Desired start date: September 2020
Duration of the mission: 12 months (renewable)
Location: Position based in Beirut
ABOUT THE MISSION
Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugees, mainly in its northern governorate (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Bekaa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 in order to address the immediate needs of both Syrian refugee and Lebanese host families also affected by the crisis. SI in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut. The expatriate team consists of 12 staff members, while the national team represents about 130 staff members. Early 2020, the mission has a global budget of around 15 M USD. Tripoli base counts for 70% of this amount and Zahle base for 30%.
SI LEB’s program portfolio revolves around 3 main axis
- WASH interventions in Informal settlements
- Integrated approach (wash/shelter interventions integrated with Protection and Health activities implemented by partners)
- Response to emergencies
ABOUT THE JOB
The Finance Coordinator will direct and coordinate all accounting and financial services associated with the mission.
As coordinator, he is responsible for the mission’s financial balance.
He/she will monitor adherence to Solidarités procedures and donor procedures as well as to the laws of the country in which intervention is taking place.
He/she is mission’s focal point, and the link between headquarters and the mission for all finance matters.
- A Country Director
- A Deputy Country Director (Head of Programs)
- 2 Field Coordinators (North and Bekka)
- A Technical coordination team composed of 1 Wash Co, 1 Shelter Co, 1 IM Co, 1 MEAL Co, 2 consortium Co, 1 Grant manager
- 3 Support Coordinators: FIN, HR, LOG
- 1 Compliance manager
The FIN Coordinator has two direct reports
- 1 Deputy FIN Coordinator
- 1 FIN Coordinator Assistant
MAIN RESPONSABILITIES :
- Analysis of the socio-economic context
- Team management
- Financial, accounting and budgetary management
- Administrative management of the mission
- Cash management
- University degree / humanitarian degree in a relevant field such as business, economy, accountancy or equivalent.
- Minimum 5 years with INGO specialized in Humanitarian assistance
- Minimum 3 years of experience as Finance/Admin Coordinator or on similar positions
- Previous working experience in the Middle East and/or Lebanon is an asset
- Previous experience with Solidarites International desirable
TECHNICAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Strong command of donors’ rules and procedures
- Strong command of financial technics (budget management and project cycle management
- Knowledge of SI’s rules, tools and procedures
SOFT SKILLS AND SPIRIT:
- Good negotiation and diplomacy skills
- Organized and problem solving spirit
- Autonomy and capacity of initiative
- Flexibility and strong coordination skills
- Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads
- Excellent command of English (speaking, reading and writing)
- Strong command of French recommended
- Good command of Arabic is a strong asset
- Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A SALARIED POSITION: starting from 2640 € gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly per diem of 750 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.
VACATION: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3/6 and 9 month (with 850 USD allocated by SI). To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked (i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-year contract)
SOCIAL AND MEDICAL COVER: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
HOUSING /FAMILY PACKAGE: can be included, housing allowance; child and school allowance; insurances + flights for all the family members.
SECURITY AND LIVING CONDITIONS
Lebanon is currently facing with three intertwined crises: political, economic and sanitary (COVID19). The social uprising which started in October 2019 has been further exacerbated over the past 6 months with a dire deterioration of the economic situation of a huge proportion of the Lebanese populations. Tensions are exacerbated which resulted in regular and violent demonstrations and riots over the last couple of months. The sanitary situation due to COVID19 also accelerated the deterioration of the economic situation with half of the Lebanese population now deemed to be under the poverty line, following decrease of salaries, job losses and devaluation of the Lebanese pound. Despite these on-going internal and external tensions, Lebanon’s security situation is currently good. There is no curfew in place on the Lebanon mission and international staff can move around without too many restrictions even though Akkar and the Beqaa valley include some no-go areas. The security measures in place could still be upgraded quickly depending on the context’s evolution.
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING CONDITIONS
In Beirut, the guesthouse and the office are located in close-by buildings. The guesthouse is a 3 bedroom apartment, fully furnished and comfortable. Beirut is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, cinemas, etc.
Lebanon is a safe country you can discover by yourself. We have guesthouses available in 2 other Lebanese cities, Zahle and Tripoli, available on weekends. All common goods and amenities are available on all bases.