Regional Finance Manager
Middle East Regional Team
Department and Location
Amman (Jordan) is the preferred location, with frequent travel (up to 50%) to the Middle East Offices (other potential “home base” locations considered, such as Turkey or Lebanon or Europe)
Regional Director for Middle East
and technical reporting to Field Finance Director
Staff reporting to this post
Technical reporting of all Country Finance Mangers (6 Staff)
Plus, direct line to regional finance officer
Relief International is a leading non-profit organization working in 17 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
RI in the middle East operates in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Yemen, with a focus on the 4 main RI sectors – Health, WaSH, Education and Economic Opportunities
Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.
You will be the senior finance expert within the regional office, under the supervision of the Regional Director, with technical supervision from the Finance Field Director. You will provide leadership and coordination on the administrative, accounting, financial reporting and budgeting processes of RI’s Regional program offices to implement, maintain and improve financial management systems, policies and procedures.
The Regional Finance Manager will support the Field Finance Director to streamline all financial and accounting issues in the region, by guiding and coaching the Country Finance Managers, ensuring they have proper internal controls and that they follow Relief International’s financial policies and other standards, including regulatory and donor requirements recognized by the external auditors.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Systems and Controls
- Work closely with RI Country Finance staff to implement, improve and maintain financial management policies, systems, structures, and procedures including procurements and expenditures, inventory, requisition and record keeping system.
- Receive ongoing financial summaries from country offices in the region; check them for accuracy and compliance, and input to RI Global main Finance Center.
- Coordinate and compile with country finance staff, all projects monthly financial reports, statements and special analyses for submission to RI Global Finance.
- Ensure that financial records and back up documentation in all regional countries are ready for internal and external audits.
- Serve as primary liaison for the regional finance issues during the fiscal year, including audit preparation, audit and post audit time.
- Travel to field locations and assist Internal Audit with country-based risk assessment and internal audit reviews as required.
- Provide support to Internal Audit Dept in finding corrective response to audit findings uncovered through self-audit checklists, investigations, IAIA staff field visits, and external auditor reports.
- Respond to internal audit demands from the Internal Audit department and RI global support departments as these arise.
- Track US and field auditors and follow up on preparation progress ad results in accordance with Finance Field Director’s guidance.
- Coordinate consolidation of regional monthly transactions
- Prepare/review donor reports for in Country submissions
- Closely coordinate financial and budget management consolidation with country program manager and directors in the region in order to participate in all major program procurement bidding and vendor selection process in sites. Ensure that vendor selection complies with RI, donor and audit procurement requirements.
- Work closely with the Regional Program Director, but also country directors and program director, in the region to monitor project budgets and actual expenditures.
- Work closely with RI global finance in the preparation of US government, EU and other international donor agency grant and contract reports for submission to the donors.
- Ensure country BVA (Budget versus Actual) are done and shared on a monthly basis
Build Country level capacity
- Works within or travels frequently within the Middle East Region to provide training, leadership, oversight and direction to RI’s Country finance staff in order to enhance and develop overseas country national finance staff capabilities within a growing and expanding organization.
- Support capacity – building for field finance team’s financial responsibilities based on survey results, risk assessments field visits, and otherwise identified troubleshooting needs.
Management and coordination
- Manage the Regional Finance Officer in Amman
- Work in close coordination with the regional heads of departments, notably Programs, HR, Operations /Logistics, Program development, and Security, as well as the Global Support Office Finance team
- Ensure fluid communication flow on Finance-related matters with RSO and across Country Offices
- Draft yearly Finance Strategy for the region
- Perform other duties, assignments, and/or projects as assigned.
- Ability to travel widely across the Middle East region at 50% of the time with the flexibility on hours to contact people within wide time zone differences is required.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
This position will require a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
- Degree in accounting or Chartered Accountant or CPA equivalent preferred
- Must have progressive senior level of experience in NGO or non-profit organizations and familiarity with international donor agencies and governments grants administration.
- Solid background and knowledge of USAID / OFDA / UN / ECHO Rules and Regulations, other international emergency response and development actors;
- Previous INGO international experience as in-country finance manager highly desirable
- Good communication and relational skills in both oral and written forms, with cross cultural sensitivity as this role will work with colleagues from several geographical areas.
- Strong leadership ability and interpersonal skills and the ability to train and motivate others is a must;
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English. Arabic highly desirable.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills required;
- Understanding of balance sheet, risk management including interest rate risk, liquidity risk and foreign exchange risk as well as bank funding processes and contracting.
- Must be able to simultaneously manage multiple priorities and projects.
- Must be experienced in use of database software systems and Excel.
- Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail;
- Advance knowledge of Excel is required.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and accountability
- Agility and innovation