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Finance Manager (Short Term) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)


Finance Manager (Short Term) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world; and by advocating on behalf of conflict-affected populations internationally, and in Denmark, on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. We understand “durable solutions” as any means by which the situation of refugees can be permanently and satisfactorily resolved, enabling them to live normal lives. Durable solutions can be voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement. In Denmark, DRC assists refugees in all aspects of integration as well as asylum procedures. Internationally, DRC actively participates in supporting the protection of refugees, and promoting durable solutions for conflict-affected populations. The DRC’s supreme authority is the Council, which consists of up to three representatives of each member organisation, six representatives of the voluntary groups and refugee counselling organisations cooperating with the Danish Refugee Council, and of the Executive Committee. DRC is an umbrella organisation and is currently consisting of 30 organisation members and voluntary groups, committed to the refugee cause. Membership of the DRC is open to non-party-political, voluntary, nationwide humanitarian and international organisations that work on a democratic basis, and whose aims conform to those of the DRC.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: Finance / Accounting / Audit 

Duties and Responsibilities

The main responsibilities and tasks of the Finance Management are the following:

Financial Management

  • In close cooperation with Managers in geographical areas, reinforce existing procedures and systems for financial management and control in compliance with guidelines of DRC’s Operations Handbook, internal guidelines, and donor requirements
  • Support timely delivery of quality financial reports to donors and internal reports to colleagues and HQ In country compliance with relevant statutory and other financial obligations such as tax, levies and statutory returns
  • Monthly financial briefings to relevant Managers and Head of Support
  • Ensure thorough and effective budgetary control in the country programs
  • 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
  • Collecting cash forecasts from all Programme Managers and requesting funds in a timely manner
  • Maintain a continuous overview of funding levels and pay particular attention to shared support costs, including staff salaries
  • Ensure all required documentation for financial audits in cooperation with Coordination staff and HQ
  • Ensure monthly meetings are held with project managers to discuss key variances, reasons for these, and any remedial action that is required
  • Prepare for local audits. Ensure all required documentation for financial audits is processed in cooperation Support & supervises, audits (in-country, external). If required coordinate with the auditors on audit process.
  • Contribute to the development of proposals with regards to budgeting in cooperation with Managers
  • Ensure implementation of Dynamics 365 financial management system at country level and act as heavy user for most of the Projects & Finance functionalities
  • Apply reports and data analytics from DRC Dynamics to improve overall performance.
  • Capacity building of the finance team, on tools, policies, and procedures. Ensure that both specialists are in the position to work on budgets, BFU, and update the master budget.
  • Provide training to support and program teams on budget management, donor rules, budget and BFU reading/analysis.

Technical Line Management Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance and support to all Finance staff
  • Advise on and promote understanding and application of DRC policies, procedures and principles.
  • Raise any issues of non-compliance
  • When relevant, drives development of policies and standards in region or country and/or localizes global policies to regional or country level

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting or Finance
  • Minimum 5 years of International practical experience in a senior financial management position
  • Computer literate, MS Office and DRC Dynamic
  • Fluent in English

Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
  • Striving for excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Taking the lead
  • Communication
  • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management
  • Competence in providing technical guidance and training
  • Proven experience in managing large budgets
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel
  • Proven experience in working with national partners, local/government authorities
  • Working experience with relevant donors (e.g. UNHCR, ECHO, OFDA, WFP, DFID or BPRM guidelines
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills

General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Danish Refugee Council (DRC) on job.drc.ngo to apply

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