Chief Financial Officer

Job categories Finance, Leadership
Vacancy code VA/2023/B0004/25671
Level ICS-14
Department/office OP, FG, Finance Group
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level D2
Duration 2 Years (Two year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance)
Application period 28-Apr-2023 to 02-Jun-2023

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

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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Finance Group

Finance Group (FG) is a critical strategic business function in UNOPS and serves as an authoritative and integrated partner in the organization on matters related to strategic financial planning and budgeting, business strategy and practices, financial analysis and risk assessment, financial management services and treasury management. 

As the steward of resources of a self-financing UN entity, FG is accountable for setting and executing financial management standards and frameworks for UNOPS, ensuring timely cost recovery, maintaining the integrity and transparency of financial management of resources in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and organizational/international accountability framework and the accurate and transparent financial reporting to partners, governing bodies, clients, partners and stakeholders.

The Role

Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director (DED) for Operations and Policy, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides strategic and substantive guidance on financial and financial risk management to the Executive Director, DED-Operations and Policy, senior management, and all business units in UNOPS. 

Under the general direction of the DED-Operations and Policy, the CFO is responsible for the strategic management of financial resources, overseeing financial forecasting, budget and cost management, and sound financial management policies and practices for the organization.

As leader of the Finance Group, the CFO is ultimately accountable for the development of a cohesive financial framework, policies and processes to support the varied service lines pursued by UNOPS. In this capacity, the CFO provides leadership to the strategic finance function, 

positioning it as a key business partner for strategic impact and driving the financial transformation journey, including digital transformation.

The CFO offers strategic and expert advice in relation to the following areas:

  • Financial risk-intelligent culture and financial risk management approaches - Catalyze and instill financial approaches throughout the organization to help all geographic and functional entities perform better while promoting a risk-intelligent culture and early-warning risk management approaches, thereby continuously improving institutional oversight as well as audit performance and results.

  • Financial Regulatory Framework - Custodian of the financial regulatory framework and related policies and procedures, seeking to build consensus within UNOPS and with key stakeholders on critical budget-related matters requiring EB legislation.

  • Internal Financial Planning - Lead robust internal financial planning, budgeting and analysis, supported by clear business analytics, that enables the leadership to make decisions that are fact-based and risk-informed.

In addition, the CFO undertakes the following corporate roles and responsibilities while reporting into the DED-Operations and Policy:

  • Formulate and align financial and high-level budgetary strategies and frameworks within the organization’s Strategic Plan and decisions of the Executive Board (EB).

  • Institute stewardship, thereby preserving assets of the organization, minimizing risk and getting the books of account right. Promote clear accountability for financial transactions and producing financial statements, including financial reporting to partners and UNOPS’s EB.

  • Ensure utilization of financial resources in line with the financial regulations and rules, as well as budgetary and internal control frameworks, to achieve results. Continuously promote tight financial operations that are efficient and effective.

  • Continuous innovation for new financial instruments and adjustments to existing instruments aligning with the evolving development strategies and funding landscape, noting the regulatory framework and EB decisions.

  • Lead the global finance function, including as the global process owner on finance and budgetary matters.

*** This recruitment process is being facilitated by SRI Executive. If you meet the requirements for the role, you should anticipate contact from them in the near future.*** 

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