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Finance Officer – Quality Control Job in Nairobi Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Somalia / Kenya is a two Country Program with four field offices in Dadaab (Kenya), Hargeisa (Somaliland), Bossaso (Puntland) and Mogadishu (South Central).

NRC has been present in Somaliland since early 2004 and expanded to Puntland in 2006, Mogadishu and Dadaab in 2007.

In a short time NRC established Education, Shelter/Sanitation, Distribution and Camp Management projects for IDPs, refugees and local population in Somalia and Kenya. NRC also has a coordination office in Nairobi, Kenya that was established in 2006.

Position Vacant:
 Finance Officer – Quality Control

Reporting to: Finance & Administration Manager

Duty Station:
 Nairobi, with frequent travel to the field offices in Somalia and Kenya

Duration of Contract:
 ASAP to 31st December 2011 (with possible extension)

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Provide sub grant management guidance/reference to program staff and implementing partners
  • Monitor Implementing partners (IPs) expenditures against implementation plans and levels of compliance to NRC and donor requirements
  • Implementing Partners pre-selection assessments / Risk analysis exercise
  • Carry out implementing partners’ project close outs
  • Conduct pre-award workshop for identified prospective implementing partners
  • Prepare the training action plan based on the audit reports and financial reviews
  • Undertake regular systems reviews and conduct follow up on-job training for implementing partners
  • Co-ordinate training programs with the Grants Officers
  • Review all NRC Somalia/Kenya monthly financial vouchers and provide a report for completeness and compliance with NRC and donor regulations.
  • Conduct financial and systems reviews both in the Nairobi office and at the sub offices to.
  • Ascertain the extent of compliance with the CO established policies, plans and procedures.
  • Ensure the CO meets all external regulations and requirements set by the various governments we work in, financial donors and other humanitarian standards
  • Identify areas of risk exposure to the CO and address risks identified.
  • Ensure the CO’s funds, assets and other resources are not misappropriated and misused, and
  • Ensure the existence and proper custody of the CO’s assets and recommend appropriate improvements in the accountability and safeguarding of the assets and the reliability of management data developed and reported.
  • Provide internal review reports, which highlight internal control weaknesses and include recommendations for appropriate action.
  • Assist management in updating operation manuals to ensure adequate internal controls and internal checks.
  • Provide training to address information gaps identified during systems review or those identified by others.
Required skills and qualifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Degree in Financial Management
  • 3 years experience in grant management, financial and systems audit, financial reviews and training.
  • Wide knowledge of the NGO operations, internal strategy and the dynamics of development sector and donor business processes
  • Ability to interpret donor regulations an all context of grant management and transactions
  • Understanding of the Somalia and Kenyan environment and the context of development sector program implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in the English, both oral and written
  • Experience in working with excel spreadsheets and word processing packages.
  • Report writing skills.
Desired Skills:
  • Knowledge of programming skills and program evaluation and impact measurement
  • Experience with developing and building partnerships
This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to the field offices in Somalia and Dadaab; Applicants should hold valid travel documents.

Deadline for Applications:
 30th June 2011

Applications should be submitted to:

Norwegian Refugee Council,
P O Box 21211-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Email Address:

Only the short listed candidates will be contacted.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer, with no discrimination in terms of sex, age, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation.

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