Desired start date: Mid-April 2020
Duration of the mission: 9 months (renewable)
Location: Position based in Aden
SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency DESK, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming. Over the course of 2018, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established presence in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate.
For the year 2019/20; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 10M Euros. It operates from Aden, where the coordination is based, and 2 operational field bases located in Al Turbah and Al Mokha. The mission is composed of 15 expatriates and about 100 national staffs and is funded by OFDA, CDC, YHPF, DutchMoFA and ECHO. SI Programming in Yemen focuses on addressing immediate food needs of communities at risk of famine, as well as providing timely response to displacements of population and AWD/Cholera outbreaks. Its portfolio is primarily composed of WASH Emergency projects, along with unconditional cash distribution. Strategic and institutional priorities for the mission in 2019/20 is to strengthen its Emergency Response capacity, and develop operational capacity in Taizz city.
ABOUT THE JOB
The finance coordinator will direct and coordinate all administrative, accounting and financial services associated with the mission.
As coordinator, he/she is responsible for guaranteeing the financial balance of the mission and for ensuring that all Solidarités International procedures, donor procedures and all laws of the country in which Solidarités International is intervening are respected.
He/she is the point of reference for the mission, and the link between headquarters and the mission for all matters relating to management, accounting and budget monitoring.
Specific stakes and challenges
The Yemen mission has been undergoing a substantial scale up in terms of financial volume in the first half of 2019, which occurred concomitantly with several gaps in the Admin department (gap in Admin Coordinator and turnover in Admin Coordinator Assistant position). This has challenged the necessary structuring of the department, in a mission which remains very new (2017). While the position has been split between a Finance Coordinator, and HR coordinator; the Finance department remains to be staffed and strengthened to be able to absorb the financial volume foreseen for end of 2019 and the year 2020. This will demand substantial training and capacity building of national team. Developing and enforcing context-specific policies and processes for Finance remains another challenge for the department.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN ACTIVITIES:
- Analysis of the socio-economic context
- Team management
- Financial, accounting and budgetary management
- Administrative management of the mission
- Cash management
The Finance Coordinator directly line manages one Deputy Finance Coordinator, and one Finance Coordinator Assistant. He/she is functional manager for the Admin Bases in Al Turbah and Al Mokha, and for the Log/Admin Manager of the Emergency Response Team.
Education and experience
- Diploma in administrative and financial management.
- Previous experience financial management for an international NGO (at least two years).
- Previous experience in unstable environment (conflict / post conflict country)
- Experience of team management
- Experience of Finance management
Knowledge and technical skills
- Knowledge of Saga softwares
- Knowledge of Solidarites rules, tools and procedures
- Good and proven writing and spoken English are required
- Arabic and/or French speaking is an asset
- Good analytical and writing/editing skills
- Good communication and diplomatic skills
- Good organization skill
- Capacity to work under pressure in a tense security environment
- Good pedagogical skills
- Knowledge and experience of the Yemen or Middle-eastern countries appreciated
- Multi-project support experience
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Skill transfer ability highly appreciated
- Anticipation and self-organization capacities
- Great work and stress management capacities
- Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments
SI WILL OFFER YOU…
A SALARIED POSITION: starting from 2640 euros gross per month (2400 € + 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 one break after two months spent on the field. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th months (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités).
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.
For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/
SECURITY AND LIVING CONDITIONS
The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden, linked to the presence of several armed groups competing over the control of the city. In August 2019, a military offensive was carried out by an Armed Opposition Group which took control of Aden after several days of intensive fighting. In the context of Aden however, INGOs are not a target, neither for criminal, political or armed groups. Main risks for INGOs in Aden relate to crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates in recent years), crowd mob and road accidents. To mitigate these risks, SI has developed strict security rules that the applicant needs to be ready to abide to.
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING CONDITIONS
The coordination office in Aden is shared with the guesthouse (same building). Security rules in Aden are rather restrictive, with a curfew at 8 pm, extended to 9 pm in the area where most INGOs are located. Expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, one restaurant, and two beaches (including one reachable by boat). Guesthouse is comfortable as per middle-east standards (large rooms with AC, good-standard bathrooms with running water). A gym and rest area have recently been built on the roof of the Guesthouse to improve expatriates’ living conditions (a pool table, darts game, and a baby-foot are available in the Guesthouse). In recent years, the number of international staff has increased in Aden, allowing for regular social gathering.