Finance Specialist- Erbil
(for consortia and partnerships)
Erbil, with frequent travel to all DRC Iraq locations
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
In 2003, following the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country, and now operates in 11 governorates, including Anbar, Baghdad, Babel, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din.
Overall purpose of the role:
The Cash Consortium for Iraq (CCI) was established in 2015 to better meet the needs of conflict-affected households by harmonizing approaches to multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) and improving data collection and analysis. Using the power of its unique structure the CCI has created new modalities for cash leadership and NGO-UN coordination. More recently, the CCI has added work with the World Bank and the Government of Iraq to link humanitarian cash transfers to the government social payments system and in 2019 broadened its scope to better support a comprehensive and integrated response to the variety of needs faced by the Iraqi population, including addressing livelihoods, employment, and ongoing social support needs. CCI maintains a Relief portfolio, focused on humanitarian MPCA, and a Recovery portfolio, focused on integrated livelihoods and resilience. With a cumulative budget estimated at 140M$ and a reach of 400,000 people, the CCI is led by Mercy Corps in partnership with 4 international organizations: Danish Refugee Council (DRC); International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); and Oxfam.
In early 2017, the CCI took the decision to expand its scope of activities beyond multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) to include early recovery (ER) programming in accordance with the evolving context and needs. This will entail community-oriented programming with integrated activities focusing on livelihoods, rehabilitation of shelter and public infrastructure, local governance, social cohesion and protection. The CCI is in the final stages of negotiation for a 24 million Euros European Commission (MADAD) grant, which targets selected communities in four Iraqi governorates most affected by conflict – Anbar, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. Implementation is expected to start in January 2019.
The CCI Finance Specialist is responsible for financial management and compliance of the CCI’s implementation of a 24 M EUR programme funded by the European Union. This position requires a high level of financial planning, compliance, budgeting management, partnership management and strong coordination and communication skills to support the (consortia) partners and ensure effective and efficient financial management for the consortia and partnerships. The CCI Finance Specialist will be recruited and hosted by the DRC Iraq, but will be seconded full-time to the CCI, reporting to the CCI Director.
- Provide Compliance oversight for the consortium, ensuring awareness and adherence of EU regulations, staying abreast of changes in regulatory environment related to donor/ grant compliance (with updates to guidance to partners as needed)
- Review partner procurement and program transactions, contracts and other documents for compliance requirements, including anti-fraud and diversion, and ensure these requirements are met
- Support Due Diligence processes for partners within consortia
- Support development and maintenance of consortia risk register(s)
- Provide compliance guidance and tools and consultations to partners on a demand-driven basis
- Support development of solutions with partners that are compliant, yet facilitate the achievement of the partnership strategy
- Refine, develop and improve operational approaches, compliance and systems to build and deliver the most effective and sustainable interventions.
- Prepare and maintain internal and donor compliance-related reports
- Ensure timely and accurate submission of compliance-related partnership information requests to the donor, DRC HQ and/or other key stakeholders
- Support Grants teams to ensure sub-grant agreements are issued, managed and monitored in accordance with sub-grant regulations
- In partnership with Grants team members, ensure programming complies with DRC procedures on sub-grant management, including ensuring all relevant information is updated in DRC financial system
- Support follow-up on all sub-grant compliance issues, audits and document resolutions
- Ensure compliance with all partner audit requirements, including the provision of support to partners during preparation and the conduct of the audit and follow-up as necessary
- Support Grants team to review partnership financial close-outs, including ensuring that all requirements of the sub-grant agreement have been met and that sub-grant funds have been properly settled
- Provide Financial Management of the consortia and partnerships to ensure strong budget management among the partners and compile and deliver financial reports on consortia financial situation
- Lead EU Madad audit process
- Review and process partner payment requests
- Review partner financial reports, perform verifications, support with issues based on financial review, sign-off on final versions, and ensure reports are submitted to HQ on time
- Update monthly top-line and quarterly financial tracking tools
- Effective support for financial implementation of the projects and support given to (consortia) partners
- Field visits and verifications in coordination with partners’ financial focal points
- Provide updates on financial performance and participate in Quarterly Finance Directors meetings
- Prepare and review budget for amendments and/or new programming in close coordination with partners, Management Unit team and DRC Finance
- Reporting to: DRC Country Finance Manager, with technical line to CCI Director
Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
- At least 5 years of experience in finance management roles, including accounting, internal/external audit,
- Experience working for a leading INGO, with in depth knowledge of donor requirements, especially ECHO, EC, DFID, DANIDA, OFDA, BPRM, UNHCR and UNICEF
- Experience working with Consortium’s and partnerships (preferable)
- Demonstrable strategic thinking and leadership ability
- Experience with financial and grant management systems
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking ability
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills with a well-developed ability to motivate and persuade at high levels
- Proven ability to lead and work effectively with others to achieve results
- Understanding and experience of institutional fundraising
- Experience with Microsoft Dynamics (preferable)
- Flexible approach to manage and prioritize a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines
- Confident & proficient in the use of MS Office, and advanced Excel proficiency.
- Higher Education in Finance & Accounting or related fields
- A postgraduate degree or advanced professional qualification in Finance (Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance, Certificate in Business Accounting, etc.) (preferable)
- English (Fluent)
- Arabic/Kurdish (is a plus)
Key stakeholders: (internal and external)
- Country Finance Manager
- Consortia Partners
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: 12 months
Designation of Duty Station: Erbil with travelling accorss Iraq
Start date: As soon as possible
Note: This position is open for both inernational and national candidates but priority will be given to qualified national candidates.
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 30-November-2019
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