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Finance Coordinator-Compliance - Country Office (National Position) - Somalia


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The NRC Somalia Country Programme is part of the NRC Horn of Africa, Yemen, Uganda and South Sudan regional mission.Prioritized activities focus on shelter and infrastructure construction; water, hygiene and sanitation; emergency education including youth education; food security; protection and information, counselling and legal Assistance (ICLA).

The role of Finance Coordinator-Compliance is to provide support in ensuring that NRC Somalia Program consistently complies with all the legal regulations, financial requirements and humanitarian standards set by NRC and its donor partners.

The Finance Coordinator reports to the Country Finance Manager.

Job description

Generic responsibilities:
Ensure that country set up adhere to Financial Handbook, NRC policies, donor and auditor requirements
Implement NRC’s financial systems, routines and procedures
Maintain overall budget control and monitor cash flows
Management of financial team
Training of line managers and staff with financial responsibilities
Provide regular analysis and reports
Implement anti-corruption policy
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities:
Quality Assurance and Audit:
Design and deliver the training action plans informed by audit reports and financial reviews.
Undertake regular systems reviews and conduct follow up on the job training for NRC offices
Review all NRC Somalia monthly financial vouchers and provide a report for completeness and compliance with the NRC Somalia mission policies, plans and procedures.
Ascertain the extent of compliance with the NRC Somalia mission policies, plans and procedures.
Provide internal review reports, which highlight internal controls weaknesses and include recommendations for appropriate action.
Assist management in updating operations manual to ensure adequate internal controls and internal checks.
Identify any areas of risk exposure to the mission, discuss with Finance Manager and address the risks identified.
Act as the focal point for external audits, provide necessary documents required and responding to management letters.

Grant Compliance on Implementing Partners
Provide program staff and implementing partners’ guidance/reference on sub-grant utility, reporting and accountability requirements.
Conduct pre-award workshops for identified prospective Implementing Partners.

Other duties
Assist with any other duties assigned by the Country Finance Manager and the CD, as and when required.


Generic professional competencies:
University degree in Accounting and Finance
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (ACCA) or equivalent
Minimum of 3 year’ relevant work experience in INGO or UN with practical experience hosting and working with external auditors.
Good communication and coordination skills
Good ability to plan for different sets of scenarios in relation to external and internal audits
Excellent project management, accounting and expenditure verification attention to detail
Understanding of issues in complex emergencies and crisis contexts
Ability to work with stress and under high time and other pressure
Excellent ability to work independently with very limited supervision
Ability and willingness to work and live under difficult circumstances
Good fluency in the English language, both written and verbal
Excellent working knowledge of Excel and standard accounting packages
Knowledge of the Somali language is an added advantage
Willingness to travel to all areas of the country where the programme is implemented, on a regular basis
Flexible and creative

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
Context knowledge and experience
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Strong organisational and team working skills
Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
Highly approachable, trustworthy and confidential
Knowledge of the Somalia language

Personal qualities

Behavioral competencies
Managing performance and development
Empowering and building trust
Managing resources to optimize results
Handling insecure environments

We offer

Commencement: ASAP
Contract period: 12 months, with possibility of extension
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
Duty station: Mogadishu, but covering all Somalia

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Banking and Finance
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Banking and Finance
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-22

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