Finance Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 August 2019

Job Description

Job Summary:

As a member of the newly established Country Program’s (CP), you will lead the establishment and formation of financial systems and team to ensure high level of resource stewardship, strict financial accountability and promote financial risk management while ensuring the effectiveness and robustness of the CP’s financial management systems, processes, and practices in support of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You anticipate and analyze financial management services needs and delivery challenges, and identify and implement improvement solutions, as needed, and build CRS staff and partners capacities to minimize CP exposure to financial risk and excel in managing resources availed to the CP.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the hiring, supervision and onboarding of finance team members. The Finance Manager (FM) will directly provide supervision to 3-4 senior finance staff and lead them towards strong performance.
  • Manage financial management processes, policies, and service delivery, and provide proactive advice and support to managers, staff, and subrecipients in the management of the whole project cycle (Design, Start-up, Implementation, Close-out), ensuring relevance, efficiency, and compliance with CRS’ policies and procedures, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements.
  • Provide direction and coordination of effective budget development and management (Annual Program Plans and project budgets), ensuring accuracy and consistency of financial data and safeguarding of resources.
  • Ensure integrity of accounting information by researching account issues for compliance and establishing quality control over accounting transactions and financial reporting. Oversee maintenance of supporting documentation for a reliable and easy to follow audit trail.
  • Prepare financial data, analysis and projections and support the Senior Management Team and Program/Project Managers in interpreting data for decision-making and effectively managing financial risks.
  • Oversee the accurate performance of reporting procedures and timely submission of reports to relevant stakeholders (CP managers, Regional Office, HQ/Finance, donors, local government entities).
  • Assess staff and subrecipients’ financial management capacity, ensure capacity strengthening on finance policies and regulations, as needed, and monitor and measure impact.
  • Lead efforts to close audit financial management findings in a timely and sustainable way.
  • Lead implementation of changes in finance office operations in response to changes in the local legal environment, or to new operating context and financial management needs.
  • Any other related responsibilities as delegated by supervisor or Country Representative.

Scope: Directly supervise 3-4 senior Finance staff and lead the establishment of a strong finance team and systems based on program growth and needs.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field, or MBA with a focus on Accounting preferred, or equivalent relevant experience and Bachelor’s degree. A professional certification in Accounting or a related field highly preferred.
  • Minimum of five years experience in a similar position, preferably with an International NGO. Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations highly preferred.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some experience

Required Languages: English language fluency required, with strong preference given to candidates with Arabic Language fluency.

Travel: Based in Sana’a with frequent travel within Yemen and the region as security permits.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to make sound judgment and decisions
  • Very good planning, monitoring and organizational skills
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Substantial budgeting, budget/expense analysis, and accounting experience.
  • Strong experience and skills in training and capacity building.
  • Strong experience in presenting and facilitating on financial management topics.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of Oracle and SunSystems financial accounting packages or similar financial reporting software highly preferred.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in supervising teams.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities:3-4 senior finance staff

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Program Managers, Country Representative, Head of Operations, Head of Programming, Admin and Finance staff, Regional Finance Officer and other Regional and HQ Finance Staff.

External: Partner organizations, Peer organizations, Banks, Government Offices

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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