UNICEF and Hungary establish new UNICEF Global Services Centre in Budapest

Hungary seems to become a hotspot for United Nations related Shared Services Centres. After two other United Nations organisations – the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Foods and Agricultural Organisation – that operate Global Shared Services Centres in Budapest, UNICEF will also establish its first-ever Global Shared Services Centre in Budapest.

The new centre will deliver a a broad range of UNICEF’s financial and human resources operations worldwide to all UNICEF offices, including payments and invoice processing, payroll, some human resources functions, and the Information Technology helpdesk.

The Global Shared Services Centre will serve the entire organization, employing 200 staff and operating in multiple languages, enabling the children’s organization to realize greater efficiencies and cost savings. Key factors in UNICEF’s decision to locate in Hungary included a relatively low cost of doing business, highly-qualified workforce and robust infrastructure.

Dr. István Mikola, State Secretary for Security Policy and International Cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary:
“Hungary is truly honoured to host the Global Shared Service Centre of one of UN’s most important organisations,” said “The Hungarian Government is committed to the noble goals of the UNICEF and echoes the importance of the protection of children to guarantee children’s rights and ensure healthy living standards. UNICEF’s decision reflects the strong cooperation between Hungary and UNICEF and our shared efforts to protect children and families.” 

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake:
“Every dollar UNICEF can save is another dollar we can use to improve children’s lives,” said “The more efficient we are, the more effective our programmes will be for children. We are looking forward to working closely with the government of Hungary to bring the centre on line as soon as possible.”


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