Finance Officer – Humanitarian programs
|Location||not specified, Netherlands|
|Date Posted||May 31, 2012|
|Category||Finance & Administration|
|Job Type||Full Time|
|Closing date for applications||6 Jun 2012|
Oxfam Novib is committed to ridding the world of poverty. We have a conviction that people are well capable of building a livelihood without poverty on their own, once given the chance to do so. Which is why we support local projects in developing countries, why we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people, and why we campaign to involve men and women also in our work. We work together with other Oxfam affiliates to increase our impact on development issues.
As part of its newly established Rapid Deployment Team, the department Humanitarian Unit is looking for a
Finance Officer – Humanitarian programs
Oxfam Novib works with other Oxfams and with local partner organisations to be better prepared for emergency situations and to provide an appropriate response to those situations where needed. To support Oxfam Novib country staff and partners to realise our humanitarian ambitions and duties Oxfam Novib is establishing a Rapid Deployment Team (RDT), whose members will be deployed in countries where Oxfam Novib is working, based on need for support in their area of expertise. Apart from enhancing Oxfam’s preparedness and response work, the RDT will contribute to organisation-wide capacity and profile development. As a finance officer you will be one of the RDT members. The RDT reports to the Manager of the Humanitarian Bureau at Oxfam Novib’s head office in The Hague, but during assignments in the field to the country based line manager.
You will work abroad most of the year (7-9 months), in different locations and often in crisis situations, and have to be willing to travel and/or move on short (48 hours) notice as required. This is an unaccompanied position.
The post holder will undertake a series of assignments for which specific Terms of Reference will be negotiated and agreed with relevant parties, prior to deployment and/or revised in the early stages of the deployment.
Objective of the position
To implement and monitor the financial aspects of humanitarian programs and projects, manage the financial risks & opportunities and arrange the necessary internal and external reports.
To contribute to the capacity building of Oxfam Novib partners and staff.
To promote organisation wide learning.
1) Financial planning, monitoring and budget management
To assist the Program Manager in the co-ordination and management of humanitarian programmes with particular responsibility for financial management.
Financial planning and budgeting of the total response, monitoring the allocation of available (back donor) funds and monitoring realization against budget.
Initiating on and monitoring financial implications of ON being a lead affiliate in humanitarian programs.
Performing financial risk assessments of the response in general and of the humanitarian partners, develop action plans based on risk assessment and follow up on these actions.
Grants management (ensuring proper contract management and meeting donor requirements).
To liaise with the institutional funding manager in the country office or at HQ on donor proposals, to prepare and contribute to back donor grant applications and reports and budget revisions when necessary.
To provide regular management information on the financial status of the response.
To ensure the allocation of financial resources at relevant partners and budget holders (including Oxfam Novib).
Ensuring cost effective cost efficient planning and implementation of the response programme.
Financial monitoring of responses.
Assessing financial back donor reports of response partners.
2) Enhancing capacity of Oxfam Novib and partners (financial) humanitarian capacities
Assessing humanitarian partners and program & project budgeting methods and advice on improvements.
Participating in assessments, audits, monitoring & evaluation missions and staff training events.
Assessment of financial- and audit reports of response and providing feedback and use findings for capacity development.
Assessment of financial capacity of response partners and accordingly financial capacity building of partners.
To liaise with humanitarian finance officer at HQ to contribute to the development and advancement of policies and procedures, financial tools, financial partner capacity building in a humanitarian programs.
3) Learning & policy development
Documenting experiences in the field and using these experiences to develop new and better practise.
Contributing to policy development of Oxfam Novib and Oxfam International.
Contribute to communicate Oxfam Novib humanitarian practise to external stake holders.
A degree in finance management on a masters or bachelor’s level.
4 years of relevant work experience in financial position including financial management, planning, administration and budgeting & auditing.
Several years of working experience related to humanitarian and or international development organisations.
Experience in independent financial planning, budgeting, reporting (preferably in humanitarian contexts), and capacity to evaluate these against the political and socio-economic context within which they are carried out.
Experience and knowledge of relevant financial IT-systems, Pastel and SAP (Adobe).
Excellent social skills and you are a team player.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and writing) in English and French.
Most time of the year, you will be deployed in countries where Oxfam Novib is involved in humanitarian programming or preparedness. The residence (in between deployments) can be in any of the countries/cities where Oxfam Novib has an office and where an international airport is nearby.
A competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set between € 2328,- and € 3581,- gross per month on the basis of a 36-hour working week. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance, additional expat allowances will be offered.
More information and application procedure
Send your application in writing in English including a motivation letter and curriculum vitae quoting reference number 5-131 to email@example.com, to the attention of Shabinah Asgarali, Recruiter, before June 6, 2012.
Further information about the job can be obtained from Hans van den Hoogen, Manager Humanitarian Unit (+31 70 3421951).
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