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Finance Officer


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: Closed

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.”  The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.


The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.


The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The secretariat is organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.


The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Secretariat in Geneva and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.


This position is part of the MENA Regional Office’s Finance and Administration Unit located in Beirut, Lebanon.

Job Purpose

Under the supervision of the Finance Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing timely, efficient, and effective financial services, including the accounting cycle, finance, and some treasury-related tasks, within a sound internal control environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Treasury and receivables

  • Follow up on the cash reimbursement of private calls of the regional office’s staff.
  • Perform surprise cash counts to ensure effective controls are in place.
  • Perform cash counts and bank account reconciliations.
  • Follow up on the bank accounts availability.

Accounting and filing

  • Ensure daily data input of the transactions into the financial system.
  • Check that financial codes are correct before booking the transactions and inform line manager of any codes that are unavailable in the system.
  • Monitor and organize the documents and files, according to the standard filing system.
  • Validate the transactions and post them to the books every day.
  • In coordination with the Finance Manager, provides input to the completion of the delegation checklist, and to the Senior Finance Analyst’ findings.

Validations of transactions

  • Validate the transactions according to IFRC policies, and procedures (e.g., Expenditure Authorization procedure and others).
  • Provide feedback to the requester if there are findings during the validation process that require corrections.
  • Prepare the Regional Director’s retrospective authorization on a quarterly basis for the review of the Finance Manager.

Travel-related transactions

  • Review and validate the travel requests, expense claims, reconcile the balances, and coordinate the recovery or payment of balances to the staff.

Accounts Payable

  • Check the supplier invoices and perform a compliance review regarding but not limited to coding and supporting documentation.
  • Ensure that the finance staff validates and that the project manager or HR manager approves the supplier invoices, prior to accounting and payment.
  • Request suppliers’ account statements to ensure accurate payments.
  • Check pending invoices received from suppliers and advise on the required action.
  • Reconciled suppliers’ balances and prepare the payment requests with all necessary supporting documentation.
  • Escalate issues to the Finance Manager, when needed.

Working Advances

  • Review and validate the clearances received from the National Societies or IFRC staff.
  • Advise project managers on outstanding working advance (dormant) which requires action from their end.
  • Assist with the preparation and coding and booking of staff working advance journals, if necessary.

Supplementary Services

  • Ensure that the member National Society approved all the transactions.
  • Ensure that the codes are correct, and the supporting documentation is adequate.
  • Run the required reports to ensure the accurate preparation of the draft invoice.
  • Submits the report and the draft invoices to the Senior Finance Analyst for validation purposes.
  • Address any finding reported by the Senior Finance Analyst.

Month-end close routines

  • This post will be responsible to successfully perform all the routines related for the closing of the month within the deadlines.
  • This position will prepare of the delegation checklists and review of the exception reports.


Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)


  • Review and validate the supplementary services invoices before submitting them to the Finance Manager.
  • Establish and ensure effective working relationships with the staff and management of the MENA Regional Office.
  • Ensure and promote compliance with the Federation's financial procedures, budgeting system, monthly accounts closure, bank reconciliation & processes.
  • Provide briefing about the finance systems, procedures and processes when requested.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Finance Manager.


Duties applicable to all staff

1. Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals 
2. Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
3. Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities assigned by the line manager



A university or professional school degree in an accounting or finance-related area -Required
Qualification in business administration or auditing -Prefrred


  • 5+ years’ professional experience in a finance or accounting department -Required
  • 2+ years of field experience in a humanitarian organisation -Preferred
  • Effectively managing and supporting staff -Preferred
  • Red Cross / Red Crescent movement, other international organization, large NGOs, and governmental development agencies -Preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Languages

  • Self-supported in computing systems (e.g., accounting software and MS Office)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good analytical skills and solution focused person
  • Time Management skills
  • Skills in training and developing staff
  • Organization and coordination skills (i.e., able to organize and delegate tasks)



  • Fluently spoken and written Arabic -Required
  • Fluently spoken and written English -Required
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French)-Preferred

Competencies, Values and Comments

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust 


IFRC ensures equal employment opportunities!

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