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Roving Accountant (1288)

Reports to: Overseas Finance Manager 

Liaises with: All finance staff based in country office of deployment          

Job location: After initial training in Dublin will be based Overseas

Pay Band: 5 (€49,905 - €58,711)

Contract: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract                  

Job Purpose: The Roving Accountant will be responsible for providing support to country finance teams and will be deployed to Concern country program offices, in various countries, on a temporary basis. The position includes constant international travel to developing countries and requires high flexibility in terms of physical movement from country to country and duration of assignments.

Key Responsibilities:

Temporarily assume the position of the country office’s Country Financial Controller (CFC), or other key finance positions within the organisation, until a permanent replacement can be identified and trained, support visits to in-situ CFCs, training visits, and assisting in the effective roll out of updates to Concern’s finance policies and procedures.

The CFCs functions include:

Financial Control

Maintain an effective & efficient system of internal controls which comply with Concern Worldwide’s financial guidelines.

Ensure that all financial records & accounts are compiled timely, accurately and in line with international accounting standards & donor regulations.

Ensure that the country financial operations comply with legal & statutory requirements e.g. audit & financial reporting to all relevant national authorities.

Ensure that country management prepares the annual & revised Country budget and donor budgets, as accurately as possible.

Financial Reporting

Ensure timely & accurate preparation of monthly management accounts for budget-holders and Country Management to ensure that they can take appropriate action on any significant variances.

Ensure timely & accurate preparation of quarterly financial reports for Dublin (Financial Reporting Pack (FRP))

Ensure timely & accurate preparation of donor reports for external donors / agencies.

Reconcile all balance sheet items on a monthly basis, in accordance with Concern Worldwide policies & procedures

Finalise year-end accounts for external auditor and act as main Concern focal point during external audit process looking to ensure that the approved financial statements are delivered before the internal deadline.

Act as focal point for any in-country donor audits.

Provide any ad-hoc year reports for Dublin Finance.

Financial Systems

Ensure that country financial management systems & records are adequate in order to identify and protect the assets & interest of the organization.

Ensure that the systems in place, enhance, as far as possible, the efficiency & effectiveness of the manner in which assets are utilized.

Ensure that the global accounting package (as recommended by Concern HQ), is maintained in a proper manner, and utilized in an appropriate & effective manner.

Establish & maintain a donor financial management system in order to optimize funding & to ensure efficient & accurate reporting to donors.

Establish & maintain a mechanism for monitoring those grants given to partners, and ensure proper financial reporting & records of same, in line with donor guidelines, where necessary.

Ensure adequate controls over cash & bank management are constantly monitored & updated to minimize the risk of fraud or misappropriation.

Undertake regular field visits in order to assess the financial systems in place & implement improvements wherever needed.

Other functions of the role would include:

Ensured detailed handover notes as available at end of assignment to ensure next CFC can take up their role smoothly.

As required, provide induction training to incoming permanent CFC.

Provide training and support to financial and non-financial staff regarding Concern’s financial procedures and internal controls;

Meet with the respective Country Director and CFC at the beginning and end of each assignment to discuss to discuss the terms of reference and the findings;

Prepare a trip report for each assignment and submit to various stakeholders;

Carry out other tasks as required

Skills and Experience Required:

Essential:

ACA/ACCA/CIMA /CPA accredited, or equivalent professional degree

General management experience           

Candidates should be self-motivated & have experience of planning & delegating work within a team environment

Must be computer literate with a comprehensive knowledge of MS Excel & accounting packages

Good communication & team building skills

Strong English and French writing and verbal communication skills

Desirable:

Knowledge of development issues & concepts

Training & capacity building experience

Relevant overseas experience with an NGO

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

Highly flexible and adaptable

Able to prioritise and handle a diverse workload with strict deadlines

Ability to work as part of a team

Analytical and problem solving skills

Ability to work under pressure

Methodical and thorough

Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity

Empathy with organisational goals

Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of others

Computer competence

Patience & a sense of humour

Key Terms and Conditions:

The Roving Accountant will be an employee of Concern Worldwide Dublin and the contract of employment will be a fixed term contract of one year duration

When deployed overseas, accommodation and allowances to cover other expenses will be provided

The Roving Accountant will be entitled to 8 weeks annual leave

If working in an emergency field where there is an R+R policy in place, the Roving Accountant will be entitled to avail of it

All other terms and conditions will apply as per standard Dublin employees. All other terms and conditions will apply as per Dublin employees

 

To apply:  CVs should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy accessible here. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Your Personal Data

During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year.  Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). 

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment. 

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them - so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

You have certain rights under data protection legislation. For more information on how to exercise those rights please visit www.concern.net/about/privacy

Please only apply for this position if you are satisfied with the proposed processing of your personal data as outlined above.

 


 
  • Salary:
    €49,905 - €58,711
  • Based in Country:
    Flexible
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Benefits:
    see attached
  • Closing Date:
    26 January 2022
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