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Finance Officer

Al Başrah (Iraq)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Al Başrah (Iraq)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-30

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Finance Officer



The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

In 2003, following the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country, and now operates in 11 governorates, including Anbar, Baghdad, Babel, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din.



About the job

In close cooperation with the Finance Specialist, and Head of Support and Administration reinforce existing procedures and systems for financial management and control in compliance with guidelines set out in the finance chapters of DRC’s Operations Handbook, the country’s laws, and donor requirements. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:


  • Manage day-to-day accounting functions, including regular cash verification, cash/bank reconciliation, monthly cashbooks closing, advances’ reconciliation, timely submission of accounts to Coordination Office;
  • Finalize monthly payroll in coordination with HR department.
  • Ensure payments to suppliers and recurrent expenditures are made in a timely manner with the appropriate authorization;
  • Control all the supporting documentation produced in the field office/sub office.
  • Monitor with HR/Admin Officer, staff phone bills on a monthly basis and follow up on reimbursements from staff for private or international calls;
  • Ensure payments to suppliers and recurrent expenditures are made in a timely manner with the appropriate authorization;
  • Control all the supporting documentation produced in the field office/sub office.
  • Brief the Area Support Services Manager on matters associated with finance on a bi-weekly and monthly basis;
  • Work closely with the Area Support Services Manager to ensure that through and effective budgetary control is undertaken.
  • Oversee the project-end procedures, ensuring that all payments are finalized within the liquidation period and all payments have been committed within the project period
  • Ensure monthly meetings are held with project team leaders/lead officers to discuss key issues, reasons for these, and any remedial action that is required;
  • Prepare for local audits in collaboration with Coordination office fielding requests as needed;
  • Ensure that inventory and assets lists are maintained and regularly updated in coordination with logistics department;
  • Ensure daily reconciliations between the cashbooks and dynamics has been done and any discrepancies are reported to the Area Support Services Manager with a clear plan on remedial actions.
  • Monitor the bank balances and ensure that office is liquid enough to meet the DRC obligations to the third parties.
  • Compile all the cash counts and payments tracker and submit to the Country Finance Manager every Thursday evening.




About you

To be successful in this role we expect the following:




  • University degree in Finance, Accounting, or related fields
  • Knowledge of donors guidelines and procedures
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English
  • Able to work independently and energetically
  • Flexible approach to manage and prioritize a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • Confident & proficient in the use of MS Office, and advanced Excel proficiency.
  • Good interpersonal skills to establish strong working relationships with colleagues




In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.



We offer

Contract length: 1 year

Level: H

Designation of Duty Station: Unacccompanied

Start date: 1st October 2019


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates/ Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact



Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


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Closing date for applications: 24th Sep 2019

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For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website


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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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