Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 06 Jun 2018
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of over 150 people working in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. Mercy Corps’ national office is in Goma with sub-field offices in Bukavu and Kavumu/Katana (South Kivu), Kitchanga, (North Kivu), and Bunia (Ituri). The current Mercy Corps strategy in DRC focuses on activities for the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in camps of internally displaced people, large-scale WASH infrastructure and service delivery development in urban centers; Food Security, Economic Recovery/Development and Governance programs, with an increasing shift towards transitional and integrated development programming. The DRC team has a strong commitment to providing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to development challenges, and is actively seeking and facilitating market-based solutions.
General Position Summary
Working under the Finance Director based in Goma, the Finance Manager will be based in Bukavu and will be the financial focal point for the USAID/FFP Food Security Program (FSP). S/he will ensure timely budget/spending reports, compliance tracking, oversight and monitoring of subawards (2 international, 2 national), and will be responsible for finance functions and staff in the South Kivu offices. In addition, Finance Manager will support the reporting of financial information and assist the Country Office in ensuring compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures and donors’ grants and contracts requirements. The incumbent of this position will assist the Finance Director in the overall management of the country-wide accounting, capacity building of the national team members in support of the country finance strategy, and will play a coordinating role with the different departments and functions within the country office.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Finance and Compliance management
Accountability to Beneficiaries
1-3 staff in Bukavu, 1-3 sub-office finance staff as necessary.
Reports Directly To: Finance Director
Works Directly With: All MC DRC team members including: Finance & Subgrants Manager, Department Directors/Managers, Program Directors/Program Managers, Heads of Field Offices, and headquarters team members at MCE and MC PDX, as appropriate.
Knowledge and Experience
The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel in both French and English is required. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary. Ability to work independently is crucial. A high professional standard of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. The ability to take financial data and present it in meaningful financial reports is essential. The Financial Reporting and Compliance Officer must be willing to travel to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in (Bukavu, DRC) and it requires up to (30 %) travel to field locations, Goma and internationally.
The position is unaccompanied and will be based in Bukavu, DRC and will require travel throughout South Kivu and to Goma (North Kivu). While conditions in the country are improving, and security is quite stable in Bukavu, there are still pockets of violence and insecurity and petty crime is present. Mercy Corps’ sub-offices experience variable levels of insecurity, with the situation closely monitored by UN peacekeepers. Years of conflict and corruption have badly damaged the country’s infrastructure. Air travel is necessary to get from one end of the country to the other. Mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is limited, but available in all Mercy Corps offices. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There are a number of health services available with several evacuation options for serious illnesses. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.
This position is entitled to shared/group staff housing in Bukavu and is eligible for R&R per the DRC R&R policy. This position is not eligible for hardship pay.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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