Finance Officer,

World Food Programme , Banjul, Gambia

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2019

Job Description

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  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. In The Gambia, WFP has been supporting the government in schools feeding since 1970. In 2012, WFP in collaboration with the government embarked on a three-year food security project called Improving Food Security through Crop Production Intensification and School Feeding Programme was launched with EU support. The main aim of the project was to increase household food security and income of participating farmers and enhance nutritional status of targeted school children. School Feeding is the largest social safety-net in The Gambia.
  • Continuation on building on WFP’s experience of more than 40 years in the Gambia, school feeding provides support for the establishment of a sustainable, nationally owned home-grown school feeding (HGSF) programme, where food supplied to the schools would be sourced from local smallholder farmers.
  • This was done by reinforcing capacities at the central, regional and community levels for home grown school feeding implementation and management. It was jointly implemented with The Government building capacity for school feeding in the targeted regions, to improve enrolment and retention in early childhood development centers and the basic education cycle.
  • The current programme structured as the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), was developed in consultation with all major stakeholders, and started in January 2019 through to 2021, provides the following strategic shifts; (i) alignment of country portfolio to the National Social Protection Policy; (ii) increased focus on capacity strengthening and national ownership of the SMP, assisting the government to improve modalities and absorb part of the caseload, while providing management and monitoring support; (iii) an integrated resilience intervention, converging nutrition, support to smallholder farmers and resilience buidling activities to enhance community assets, while providing conditional transfers to those at risk during the lean season; and (iv) field-level implementation to technical capacity support to national government in early warning systems and preparedness.
  • WFP is currently seeking a qualified candidate to take up functions of the Finance Officer position.
  • Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, the incumbent will be responsible 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 RESPONSIBILITIES (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive):

  • 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.
  • 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, and carry out forecasting for new and ongoing projects according to established corporate procedures and requirements.
  • Perform bank reconciliations, disbursements, clearance of receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures on a regular basis in accordance with corporate requirements.
  • Where necessary, deliver core administrative services, working with contractors and following standard processes to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff.
  • Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, providing management with financial, staffing and resource usage information to enable them to make informed decisions.
  • Track and collate data to support others to improve policies, systems and procedures in order to minimise 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.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Represent unit/CO at internal meetings, external meetings related to banks and other financial institutions, or other partners and entities as required.
  • 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.
  • Other as required.


  • Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • Internal Controls & Compliance
  • Utilizes understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance and ensure data integrity.
  • Performance Budgeting, Reporting & Analysis
  • Analyzes budgets and forecasts to support the development of recommendations for senior leadership on financial and business planning matters in accordance with Value for Money principles.
  • Resources Management
  • (People, time, assets, etc.)
  • Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.
  • Financial Management & Accounting Principles
  • Applies knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices to ensure compliance with agency policies, applicable procedures and accounting standards.
  • Supply Chain and Operations Knowledge
  • Applies working knowledge of programmes and supply chain principles to develop and/or review project budget plans.


4P Theme

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level


Understand and communicate the

Strategic Objectives

Understands organisation’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

Be a force for positive change

Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

Make the mission inspiring to our team

Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to agency’s mission.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions

  • Sets own goals in alignment with agency’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
  • People
  • Look for ways to
  • strengthen people's


  • Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture
  • Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback
  • Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”We will” spirit
  • Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions
  • Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results
  • Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments
  • Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

Be Decisive

Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units
  • Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships
  • Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable
  • Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships
  • Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates the organisations unique value as a partner.


  • Has performed basic financial analyses at a national and/or operational level.
  • Has experience managing financial transactions.


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.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language: Fluency in both oral and written communication.

  • Only Gambian nationals or holders of valid residence and work permits are eligible to apply for this position.
  • Applications are to be submitted and received online and in English language only.
  • WFP will apply a rigorous and transparent selection process including thorough assessment of technical skills to ensure the best candidates are selected for the job. Please ensure that your application contains accurate and complete information on academic qualifications, employment record and language skills.
  • Canvassing of any sort is strictly prohibited and will lead to automatic disqualification of the concerned applicant.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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