Country Financial Controller, Surge Team

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  • Added Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 05 April 2022

Reports to: Head of Emergency Operations overall and between deployments, and Country Director while on deployment, liaising with the Overseas Accountant in relation to non-Surge postings.

Direct reports: Relevant programme staff in-country

Job location: Members of Concernโ€™s Surge Team will be deployed to various Concern country programmes for varying time periods ranging typically from six weeks up to six months. If not deployed and when not on leave, surge team members will work from home.

Pay Band: HQ Grade 6: โ‚ฌ60,215 to โ‚ฌ70,842


ยท 2 years full-time fixed term contract

ยท Unaccompanied position

ยท 8 weeksโ€™ annual leave increasing to 10 weeks after completion of first year and R+R where applicable

ยท 3 weeks when the employee will work from home

All Surge team members must be available to deploy overseas within 24 hours of being requested to deploy. While not on Surge deployment or not otherwise required by the Head of Emergency Operations the Surge may be assigned to support the Overseas Finance Team either in HQ or in an overseas programme.

Job Purpose:

The Country Financial Controller is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of the finance function of the country programme, ensuring that systems and procedures are in line with Concern World wideโ€™s policies, procedures and standards.

This position sits on the country management team and contributes to strategic level decision making within a country programme.**

Key Responsibilities

ยท In a new country of operation, or in an emergency, the CFC may be responsible for setting up the finance system in-country.

ยท Ensure that the financial systems of the country programme are:

ยท operating in line with standard Concern procedures and that it meets the monitoring and reporting requirements of the Concern, Donors and National Authorities;

ยท are adequate in order to identify and protect the assets and interest of the organization.

ยท enhance, as far as possible, the efficiency and effectiveness of the manner in which assets are utilized.

ยท Ensure an effective and efficient system of internal controls is in place, which comply with Concernโ€™s financial guidelines, to minimise the risk of error, fraud or misappropriation.

ยท Ensure that all financial records and accounts are compiled in a timely and accurate manner, in line with applicable accounting standards and donor regulations.

ยท Review existing systems, procedures and internal controls on an on-going basis to ensure they are developed and improved as required.

ยท Oversee the accurate preparation and review of country and donor budgets; ensuring both organisational and donor requirements are met within agreed timeframes;

ยท Oversee the accurate preparation of financial reports, ensuring both organisational and donor requirements are met within agreed timeframes;

ยท Support the SD in ensuring there is a complete record of capital assets and that they are adequately safeguarded;

ยท Provide leadership and direction to and grow the capacity of the in-country Finance Team;

ยท Provide training and support to non-financial staff regarding Concernโ€™s financial procedures and internal controls;

ยท Work with the programme teams and department managers to understand their expenditure reports (management accounts) and budgets;

ยท Facilitate internal and external audits, and associated reviews of field systems;

ยท Organising and supporting financial assessments, reviews, monitoring and training of local partner organisations;

ยท Undertaking regular field visits to assess the financial systems in place & implement improvements wherever needed.

ยท Closely monitor all financial activities, and keep the CD/Senior Management Team advised of all situations that have the potential for a negative impact on internal controls or financial management performance.

ยท Ensure that the global accounting package (Microsoft Great Plains) is maintained in a proper manner, and utilized in an appropriate and effective manner

ยท As part of the country management team, contribute to the development of the countryโ€™s strategic direction and decision making processes so as to contribute to the overall leadership of the country programme;

ยท Ensure that the organisationโ€™s values and policy commitments, including accountability and equality, are reflected as relevant in the work of the Finance Team/Department;

ยท Ensure that all statutory deductions & taxes in respect of national staff are complied with & to liaise with relevant authorities in this respect.

Skills and Experience Required:


Professionally Qualified Accountant โ€“ ACCA, CIMA, ACA, CPA.

At least two yearsโ€™ experience working as an accountant.

Experience with Computerized accounting packages, ideally Microsoft Great Plains.

Willingness to work in an insecure environment.

Have a strong commitment to helping the poorest people in the world to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals.

Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure.

Excellent communication and presentation skills, including being able to work effectively in English and French โ€“ written and spoken.


Sectoral Experience.

Experience working in volatile contexts.

The CFC position is an important role on the country Management Team, potential candidates are expected to demonstrate ability in the following areas: Leadership, Communicating and working with others, Delivering results, Planning and decision making, Managing yourself .


To apply: CVs should be submitted through our website at

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.

Concern has a Programme Participant Protection Policy and an organisational Code of Conduct which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concernโ€™s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

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