Desired start date: 10/05/2020
Duration of the mission: 12 months
Base: Syria Mission – Amman Jordan Consortium Management Unit
ABOUT THE MISSION
SI has been working in Syria since 2012 and currently has strong coverage for WASH, FSL and NFI programs across North West (NWS) and North East Syria (NES). The NES programs provide an integrated assistance in the WASH, NFI, Shelter and Livelihoods sectors to displaced populations and host communities affected by the conflict. NWS programs are remotely managed and provide WASH and NFI/Winterization support to affected populations. Since 2016, SI has been partnering with a local health partner to develop and strengthen a WASH-and-Health integrated approach, and is currently developing the streamlining of Protection within its existing programs.
The Syria mission counts about 340 national staff, more than 60 expatriates, and has a 25 million USD budget forecasted for 2020.
Acquired funding, financial visibility, searched complementary fundings: The mission has secured several funding from CDC, UNICEF, ECHO, OFDA and an ambitious consortium of 2 years with OFDA will ensure a good financial visibility for the mission until 2020.
ABOUT THE JOB
The Finance Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the financial and administrative performance of the LEARN Consortium project funded by OFDA.
The Finance Specialist will provide leadership in developing tools for successfully administering a consortium budget and providing financial analysis of the projects performance to inform decision-making processes. As a member of the prime implementing agency, the Finance Specialist will work with four partner agencies (Solidarites International Syria Mission, Relief International, People in Need and Un Ponte Per) and will oversee the coordination of reporting that adheres to all agencies’ financial protocols.
As Finance Specialist for the Consortium, he/she is responsible for guaranteeing the financial balance of the project and for ensuring that all Solidarités International procedures and donor procedures are respected.
He/she is the financial point of reference for the Consortium, and the link between headquarters and the partners for all matters relating to accounting and budget monitoring. Increased focus on monitoring, compliance, quality and learning lessons, with the implementation of program lessons learnt and decision trackers, MEAL checklists and other tools.
- Coordinate the financial aspects of the multi-year, multi-partner program in line with OFDA requirements.
- Consolidate financial reports, fund requests and budgets in a timely manner.
Financial and Programmatic Support:
- Organize and lead training on global financial aspects upon partner’s request.
- Support, advice and develop tools, procedures or guidelines with partners to ensure financial compliance.
Communication & Relationships:
- Participate from time to time in any such consortium meetings to foster compliance and to address any financial issues, and/or input into agenda (e.g. inductions, kick off processes, etc.).
- Ensure that sub-grant related processes and procedures are consistently implemented through the use of compliance checks and agreements.
ORG CHART POSITION (REPORTING AND FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS)
- Line Specialist: Chief of Party
- Line report(s) on base: None
- Functional Specialist: Solidarités International Desk Finance Officer
Functional report(s): None
Requirement for this candidate to be able to build strong relationships with finance partner counterpoints, be able to work closely with a diverse CMU team, have highly developed technical skills, have strong communciation skills towards a range of stakeholders from field teams to Steering Committee, and have the maturity and experience to identify and propose solutions to possible issues before they arise.
Diploma/education: Master’s Degree in Finance or Accounting or professional accounting qualification, such as a CPA or equivalent.
Previous experience: Minimum of five years of experience in a finance/accounting management and coordination role, international NGO experience a must, preferably with Consortium related experience.
Skills: High diplomatic communication, negotiation, organizational skills and team management.
Technical Skills: Excel, accountancy software, knowledge of OFDA donor rules.
Languages: Full English proficiency
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried post:starting from 2860 € gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly), according to experience (+100€/year of humanitarian experience on an equivalent position +50€/year of experience on a non-equivalent position), and a monthly Per Diem.
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.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 10-day break (specificity for expatriates located in North East Syria) during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).
In Amman, security risks are extremely low and restrictions are very limited.
Field visit: Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and displacements in the areas of intervention. Adherence to strict security procedures is necessary, while the security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context.
Living conditions in Amman are very good and staffs have access to a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars. Most of occidental products (food, clothing…) are easily accessible in Amman. The country also proposes several destinations for weekends.
Accommodation will be in SI guesthouses which are spacious and very comfortable or Housing/Family packages could be also proposed.
The perdiem rate for NES is 785 USD a month.