Assisting more than 90 million people in 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
In Lebanon, WFP works to support approximately 700,000 people with regular assistance using e-cards. WFP also supports Lebanese schools with school meals, and has run over 300 development activities which include supporting rural infrastructure, as well as education and training opportunities for vulnerable individuals in families. WFP also supports Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Programme.
The post is based in Beirut CO and the incumbent is to report to the Head of Finance, Budget and Programming & Admin Unit.
To support the stewardship of WFP’s resources, monitoring budgets, forecasting, reporting on key data and providing basic administrative and human resource functions that enable effective management of funds, and ensure assistance to beneficiaries is undertaken in the most efficient and effective way possible.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Finance, Budget and Programming & Admin Unit, the Finance Officer will perform the following responsibilities:
- Maintain awareness of corporate finance and resource management strategies and major ongoing programmatic initiatives, participating where appropriate using finance and resource management expertise.
- Contribute towards the development of country specific plans and processes, aligned with Regional and wider WFP strategy, policies and processes to meet the food assistance needs of beneficiaries within the Country.
- Perform daily financial transactions, overall cash management, Cash Based Transfer (CBT) reconciliations, and monthly financial closures on a regular basis in accordance with corporate requirements.
- Report on key data for financial status and outcomes of projects in accordance with corporate governance requirements, ensuring accuracy, deadlines, and accounting processes are complied with.
- Monitor budgets, identify appropriate funding source and carry out forecasting for new and ongoing projects according to established corporate procedures and requirements.
- Represent unit/Country Office in meetings with Financial Service Providers, internal/external meetings and events with other UN agencies or other partners and entities as required.
- Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, providing financial, staffing and resource usage information to enable to make informed decisions.
- Track and collate data to support others to improve policies, systems and procedures in order to minimize financial risks, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and ensure services are aligned with business objectives.
- Contribute to the delivery of financial controls and insight into WFP performance, supporting periodic risk and internal control assessments to identify areas which may present potential audit, compliance or financial risks.
- Arrange a periodical budget, finance and support service related meetings.
- Where necessary, deliver core administrative services, working with contractors and following standard processes to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff.
- Guide and supervise junior staffs, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
- Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
- Perform other duties as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Education: Advanced University degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or related fields, or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience plus membership in an international recognized professional accountancy body such as Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accounts (ICPA) or equivalent.
- Experience: Five years of professional experience in Finance, Accounting, Audit or relevant fields with great independence, decision making authority, supervision of staff and managing complex funding situation.
- Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic. Knowledge of French language is added advantage.