Position Title: Finance Manager
Activation Date: 10 Jan, 2019 Announced Date: 10 Jan, 2019 Expire Date: 22 Jan, 2019
About War Child UK:
War Child was established in 1993 as a response to the brutal effects of conflict on children during the Balkans war. We are currently operational in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.
War Child UK started its operation in the Western Region of Afghanistan in 2003 working in three (3) thematic areas namely Education, Protection and Livelihood. War Child UK’s main office is located in Kabul and a sub-office in Herat.
This position is an important member of the Afghanistan SMT and will lead on ensuring timely, high quality and reliable financial information and analysis is readily available to inform programme decision making. Within this remit, specific requirements will include: budget management and tracking spending; generating up to date and timely financial monitoring reports and flagging analysis to identify and project potential under/over spending; ensure timely preparation of financial reports and documents for WCUK HQ and donors; participate in strategic planning and decision making under the guidance of the CD.
Duties and Responsibilities may include but not limited to:
1.1 Financial Management & Administration
- Lead on all financial management, reporting and planning across the Afghanistan programme;
- Advise and support the CD in designing and implementing appropriate financial controls and budget management mechanisms, including tools for tracking and analysing spending across multiple grants;
- Ensure compliance and timeliness of financial reports for WCUK and donors;
- Lead on financial risk and coverage analysis to inform strategic decision making;
- Monitor and coordinate compliance with financial policies, procedures and practices in all WCUK Afghanistan projects;
- Timely development of Afghanistan monthly financial reports and budget versus actual (BVA) analysis for SMT and programme teams joint review;
- Management of WCUK Afghanistan cash flow and bank accounts in Afghanistan including: deposits; online processing; withdrawals; and bank reconciliations;
- Lead on budget development and financial aspects of proposal development;
- Lead on all financial reporting for WCUK, donors, and auditors.
- Manage all audit processes, including statutory, donor, internal;
- Ensure War Child remains compliant with all in-country regulations.
1.2 Capacity building staff & local partners
- Build capacity of the finance staff in the country office through on-the-job training, mentoring, coaching as well as trainings and workshops;
- Contribute to the designing and implementation of capacity building initiatives for WCUK partners as part of organisational development commitments
- Build capacity of local partners in finance/logistics
1.3 Management of staff
- Supervise all finance staff in Afghanistan, including all HR requirements, regular team meetings, one-to-one meetings, etc.
- Lead on development plans for all finance staff in Afghanistan and actively develop best practices in all projects through training; coaching and mentoring;
- Advise and support the CD on the above subjects.
- Update relevant support team members at HQ about developments in Finance.
We use our passion and creativity to deliver high quality evidence-based work designed to maximize our beneficial impact for children in conflict.
Accountable to Children
Children can rely on us to respond to their voices and to treat them with respect and dignity.
We expect to be held to account by our supporters and beneficiaries and we respond with openness and honesty.
Committed to each other
We support each other and our partners to achieve ambitious goals and to the best we can be we are honest and open with each other, sharing our success and confronting our challenges
War Child in Afghanistan operates in a dynamic environment with a team of highly motivated and dedicated staff. The right candidate will share these qualities and bring effective leadership to a diverse team. The successful candidate will be creative problem solver and foster a solution-based approach to management.
2.1 Experience and mandatory criteria:
- Afghan Nationals only
- Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) degree with a major in Accounting or Finance
- Several years’ experience in managing finances, preferably with experience in INGOs, UN, or donors outside of Afghanistan.
- Familiarity with project cycle financial management and donor reporting.
- Comfortable and willing to work in a dynamic security context.
- Demonstrated experience managing substantial budgets in excess of 1 million GBP.
- Experience designing and implementing financial best practice.
- Demonstrated experience of capacity building of staff through coaching, training and mentoring.
- Dynamic and motivated with a positive and collegial attitude to joint problem solving.
- Strong focus on timely and quality outputs.
- Self-reflective and open to feedback from direct reports and line management.
- Able to work under pressure, to tight deadlines, and with competing priorities.
2.2 Technical Skills/Expertise:
- Must be able to communicate effectively in English.
- Pashtu and/or Dari are asset.
- Excellence in use of excel and financial management software.
- Supervisory and management experience.
- Active problem solving with a focus on collegial working and supportive staff to own solutions.
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to work with a diverse team.
- Personal commitment and drive for timely and high-quality results.
- Strategic perspective and keen to take ownership of finance functions, challenges, and solutions.
- Proactive, able to multi-task and flexible to changing priorities.