Job Opportunity : Accounts Assistant

Job Opportunity : Accounts Assistant

External Vacancy Announcement : Accounts Assistant, GS5, based in Yaounde, Cameroon, FT #2628

Job no: 540909
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: G-5
Location: Cameroon
Categories: G-5

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Protection

UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 in order to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financials and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas in an effort to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and effects of climate changes lead to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and out of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, communities. Everyone is invited to take part in the struggle to meet the challenges that lie ahead. It is together that we will act for Cameroon, a country which summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.

How can you make a difference?
Prepares Cheques/Payment Orders for signature, contacts local banks at which the organizations accounts are held to confirm receipt of wire transfers from DFAM and makes funds reservations as necessary to avoid delays in payments and in country transfers ;
Maintains financial records for projects or other office accounts for which responsibility is assigned. Codes and records receipts and payments, assures accuracy of computation and completeness of documents, and maintains continuing status of allotments against obligations ;
Extracts, inputs, maintains and verifies correctness of travel records in the organization’s travel system to ensure accurate transactions related to travel costs and staff travel.
Maintains monitoring systems to record and reconcile payments, with cash balances held for Petty Cash/Cash on Hand. Performs regular cash counts to ensure cash reconciles with the GL accounts maintained by accounts ;
Prepares recurring reports as scheduled on assigned accounts, noting problems resulting from excess cost or less-than-expected receipts. Prepares special reports, as required for internal control of cash, audits or other reasons ;
Assists in obtaining day-to-day information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations, and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts;
Initiates correspondence to verify data, answers queries and obtains additional information on routine financial transactions, as required.
Briefs and assists newly arrived international staff, experts and consultants on basic financial procedures and requirements with respect to payments, entitlements, banking and currency provisions and other requirements relating to accounts and finance.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Completion of secondary education preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the field of work including Accounting and Finance.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible administrative or clerical work experience required
Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 23 Jun 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 02 Jul 2021 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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