Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.
NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.
NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
NRC in Somalia
NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).
NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.
Role Specific Information
The purpose of the finance assistant position is to assist in the day to day implementation of delegated finance responsibilities.
- Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
- Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
- Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
- Ensure proper filing of documents
- Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
- Record all cash movements and undertake periodic cash counts
- Assist in bank accounts and cashboxes reconciliations
- Ensure timely recovery of all advances including travel and mid-month advances and provide monthly update of any outstanding advances to the finance officer
- Prepare and arrange for bank withdrawals and transfers and present for verification
- Verify all invoices, vouchers and receipts and supporting documents and enter in the system as appropriate
- Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget.
- Maintain accurate financial and accounting files and transactions
- Send monthly reports to the Nairobi office
- Making copies and scanning of all vouchers and the support documents before sending to the Area office or county office.
- Performing any other duty assigned by the line manager
- Diploma in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or relevant fields
- Minimum of 2years relevant finance experience
Generic professional competencies for this position:
- Experience in finance role in a humanitarian / recovery context
- Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts
- Demonstrated ability to execute tasks in a timely and accurate way
- Ability to organize and communicate in a clear and concise manner
- Attentive to detail
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
- Fluency in English, Somali would be an added advantage
- Good communication and interpersonal skillsAbility to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up with excellent organizational and prioritization skills
- A flexible working style, absolute discretion and unfailing diplomacy
- At ease dealing with people and tasks at different levels in a multicultural environment
- Able to deal with senior staff
- Responsive, efficient and a positive manner and the ability to work as part of a team.
- Working with people/Team work
- Planning and delivering results
- Communicating with impact and respect
- Handling insecure environments
Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline
Email and paper applications will not be considered.
Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Contract period: up to Dec 2019 with the possibility of extension
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
Duty station: Garowe
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
NB: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.