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Finance Manager in D.R. Congo at Medair

Role and Responsibilities
Responsible for oversight of all financial activities in the Bunia Programme. Provision of accurate information on the financial status of the Bunia project by carrying out various accounting functions and ensuring accurate financial reporting and communication is made available at field and HQ level.
Project Overview
There are currently three main sectors of intervention that are being run in D.R. Congo from the four bases Bunia, Isiro, Dungu and Ango. Projects in the medical sector involves providing subsidised access to health care for displaced people and improving quality of care through training and provision of equipment in Ituri and Bas & Haut Uélé. Around Isiro a comprehensive malaria project (treatment, prevention, and education) aims to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.
Bunia, D.R. Congo
Starting Date
As soon as possible
Initial Contract Details
Minimum two year contract, 100%
Key activity areas
Finance and Accounting
• Manage day to day accounting functions including regular cash verification, signing of cheques, bank and cash balance reconciliation.
• Consolidating all expense sheets from all Congo locations, reviewing them and submitting them to HQ.
• Ensure that all financial internal controls are in place in accordance with the Medair guidelines/procedures and donor requirements.
• Supervise all accounting activities and prepare for and support all internal and external audits.
• Support the Programme Support Manager, Project Managers, Deputy Country Director, Country Director, Finance Officer, in the preparation of budgets for donor proposal submissions.
• Support Isiro, Dungu, and Ango in financial matters.

• Administer the monthly payroll for national (and appropriate expatriate) staff working on the programme, ensuring Medair complies with the legal requirements concerning tax payments and social security payments.
• Ensure a clear and transparent paper trail is put in place and that the filing system is in line with the international accounting standards and that records are kept in an orderly fashion.

Staff Management
• Provide training and advices to all staff on financial procedures, internal controls in place and on the financial requirements of the donors.
• Oversee line-managed staff based in the finance and administration office including recruitment, appraisal, management, development and training, general well-being, job descriptions, work schedules, holidays tracked etc.

Legal Issues
• To coordinate any legal requirements that need to be put in place, tracked and maintained with regards to registration in the country of operation, with the Country Director and Desk Officer.
• Certificate in business administration and or accounting, book keeping
Experience / Competencies
• Experience in a financial or administration position
• One year minimum experience in financial supervisory or administrative position desirable
• Experience of working with accounting packages
• Experienced in drafting spread sheets, database programmes, financial reports desirable
• Previous experience working with institutional donors requirements desirable
• Strong organisational skills and the capacity to analyse and prioritise needs
• Experience in training and mentoring both expatriate and national staff
• Capacity to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
Medair standard working requirements for the field
• Experienced professionals in a relevant field
• Committed Christians
• Commitment to the Medair values (faith, hope, accountability, integrity, dignity, compassion)
• Minimum three months of overseas intercultural experience
• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
• Competent with Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
• Successful completion of Medair’s Relief and Rehabilitation Course (ROC)
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts
• Able to live and work with a multicultural team under difficult conditions
• Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit
• A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
• Full briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
• Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments
• Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
• Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
• Annual leave, plus rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food)
• Additional benefits for those who commit to longer contracts: up to four weeks additional paid leave every 12 months, and re-entry allowance
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing
Working Conditions
• This is mainly an office job in Bunia but there will be the chance to visit Isiro, Dungu, Ango, and other project locations in the Congo programme.
• The improving security situation means that we are currently able to move quite freely within a specified area of Bunia, however this may change if security deteriorates.
• We have good living conditions with the team.
Application process
For more information on this and other positions, please follow this web link: and check the Field Vacancies.
We request that you complete all applications on-line at Only English-language applications and CV’s will be reviewed. We will not review email applications. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled. We review every online application. Applicants will be contacted only if they are selected as a potential candidate.

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