Finance Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council, Iraq

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th February, 2018

Job Description

NRC has been operating in Iraq since 2010, to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by ongoing conflict in the region. NRC has a country office in Erbil, KR-I, and area offices in Baghdad, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Nineveh.

NRC’s national program strategy for 2018 will facilitate a shift from emergency response tools towards longer term initiatives, while maintaining the effective delivery of robust emergency response. In 2018, NRC Iraq will maintain a sectoral focus on education, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and livelihoods interventions, complemented by post-emergency WASH and shelter interventions with a two pronged approach within CCCM: both in-camp, and in urban and peri-urban areas. Cash-based and innovative programming will be at the centre of NRC Iraq’s efforts. NRC will prioritize assistance to those who have been left outside of social assistance schemes and recovery and reconstruction efforts, which will have prevented them from seeking durable solutions.

In 2018, NRC’s target population will be new underserved communities and locations, with a focus on IDPs returning to destroyed and disrupted communities unable to reintegrate due to insecurity. NRC will also prioritise serving vulnerable IDPs unable to return for reasons outside of their control, and responding to short-term displacement as a result of localized conflict and asymmetric attacks.


The purpose of Finance Assistant is day to day implementation and delegation area of responsibilities. The main duty of Finance Assistant is to proper record and file of the supporting documents for the payments made. Finance Assistant will be reporting to Finance Officer. The position will be based in Kirkuk Area Office.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

A diploma degree in accountancy or equivalent field with (2) two years’ work experience as Finance Assistant in humanitarian/recovery context is required. Ideally the candidate should be able to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. S/he should be able to meet deadlines. Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic is a must. Knowledge of Kurdish Language is preferable. Knowledge of humanitarian principles and code of conduct is essential.

Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare periodic financial reports and submit for review.
  • Verify that all vouchers and supporting documents are according to standards set in the Financial Handbook, and enter them into the accounting system.
  • Be responsible for monthly budget forecast in consultation with project coordinators and area manager.
  • Prepare and arrange for fund transfer from Erbil office to Kirkuk office in consultation with Finance manager.
  • Responsible for monthly payroll distribution and payment.
  • Be responsible for petty cash box and keeping a thorough record of transactions and cash advances.
  • Record all cash movements USD and IQD on daily basis.
  • Follow up on advances and refunds; make approved payments.


  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about keeping the bank accounts and record keeping.
  • Knowledge & experience of working in Agresso accounting system.


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