Finance Specialist - Global Fund Local Fund Agent - Albania

Vacancy code VA/2013/B5005/3804
Department/office GPSO, Global Fund
Duty station Tirana, Albania
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-7
Duration 1 year
Application period 14-Aug-2013 to 06-Sep-2013

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

This vacancy has been cancelled.

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“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for ourlife-saving, peace building, humanitarian and development operations. I haveseen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubledparts of the world.”


-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

The mission  of UNOPS is toexpand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people inneed.

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

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions,governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangiblecontributions to results on the ground.

Annually, UNOPS employs approximately 6,000 personnel, and on behalf ofits partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities.With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of regional offices aswell as operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than80 countries. UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

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

The Global Fund would normally have one LFA engaged in each countrywhere funds are disbursed. The LFA would gives the donor access to local knowledgethat may be relevant to grant performance.  The Global Fund adheres to the principles ofperformance-based funding in making disbursement decisions. The aim is toensure that investments are made only where funding is managed and spenteffectively on programs that achieve impact in fighting the relevant diseases(HIV, tuberculosis and malaria).The LFA is a crucial part of the Global Fund’ssystem of oversight and risk management. A principal role of the LFA is toprovide informed and independent professional advice about the capacity of fund/grantrecipients to manage the implementation of activities funded by grant funds(including the recipient’s  capacity tooversee implementation of activities by implementing parties), to makerecommendations concerning periodic disbursement of grant funds, to reviewgrant performance when a grant is being considered for renewal, and to providethe donor on an on-going basis with relevant information on issues or riskswhich might affect grant performance.

The LFA team is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensiveunderstanding of relevant diseases, how they are prevented, transmitted andtreated, and their impact on a specific country. The team assesses therecipients’ institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangementsto ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) inthe implementation of the donor grant funds. The LFA team also determineswhether the recipient has adequate infrastructure and information systems tosupport grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of  implementing partners and outsourced entitiesin a timely and accountable manner. The donor has recently adopted an intensiverisk management approach to services with enhanced effort toward in-depthverifications and reporting. The identification of financial and programmaticrisks with ongoing updates shall be provided the donor with special attentionto the overall context of the relevant diseases and grant implementation incountry.

The Finance Specialist will be basedin-country and report to the LFA Team Leader. The incumbent will be responsiblefor the coordination of the UNOPS finance team activities and for ensuring thatall financial management and oversight work is of high quality and completedwithin the timeframe set by the client. The incumbent will also be required totravel in-country when necessary.


The incumbent is required to perform the function of financial specialist in the...

Supervisory experience. Decision making. Ability to analyse. Organizing and q...

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

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

Fluent English and Albanian required.

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: Local ICA Special...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET) Applica...
This vacancy has been cancelled.


The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your UNOPS Jobs profile to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.


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