Financial Management Specialist

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 12 February 2021

Job Description

Australia’s Solomon Islands Resource Facility
The Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has contracted Cardno Emerging Markets to establish and manage its multi-sectoral facility. Australia’s Solomon Islands Resource Facility (ASIRF) is currently contracted until December 2021, with an option to extend up until June 2023. ASIRF builds on support previously provided by SIRF (2015 – 2020) while also prioritising new ways of working to ensure Australia’s assistance better achieves service delivery impact in this pandemic context.

Solomon Islands Health Sector Support Program
Since 2008 the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services (MHMS), with the support of development partners, has led a Sector-Wide approach (SWAp) to the delivery of health services in the Solomon Islands.

The goal of the MHMS is to improve the overall health of the people of Solomon Islands. MHMS is responsible for providing a consistently high standard of appropriate clinical care for people in need, as well as reducing the demand for clinical services by providing effective public health programs that focus on prevention.

Australia is the lead donor in the Solomon Islands health sector, and Australian Government funding currently represents 17% of the Solomon Islands recurrent health budget. Australia and 15 other SWAp partners have aligned their support to the objectives of the Solomon Islands National Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020. Other development partners in the health sector are: World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Government of Japan, Delegation of European Union, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. World Vision Solomon Islands, Red Cross Solomon Islands, Save the Children Solomon Islands, and the New Zealand Government.
Under phase 3 of the Health Sector Support Program (HSSP3), Australia is providing AUD98m over five years (2017 – 2021) for direct budget support, performance linked funding and technical assistance.

The overall program goal for HSSP3 is to improve the access and quality of universal health care in Solomon Islands. The three program objectives include:

  1. Improved quality and quantity of primary health care.
  2. Stronger health systems to support service delivery.
  3. Implementation of priority reforms to ensure sustainable service delivery

The role
The Financial Management Specialist will work alongside the MHMS Finance team to ensure adequate safeguards around the planning and expenditure of Australian and other donor funding in the MHMS. The Specialist plays a pivotal role in managing fiduciary risk, through verifying compliance with the relevant legislation and regulations of Solomon Islands (including the Public Financial Management Act 2013, and related financial circulars) as well as the DFA and HSSP guidelines.

The Specialist will continue to assist MHMS to strengthen its financial management processes and procedures, with a particular focus on developing MHMS capacity. The Specialist needs to work closely and collaboratively with the major stakeholders working on Public Financial Management (PFM) in the health sector, including relevant Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) staff and Technical Advisers, World Bank Technical Advisers and the contractor accountants performing ex ante payment controls and supplementing accountancy capacity in Provincial Health Divisions and the MHMS Finance Division. The role will also play an important support role to the MHMS team in implementing the new Financial Management Information System (FMIS) – DX365.

The Specialist will also:

  • Oversee the ex-ante control process, and provide a final level of oversight and assurance on approvals for all payments using Australian and other development partner funding, verifying compliance with relevant legislation and regulations of Solomon Islands (including the Public Financial Management Act 2013, and related financial circulars), in addition to the relevant funding agreement (eg. Direct Funding Agreement for Australian funding).
  • Support the Finance Unit of the MHMS to develop and implement its Annual Operational Plan, to achieve its targets in relation to improved financial management and reporting systems across the Ministry.
  • Support the Financial Controller / Finance Unit to undertake routine reconciliations and provide routine / regular financial reports to the Ministry Budget Committee for analysis and reporting through to the MHMS Executive to inform decision making, including to monitor and track expenditure against the budget for both SIG and development partner funding
  • Support the asset management and the on-going asset validation process
  • Strengthen budget planning process for the ministry including the development of multi-year forecasts
  • Develop and foster constructive working relationships between MOFT, the Accountant General’s and Auditor General’s offices, MHMS Internal Audit Unit, MHMS Procurement Unit, MHMS Provincial Health Service Divisions and the MHMS Finance Unit

For further information, please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria:

About you
You will be a motivated and proactive individual with the right combination of experience, talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. You will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification and Professional Membership (such as Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant) relating to public financial administration and/or accounting.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in financial management with applied knowledge of effective processes of internal control, and the broader procurement compliance/audit function, preferably in the health sector
  • Proven success in individual and organisational capacity development and sustainability of efforts, particularly the demonstrated ability to effectively share knowledge, mentor and coach people.
  • Resilience, self-reliance and professional integrity, including the ability to maintain a constructive approach to work and interpersonal dealings, particularly during times of pressure and on sensitive issues.
  • Understanding of the importance of cross-cutting development issues, such as gender, anti-corruption and disability.

Desired experience and knowledge

  • Post-graduate level qualification in Accounting
  • Previous experience living and working in a developing country (particularly in the Pacific or small island states)

Location and travel requirements
The position will be based in Honiara with regular provincial travel required.

Why join Cardno?
Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.
By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.

How to apply
We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Click the ‘apply’ button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/MN/ASIRF/FMS by Friday 5th March, 2021 Your application must include the following:

  • Your CV; and
  • Completed application form in lieu of a cover letter. Please copy paste this link to access the application form:

About the Organization

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

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