Roving Finance Officer – Based in Karnali/Lumbini

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Karnali ,Lumbini
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 3-5 Years
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Jul 22, 2022

Job Description

IFRC Nepal is looking for Roving Finance Officer, who will work with Nepal Red Cross Society’s province chapters in Karnali & Lumbini with a primary responsibility to ensure sound internal control and financial management of the Covid-19 Program. He/she will be responsible for training, providing technical advice and guidance on management of funds, budgets, procurement, administrative and contractual matters. Coordinates with the IFRC finance and program team on the management of the budget and funding.

The position is based in one of the 2 provinces, preferably in Karnali, with frequent travel to district chapters.

Job description

Job Title Roving Finance Officer
Classification Level TBD
Organizational Unit/Delegation….etc.) Finance Unit, Nepal Delegation, Kathmandu
Immediate Supervisor’s Title Finance Officer, IFRC Kathmandu
Technical Manager’s Title ( if applicable)
Number of Technical Reports (if applicable)
Number of Direct Reports (if applicable) 0
Number of Indirect Reports (if applicable) 0

Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 192-member National Societies. The Organization acts before, during and after disasters, crises and health emergences in order to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. Our work is guided by seven fundamental principles (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality), policies and by Strategy 2030, which voices our collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in the coming decade. The IFRC Secretariat has a decentralized structure: five regional delegations (each with several country cluster delegations and country delegations reporting to it) covering the globe and responsible for frontline delivery through National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, backed by the Secretariat HQ based in Geneva.

The IFRC is currently present in Nepal through a Country Delegation (CD – first established in 1965 with a presence through regional representation at times), providing support to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) programmes and capacity building. The longer-term mission of the Nepal Delegation is to facilitate organisational growth, technical capacities, partnerships and resource mobilisation that enable Nepal Red Cross Society to deliver on its humanitarian mandate in the country through the provision of technical support, advocacy, representation and coordination functions, in accordance with Strategy 2030 and annual Operational Plans.

Job purpose

The Finance Officer oversees and supervises 2 province (Lumbini & Karnali) and it’s districts for Covid-19, leads on management of the province and district budget, and coordinates with the IFRC finance and program team on the management of the budget and funding. The position is based in one of the 2 provinces with frequent travel to district chapters.

Reporting to the Finance Unit in IFRC Nepal Delegation, Kathmandu, the Finance Officer’s primary responsibility is to ensure sound internal control and financial management of the Covid-19 Program, s/he is responsible for training and providing technical advice and guidance to National Society staffs implementing the programme. This includes management of funds, budgets, procurement, administrative and contractual matters for Covid-19 activities in Province/District Chapters and therefore accountable for the following with regards to the project:

  • National Societies Development
  • Control and risk management
  • Project Financial Management
  • Fraud and Corruption Prevention and Control Awareness

Job duties and responsibilities

Key Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide technical supervision to finance staff in province/district chapter to build capacity and oversee IFRC financial terms and conditions are respected.
  • Oversee monthly accounts closure for the supported province/ district chapter, verify compliance in terms of supporting documentation and Federation financial procedures with a focus on risk areas such as unauthorized expenditures, high value procurements, double booking.
  • Field visits to monitor implementation and sample check to verify that IFRC and donor financial terms and conditions are respected.
  • Ensure compliance with donor, IFRC and local regulation requirements and manage financial risks related to the implementation of activities.
  • Review and implement of IFRC finance policies, processes, and procedures with due consideration given to National Society.
  • Provide technical support, training and guidance on financial management, procurement, administrative processes and reporting requirements to province/ district finance staffs.
  • Advise province/ district chapters staffs on the effective use of resources so that deliverables are achieved within set budgets, timelines and standards.
  • Coordinate revision of province/ district chapter budgets and coordinate with IFRC Nepal Delegation, Kathmandu for its approval.
  • Monitor the activity implementation rate and prepare monthly financial management reports and issue regular updates on the programme financial performance.
  • Review cash needs, cash holdings against the program scope and the province/ district chapter absorption and reporting capacity.
  • In situation of crisis (National Society late reporting, fraud or irregularities) propose and enforce asset safeguarding measures that guarantee continuity of service delivery.
  • Review cash request needs and ensure the availability of sufficient funds to carry out its activities.
  • Contribute to creating awareness of the IFRC Fraud and Corruption Prevention and Control Policy among province/ district chapter staffs, external stakeholders, including suppliers, service providers, public authorities and community representatives.
  • Work closely with National Society staffs to ensure a sound system is in place for document movements and tracing where activities are being implemented.
  • Develop the finance and administration risk register for 2 provinces including District Chapters.

Duties applicable to all staff

1 Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
2 Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
3 Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line and technical managers
4 Duty Station: Field based. (to be decided)
5 Field visit: 80 % of the time

Required Qualification & Experience

Education Required Preferred
Relevant university degree in Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent x
Candidates with CA/CPA/CMA designations x
Certification in accounting x
Required Preferred
3-5 years of accountancy experience in comparably sized organization (s) x
Extensive experience in the administration and financial management of programs or equivalent combination of education and experience x
Extensive experience in working with computerized accounting systems x
Carry out responsibilities independently with minimal technical support from within the organization x
Knowledge of varied donor financial regulations x
Experience in managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies x
Field experience in humanitarian relief & emergency response setting x
Knowledge and Skills Required Preferred
Good skills in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing and accounting packages) x
Interpersonal communication skills x
Ability to work under pressure with flexible working hours x
Good analytical skills, leadership quality and a good team player x
Language Required Preferred
Fluently spoken and written English x

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their CV accompanied by a cover letter demonstrating how their experience is relevant to the specific technical requirements and details of the job duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job description at  ifrc.nepalco@ifrc.org , latest by 04 August 2022.