Finance Officer

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Finance Officer – based in Bangkok, Thailand

FCA is seeking a Finance Officer for its Network Asia Team of seven people. The Finance Officer supports overall work of the Network Secretariat and is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the EU-funded regional multi-stakeholder project “AHA! Awareness with Human Action“.

The AHA project seeks to contribute to the response efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and broader South Asia. The specific objective is to increase outreach for initiatives that promote awareness of COVID-19 and constructive narratives that reduce discrimination, hate speech, and stigmatization against specific communities, primarily targeting religious leaders, and women and youth leaders as community influencers.

The Finance Officer ensures that relevant legal, donor and internal requirements related to finances and administration of the project grant are met and provides technical advice and support in financial management to the partners and stakeholders in the project. The tasks include also management of small grants programme and prior experience in this is particularly weighted in the competitive selection process. The Finance Officer further supports in financial matters of the Network Secretariat.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Establish and document systems and procedures for adequate administrative and financial management since the inception of the project, ensuring the smooth running of the project administration and finances;
  • Develop systems and procedures as the need arises in the project;
  • Establish a system for project routine financial reporting to HO;
  • Ensure, through systematic, continuous and active communication and field visits and other means of monitoring, that the project partners comply with the donor, contractual and internal requirements related to administration and financial management;
  • Establish a system/mechanism for funds transfers to partners in the region and reporting procedures for the used funds;
  • Plan and monitor cash requirements;
  • Establish and implement a system for small grant scheme component (funds disbursements, reporting and monitoring the use of funds) and provide needed support to small grants recipients on administrative and financial matters;
  • Provide support and guidance to partners in administrative and financial management issues;
  • Implement oversight of the project, perform compliance and internal control spot checks across the project;
  • Consolidate/prepare official and ad hoc donor and management reports;
  • Coordinate logistical arrangements, administration and finances of activities organized in the region in the framework of this project;
  • Support in overall financial and administrative matters of the Network globally, including preparation of partnership assessments and agreements, consultancy agreements, and fundraising efforts based on needs.

Competence and Personal Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting, and/or relevant accounting certification;
  • Professional experience in financial management/accounting;
  • Understanding of donor requirements related to finances and administration (preferably EU);
  • Prior experience in the financial management of small grants or similar programs;
  • Ability to adapt to a new working environment achieving results with multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues across the organization;
  • Expertise with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint); accounting software, Advanced Excel skills preferable;
  • Proficiency in written and oral English.

The fixed-term contract for this position will be made until January 2022 with six months’ probation period, starting 1st of August or as soon as possible.  The position is based in Bangkok with a possibility for distance work in the first months of employment due to COVID-19 situation.

For more information please contact Edla Puoskari, edla.puoskari(at)kirkonulkomaanapu.fi between 27 July and 3 August. Please y apply by using the link no later than 9th August 2020. The applications will be reviewed immediately upon arrival and candidates will be approached for an interview on a progressive basis.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education.

FCA hosts the Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (Network), a global network that brings together actors to provide support for grassroots to international peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. The activities of the Network involve more than 50 active organisations around the globe. The Network Secretariat consists of approximately 20 staff members that work in four different continents.

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