Cameroon: Deputy Director FinanceYaoundé, Cameroon 289 views

International Rescue Committee Closing Date : 2020-02-29
Duty Station : Yaoundé, Cameroon
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Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Cameroon
Closing date: 29 Feb 2020

The IRC started operations in Cameroon in 2016 to respond to the increasing concerns for people affected by violence linked to Boko Haram, in the Far North of the country. Assistance to displaced populations extends across the Far North, notably Mayo Sava, Mayo Tsanaga and Logone & Chari, delivering lifesaving programming to increase access to water and improving hygiene practices in vulnerable displaced and host communities, cash programming to enable poor families to meet basic needs and improve food security, and protection programming, including meeting specific needs of women and girls. Following the increasing crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, the IRC expanded its operations into the South West region in August 2018, delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance to internally displaced populations. The IRC s field offices are located in Maroua and Kousseri in the Far North, Buea in the South West, and a representation office in Yaound .

IRC Cameroon is committed in its 2020 Strategic Action Plan to continue to provide essential humanitarian services, with a focus on safety in communities and ensuring affected populations can meet their basic needs, whilst also building the resilience of beneficiaries, especially women and girls. IRC Cameroon is funded by European and American donors.


As a member of the Country Program Senior Management Team, the Deputy Director Finance provides the leadership and management necessary to ensure that the country program has the appropriate financial infrastructure and systems in place to support the strategic vision and mission of the organization. S/he will contribute to the development of the country programs strategic and operational plans and be accountable for ensuring and monitoring delivery against the financial plans through targeted and comprehensive financial analytical review. The Deputy Director Finance is responsible for the overall policy and management for the financial and accounting management of the Country Program. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining financial management practices and systems that are compliant with US and local laws as well as donor requirements but are also conducive to effective implementation of country programs.

As Deputy Director Finance, s/he will have responsibility for all aspects of strategic and operational finance in the country program, acting as the principal finance business partner to the Senior Management team and Country Director, as well as conforming to IRCs financial control environment and CFO standards and objectives.

Based in Cameroon the Deputy Director Finance will have dual reporting to the Country Director and the Regional Controller, including straight line accountability to the CFO.


Strategic Planning & Analysis

Provides financial information which supports the Country Director in making business decisions in line with IRC, Regional & Country Program strategies

Provides strategic analysis on the overall financial health of the country program to the CD and SMT

Contributes and provides feedback to the development of Country Program Strategic Annual Plan


Ensures that all in-country practices are in compliance with IRC and donor policies and procedures

Establishes in-country finance procedures to supplement global policies as needed

Closely monitors financial activities and advises the Country Director on financial performance of the office, issues with internal controls or financial management

Ensures monthly balance sheet reconciliations are completed on a timely basis

Manages the finance department activities and schedules to meet the financial reporting requirements and deadlines specified by headquarters and donors

Identifies requirements for and develops reporting formats to aid in the management of country operations and grant expenditures

Directs the preparation of and approves all donor financial reports in respect to accounting, legal and contractual requirements and ensures the review of such reports by the Country Director and Regional Controller prior to submission

Ensures in-country internal control reviews of operations are regularly undertaken.

Facilitates external, internal, donor or government audits

Oversees the protection of the country s assets (cash, inventory, fixed assets) through the enforcement of internal control policies and procedures

Maintains current knowledge of local government requirements related to finance and complies with tax and other legal requirements

Is the principal liaison with IRC HQ on all finance, accounting, grant budget management, and cash management

Training & Staff Management

Establishes a finance department roles and responsibilities matrix; ensures staff job descriptions are current; recruits and maintains qualified staff to perform finance functions

Ensures comprehensive and constructive performance reviews are completed annually; career planning and development plans are in place for all finance staff

Develops and implements a training program for the country s finance staff

Oversees finance training and technical support to non-finance staff for skills improvement in the areas of accounting, reporting and internal control


Supervises all country program bank relations and bank account activities including negotiation of fees, interest and currency exchange rates

Oversees the review and approval of all monthly bank account and cash reconciliations

Maintain on current basis accurate forecasts of cash requirements for meeting future spending, including commitments which obligate IRC to future spending

Ensures that appropriate balances are maintained to facilitate grant implementation and cash held in headquarters in drawn regularly

Ensures the development and implementation of a plan to minimize the country s foreign exchange exposure to currency gains and losses

Supervises the collection of contractual and other receivables


Oversees the preparation and revision of grant proposal budgets; supports programs with guidance on costing and inputs in creating budgets for submission

Prepares and maintains the country s annual operating budget; ensures cost coverage for in-country operating costs and updates the operating budget regularly

Presents and facilitates the review of actual to budget expenditures with the Country Director and program managers


Bachelor s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Commerce or Finance required; recognized professional certificate in accounting such as CPA, or a Master s degree in Accounting preferred

Extensive experience working in development or humanitarian response, including at least five years of experience living and working in the relevant field in developing and transitioning countries

Minimum of five years of managerial experience in finance

Requires extensive experience in working with computerized accounting systems, standard spreadsheet and database programs (SUN System and Vision)

Good written and verbal skills in English and French

Must be comfortable in being a proactive member of the senior management team. Must have a proven track-record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions

Must be able to function effectively in a complex work environment, setting appropriate priorities and manage competing priorities and pressure

Ability to carry out responsibilities independently with minimal technical support

Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and professional patience and be able to interact, partner and thrive in a diverse environment

Committed to staff training and development and effective at facilitation

Willingness and ability to travel regularly to field sites

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