Finance Specialist - Global Fund Local Fund Agent

Level ICS-10
Application period 10-Sep-2013 to 31-Dec-2020

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

This vacancy is closed.

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“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS  mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

UNOPS provides services in sustainable infrastructure, sustainable procurement and sustainable project management, with projects ranging from building schools, roads, bridges and hospitals to procuring goods and services and training local personnel.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground. Annually, UNOPS employs more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of regional and country offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

The Global Fund does not have a country-level presence outside of its central Secretariat. Instead, it engages third parties to serve as Local Fund Agents(LFAs) to oversee, verify and report on grant performance. LFAs are selected through a competitive bidding process.


The Global Fund would normally have one LFA engaged in each country where funds are disbursed. The LFA would gives the donor access to local knowledge that may be relevant to grant performance.  The Global Fund adheres to the principles of performance-based funding in making disbursement decisions. The aim is to ensure that investments are made only where funding is managed and spent effectively on programs that achieve impact in fighting the relevant diseases (HIV, tuberculosis and malaria).The LFA is a crucial part of the Global Fund’s system of oversight and risk management. A principal role ofthe LFA is to provide informed and independent professional advice about the capacity of fund/grant recipients to manage the implementation of activities funded by grant funds (including the recipient’s capacity to oversee implementation of activities by implementing parties), to make recommendations concerning periodic disbursement of grant funds, to review grant performance when a grant is being considered for renewal, and to provide the donor on an on-going basis with relevant information on issues or risks which might affect grant performance.

The LFA team is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of relevant diseases, how they are prevented, transmitted and treated, and their impact on a specific country. The team assesses the recipients’ institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangements to ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) in the implementation of the donor grant funds. The LFA team also determines whether the recipient has adequate infrastructure and information systems to support grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of  implementing partners and outsourced entities in a timely and accountable manner. The donor has recently adopted an intensive risk management approach to services with enhanced effort toward in-depth verifications and reporting. The identification of financial and programmatic risks with ongoing updates shall be provided the donor with special attention to the overall context of the relevant diseases and grant implementation incountry.

The Finance Specialist will be based in-country and report to the LFA Team Leader. The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of the UNOPS finance team activities and for ensuring that all financial management and oversight work is of high quality and completed within the timeframe set by the client. The incumbent will also be required to travel in-country when necessary.

The functions/duties/key results of this job description are genericand may not always be applicable, nor comprehensive, for all jobs under this job title.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 


Below are some of the key functionalities, which it may vary from duty station t...

Supervisory experience. Decision making. Ability to analyse. Organiz...

Master’s degree in accounting, finance or related field and professional i...

It is preferable to have an internationally recognised professional finance or a...

A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working in a financial role required...

Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of specific local languages is...

  For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a ...
This vacancy is closed.


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