Regional Finance Manager North and West Africa – Tunisia
WeWorld-GVC, recently constituted from the merger of two NGOs, is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 29 countries with 128 projects, WeWorld-GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. WeWorld-GVC works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining the WeWorld-GVC team means being part of the development of a dynamic organisation where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision. At present, the main donors are Italy (AICS), the EU (DG ECHO), UNICEF, OCHA, and Belgium (DGD).
Position: Regional Finance Manager North and West Africa
Reporting Relationship: International Programmes Finance Coordinator
Location: Tunis (Tunisia) or remote work with frequent missions
Type of contract: a first 3 (three) month collaboration contract subject to verification of the achievement of specific objectives (these objectives will be agreed together with International Programmes Finance Coordinator upon arrival on assignment); a second collaboration contract of 9 (nine) months renewable, following the positive evaluation of the first three months of contract.
Starting date: October 2022
Gross Salary: to be defined according to the candidate’s profile
The region North and West Africa includes the following countries: Tunisia, Libya, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali:
WeWorld-GVC in Tunisia
WeWorld-GVC has been operating in Tunisia since 2012 through the implementation of the following intervention sectors:
- Socio-economic and rural development
- Human rights
- Good local governance and community driven development
- Prevention of violent extremism (PVE)
- Mainstreaming sectors: Strengthening civil society & Gender equity
In Tunisia, WeWorld-GVC has a main office in Tunis and a field office in Sidi Bouzid.
WeWorld-GVC in Libya
WeWorld-GVC has been operating in Libya since 2018 through the implementation of the following intervention sectors:
- Humanitarian Aid for host, displaced, migrant and refugee populations through projects promoting access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), primary health, etc.
- Capacity building of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
- Promoting respect for Human Rights, in connection with the field of humanitarian protection
In Libya, WeWorld-GVC has its main office in Tripoli and a field office in Sebha (Fezzan region).
WeWorld-GVC in Benin
WeWorld-GVC has been operating in Benin since 2009 through the implementation of the following intervention sectors:
- Children Rights
- Gender Equality
- Reproductive Health Care
- Preventing violent extremism and conflict through the media and communities empowerment
In Benin, WeWorld-GVC has its main office in Cotonou and field offices in Boichon and Porto Novo.
WeWorld-GVC in Burkina Faso
WeWorld-GVC has been operating in Burkina Faso since 1985 through the implementation of the following intervention sectors:
- Humanitarian Aid for host and IDPs populations through WASH and primary health projects etc.
- Basic Nutrition
- Food Security
- Humanitarian protection
In Burkina Faso, WeWorld-GVC has its main office in Ouagadougou.
WeWorld-GVC in Mali
WeWorld-GVC has been operating in Mali since 2018 through the implementation of the following intervention sectors:
- Promotion of youth employment
- Food security
In Mali, WeWorld-GVC has its main office in Bamako.
Purpose of the Role
The Regional Finance Manager provides regional leadership and management of the organization’s financial resources for Tunisia, Libya, Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali, ensuring accountability and coordinating regional budget processes. Monitors status of resource management at the regional level and identifies issues, which may threaten integrity of resource management. Advises HQ on issues impacting sound financial management at regional level. Advises regional management on the effective operational use of financial resources.
MAIN FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
- Participate in improving skills and competencies of the Finance National Staff, through frequent supporting missions
- Monitor and contribute to rationalize the organization charts of the Financial Staff for each Country
- Collaborate in the preparation of projects budgets, country coordination’s budgets, and their follow-up
- Is responsible for verifying the availability of the necessary resources to cover expatriate and non-expatriate personnel employed in the programs, and providing the Head of Regional Unit with the necessary support for a complete analysis
- Collaborate in tracking the resources necessary to cover basic expenses in each country (e.g. local staff, office rental, car rental, etc.)
- Evaluate and approve the financial planning received from the countries
- Collaborate in the definition of the Organization financial plan, providing information on financial plans (expenses and income) at regional and country level
- Collaborate with the Head of Regional Unit in order to share standard formats and standard planning procedures
- Collaborate and advise the countries for regular and daily accounting keeping
- Provide advice on the correct documents filing system
- Audit the state of account of the Countries and being responsible for their approval in order to consolidate quarterly and annual financial statements
- Monitor financial reports deadlines
- Provide support to countries in the preparation of financial reports
- Verify the compliance with donor and internal rules
- Collaborate in sharing good practices and relevant information related to financial reports
- Ensure the correct execution of the Expenditures verification and external audits of the projects
- Provide support to the Countries for the correct execution of the annual accounting audits requested by local authorities
During or at the end of the implementation of the activities, the Regional Finance Manager co-operator will ensure the availability of briefing and debriefing activities, according with HQ. The parties may also jointly define new activities that may be necessary or useful.
Qualifications and Knowledge
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Political Science or related fields
- Good knowledge of main donors’ administrative rules and procurement procedures (ECHO, UE, UN, AICS)
- Good knowledge of the financial administration of a humanitarian mission
- Fluent in Italian and French both written and verbal
- Working knowledge of English
- Good knowledge of MS Office
- At least 5 years of relevant work experience in a finance/accounting role overseas in the NGO sector
- Proven experience in budgeting, budget monitoring and management control
- Experience in managing consortium agreement and Grant contracts for emergency/post-emergency projects
- Experience in following activities related to external audits and expenditure verifications
- Experience in using accounting software
Skills and Abilities
- Strong flexibility and capacity to adapt behaviour to the needs of the situation
- Capacity to work autonomously and in problems prevention/resolution
- Proven organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues
- Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and national authorities including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers / leaders
- Good communication, negotiation skills and sensitivity in dealing with local institutions on critical issues
- Cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Strong commitment to the Mission of WeWorld-GVC, genuine interest for international cooperation development topics
- Previous experiences at HQ level would be considered an asset
- Previous experience in Tunisia/Libya/Sahel would be considered an asset