Budget Specialist (Polio) at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

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

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Budget Specialist (Polio)

Job No: 563540
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Health
Level: P-3

How can you Make a Difference?

  • The Health Section, which is responsible for the UNICEF polio response in Nigeria, manages about 90 grants each year with an allocated budget of about 130 million USD by June 2023.
  • These grants have varying requirements and conditions. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Health, the Budget Specialist will be responsible for tracking, analyzing, and reporting income and expenditures for humanitarian health responses including cholera and polio, integrated immunization, and other programmes, including donor contributions.
  • He/she will be accountable for analyzing the needs, preparation, management, and monitoring of contributions, involving all sources of funds across health outputs contributing to the overall management of funds in the health section, with a focus on L3-activated crisis (namely polio response and cholera).
  • He/she will be responsible for implementing systems and procedures related to improved funds monitoring and utilization in the section and support the planning and allocation of budgets across different outputs and sections, including SBC (Social Behaviour Change).
  • She /he will provide quality assurance of budget development, utilization, and reporting and monitor the pipeline and funds analysis for resource mobilization for Health and Polio in an integrated manner.
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Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the direct supervision of the immunization manager, the Budget Specialist will perform the following tasks:

  • Supports the formulation of strategies and concepts
  • Support Polio Budget analysis, and other outputs, focusing on achieving results
  • Contribution management (Polio Surge and OBR budget planning, Budget allocation, monitoring)
  • Management of financial dashboard reports and Polio staffing quarterly dashboard
  • Management of financial reports related to resource mobilization and donor reporting
  • VISION support to fund management
  • Cost distribution and payroll


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • An Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Engineering, Business Administration, Finance/Accounts Management, or a related area of study is required.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme finance and budget management, operations, monitoring and reporting, public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, or other relevant area is required
  • Experience in managing donors and partnerships and multi-year grants is required, and experience working with UN agencies is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 16th July, 2023 – W. Central Africa Standard Time.

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