Finance Manager

Country: Jordan
Organization: Relief International
Closing date: 13 Sep 2021

Position: Country Finance Manager - Jordan

Location: Amman

Reports to: Country Director**

Duration: 1 year

About Relief International.

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four members of the RI Alliance in the USA, UK, France, and Belgium. Under our alliance agreement, we operate under a single, shared management structure with one CEO and one Board of Directors.

About our Programs

RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.

· RI employs 7,000+ staff and auxiliary workers

· 97% of staff are in-country nationals

· We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+

· RI spent $125 million in 2019 on our programs.

RI invests in four broad program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way: local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector.

RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.

Position Summary: The Country Finance Manager for RI-Jordan will be responsible for leading and implementing all duties related to financial management of RI’s program in Jordan, taking into account specific project needs, donor compliance, sound financial management practices, and the legal framework of the Government of Jordan (GOJ). In addition to build, structure and strengthen the finance department team. Ensure that structures are in place to facilitate engaging local leadership for the department in the coming years. The position reports directly to the Country Director with a technical reporting line to the Regional Finance Manager. The Finance Manager will coordinate closely in country with the heads of Departments including: Operations, HR and Programs.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

Financial Reporting, Analysis and Follow-Up

· Preparation of monthly/quarterly RFF requests for projects; Follow up to ensure cash is sent to the country office from Global Support Office (GSO) in accordance to the RFF is required. As Such:

o The Finance Manager must monitor the amount of cash in country and alert Country Director, Regional Finance Manager and GSO in case of foreseen cash shortage that could negatively impact project implementation or country operations.

· Financial review of all procurement documentation and payment requests to ensure compliance with RI policies and procedures and project budgets; this will include signing those procurement documentations within the threshold per the country-level Authorization Matrix

· Review detailed BVAs released from GSO on a monthly basis to check for adjustments that may need to take place, and follow up accordingly with Country Director and Regional Finance Manager as necessary.

· Manage the preparation of all donor reports and review them with the Country Director before submission to the Regional Finance Manager for approval.

· Ensure proper submission of end of month closing report to RSO office as per deadline and as per RI procedure.

· Develop and update Master budget for country portfolio to asses Country director and SMT on potential gap.

Budgeting

· Develop budget projection/spend-down plan to execute expenses within the budget spending for each project in coordination with the Regional Finance Manager, and shared with the Country Director on a monthly basis and/or more frequently as requested. Maintain field project pipelines, including tracking of accruals, commitments and update field expenditures on the monthly basis. This task will also include maintaining and updating regularly Country Operational Budget.

· The Finance Manager will lead monthly Spend-Down Plan meetings with each Program Manager for each project, and share with the Country Director updated plan for entire Jordan portfolio on a monthly basis. This task will also include:

o Assisting management team, including Country Director, Program Managers, Operations Manager and HR Manager in solution-oriented approaches towards meeting program and operational support needs while remaining within budget and donor compliance limitations.

o Monitoring expenditures per project and follow up closely to ensure documenting and spending project as per budget.

o Working with Program Team and other relevant staff to prepare modifications and realignments of project budgets when necessary.

o Ensuring clear and well-planned allocations across and within projects.

· Lead on budget development for new proposals and concept notes in coordination with the Country Director and relevant proposal development team (Program Manager, Grants Coordinator, Regional Program Development Manager, etc).

Financial documentation, Compliance and Audit

· Ensure that financial transactions are regularly classified, recorded and summarized properly; Ensure accuracy and timeliness of the month-end accounting close process; Make sure that co-finance expense has been identified and booked in appropriate sub- classes in the net suite accounting system. Work out the remaining liability of projects of Co-financing which has not been recovered and proposed the recovery plan for all co-finance. projects; Ensure that all financial records and backup documentation have been archived to BOX on a monthly basis;

· Develop and implement an internal system to check and reinforce accurate documentation within the department;

· In conjunction with the Country Director and supported by the Regional Finance Manager, coordinate and oversee all internal and external audits including ensuring that all financial records and backup documentation are ready and available;

· Ensure compliance with government requirements related to taxes and other financial matters, minimizing risk to RI Country Office for any penalties or non-compliance with the government;

· Ensure compliance with RI Procurement, Field Accounting, Donor and Audit requirements and procedures;

· Alert and advise Country Director on any new or foreseen challenges/issues related to finance and/or compliance, and engage in decision-making process to address challenges/issues; Act as a liaison with program staff to assist in the understanding and compliance of financial policies as applicable;

SOPs, Processes and Systems

· Work closely with the Country Director and other Program staff to implement, improve and maintain financial management policies, systems, structures, and procedures.

· Develop and update SOPs related to the internal Finance tasks for transparency and clarity; Implement and maintain systems to ensure that cash is controlled and accounted for in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with RI, donor and audit requirements;

Employees’ Management

· Finance Manager I responsible to build and structure the finance department, update TORs and develop the capacity building plan for finance staff. Need to ensure proper segregation of duty, clear roles and responsibility and reporting lines.

· Finance Manage needs to equip finance team with tools and check lists to ensure high quality and on time completion of tasks.

· In coordination with HR, the Finance manager actively participate in identifying any vacancies and recruiting Finance staff

· Manage the staff of the Finance Department, including but not limited to: employee relations, task delegation, capacity building, teamwork and collaboration, completion of performance evaluations in a timely manner; and leaves’ management. Issues faced in any of the above-mentioned tasks should be reported to the HR Manager and all decisions taken should be in alignment with RI’s policies and procedures.

· Proactively identify and act upon deficiencies and areas for improvement in the in-country Finance team, providing training and other capacity-building where necessary to ensure that finance staff capacity is continuously developing.

· Finance manager to ensure asses the need of training on finance functions for non-finance staff, and to provide training sessions to improve there capacity.

· Ensure systems are in place, and local staff are well trained, to facilitate transition in leadership to local capacities in the coming years

Strategic Management

· Ensure effective resource management and maximize cost effectiveness and value for money throughout the program.

· Participate/ spearhead in-country auditing of program processes that have financial elements to them; for example: payments to volunteers, etc.

· Lead the annual financial operational planning process in close collaboration with the Country Director and supported by the Regional Finance Manager.

Miscellaneous

· Participate and meaningfully contribute to regional and global finance meetings as requested (via skype and in-person).

· Meaningfully participate in internal meetings with RI-Jordan country team, including but not limited to, Interdepartmental and SMT Meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Minimum Education: Prefer a Bachelor Degree in Accounting.
  • Chartered Accountant or CPA equivalent preferred.
  • Must have at least five (5) years’ experience at a senior Finance level in NGO or non-profit organizations and familiarity with international donor agencies and Governments grants administration.
  • Familiarity with accounting software.
  • Strong leadership ability and interpersonal skills and the ability to train and motivate others is a must; as are outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel widely in the Middle East region and/or regionally
  • Strong verbal and written communication (*Must be fluent in English).
  • Proficient with computer applications to include but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Word, outlook, accounting software, etc.

This document describes the general nature of the Contracting Services Contractor agrees to perform during the Term of this Agreement. It is not a comprehensive list of services Contractor may be requested to perform for Relief International.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Relief International is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Relief International (RI) is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to RI’s Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

How to apply:

Closing date. Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties.

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Relief International is committed to diversity and gender equality, we strongly encourage applicants from the global south and female candidates to apply.



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