Operations Manager - Kano, Nigeria - United Nations Children's Fund

    United Nations Children's Fund
    United Nations Children's Fund Kano, Nigeria

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    Job Description



    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.

    Provides guidance in operations to a gender-balanced, multidisciplinary team of professionals to identify and correct gender balances. Under DRO's leadership, provides technical oversight, guidance, and technical support to Operations Officers in the Northwest zone (Kano, Kaduna, and Sokoto Field Offices).

    Key responsibilities:

  • Operations of financial, budget, information and communication technology, supply and logistics, human resource, and administrative management strengthened and maintained for the Field Offices in the area of responsibility.
  • Appropriate and consistent interpretation and application of operations policy and procedures implemented to support operations at the FOs levels.
  • Fiduciary responsibility for funds and assets effectively secured and timely executed for optimum utilization by taking appropriate decision on all operational and financial transactions, disbursement of funds, and administrative arrangements.
  • Effective leadership provided in strategic planning and policy recommendations in the area of operations, taking initiative in improving and implementing operations management systems.
  • Basic office services effectively provided to enhance staff safety and productivity
  • Operations components of the CPMP and annual work plans prepared timely, as well as all other operational reporting requirements fully met for the field offices.
  • Compliance with all operational systems and procedures effectively monitored to ensure integrity in all financial and other administrative operations of the office.
  • Staff learning/development for effective operations performance programme developed, implemented, and enhanced for capacity building.
  • Effective coordination, communication, and collaboration established and maintained with internal and external partners for efficient operations, advisory function, vision and leadership, policy coordination, consultative and participatory management process, external representation, as well as security and emergency operations.
  • Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

    Effective operations of financial, human resource, and administrative management:

  • Manages and ensures the effective, equitable and efficient operations of the offices' finance, human resource and administrative systems to support and facilitate the attainment of programmatic goals and objectives by meeting changing operational requirements.
  • Ensures effective operations that promote gender sensitivity and gender parity. Advises management and assists in establishing new offices.
  • Policy interpretation and application:

  • As a technical professional and manager, accountable for the correct and consistent application of organizational policies and procedures in the management of finance and administrative functions through the provision of technical leadership and operational support to the country office.
  • Contributes to global and regional strategic planning and policy changes/formulation on operational matters as necessary; Provides technical input to contribute to the establishment of operational guidelines in close coordination with the head of office and DRO.
  • Implements the effective communication, training, roll-out, monitoring and evaluation of new operational initiatives, guidelines and procedures.
  • Fiduciary integrity/responsibility for funds and assets:

  • Safeguards the financial resources entrusted to the office by advising on and/or managing financial assets, financial planning and cash management activities and by recommending improvements to the financial and administrative management systems and procedures.
  • Accountable for fiduciary integrity/responsibility for funds and assets taking decisions on all operational and financial transactions, disbursement of funds, and administrative arrangements.
  • Ensures efficient, cost-effective and transparent utilization of resources through knowledge and technology transfer between offices and consistency of approaches.
  • Leadership in strategic planning and policy formulation in the areas of operations:

  • Plays a key role in strategic planning and decision-making within the UNICEF Operations and provides sound professional input to the development, reform and change of financial, human resource and administrative policies, systems and procedures, including those that strengthen gender policy in programming and staff gender parity.
  • Participates in effective management process by providing technical advice and support to corporate committees.
  • Office Services:

  • Ensures the provision of basic offices services including space management, equipment, communications and security to enhance staff safety and productivity.
  • Under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Operations Management Team, supports approaches for enhancing UN common services to attain efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: business administration, economics, procurement, logistics, or financial management
  • Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: procurement, financial management, human resources management, administration, audit, ICT or other relevant areas.
  • Experience in an emergency duty station is an asset.
  • A minimum of 3 years of international experience holding positions with similar complexity is preferred".
  • Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
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