Monday, March 23, 2009

Danish Refugee Council - Regional Finance Controller


Title: Regional finance controller
Location: Nairobi based, with regular travel in region.
Contract and Duration: 1 year, with likelihood of extension. Starting 5.
May 2009.

Closing date: 27. March 2009


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict. Programmes include protection, livelihoods, food and NFI distribution, water and sanitation, and advocacy amongst others. There are 4 main programme offices in Somali region, one in Yemen, one in Kenya and one regional office in Nairobi. There are also non operational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy and capacity building, which are supported from the Nairobi regional office. Currently there is over 150 DRC staff in the region. The last 2 years have seen some growth in programme size, but primarily there has been a growth in the number of support and management functions demanded and required by the programme offices, in order to maintain quality and accountability.


The Regional finance controller is a new role which is set up to a) act as a support function to the programmes and finance staff in field offices, b) provide the senior management in Nairobi with overall support in all financial matters, c) monitor that all financial reporting for the programmes in Horn of Africa and Yemen is done timely and according to all guidelines.

Key Responsibilities.

Financial Management: to ensure that the financial administration in all offices follow DRC and donor policies and accepted accounting principles. Tasks include:

Support to program managers and field offices in all financial matters
Support in preparation of budgets, expenditure reviews and financial reports
Support the management in taking the right financial decisions
Trouble-shooting on a daily basis for all offices
Monitoring that field offices follow financial guidelines, through regular travels to the region
Initiate and implement constant development of necessary financial tools to improve financial management as well as management information systems on financial issues
Ensure that all financial reporting is done timely and according to all financial guidelines

Capacity building: to initiate and facilitate a constant training and capacity building of all staff involved in finance. Tasks include:

Plan regular visits to field offices
Daily contact to finance staff in the region
Pro-active feed back to field offices on all financial issues
Initiate and plan regular meetings/trainings with finance staff to update on developments, new procedures etc
Keep close contact to program managers in order to understand their needs for financial support

Reporting arrangements.

Reporting to the Head of Support Services


Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

Posting details: This post is primarily based in Nairobi, but with regular travel to Somalia and occasional travels to the whole Somali region and Yemen. Somali region suffers from general insecurity, and use of armed escorts is common.

Personal specifications

Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Accounting Business
At least 3 years of relevant senior level experience in financial management from working in NGOs
Possess strong analytical and conceptual skills and absolute structured and systematic working style
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations at all levels
Proven commitment to accountable practices
Proven ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision
Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing demands
Proven management skills
Excellent communications skills, calm and a good sense of humour
Pro-active, stable and robust character and a good team-player
Fluent in written and spoken English.
Proven ability to manage large and varied workloads, and deal constructively with stress
Commitment to gender equity

Knowledge of working in Somali region

Terms and Conditions.
Attractive salary will be discussed depending on qualifications
Benefits- housing allowance contribution, health insurance for employee and family

All applications should be sent to: The closing date to send in your applications is Friday, 27. March 2009.


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