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Job Description

Country Finance Officer  Somali-National only

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Reports to: Country Finance Coordinator

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Dimensions: Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 600 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in southern states). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer-term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Country Finance Officer will support the Country Finance team in achieving effective and well-coordinated finance management system across all area offices.

JOB TITLE: Country Finance Officer
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Finance LOCATION: Hargeisa
GRADE: 4
CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 4 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Country Finance Officer will support the Country Finance team in achieving effective and well-coordinated finance management system across all area offices.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Country Finance Coordinator

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: 

•    Ensure compliance to monthly and quarterly financial diaries for Agresso FMS Accounts systems and ensure its strict adherence to the HQ deadlines and deadlines set at the Country Level.

•    Monitor field office data postings, and ensure that 95% of the data is posted with the period

•    Supporting Pro-save and Accounts Payable invoicing and invoice reconciliation

•    To ensure that Monthly data quality is checked and corrected before month-end

•    Ensure that cash limits are observed at the end of every month

•    Take Part Compiling and Preparing Monthly Country Fund Request and ensuring the Deadlines

•    Process recharge journals for International staff and other costs booked under Inter-Country account

•    Process monthly salary advances and ensure that HQ payroll deducts from International staff salaries.

•    In cooperation with the Country Finance Coordinator check the Supporting Document of all Payments coming from Field offices for CD approvals in compliance with SCI financial policies and procedures and the internal audit recommendations

•    Maintenance and updating of the Agresso FMS and posting for field offices during hard close

•    Responsible for ensuring that reconciliation of balance sheet/control accounts are carried out on monthly basis, ensuring that month-end accounting procedures are followed consistently and that any discrepancies are reported to the Country Finance Coordinator.

•    Carry out autonomous field checks and visits to support and build capacities of the Field Finance teams.

•    Take part in preparation for and undertaking of internal and external audit exercises and subsequent implementation of the auditors’ recommendations. In this regard ensure all finance documents are accurately filed and are easily retrievable.

•    Review and compile Monthly Financial Review checklist documents and communicate any issues arising to the Field offices.

•    Ensure that systems are put in place to assure document security for a complete audit trail from the Agresso FMS accounts records to supporting documentation and vice versa

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Working contacts

•    Internal: The post holder will work closely with Country Finance Team, Field finance Teams, Regional Finance Teams and SCI Centre.

•    External: Save the children Members, RO, SCI Centre, Banks, Insurance Companies etc

COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIOURS

Delivering Results

·       Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

·       Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

·       Plans, prioritizes and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

·       Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise

·       Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards

·       Keeps up to date with trends in their work area

·       Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts

 

Developing Self and Others

·       Shows awareness of their strengths and limitations and actively takes responsibility for their development

·       Seeks out feedback to understand their areas for improvement

·       Actively shares knowledge and experiences with others

 

Working effectively with others

·       Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with

·       Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

·       Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups

·       Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximize impact

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

·       University degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Finance

·       A minimum of 3 years of work experience in similar role in an NGO or with a busy working environment

·       Computer skills especially in Ms Excel, and Agresso or FMS Accounting packages

·       An energetic, flexible and proactive approach with the ability to work both independently and co-operatively within a team setting and maintain good working relationships

·       Ability and willingness to work under high pressure to meet tight deadlines

·       A commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Adult Safeguarding.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, All employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Female qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply 

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URLs:-

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=210002CL&lang=en

Closing Date will be 20th October -2021

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • University degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Finance
  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in similar role in an NGO or with a busy working environment
  • Computer skills especially in Ms Excel, and Agresso or FMS Accounting packages
  • An energetic, flexible and proactive approach with the ability to work both independently and co-operatively within a team setting and maintain good working relationships
  • Ability and willingness to work under high pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • A commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at https://somalia.savethechildren.net/careers

Application will be close on 20th October 2021.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Disclaimer:

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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