Finance Officer

Danish Refugee Council

Krakow, Poland

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement-affected populations based on humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC is implementing a multi-sector response to support Ukraine refugees, IDPs, and host populations both within Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania and Moldova, and wider Europe. Due to the ongoing conflict that began in February 2022, DRC opened offices in Poland, Moldova, and Romania to provide support to the displaced population in partnership with civil society organizations and national NGOs, duty bearers, and other actors. DRC continues to implement in these three countries through partnerships, technical assistance and capacity exchange, and direct implementation in some cases.

About the Job

Reporting to the Support Services Team Leader in Krakow and, under the technical supervision of the Finance Manager in Warsaw, the Finance Officer will be responsible for ensuring compliance with DRC procedures and guidelines within the area of responsibility covering Krakow, Rzeszów, Przemyśl, and Wrocław.

Financial Support:

  • Assist with the preparation of the budget.
  • Implement financial SOPs, policies, and procedures.
  • Establish, maintain, and reconcile the general ledger, including ensuring updated cashbooks on a daily basis to reflect the actual status of existing cash count and bank balance in all currencies.
  • Ensure all bank account statements are reconciled.
  • Ensure data and transactions are properly recorded and entered into accounting systems.
  • Prepare Income statements and balance sheets as needed.
  • Maintain financial files and records; filing, scanning, and sending of monthly financial documents to the country office.
  • Maintain contract follow-up monthly, and make sure all contracts are renewed, closed, or paid on time.
  • Liaise with Project Manager/s to ensure thorough and effective budgetary monitoring of the projects implemented in the area of interest.  
  • In coordination with Project Manager/s, liaise with partners on key financial issues for all programs in the area of responsibility, including co-funding, financial reporting, key variances, and any remedial action.  
  • Review partners' financial reports (subgrants).
  • Contribute to the preparation and timely delivery of quality financial reports for donors and of internal reports to colleagues and HQ, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements (filing, scanning, and sending monthly financial documents to the country office.
  • Contribute to preparing program and support budgets for new proposal/s in collaboration with relevant staff as per need.
  • Correctly use DRC Dynamics functionalities in the area of concern.

Cash Control:

  • Establish and maintain cash controls.
  • Monitor cash reserves and investments.
  • Ensure sufficient funds are available for costs on a monthly basis.
  • Prepare monthly cash requests and prepare weekly/monthly cash reports (with all supporting documentation attached to them).
  • Carry out cash and bank transactions for field offices.
  • Ensure all payments are made timely and in accordance with existing DRC forms and meet the requirements of National Law and donor regulations.
  • Cash Book registry update on a daily basis, and cash count on a weekly, and monthly basis.

General Administration:

  • Follow up on workers' contracts, payments according to attendance, and any other related admin tasks.
  • Provide technical support for field finance and administration staff.
  • Assist logistics in preparing monthly asset lists.

Staff Expenses:

  • Support staff in raising travel requests, expense reports & cash advances in MS Dynamics in line with DRC Policy.
  • Ensuring correct use of accounting distributions, categories, and Per Diem rates.
  • Verify receipts prior to posting & paying expenses.


  • Prepare & providing supporting documents for donor-required audits.
  • Assist with local and annual audits and ensure all required documentation for financial audits in cooperation with coordination staff and HQ. 
  • With HQ, Supply Chain & HR, ensure compliance with GDPR & Polish Data Protection regulations.

About You

To be successful in this role you need to have a minimum of two years of proven, relevant experience, ideally in the humanitarian/NGO sector. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree in finance management, accounting, or business administration.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 is desirable.
  • Accuracy and effectiveness in all aspects of work.
  • Absolute and proven reliability in financial matters.
  • Team player mentality.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Polish and English
  • Strong Word and Excel skills.