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17 Apr 2019

Finance Assistant

Job Description

Finance Assistant – Garowe (Somali nationals only) – Somalia

Norwegian Refugee Council

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Rights Respected, People Protected

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC in Somalia

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

Role Specific Information

The purpose of the finance assistant position is to assist in the day to day implementation of delegated finance responsibilities.

Generic responsibilities:

Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines

Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action

Prepare and develop status reports as required by management

Ensure proper filing of documents

Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function

Specific responsibilities:

Record all cash movements and undertake periodic cash counts Assist in bank accounts and cashboxes reconciliations

Ensure timely recovery of all advances including travel and mid-month advances and provide monthly update of any outstanding advances to the finance officer

Prepare and arrange for bank withdrawals and transfers and present for verification

Verify all invoices, vouchers and receipts and supporting documents and enter in the system as appropriate

Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget.

Maintain accurate financial and accounting files and transactions

Send monthly reports to the Nairobi office

Making copies and scanning of all vouchers and the support documents before sending to the Area office or county office.

Performing any other duty assigned by the line manager

Deadline for application: 30/04/2019

Key info:

Advertiser: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ref. nr.: 4065640308 Full time

Number of positions: 1

Search criteria:

Location: Somalia

Industry: Emergency Relief

Special field: Finance

Job location: Garowe

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Diploma in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or relevant fields Minimum of 2years relevant finance experience

Generic professional competencies for this position:

Experience in finance role in a humanitarian / recovery context

Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts

Demonstrated ability to execute tasks in a timely and accurate way

Ability to organize and communicate in a clear and concise manner

Attentive to detail

Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

Fluency in English, Somali would be an added advantage

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up with excellent organizational and prioritization skills A flexible working style, absolute discretion and unfailing diplomacy

At ease dealing with people and tasks at different levels in a multicultural environment Able to deal with senior staff

Responsive, efficient and a positive manner and the ability to work as part of a team.


Behavioral competencies

Working with people/Team work

Planning and delivering results

Communicating with impact and respect

Handling insecure environments



Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contract period: up to Dec 2019 with the possibility of extension

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Garowe

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

NB: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the

four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.


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