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Finance Officer Job Vacancy

Finance Officer (Local Position)
Reporting to: Finance Manager
Location: Mogadishu, Somalia
Type of position: Temporary
Application opening: Open until filled

Job start date: As soon as possible
Authorization: Somali citizenship only
Period: One year, renewable
Interpeace is a Swiss non-profit organization that works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the UN. 

Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. 

Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the United Nations) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion.
Chaired by former President John A. Kufuor and headquartered in Geneva, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors as well as private funding. The organization is currently active in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
About the position: Interpeace is seeking a Finance Officer to support the establishment and growth of Interpeace’s Peacebuilding Team for south and central Somalia. The position is open only for Somali nationals and based in Mogadishu. 

The Finance Officer will be a member of the Peacebuilding Team for south and central Somalia, supported by Interpeace. The Peacebuilding Team has focal points in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Jowhar and Kismayo. 

The Finance Officer will work in close coordination and dialogue with all members of the Peacebuilding Team and seek to create synergies where and when possible. 

As a member of a small team, he/she constantly seeks to contribute towards the shared targets of the Peacebuilding Team and takes responsibility for both progress and setbacks of the team.

Principal duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitoring all financial aspects of the Peacebuilding Team and Interpeace’s office in Mogadishu. This includes reviewing all source documentation for expenditures transacted, and drawing up payment vouchers and receipts for all expenditures and incomes and ensure proper authorization of form.
  • Responsibilities also include entering all transactions in to the accounting system and liaising with Interpeace’s finance staff at the Regional Officer for Eastern and Central Africa in Nairobi.
  • In collaboration with members of the Peacebuilding Team, providing design, oversight and follow-up on all workplans, budgets and financial reporting of the Peacebuilding Team, including bookkeeping and accounting support in QuickBooks and other systems, procedures, and policies as required. This includes supporting the necessary procurement process for office acquisitions as called upon.
  • Establishing and maintaining the necessary relations and networks, and representing the financial functions of the Peacebuilding Team and Interpeace’s office in Mogadishu vis-a-vis local authorities, international agencies and other relevant organizations.
  • Coordinating closely with the Interpeace Finance Manager and ensuring timely financial reporting to Interpeace on a monthly basis or as called for. It includes acting as counter-signatory for delegated financial decisions.
  • Overseeing the monthly reconciliation of all programme funds to ensure accountability of all funds to donors.
  • Supporting the Administration and Logistics Officer in establishing and maintaining a system for filing of institutional documents, reports, staff records and other information relating to the Peacebuilding Team and Interpeace in both hard and soft copy.
  • Substituting the responsibilities of the Administration and Logistics Officer when necessary.
  • Arrangements for financial reporting will be based on applicable procedures and documents of Interpeace and will be coordinated by the Finance Officer and the Administration and Logistics Officer of the Peacebuilding Team with support from Interpeace’s office in Nairobi.
  • Fluency in English and Somali
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, administration or finance
  • Ability to manage many tasks at once, work against short deadlines and remain calm and focused under pressure
  • Good organizational skills
  • Somali citizenship
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae 

Please indicate “Finance Officer (Local Position)” in the subject line. 

Deadline for the application is 30th September 2015. 

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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