Finance Analyst

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Finance Analyst

Background Information – IPAS

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UNOPS Integrated Practice Advice and Support (IPAS) serves all the regions and headquarters, primarily with advice and solutions to everyday implementation challenges. IPAS consists of a diverse team of subject matter experts in the six practice areas of HR, Administration, Legal, Finance, Procurement, Project Management and Infrastructure. IPAS has three main roles:

Support to operations in the field offices: IPAS provides timely advice and supports actively finding of solutions to everyday implementation challenges, based on policy and best practices. It also provides operational support in specific areas.

Business efficiency: IPAS recommends changes to policies, processes and operating standards based on the feedback and experience of the field offices. IPAS also ensures transparent and efficient project implementation, in line with policy and business needs.

Body of knowledge: IPAS contributes to research and coordination within the policy groups and project practitioners. It provides structured knowledge and subject matter expertise which is used across practice areas to provide coherent and tailored advice to the requesting offices.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the Head of IPAS Finance supervision, the incumbent will work closely with Operations Centres and field offices, primarily to provide everyday support and solutions to corporate implementation initiatives. The incumbent will keep a balance between operational implementation efficiencies and policy/rules requirements, and also contribute towards long-term solutions by channelling practical recommendations through the Practice Advisor for improvements in policies and processes for efficient project implementation.

Summary of functions:

  1. Banking and cash management
  2. Project Accounting
  3. Reporting
  4. Audit
  5. Knowledge management and innovation

1. Banking and cash management

  • Take lead role in banking-related accounting processes and transactions.
  • Preparation of bank reconciliations against Cash book and General Ledger for HQ managed bank accounts.
  • Provide clear guidance and support on the eld bank accounts reconciliations. Respond to queries received from UNOPS field offices on nance/banking issues.

2. Project Accounting

  • Analyze and reconcile the General ledger accounts and adjust the accounting entries accordingly.
  • Review of supporting documents for vouchers and receipts, ensuring completeness of supporting documentation, accuracy and compliance with IPSAS.
  • Review and confirms adjustments to the project expenditures as may be required.
  • Review and confirm appropriateness of operational transactions processed as per applicable policies, regulations, rules and interpretive guidelines.

3. Reporting

  • Prepare and analyze ad hoc nance reports, investigates and prepares adjustments as required.
  • Prepare recurring, ad hoc or special reports as required.
  • Support to the preparation of monthly schedules, quarterly and year-end treasury statement.
  • Assist Field Oces with Financial reporting and analysis.
  • Resolve Financial Reporting system issues with Finance Group.
  • Provide reports as needed for year-end closure activities.

4. Audit

  • Assist with audits and self-audits and quality assurance activities as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of ad-hoc reports as requested by internal/external auditors.
  • Support the implementation of audit recommendations as may be required.

5. Knowledge management and innovation

  • Contribute to the development of internal capacity across the organization in terms of project nance.
  • Organize training events and design/set training agenda to build capacity of stakeholders on project nance. Determine and make available sufficient and expert resources for training events.

Impact of results:

The responsible and transparent financial analysis and reporting of financial resources to governing bodies, clients, partners and stakeholders enhance the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and consequently strengthen its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country served.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related discipline is required.
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance or related eld plus additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master/Advanced degree.


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant progressively responsible job-related experience in nance or accounting is required at the national or international level (if in possession of advanced university degree).
  • Some experience in UN organization an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of another UN language such as Spanish or French is desirable.

Research Analyst I

Research Analyst I

Job Summary

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Analyst I within the Director General’s Office. This is a one-year, exempt, renewable appointment based in Washington D.C. The Research Analyst will work with senior research staff, assisting with literature reviews, drafting of reports, performing tasks associated with data collection, data maintenance & analysis, implementation of field surveys and other research support activities related to the work of the Division.  This position is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in IFPRI but may involve travel to countries where IFPRI carries out its research.

Essential Duties:

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in preparation of discussion papers, donor reports and other manuscripts for publication;
  • Assist in developing data documentation manuals or other learning materials, as needed;
  • Assist in handling household survey data (including survey design, sampling & questionnaire);
  • Assist with field survey activities (training survey enumerators, field supervision of surveys);
  • Assist with development of research instruments and analytical tools;
  • Assist, as needed, in survey data processing, cleaning;
  • Assist with data analysis, statistical analysis, econometric analysis;
  • Assisting in conducting literature reviews & synthesis;
  • Assist in preparing large datasets for public access;
  • Assist with responses for internal/external data requests;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or International Development or related field plus two years of relevant professional experience or Master’s degree in a related field;
  • Ability to perform quantitative data analysis;
  • Excellent drafting skills and analytical mind;
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results;
  • Experienced in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc;
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines and manage time well;
  • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work;
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel;
  • Familiarity with popular software packages & Internet-based systems;
  • Familiarity with Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skilled in programming in R, Matlab, STATA, SPSS, and in managing household and large databases;
  • Strong background in microeconomics, optimization methods, and industrial organization;
  • Ability to moderate e-learning sessions;
  • Familiarity with popular software packages, social media, & Internet-based systems;
  • Ability to use and maintain knowledge bases in social network platforms.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an equal employment opportunity employer – F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.


Application closing date: Until the role is filled. Please visit the IFPRI website for more information.