agency has made a renewed institutional commitment to scale and institutionalize CBIs across its operations and institutional structure. As such, UNHCR has launched its CBI Strategy, together with guidance on specific CBI financial management and control to ensure that CBIs are mainstreamed across its operational structures so that the tools, systems, processes and procedures are able to accommodate and manage CBIs at par with in-kind. The Strategy sets out to achieve the institutionalisation of CBIs over a five year period. It builds upon three interdependent work streams with the following objectives:

1) Systematise and expand the use of CBIs across all operations, which focusses on building the capacity in the field to consider and deliver CBIs with financial transparency and accountability. 2) Mainstream CBIs across UNHCR¿s Divisions and Bureaux, which focusses on the necessary transformations within the UNHCR institutional structures and processes so that they are able to embrace CBIs. 3) Develop a portfolio of well-defined cash delivery arrangements, in collaboration with partners including the private sector.

The Senior Finance Officer (CBI) supports the CBI implementation of the institutionalization with particular relevance to the country roll-out of a bespoke CBI Financial Control Framework, to assess and review CBI systems design, processes and procedures, and its integration to Financial Service Providers (Bank/Mobile) to ensure CBI delivery with financial transparency and accountability. Specifically, the incumbent is primarily responsible for ensuring to structure and delivery of integrated CBI financial management with specific emphasis of the dedicated country roll-outs and in this capacity provides also extended support to the finance organization in the country and the Cash Programme, and will support financial management, its processes together with reporting, data analysis, communications, and the development of financial guidance in relation to financial control requirements.

The Senior Finance Officer (CBI) will receive overall guidance and direction from, and will directly report to the Head of Treasury and Cash Services, with dependency and co-ordination through the Cash Programme at UNHCR HQ. The UNHCR CBI Operational and Financial Guidelines apply, on the use of CBIs in Displacement Settings, the UNHCR Manual, and relevant UN and UNHCR programme, financial, budgetary, reporting regulations and rules will guide the work of the incumbent. S/he is also expected to stay abreast of new developments and challenges related to CBIs and actual roll-out of implementations in specific operations and countries, particularly with emphasis of financial management and control issues that arise at different levels throughout the implementation and within the broader CBI delivery in a particular setting, in order to feed these into the Cash Programme co-ordination, systems adaptation, processes and procedures, to enhance and provide contextual financial guidance together with financial reporting for CBIs .


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) in Business Administration or Finance, or related fields plus minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in financial and associated risk management, accounting, reporting. Experience in integrated financial management and reporting in adherence to statutory requirements, and to international accounting standards (IPSAS). Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Proven experience in overseeing financial management and control, integrated systems, processes and procedures in applying financial control framework, the standardization and automation thereof.
  • Relevant experience acquired in Cash Based Interventions devising financial traceability, together with structuring process flows for integration with budgeting, accounting, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing oversight and governance in Financial Risk Management, including review and assessment of CBI related regulatory compliance requirements in country.
  • Proven application of applying methodologies of financial risk management and substantiating financial service provider selection through technical evaluation of key performance criteria, standards and principles.
  • Experience in integrated ERP systems (preferably PeopleSoft/Oracle), including expertise in financial transactions, their execution through the designed process flows, and determine accounting treatment in compliance with the IPSAS.
  • Experience in Cash Based Intervention to implement a bespoke financial control framework to ensure CBI transparency and accountability.
  • Proven ability being able to set priorities in a considerate and service-oriented manner, under time pressure, with zero tolerance for error and inaccuracies.
  • Experience in facilitating and providing support in financial management to UNHCR operations directly at the field level throughout the roll-out of CBI.
  • Working knowledge of UN/UNHCR¿s financial regulations and rules and associated CBIs implementation relevance
  • Experience in devising compliance criteria in financial management and reporting.
  • Proficiency in English, including strong drafting skills and capacity to communicate complex cash management and associated risk management issues.


  • Good knowledge of the UN system and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in organizing work effectively in a multi-functional team.
  • Exposure to UN Field operations and humanitarian operations
  • Working knowledge of French.

How to apply:

To apply please go to the UNHCR Careers page (, click on international vacancies and type in Job ID 14628.

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Closing date for receipt of applications: 9 January 2018 (midnight Geneva time)

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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