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Roving Finance Delegate (French speaking African countries)

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Roving Finance Delegate (French speaking African countries)

From29-01-2020 LocationBenin Hoursna Educationna

We help to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.

The International Assistance department has opened a vacancy for a Roving Finance Delegate.


Position title: Roving Finance Delegate (French speaking African countries)

Duty station: Benin (Cotonou)

Time period: 1 year, possibility of extension

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Status: Single posting


Purpose of the position

The main purpose of the position is to monitor, support and check financial processes for NLRC supported projects in Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, CAR and Burundi.



The five focus countries are facing considerable challenges as a result of socio-economic and political instability in the different contexts and protracted armed conflict. The countries are also prone to natural disasters, such as drought, flooding, disease outbreaks.

The NLRC is a long term partner in these countries and supports its partners, the National Red Cross Societies, with both emergency relief and longer term development assistance through programmes in the areas of health, wash, sexual and gender based violence, livelihood, climate change and response preparedness. In addition, NLRC supports the partners with strengthening its capacities to effectively provide services to the most vulnerable communities and assists the partner in the  coordination within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and other stakeholders.

The projects are funded by the NLRC, by public campaigns or by institutional donors, including the Dutch and Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The NLRC is recruiting a Roving Financial Delegate to support operations and provide capacity building to NLRC and local staff based in-country.


Position in the organization

The Roving Finance Delegate reports to the NLRC Financial Control manager based in the Netherlands. The Finance Control unit sits within the International Department of the NLRC.

The Roving Finance Delegate works together in day to day operations with NLRC Project Delegates, Country Representatives and local staff. Close cooperation & frequent communication with Project Administration, Desk, and Financial Control at HQ is also essential.

Duty station of the position is in Benin (Cotonou) with frequent travel to all five countries and equally divide time per country.


Summary statement and responsibilities

  • Conduct financial reviews in the field: analyze the financial management and risks, internal controls, reported expenditure versus approved budgets, balances per project.
  • Monitor and ensure that the financial management at field level is carried out in accordance with NLRC Guidelines, agreed contractual conditions, MoUs, applicable local laws and other regulatory requirements.
  • Advise on the execution of the project administration at field level and ensure that correct financial reports are produced to steer and manage the project funding.
  • Review the reported project expenditures including balance report and procurement table, provide feedback to country and NLRC HQ teams.
  • Verify the project administration assuring this is audit proof, including reconciliation with the financial administration of the sister NS and that payments can be made according to plans.
  • Provide mission reports with findings, recommendations and action plans to the Project Managers/budget holders to follow up by Country Representative and desk. Ensure that the financial reports are complete and an audit proof project administration is in place.
  • Train the NLRC Project Delegates & local finance staff in the NLRC and major donor procedures for: internal control, financial planning, budgeting, budget revisions, forecasting , cash request and reporting requirements.
  • Train NLRC Delegates and local finance staff in Winpaccs Accounting and Cost Control: encoding of vouchers, monthly closure, reporting, bank reconciliation and audit proof filing system, variance analysis;
  • Support the financial reporting on a monthly basis for the project(s), in coordination with the country representatives and to NLRC HQ.
  • Monitor the budget of the delegation and all projects, and ensure accurate accounting, authorisation and internal control procedures. Investigate and address significant variances.
  • Any additional assignment upon request.



Key qualifications

  • Bachelor in Finance Administration, or other relevant degree
  • Seven years of experience in financial management, accounting and control
  • At least five years of experience in working for a humanitarian aid organisation outside of Europe and home country.
  • Experience in preparing budgets, cash flow statements and financial plans
  • Experience in developing financial reports, and provide support to ensure consistency with narrative reporting
  • Experience with donor formats and requirements
  • Very strong communication and training / coaching skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience and proven
  • Experience in problem identification and solution analysis
  • Excellent practical computer skills (including excellent command of Excel spreadsheets and accounting software, as well as strong competence in Windows, Word processing, internet and email)
  • Knowledge of Winpaccs Accounting and Cost Control preferable, or willingness to complete the relevant training.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to the Branch Offices as required.
  • Fluency in French and English required. Dutch is an advantage
  • Preferably experience in working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement monthly closure, reporting, bank reconciliation and audit proof filing system

Key competences

  • Able to work in a team
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions
  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative
  • Ability to manage broad responsibilities with attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Stress resistant
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Hands on mentality


We offer

  • A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.
  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations.
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.



Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen before the 20th of February 2020 using our online application system via https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/nl/Vacancy/Postulate/152673 

We will start the recruitment procedure as soon as the first applications come in, so please do not wait for the deadline to apply.

For more information about the position, you can contact Simone Zwaan: Szwaan@redcross.nl

For more information of the work of the Netherlands Red Cross please go to www.rodekruis.nl. and www.rodekruis.tv. NLRC on Facebook: Facebook.com/rodekruis and Twitter: Twitter.com/rodekruis

Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated

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