Finance Director

Mercy Corps, Amman, Jordan

Skill Required: Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Apply By: 
23rd October, 2017


Job Description

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been meeting the needs of conflict-affected communities of the Syrian conflict since 2012. Mercy Corps Syria currently operates with an experienced team of staff and partners who are supported and led by a Country Team based in Amman that ensures consistent, technical and quality driven programming. Mercy Corps implements a range of activities aimed at supporting positive coping strategies by addressing the basic needs of vulnerable families while strengthening opportunities to generate income and increasing access to livelihoods.

General Position Summary

The Country Finance Director is a member of the senior management team and head of the Mercy Corps Finance Department. As such, the Country Finance Director is responsible for all aspects of financial management of the country programs, working collaboratively to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures as well as donor regulations. S/he works under the direction of the Country Director and is responsible for all financial function, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting and grant financial management and compliance.  The Country Finance Director, in support of programs and other departments, provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and team to ensure financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy and Vision

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment of empowerment.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.

Personal Leadership

  • Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.

Representation

  • Interface with the (donor) representatives to convey information about programs as appropriate.
  • Communicate with our partners (name), as well as (name any sub-grantees), to verify their systems and that they understand and follow all appropriate procedures and archiving as necessary.
  • Participate in sharing best practices with NGOs and governmental agencies.

Operations – Financial

  • Ensure effective, transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
  • Maintain banking and IMTA (Informal Money transfer Agents) relations and plan and monitor country cash flow requirements to ensure the smooth implementation of Mercy Corps programs.
  • Maintain appropriate local insurance coverage in coordination with the Admin. Department, to protect Mercy Corps.
  • Provide monthly standard accounting submissions to Mercy Corps Headquarters, including general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditures by cost center/project, required subgrantee reporting, as well as other financial information in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provide monthly management reports to the Country Director and Program Managers, including expenditures by cost center/project, sub grantee reporting and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Develop annual fiscal year budgets with the Country Director, develop, and implement grant budgeting and forecasting systems with Program Managers.

Team Management

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.

Security

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies (SOP’s) as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Ensure that financial resources are allocated in line with the security department

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Supervisory Responsibility: Direct and indirect supervision of the whole Finance Department staff.

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Country Director

Works Directly With: HQ Regional Finance Officer (with authority for technical financial matters); members of Operations, Program Managers, Sub grant Compliance Director and others.

Success Factors: The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively across international and national program and finance teams successfully, both in a managerial as well as training capacity. S/he will be able to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information, have a demonstrated ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. An impeccable professional standard of finance and procurement ethics and the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. The Finance Director must be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Mercy Corps Experience highly preferred.
  • A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 7+ years of an international level progressive financial management experience within an INGO at field level/overseas level experience, including supervisory experience required.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in grants management as well as an understanding of USAID regulations required.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting preparation and presentation and the proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports.
  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.
  • Prior management experience and strong organizational skills.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required;
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions: This position is based in Amman, Jordan. Jordan is middle-income country with excellent education, medical, and other facilities in the capital Amman. Jordan is a very safe country with excellent communications, transportation, and housing infrastructure. Although neighboring countries continue to experience political unrest, Jordan has been a stable monarchy for over 30 years and the destination preference for many people from the Middle East to relax or gain access to available services. In recent years, events unfolding in Syria and Iraq have increased local concerns over the continued stability of Jordan but to date there have been no major incidents. It requires up to 40% travel to countries in the region.

Source:http://jobs.jobvite.com/mercycorps/job/oeMK5fwz


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