Financial Management Support Services Adviser

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 30 June 2020
  • Solomon Islands | East Asia and Pacific | Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • Closing on 2 August 2020
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Job Description

Australia’s Solomon Islands Governance Program
The Australian Aid Program, through the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, funds Australia’s ‘Solomon Islands Governance Program’, a four-year, $30 million initiative, running from 2017 to 2021. The Program’s goal is to strengthen the ability of government agencies to more effectively support economic growth and improve public service delivery.
The Governance Program supports all three strategic objectives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Aid Investment Plan for Solomon Islands by supporting stability, enabling economic growth and enhancing human development.

The Governance Program seeks to do this by building and sustaining capacity across the Solomon Islands’ public sector. The aim is to improve service delivery by removing barriers associated with weak governance in areas such as public financial management, human resource planning and systems administration.

There are three end of program outcomes:

  • Fiscally and socially responsible budgeting and borrowing policies.
  • Improved PFM that facilitates service delivery.
  • A more accountable and responsible public service.

The Governance Program has provided an impetus towards a stronger partnership between DFAT and the Solomon Islands Government (SIG), with increased mutual accountability and increased emphasis on demand-driven inputs. Inbuilt program flexibility allows for amending support when required and capturing opportunities as they arise

The role
The purpose of this role is to support the Solomon Islands Accountant-General with the development and management of technical accounting and financial management arrangements. This will involve assisting key counterparts to develop tools and methods for regular and accurate forecasting of cash-flow and timely reconciliations of all official bank accounts.
The role will assist counterparts to establish financial management frameworks and produce regular financial management reporting and annual external financial reporting as required by the Accountant-General

The adviser will also:

  • Assist the Accountant-General and Deputy Accountant-General to review and improve the delivery of key financial management functions within the Treasury, and more broadly across the public service. This will include the development of a cash-flow forecasting tool and the preparation of monthly cash-flow reporting.
  • Assist key counterparts in MOFT to ensure that Treasury functions and processes are compliant with the PFM Act and Regulations, and engineered to the new FMIS.
  • Assist with the ongoing review of primary and subsidiary PFM legislation, and the adoption of cash-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS-Cash) for the presentation of the annual SIG national accounts.
  • Develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or Guidelines to improve bank reconciliation and Balance Sheet clearing accounts processes across SIG (includes a guide for how to deal with outstanding items that are not cleared).
  • Assist Treasury FMSS counterparts with annual planning and budgeting processes for that Division.
  • Work closely with other MOFT based advisers and teams to actively promote a more integrated approach to PFM.

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:

  • Postgraduate qualification in accounting or financial management
  • Extensive experience in public or private sector financial management, with an emphasis on accounting, cash-flow management and financial reporting.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to build effective relationships, convey complicated information, and work with multiple stakeholders in a cross-cultural context.
  • Demonstrated ability to share knowledge and build team capacity through mentoring, coaching and other professional development methods, preferably within an international development context.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills and a practical approach to problem solving and risk management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to apply gender equality and other socially inclusive approaches at a practical level.

This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 4 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidate’s experience relevant to the role.
To access the ARF rates, please copy and paste the following link:

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

Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF)
The Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) is supported by the Australian Government and managed by Cardno. SIRF is an integrated facility that delivers both Technical Assistance (TA) and Deployee Support Services (DSS), in Solomon Islands.

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/SIRF/FMSS by Sunday 2nd August. 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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