PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
In Jordan, Mercy Corps has been working hand-in-hand with local communities and partners since 2002. This work aims to increase the capacity of Jordan’s civil society to promote inclusive social development, sustainably manage scarce natural resources, and respond to humanitarian need. The comprehensive Jordan portfolio works mostly with Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians with focus on the following sectors: economic opportunity; social stability; youth programming; water and energy supply and demand management; conflict mitigation; child protection, and humanitarian assistance. Mercy Corps has been involved in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan since 2012.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Mercy Corps Jordan Finance Director is a member of the senior management team and head of the Mercy Corps Finance Department. As such s/he is responsible for all aspects of financial management of country’s programs, working collaboratively to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures as well as donor regulations. S/he works under the direction of the Country Director and is responsible for all financial functions in Jordan, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting and grant financial management and compliance. The Finance Director in support of the Program Department, provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
• Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
• Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
• Interface with the donor representatives to convey information about programs as appropriate.
• Communicate with partners, as well as sub grantees to verify their systems and make sure they understand and follow all appropriate procedures and archiving.
• Participate in sharing best practices with NGOs and governmental agencies.
• Create a sustainable work environment of mutual respect that attracts motivated, skilled and effective team members and enables them individually and collectively to strive to achieve excellence.
• Supervise and lead a diverse team of direct and indirect reports in field offices.
• Contribute to country team-building efforts; build constructive internal relationships; help team members identify problem solving options and ensure integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Operations – Financial
• Ensure effective, transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
• Maintain banking relations and plan and monitor country cash flow requirements to ensure the smooth implementation of Mercy Corps programs.
• Maintain appropriate local insurance coverage in coordination with the Admin. Department, to protect Mercy Corps.
• Provide monthly standard accounting submissions to Mercy Corps Headquarters, including general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditures by cost center/project, required subgrantee reporting, as well as other financial information in a timely and accurate manner.
• Provide monthly management reports to the Country Director and Program Managers, including expenditures by fund code/project, subgrantee reporting and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner.
• Develop annual fiscal year budgets with the Country Director and develop and implement grant budgeting and forecasting systems with Program Managers.
Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Direct and indirect supervision of the whole Finance Department staff including an expatriate finance manager, an accounting manager, 1 finance coordinator, 2 finance assistants, 2 cashiers, and the sub-grant team including a manager, 1 coordinator and 2 officers.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: HQ Regional Finance Officer (with authority for technical financial matters); Operations director and team, Program Managers, TSU team members, and others.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
• A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance required; advanced degree preferred.
• At least 7 + years of progressive financial management experience, including supervisory experience required.
• At least 7 years’ experience in grants management as well as an understanding of USAID, UN, and EU regulations required.
• At least 3 years’ international experience required; international NGO/PVO field office experience is preferred.
• Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting preparation and presentation and the proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports.
• Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.
• Prior management experience and strong organizational skills.
• Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
• Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
• Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Arabic is preferred.
• Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively across international and national program and finance teams successfully, both in a managerial as well as training capacity. S/he will be able to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information, have a demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. An impeccable professional standard of finance and procurement ethics and the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. The Finance Manager must be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
The Finance Manager is based in Amman. The location is accompanied and secure. Housing is individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are several good International schools in Jordan. Staff has easy access to services – medical, electricity, water, etc.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of 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.