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21-137: Director, Finance and Administration
Country:Palestinian Territories
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

BACKGROUND:

After a period of relative calm following the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, the security and political situation in Gaza deteriorated significantly in May 2021. Since mid-May, OHCHR has reported that 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women (of which 3 were pregnant), and 121 men have been killed in Gaza. Around 1,760 Palestinians have been injured, including 540 children, 361 women. The ongoing conflict situation has brought widespread devastation to an already impoverished territory and placed an additional burden on Gaza’s health infrastructure, which is already overwhelmed due to COVID-19. Utilizing internal and private donor funds, International Medical Corps has been working with local partners in Gaza to provide health, mental health, and nutrition services to vulnerable communities.

International Medical Corps is anticipating an award for a proposed 3-month emergency project to be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This project is anticipated to begin in early June 2021, with recruitments conditional on securing funding. Under this project, International Medical Corps intends to support a multi-sectoral package of interventions including:

  • healthcare services, including medicines and medical supplies;
  • mental health services, including psychological first aid, for victims of trauma;
  • emergency nutrition programming;
  • support for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV);
  • child protection and response activities; and
  • services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

JOB SUMMARY:
Responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial management activities, accountability requirements and human resources administration within the country office. Provide technical assistance to country team members in implementing and complying with financial and administrative procedures to ensure compliance with regulations and serve as the financial liaison in the country, local NGOs, other implementing partners and implementing units.  

The below tasks and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this position.

The level of work performed may varies depending on the complexity of country portfolio, as to the number of influencing factors and their interdependencies. Some of the factors affecting complexity may be size of country program (USD value and number of projects), variety of donors, interdependence and interrelations of projects, number of field sites, stakeholders, resources, country context, etc.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Accounting and Finance Management

  • Ensure compliance with the organization and donor regulations and procedures; establish finance and supporting function policies, systems, and procedures; and direct or perform their development, documentation, and implementation
  • Supervise and ensure that the day-to-day accounting operations and financial management functions in country offices are performed in accordance with internal policy and procedures
  • Review and account for procurement transactions to ensure adequate supporting documentation, accuracy of amounts, and control over payments
  • Suggest formats for financial reporting to aid financial statement users to better understand the contents of the reports for decision-making and strategic planning purposes
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate records of financial transactions of the country office (main and field offices) In order to monitor financial status of all project activities
  • Manage the finance department of the country office to meet the financial reporting requirements of In-country management and Headquarters, including ensuring that all financial reports are submitted on or before the deadlines set and contain relevant information for all the users of the financial reports
  • Direct the preparation of all financial reports for external purposes with respect to accounting, legal, and contractual requirements
  • Maintain the organization's system of accounts, ensuring all accounting data are updated, reconciled, and fully supported
  • Oversee training of finance staff and provide technical support to country program and logistics
  • Work closely with Budget Holders and the rest of the team members on budget preparation. Provide input on general, non-program costs. Provide recommendations for budget realignments as required
  • Present and facilitate review of actual to projected budget expenditures with Budget Holders and Country Management team
  • Make frequent visits to field offices to provide training to finance staff on internal procedures and requirements
  • Present & facilitate review of actual to budget expenditures with Country Director and Site Managers

Human Resources Management

  • Supervise the human resource and administrative functions in field offices to ensure their smooth and effective operations
  • Supervise the oversight of staff personnel flies inclusive of contracts, leave records, and other paperwork required for employment in local context
  • Ensure compliance to focal labor laws, inclusive of contracts, compensation packages, and working hours
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified program field staff and recommend promotions, disciplinary action, and termination of staff in consultation with supervisors
  • Collaborate with security officer/Country Director to maintain security of staff in the field locations
  • Make frequent site visits to facilities to ensure that appropriate care and training are being conducted and to offer support to field staff
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all field staff

Training/Capacity Building

  • Determine training needs for finance and human resources staff
  • Train senior national staff to increase their capacity in order to increase responsibilities and ensure sustainability of programs
  • Advocate and plan for professional development for international and national staff

Working Relationships

  • Maintain frequent communication with International Finance to ensure finance activities and objectives are communicated
  • Work with Country Director, Budget Holder and the rest of the country management staff to ensure the coordination of programs are within budgeted targets
  • Attend coordination meetings which are relevant to country activities
  • Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure compliance with varying government regulations

Representation

  • Serve as the principal liaison with donors on matters related to the program to ensure financial and programmatic accountability to donors
  • Establish and update contact details of potential donors in-country, as applicable
  • Participate in donor meetings and communicate relevant information to International Finance and other corporate offices HQ
  • Work with key donor Staff to develop and maintain optimum financial and programmatic relationship
  • Ensure maximum visibility of the agency amongst the NGO community
    Lead the production of reports and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

Security

  • Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies when requested
  • Facilitates emergency and non-emergency security expenditures

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct

As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

Qualifications:
  • Typically, an advance university degree (equivalent to Master’s degree) in Accounting or Business Administration. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate;
  • 12+ years of relevant progressive experience in the finance field, including minimum 7 years’ experience, in the administrative and financial management of overseas programs;
  • Extensive experience in working with computerized accounting systems, experience with ERP systems is a plus;
  • Working experience and comprehensive knowledge of USAID, ECHO, and UNDP regulations and financial management and reporting policies and procedures; also World Bank, EU, DfID, and other donors;
  • Experience in developing and managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies;
  • Experience in working with a large national staff team;
  • Must be able to carry out responsibilities independently with minimal technical support from within the organization;
  • Knowledge of varied donor financial regulations;
  • Experience in managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies;
  • Proven leadership qualities required;
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills;
  • Can function effectively in a loosely structured work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements;
  • Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public- private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods);
  • Strong writing and presentation skills. Ability to effectively present Information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, government and other related regional players;
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required;
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills;
  • Languages: fluency in English, written and oral is required. Additional ability to read, write and interpret, technical and non-technical in Arabic preferred.