Job Listing: Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance) – UNICEF Uganda

Job Title: Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance)

Organisation: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Grade: NO-3

Employment Type: Full-time

Application Deadline: 14th June 2024


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, help meet their basic needs, and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF operates in 190 countries and territories, focusing on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children.

Job Summary:

Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative – Operations, the Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance) is responsible for understanding, analyzing, and reviewing systems, risks, policies, and procedures. The role includes capacity building of staff and counterparts within internal control, contributing to the evaluation and improvement of effectiveness in internal control procedures. The specialist will lead aspects of Enterprise Risk Management, due diligence reviews, audits, and spot checks to promote efficiency and ensure the reliability of financial statements.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support Country Office Management in developing and rolling out the Office Accountability Framework.
  • Identify, assess, and manage key risks and opportunities to facilitate the achievement of CO objectives.
  • Lead the process for annual risk and control self-assessment (RCSA) and report outcomes.
  • Monitor and update the Office Risk Profile and propose mitigating activities.
  • Implement activities that raise staff awareness of strategic, programmatic, operational, and financial risks.
  • Contribute to the development of office standards, new approaches, methodologies, and SOPs.
  • Formulate and implement the Uganda office HACT Assurance plan.
  • Lead high-quality and objective Micro Assessments of Implementing Partners, spot checks, and audits.
  • Provide leadership in planning and implementing capacity-building activities for national implementing partners.
  • Conduct periodic self-assessment of procedures, processes, and financial documents.
  • Coordinate Operations inputs to office-wide activities, ensuring high-quality documentation.
  • Conduct special assignments and formulate recommendations for improvement.
  • Coordinate internal and external audits of UNICEF Uganda Country Office and track recommendations.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s) in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, International Development, or a related field.
  • Valid professional certification (CA, CPA, etc.) from an accredited chartered accountancy institution, with a relevant first-level (Bachelor’s) university degree, may be taken in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in Operations Management, Financial Management, Audit Management, Risk Management, and/or Programme Management.
  • Experience in planning, undertaking, and reporting on financial management assurance activities related to HACT or similar grant management systems.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Core Values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

UNICEF Competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drives to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others


  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies.
  • Previous experience in training professionals in the context of HACT.
  • Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested applicants should apply online at the following link:

Click Here to Apply

Hiring Organization: UNICEF Uganda

Job Location: Kampala, Uganda



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