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Finance Manager

General Function:

The Finance Manager will oversee financial management of the World Relief South Sudan (WRSS) program and will be under the supervision and direction of the Country Director and with close links to the Home Office Finance Team that is based in Nicaragua.

The Finance Manager will oversee all financial functions in South Sudan including Unity State and Western Equatoria State in accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.

The Finance Manager ensures donor regulations as well as World Relief internal policies and procedures and provides support to the Country Director, Program Manager, and Sector Managers.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Oversee and manage daily country-wide accounting and finance functions including the timely recording of transactions, cash management, banking, payroll, inventory, receivables, and payables.
  • Monitor systems for financial operations in all the field offices in accordance with the WRSS Field Finance Manual and donor regulations, including systems for cash flow management, budgeting, consolidation of accounting information, internal controls, financial reporting, financial record-keeping, grant management and compliance.
  • Assist HR with the recruitment and capacity building of the finance staff.
  • Maintain banking relations and plan/monitor country cash flow requirements to ensure the smooth implementation of WRSS programs.
  • Provide monthly standard accounting submission to HO, including general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditure by project, required sub-grantee or Partners reporting, as well as other financial information in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provide monthly management reports to the Country Director, Program Manager, and Sector Managers, including expenditure by project, sub-grantee or Partners reporting and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Develop annual fiscal year budgets with the Program Manager and Sector Managers and implementing grant budgeting and forecasting systems.
  • Enter fiscal year budgets and regular reports on World Relief’s system for global online budget tracking (ERP)
  • Develop, schedule, and perform internal audits and reviews as required to ensure compliance with WRSS and donor requirements.
  • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; compile and update applicable local policies; and train WRSS program and partner staff in these policies
  • Ensure compliance with WRSS procurement policies and procedures for all goods and services.
  • Develop and maintain local office policies and procedures and provide training for all issues related to local financial matters.
  • Support HR on compensation packages, taxation requirements and human resource policies for local staff to ensure that WRSS has adequately planned for local staff compensation and benefits.
  • Provide technical supervision, oversight and training to all finance staff, including those of partner organizations.
  • Review accounting systems, practices and reports of WR partners to assure compliance with accounting standards, donor intent, and signed agreements.
  • Oversees the protection of WR’s country assets through the enforcement of internal control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain current knowledge of local government requirements related to financial matters and ensures compliance with tax regulations and other legal requirements.
  • Maintain up to date liaison with World Relief Headquarters on all finance, accounting, grant budget management, and cash management matters.
  • Prepare all donor financial reports in respect to accounting, legal and contractual requirements and ensures the review of such reports by the Country Director prior to submission.
  • Oversee the timely preparation, review, and approval of all monthly bank accounts and cash reconciliations.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the South Sudan Country Director.

    Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • At least over 5-10 years of progressive financial management experience is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a suitable field, Master’s degree in the above fields with recognized professional certification such as CPA is preferred.
  • Five -year experience in grants management as well as an understanding of donor regulations.
  • At least three years of international experience is required; international NGO/UN field office experience is preferred.
  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.
  • Advance computer skills in MS Office package, particularly Excel.
  • Ability to manage budgets, financial accountability procedures, logistics, and commodity tracking.
  • Experience working on HR management issues, administration of collective bargaining issues or Finance Manager in a union environment.
  • Prior multi-cultural team leadership experience, independent thinker and self-starter.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Previous employment with a not for profit organization that receives funding from multiple sources, preferably in an international context.
  • Foreign language ability, Arabic preferred.

    Work Environment:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position is based in South Sudan, with Juba as the principle center of operations. Travel to and from the other field offices (sub-offices) will be required periodically.
  • Operating environment is volatile, with security restrictions in force.
  • Working hours will be structured in light of the prevailing emergency situation being addressed, and may be unsociable at times.

    How to apply:

    Qualified and interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter to

    Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered or contacted. No phone calls please.

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