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Finance Manager, Syria - ReliefWeb

DanChurchAid (DCA) invites applications for an experienced Finance Manager for its Syria programme. This is a non-family position and based in North East Syria (NES).

The Finance Manager (FM) reports to the Head of Support Services (HoSS). Finance Manager is responsible for all accounting and finance related tasks within DCA Syria Programme. S/he manage all accounts and finance team and ensure compliance with the finance chapters of DCA’s Finance Handbook. This role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DCA procedures and guidelines within the country operation. The role also contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The FM will work closely with the programme’s technical coordinators as well as the DCA partners to ensure timely and efficient support and there will be a strong emphasis on training of national finance staff.

You will work in a potentially hostile and arduous environment. You will therefore need to demonstrate a positive and self-motivated attitude. Conditions in Syria require a level head, problem solving, a great deal of flexibility and attention to detail. If you have these qualities and skills, and you are looking for a challenging opportunity with a leading humanitarian and mine action NGO then we would like to hear from you.

The main duties relating to this position are as follows:

Financial Management:

  • Provide strong leadership to the Accounting/finance unit in the Country Offices.
  • Oversee the programme Finance Unit and ensure compliance with the organization’s Financial Rules Regulations and Finance procedures.
  • Supervise the timely review, posting and closure of accounts, verify accuracy and compliance with policy and standards of accountability framework.
  • Oversee all financial services (accounting, cash management, payments etc.) ensuring timeliness and compliance with standards of accountability and performance
  • Review financial plans and oversee the budget process/cycle to ensure timely revisions and reallocation of funds.
  • Ensure the availability and timely submission of required financial reports, both internal and external.
  • Manage and monitor the cash flow based on established financial goals and resource mobilization plans.
  • Oversee certifying and authorizing payments, expenditures and disbursements, entering all transactions into the FMS Maconomy and that the supporting documents are filed according to internal procedures.
  • Ensure all spending is in accordance with the DCA and donor requirements, and all relevant files for documentation are created, updated and maintained;
  • Monitor that DCA and donor policies, procedures and guidelines are strictly adhered to and that DCA operates in compliance with local laws.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant country statutory and other financial obligations such as tax, levies, and statutory returns.
  • Ensure regular financial briefings to relevant Manager including budget follow ups, variances in spending and budget monitoring status
  • Liaise with relevant Managers on key financial issues for all programs in the country, including co-funding, financial reporting, key variances and any remedial action.
  • Act as focal point for any internal/external audit exercise and ensure all required documentation for financial audits in cooperation with Coordination staff and HQ.
  • Contribute to the development of proposals with regards to budgeting in cooperation with Managers.
  • Ensure an ongoing, accurate both physical digital data filing system for all Finance vouchers
  • Proactively identify and act upon capacity Building needs of Finance staff providing training and other capacity-building where necessary to ensure that finance staff capacity is continuously developing

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to culture of excellence, continuous improvement and performance optimization across all projects;
  • Work in accordance with DCA values and humanitarian principles;
  • Maintain effective working relationship with other members of the programme;
  • Be a role model for diversity and inclusion, as well as a positive role model for contributing to the team spirit. Applicants must have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Degree in a field related to finance;

  • Excellent knowledge of financial management systems;

  • Proven experience in managing large and complex budgets/ consortiums

  • A minimum of 3 years of NGO work experience in a similar role is essential;

  • Good understanding of the humanitarian principles linked to NGO field and operations contexts;

  • Work experience in remote and insecure field locations;

  • Strong leadership, team building and communication skills;

  • Flexibility and cultural awareness and sensitivity;

  • Computer literacy essential including proficiency in Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic would be advantageous.

We offer:

  • 12 -month contract with the possibility of extension;
  • A competitive salary package;
  • 30 days of paid annual leave;
  • A generous RR allowance;
  • Insurance as per industry standards.
  • An interesting and challenging experience addressing humanitarian needs.

Closing date: 16th January2021. Please note, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on a rolling basis and DCA reserves the right to select a candidate prior to the closing date. For additional questions regarding the job, contact Majueran Kugathasan, Head of Support Services at [email protected]

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy. Only online applications consisting as a minimum of a CV and a cover letter will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Everyone applying for a job with DCA must be ready to comply with our Staff Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment, Child Safeguarding and Counter Terrorism policies. DCA conducts an anti-terror check as part of the recruitment process. It is a prerequisite that you can pass this check and maintain this status throughout your employment with us.