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  • Full Time
  • Ghana

West Africa Competitiveness Programme – WACOMP

Field Finance Officer

The EU established the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) along with the ECOWAS Commission to increase competitiveness in the region by promoting selected agro-food products as WACOMP Regional catalysts for growth in the regional market. Currently, the region remains reliant on the economic successes of oil, gas and mineral resources. By developing trade and production capabilities countries will foster a dynamic market, benefit from an improved business environment, newly created jobs and employ a higher standard
for value-added products and services.

The objective of WACOMP is to strengthen the competitiveness of West African countries and enhance their integration into the regional and international trading system. Additional growth is anticipated.

I.Field Finance Officer Summary

As part of the Finance Department, the Field Finance Officer (FFO) will be responsible for developing and managing financial tracking, resource flows, reporting and compliance for a specified portfolio of federal and non-federal
grants/awards in support of WACOMP’s international programs. The FFO provides technical financial support to the Operations Department and the field missions.

This position is responsible for ensuring proper financial management and accuracy of field mission finances through support of financial reporting, recording and training, communications, compliance, and adherence to budgets.

The
FFO reports directly to the Field Finance Controller.

II.
Essential job functions of  Field Finance Officer


Reviews,
supervises and ensures the regular production of the accounting reports from WACOMP’s
field missions. Provides these to the Missions Accountant, in a format that
ensures they can be treated and integrated into HQ software.


Ensures the
appropriate use of WACOMP’s financial resources (including cash management).
Oversees internal control processes, ensuring that WACOMP’s field missions are
working in accordance with WACOMP’s internal financial procedures as well as
all donor rules and policies.


Proposes
improvements in internal financial rules and organizes regular internal audits
to check whether WACOMP’s field missions are compliant.


Assists the Field
Finance Comptroller in providing regular, accurate data to oversee the WACOMP
field mission finances (burn rates reports, financial risks or own funds use)
under his/her management.


Possibly assumes
responsibility for completing or following other department members’ tasks,
including the Field Finance Comptroller, in their absence.

•       Supports his/her missions’ Finance Coordinators,
providing technical guidance and coaching, reviewing the Finance team’s job
descriptions, organizing and implementing finance trainings.

·
Contributes to
his/her missions’ Finance coordinators performance appraisals – especially with
regards to their technical skills, the accuracy of their work and timeliness of
budgeting and reporting.

·
Ensures compliance with funding agency
regulations in a timely manner. Prepares, or oversees the preparation, of
required reports to WACOMP and donor agencies (ITC,USAID, EU, ECHO, UN, etc.)
based on field expenditures and allowable indirect cost rates.

·
Assists the Operations Department in
generating grant proposals by providing financial data as needed. Makes
recommendations regarding budgeting to ensure reasonable provisions are
included to meet general management, financial management, and
capacity-building and audit requirements.

·
During the annual
financial audit, serves as the contact with the auditors during field testing
of international transactions and balance sheet items

·
Follows up with each mission’s HR Officer,
Finance Coordinator and HR Coordinator the financial aspects of all HR-related
issues.

III.
Supervisory Responsibilities of Field Finance Officer

Direct
Supervision the Finance Coordinator(s), who is directly in charge of mission’s
finance area.

IV.
Fiscal Responsibility

Prepares
and administers the annual budget for the missions under his/her
responsibility.

V.
Physical Demands


While performing
the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to
concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work
accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context
of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread
own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent
basis.

•       The physical demands described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

VI.
Working Conditions, Travel and Environment


The duties of the
job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be
available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required by
contact with the missions, mission security, or other obligations.


Must be able to
travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as
well as to the missions if appropriate. Based on the missions’ needs, the time
on field trips will be a minimum of a 20% of his/her working time. While
visiting the field, the employee may be exposed
to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living
conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases.

VII.
Required Qualifications and Professional Experience of Field Finance Officer


BA or BSc, or the
equivalent, in accounting, finance or another relevant field.


5 years’ finance
and management experience including 2 years’ experience managing grants (EU/USAID
funded projects preferred).

•       2 years of working internationally, together with
field experience working for an international NGO as an administrator, or
finance manager.

•       Excellent DOPAT

VIII.
Remuneration of Field Finance Officer

We offer a competitive remuneration based on
skill and experience including:

·
Monthly Salary USD 8,900 per month.

·
Group Medical and Life Cover.

·
Relocation Cost and Housing Covered by the
Employer.

·
Per diem and overnight allowance on mission not
in duty stations.

·
Availability: State availability (notice period)
in your application letter.

IX.
Required Skills


Demonstrable
experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting
preparation and presentation, and the proven ability to translate technical
financial data into informative reports.


Demonstrable
knowledge of the rules, regulations and donor policies governing the compliance
/ regulatory management of grants from EU, US Government, ECHO, UN and other
agencies.


Expertise with MS
Office and general ledger software is required.


Genuine interest
in and commitment to the humanitarian principles of WACOMP.


Substantial
experience and understanding of essential accounting principles, financial
reporting, accounting systems, and budget development and administration is
required.


Experience
managing diverse international teams; ability to communicate well in writing.


Able to work
autonomously, with the capacity to juggle multiple projects and pay attention
to many small details.


Excellent
interpersonal skills.


Local language(s)
skills preferred.


Must be
authorized to work in Ghana or a Ghana citizen.

 

All candidates should apply by email at hrs-jobs@wacomp.org / WACOMP
provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide
equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified
applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender,
ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability,
marital status, or status as a veteran. WACOMP complies with all applicable
laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

To apply for this job please visit wacomp.org.

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