Programme Finance Delegate

Danish Red Cross, Baghdad, Iraq

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th October, 2017

Job Description

The Danish Red Cross (DRC) and the Norwegian Red Cross (Norcross) have the same overall goal in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. They support a number of Red Crescent National Societies (NS), seeking to respond to the humanitarian crises in the region, primarily by strengthening the Host National Societies (HNS), both through longer-term organisational development and more immediate operational capacity building. In Iraq the two Partner National Societies (PNS) have come together to address challenges they both face in their programme implementation, in part by recruiting a Programme Finance Delegate to work in support of the country programmes, from a position embedded within the Finance Department of the Iraq Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

Norcross’ priority sectors in Iraq are; Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), disaster response, and National Society Development (NSD). The priorities are determined in close consultation with the HNS, based on partners’ strategies, capacities, as well as Norcross’ internal capabilities. Norcross programme countries within MENA region are, Lebanon, Syria, Occupied Palestinian territories, Yemen and Iraq, all are managed and supported by 11 international staff. In Iraq DRC aims to support vulnerable people to better overcome and cope with crises through primary healthcare, health and hygiene promotion, and support to health facility rehabilitation as well as through psychosocial support (PS) services and social cohesion activities for IDPs, refugees and host communities. Equally important is DRC’s support to IRCS to become an organization that is more effective, transparent and accountable, particularly in its financial and procurement management. DRC is present in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen with a total of 19 international delegates in the region.

The Programme Finance Delegate (PFD) will be an integral part of the DRC Iraq Country Team and report directly to the DRC Iraq Country Coordinator. Although integrated in the DRC Country Team the PFD will equally support the Norcross Iraq Country Team and report on Norcross-related tasks directly to the Norcross Iraq Country Manager. The PFD is responsible for the effective financial and administrative management of DRC and Norcross projects and offices in Iraq in accordance with DRC and Norcross financial and administrative procedures, and respective back-donor regulations, primarily the Danish and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). A key component of the role is to develop the financial management capacity of IRCS in implementing DRC and Norcross-funded programmes in Iraq.

Main responsibilities

From a position embedded within the IRCS Finance Department, the main tasks of the PFD are to:

  • Build the financial management capacity of IRCS, its organisation, staff and volunteers, and act as the point of entry for appropriate capacity building projects
  • Budget, execute fund transfers, monitor, report upon and, when appropriate, close the DRC and Norcross projects in Iraq
  • Ensure financial oversight, internal control, audit and risk management of all the DRC and Norcross projects in Iraq, in accordance with relevant regulations
  • Support programme procurement, whether conducted directly by DRC / Norcross or indirectly by IRCS (in the local procurement only) and compliance
  • Provide administrative support to the DRC / Norcross country teams and delegates, and general support to the DRC / Norcross missions within MENA Region

Experience and qualifications

We expect your profile to match the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in finance management and providing programme / project financial support
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working for a humanitarian aid organization in conflict/post-conflict country like Iraq
  • Proven experience in managing and developing local staff including training, mentoring and facilitation skills
  • Work experience in the Middle East
  • Advanced university degree (master’s) or equivalent qualification in accounting / finance / business administration / auditing
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and the use of specialist accounting software systems
  • Excellent analytical skills, particularly concerning complex financial documents
  • Fluency in Arabic and the ability to switch easily between Arabic and English work environments
  • A high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

Other desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement including knowledge of RCRC financial management policies, procedures and systems would be an asset
  • Experience working with Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Norwegian MoFA, ECHO / EU / UN -funded programmes
  • Proficiency in an ERP system such as AX09 is an asset
  • An audit background is an asset

As a person, we expect that you are confident in situations of stress and able to handle a heavy but varied workload. You understand that process and ownership are key to achieving results in culturally and politically sensitive environments. Furthermore, you are an excellent diplomat and have strong communication, coordination, negotiation, networking, and facilitation skills. A working knowledge of Arabic will be a strong advantage. You must possess a valid international driving license.


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