Finance Assistant

World Food Programme, Cameroon

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th January, 2021


Job Description

Organisational context

In Cameroon, the WFP Cameroon Country Strategic Plan [CSP] (2018 – 2021) endeavours to ensure that targeted food-insecure and vulnerable populations benefit from more sustainable and inclusive food systems and increased resilience to shocks to meet their food and nutrition needs. Under this CSP, WFP will design and implement interventions to address food and nutrition security challenges, from production through to consumption.

In line with the CSP, WFP will apply its vast comparative advantages including experiences in delivery of food assistance to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable in timely, innovative, cost effective and sustainable ways, its deep field presence, logistics and supply chain, partnerships and relationships with national and regional authorities to; a) strengthen national systems and capacities to deliver food and nutrition security; b) contribute to greater efficiency in crisis response interventions; c) ensure access to nutritious food rather than provision while building the national capacities and systems for social protection, emergency preparedness and response and government-led programmes and services; and d) increase resilience by focusing on food systems  rather than access to food, through development of integrated solutions that can be scaled up by Government and the private sector.

What will you do?

  • You will support effective delivery of finance, budget and administration support services in order to facilitate transparent and efficient utilization of financial resources.

Why work with us?

  • WFP provides food assistance to more than 86 million people in 83 countries, including Cameroon. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have an opportunity to exchange your experiences with your colleagues and continuously learning from each other.
  • WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through international mobility opportunities.
  • Our team is growing nationally and internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!

Key Responsibilities (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive):

Under the direct supervision of the National Finance Officer and overall supervision of Head of Administration and Finance, you will:

  • Assist in providing the procedural and technical support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules and regulations.
  • Monitor monthly expenditure forecasts and provide expenditure reports in order to facilitate informed decision-making.
  • Monitor the sub-imprest bank and petty cash accounts regularly, to ensure that adequate funds are available and appropriately disbursed.
  • Verify vendor claims, advances and other receivables and observe appropriate procurement procedures, to ensure that suppliers are paid in a timely manner and in conformance with WFP finance rules and regulations.
  • Assist in compiling information from various sources in order to prepare reports relating to budgets, accounting, finance and statistics.
  • Retrieve, format and validate information obtained from various financial information systems and bring any discrepancy or inaccuracy to the attention of the supervisor and follow up corrective actions.
  • Perform administrative duties related to the monitoring and recording of fixed assets, spend on fuel and spare parts for vehicles and generators, to ensure that the databases are accurately updated.
  • Maintain the web-based register for all invoices and payment transfers and record paperwork, to ensure that all documents are maintained and filed in compliance with WFP standards and guidelines.
  • Monitor and record all expenses in line with the approved budget in order to ensure that correct expenditure costs are charged and payments to external suppliers, cash grants and other supplier invoices are processed in a timely manner.
  • Provide guidance and on-the-job training to other support staff, to ensure services are delivered consistently and to the required standards.

Qualifications and Key requirements

Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area (finances, accountancy or any related field) is desirable.

Experience: 

  • 3 years of experience collecting and monitoring financial data on projects and programmes, assessing financial health and status, and reporting findings to senior leaders.
  • A previous experience working with humanitarian sector is a nice to have. 

Knowledge & Skills: Proficient in the use of office equipment and computer software packages such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Languages: Fluency, in both oral and written communication, in English and French is required.

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