Finance Development Delegate
Grade to be confirmed
Closing date (Geneva time zone):13-06-2019
Duty station status: Family Duty Station
Accompanied status: Accompanied
Category of Staff: Delegate
Grade: Not applicable
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. IFRC country office in Mozambique (MCO) which is just reopening is part of the Southern Africa Country Cluster set-up and its role and mandate in Mozambique are defined as support to the Mozambique Red Cross (Cruz Vermelha de Mozambique, CVM) in managing the Cyclone Idai relief and recovery operation, programme/service delivery, resource mobilisation, ensuring quality and accountability to donors, coordination of NSD/BD activities towards CVM development and ensuring effective implementation of the Cyclone Idai Emergency Appeal and Annual Operational Plan agreed with the CVM. National Society Development (NSD) Delegate is directly reporting to the Head of the Country Office. In Mozambique, there are three Partner National Societies with in country presence These are namely the Belgian RC Flanders, the German Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross. CVM has gone over the 10 years through a number of crisis which weakened the National Society substantially. New statutes were introduced in 2017 and a new governing board was elected and a new Secretary General appointed in the same year. Since his appointment a number of initiatives have started to reorganize the national society and to aim for financial sustainability in the future. New key staff, including Directors for Programmes and Finance and Administration were hired in the beginning of 2019.I 2018, OCAC was conducted. In March 2019 a powerful cyclone hit the central part of Mozambique caused several hundreds of casualties, widespread damage and resulted on huge loss of infrastructure and crops. The response of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in support of CVM will put additional pressure on the National Society limited capacity and will demand scaling up of staffing and other organizational components. There is, therefore, an opportunity to use the emergency to support longer term NSD activities by putting deliberate efforts to strengthen the institutional and operational preparedness capacity of the CVM in all sectors especially in finance, HR leadership skills, branch development, volunteer management, PMER and logistics amongst many others.
Building on the long-term finance development plan to be implemented with Mozambique RC, the main purposes of the job are:
To review of previous finance development approach in line with National Society Development Framework, new expectations and OCAC/NSD approach.
To develop and implement a Finance Development strategy that is aligned with the regional strategy, for Mozambique Red Crossstrengthen their financial management and financial reporting capacities.
To provide guidance, advice, training and all technical support to the National Societies, in coordination with the Federation Country office, in developing transparent accounting and finance management systems, skills, structures and finance procedures in the National Societies, that meet the requirements to operate advanced financial modality such as the funds transfer system.
To provide guidance and support to the National Societies on the aspects of integrated holistic approach from the wider perspective of National Society Development that includes finance development, risk management, grant management, sustainability as well as other initiatives that strengthen transparency and accountability.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
The Mozambique Finance Development delegate will undertake the following specific duties and responsibilities.
Financial management and analysis:
Guide and support NS in assessment of their current financial management systems using standard and harmonised tools i.e. current accounting procedures and practices; financial rules and procedures; the division of responsibility with regards to financial management between finance and programme staff; financial reporting and budget control functions; and banking and cash management regulations.
To advise, support and facilitate NS in strengthening their financial systems and procedures, considering existing capacities, and desired improvements that match business needs, that are in line with international best practices for the not-for-profit industry.
Support NS in strengthening accounting system, budget planning and review, self-assessment and review, diversity and sustainability.
Support NS to develop and implement costing policies and indirect cost recovery systems and promote best practices to strengthen existing cost recovery mechanisms.
Lead the NS in developing strategic plan to address recommendations from external audits and self-assessment processes such as OCAC
To work in collaboration with the Community, Safety and Resilience (CSR) unit in strengthening the NS finance management capacities in emergency situation as part of disaster management.
Support NS in identifying capacity building need areas and assist in capacity building.
Support NS in strengthening control mechanisms with appropriate policies, structures and resources.
Support NS in identifying risks and developing appropriate frameworks, tools to address these risks.
Promote the culture of risk awareness and appropriate risk mitigation amongst governance, management and staff.
To advise and Support NS in defining clearly roles and responsibilities of management functions about financial authority and responsibility. Support in introducing corporate governance.
Support NS in maintaining risk register on a regular basis.
Support NS on promoting a culture of fraud awareness and prevention by identifying risks that could lead to potential fraud, promoting the fraud related internal control and raising awareness of stakeholders in the National society of fraud risks.
Support NS in developing appropriate fraud and corruption control policies/frameworks.
Support NS in promoting accountability and developing appropriate frameworks, tools for the same.
Support in strengthening compliances.
Policies/Strategies and global tools
Support NS in developing and updating appropriate financial policies, plans, systems, strategies, procedures, guidelines and tools. Ensure these are compatible with the global and regional ones.
Support NS in ensuring compliances to the established policies and procedures as well as strengthening internal control systems.
Promote appropriate global tools (such as NSDF, OCAC, FWRS, Risk Management and Accountability Framework, Fraud and Corruption control policies etc), apply them as applicable and strengthen linkages of such tools with the programme activities. Promote alignment between the global/regional and national frameworks and tools.
Support the National Society in integrating/mainstreaming finance development into programming.
Support in identifying their needs for promoting integrated approaches and support them in strengthening interlinkages between the DDI, Human Resources Management, Logistics Management, Organisation Development etc.
Support National Societies to meet their statutory requirements related to membership: Submission of Income declaration and accompanying audited financial statements, and payment of statutory contribution on a regular basis.
Coordination/ communication and networking
Guide NS and maintain coordination and communication with the relevant stakeholders and more importantly with donors and partners.
Maintain regular and proactive dialogue with different stakeholders such as NS counterparts, Programme Coordinators /managers as well as PNSs, Finance Departments (regional office, country offices about finance development matters.)
Collaborate with the Regional Head of PSK in planning and implementing activities that contribute towards overall regional wide FD strategy and plans.
Recognized Professional qualification in accounting/Finance ( Chartered Accountant/ MBA in finance ) from a institute of repute.
Relevant professional training courses (Red Cross/Red Crescent related, humanitarian and development sector, management, etc.)
Experience of managing & supporting staff
Minimum five years’ experience of working for the Red Cross or working for a humanitarian aid organisation in a developing country.
Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in a finance / accounting role in senior position.
Experience of preparing budgets, clash-flow statements & financial plans
Experience of working with Federation accounting systems
Experience of writing narrative & financial reports
Experience in Management and Finance Information Systems (MIS/FIS)
Experience in developing the financial rules, practices and procedures for NGOs
Knowledge, skills and languages
Basic Delegates Training Course, IMPACT or equivalent knowledge
Advanced skills in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, accounting packages and word processing)
Valid international driving license (manual gears)
Strong skills in training and developing staff
Able to present financial information clearly, orally & in writing
Fluently spoken and written English
Good command of another IFRC official language (Portuguese or Spanish) – preferred
Competencies and values
Role model: Accountability-Commitment to the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement; Diversity-Sensitivity to diversity; Integrity-Integrity & Personal conduct; Professionalism-Flexibility & Adaptability, Resilience, management of self and others
Collaboration: Building trust; Empowering others; National Society relations; Teamwork
Achievement: Communication; Innovation-Initiative & direction; Judgement Decision-making; -Management of strategy, budgets and resources
Leadership: Building alliances-networking; Influencing-Monitoring,; Inspiration; Strategic orientation
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.