Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent, non-profit, humanitarian organization. Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, we have seen a large-scale of displacement of Ukrainians fleeing to the neighboring countries. In response to this, NRC is in the process of setting up humanitarian operations for refugees arriving in Poland, Romania and Moldova. We are focusing on an integrated approach that combines our sectoral areas of expertise – education, protection, urban displacement outside camps, legal aid (ICLA) and shelter – with the needs of a mobile refugee population, working to a great extent through local partners.
All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.
What you will do:
We are seeking highly qualified, resilient, dynamic finance professional to respond to Ukraine crisis and support people in Ukraine and refugees in the neighbouring host countries.
- Ensure that country set up adhere to Financial Handbook, NRC policies, donor and auditor requirements
- Implement NRC’s financial systems, routines, and procedures, and ensure compliance with support functions handbooks, guidelines and standards
- Maintain overall budget development and control, monitor spending, and income forecasting on regular basis
- Line management of NRC Poland finance team
- Training of line managers and staff with financial responsibilities, and ensure that relevant country office staff have access to Unit 4 (Agresso) budgeting and monitoring tools
- Provide regular analysis and ensure that country office financial reporting is done in a timely manner, following the signed agreements between NRC and donors
- Contribute to the development of in-country policies, strategies, and tools when needed.
- Implement anti-corruption policies and practices
- Champion strategic initiatives that improve Value-for-Money as agreed with the Country Management Group
- Lead the financial capacity building of downstream partners finance teams
- Contribute to strategic and operational planning and decision-making through timely sharing of financial analysis and advice, especially through all stages of NRC’s Project Cycle Management approach
- Plan for annual closure of the accounts and responsible for coordinating preparation and timely delivery of audits and tax remittances
- Establish and oversee a safe, robust and easily retrievable financial documentation and filing system for both hard and soft copies.
- Develop the capacity of the Country Office finance teams to ensure that they meet NRC’s finance and grants management operating standards;
- Conduct training and mentoring in budget design, financial management/planning (including detailed spending plans, budget top-downs, and income forecasting)
- Oversee financial systems and policies, review of ‘due diligence’ assessments of downstream local partners provide the final financial validation of partners reports, and support ad hoc training if necessary
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or similar field
- Substantial experience in humanitarian/emergency context in senior finance management roles. i.e.: Finance Manager
- Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts
- Strong capacity building (mentoring, coaching) skills
- Strong leadership and people management skills
- Solid knowledge of computer software and modern accounting systems particularly Agresso/Unit4
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in Polish is preferred.
- Knowledge of the context in Poland is highly desirable.
- Experience of specific donors’ financial reporting systems is an advantage, including EU SDC, German FFO, UK FCDO, SIDA, etc.
- Experience with start-up countries or programs is an advantage.
What We Offer
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
We offer an opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause and a chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take initiative.
We are also looking for people who share our values:
- To be dedicated in what we do;
- To be innovative with our solutions;
- To act as one unified and inclusive team;
- To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the people we exist to serve, and to each other… the members of our NRC family.
Duty station: Warsaw, Poland
Contract period: 1 year, with possibility of extension (national contract, with additional benefits for those moving from abroad)
Grade 9 in NRC’s grading structure. Salary/benefits will be according to NRC’s salary scale and terms & conditions for Poland.
Reporting to: Country Director
Provides Supervision to: Finance Coordinator
For further details you can view a copy of the full job description here.
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.
Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline.
“EU nationals and those with the right to work in Poland will be prioritized”
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