Grant Finance Officer
Switzerland, Geneva
vor 1 Tg.


  • Grant Finance Officer
  • Grant Finance Officer

    Organization : WHO - World Health Organization

    Grade : Mid level, P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position

    Occupational Groups : Banking and Finance

    Banking and Finance

    External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization

    Grant writing

    Operations and Administrations

    Closing Date : 2019-09-18


    UNITAID is a multilateral partnership hosted by the World Health Organization. UNITAID is focused on making a unique and impactful contribution to the global response against HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in developing countries.

    It catalyses improvements for the larger response through forward-looking and time-limited investments that are designed to increase access to better, more effective and more affordable health products (i.

    e. preventatives, medicines and diagnostics). These investments typically target market-based interventions such as price reductions, improvements in quality and supply, and the introduction of innovative products more suitable for the populations in need.


    1. Provide sound expert financial and risk support to grant project teams : Conduct financial and fiduciary assessments and participate to capacity assessment of grant applicants.

    Review project budgets as well as any related finance deliverables and ensure reliability, relevance and quality of financial information.

    Negotiate cost efficient budgets and monitor the ongoing validity of financial assumptions supporting projects’ plans and performance frameworks.

    Support grant project teams and coordinate with Legal department in the preparation of financial annexes of grant agreements.

    Review project financial reports including budget / actual variance analyses, and ensure reliability, quality and relevance of the reported financial information.

    Assess grant financial performance and participate to the overall assessment of projects’ performance. Review funding requests and prepare disbursement memorandum supporting funding decisions.

    Coordinate and monitor grant audits, and follow up on audit findings as well as on audit recommendations. Provide ad-hoc expert advice and guidance on any finance, risk and audit matters as necessary, and provide any relevant analysis supporting management decisions.

    Act as liaison person between the grant project team and the Risk and Compliance Officer for risk and audit related matters, and coordinate / follow up on wrongdoing and loss incidents.

    2. Thoroughly compile and analyze data to support analyses of UNITAID’s grant portfolio, including : Maintain responsibility over files related to the grant portfolio as determined by the Team Lead Grant Finance and Risk.

    Systematically and regularly update all files held in relation to grants and reconcile data with grant management systems where relevant.

    Regularly update grant finance, risk and audit information in non-financial systems or analyses. 3. Proactively engage in and participate to work streams of the Grant Finance and Risk unit, and take on any related tasks and projects including in relation to : Organizational projects led by the Secretariat.

    Any continuous improvement initiatives on grant management systems, processes and tools. 4. Perform any other duties as required.


    Essential : A first level university degree in finance, business, accounting, audit or related area; or a first degree in any other subject plus a professional qualification in Accounting, Financial Planning or Internal Audit (e.

    g. ACCA, CPA, CIA, CRMA).


    Essential : At least 5 years of experience in project / program finance, project financial controlling / reporting, or in external or internal audit.

    Experience working on grant or investment projects. Experience conducting financial or fiduciary risk assessment, due diligences or audits.

    Some experience in an international context.

    Desirable : Experience in, and demonstrated knowledge of, public health or international development or nonprofit sector.


    Understanding of UNITAID, including its mission, strategy and grant-making model. Strong analytical skills in financial planning, analysis and reporting.

    Expert knowledge of risk management, audit and financial due diligences processes. Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities with excellent organizational and independent working skills.

    Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Ability to deliver within high quality standards and tight deadlines and with strong attention to details.

    Ability to work as a team player in a cross-functional setting and challenging environment. High level of integrity and commitment to professional responsibilities.

    Ability to question one’s work, seek continual improvement.


    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


    Ensuring the effective use of resources

    Use of Language Skills

    Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

    Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of French.


    WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3985 per month for the duty station indicated above.

    Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s) / diploma(s) / certificate(s) required for this position.
  • WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited / recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The list can be accessed through the link : . Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

  • Any appointment / extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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  • As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support this Partnership, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside the Partnership either during or at the end of his / her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050.
  • This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position.)

  • UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Le Pommier, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex.
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