International Finance Analyst Job in Kenya

 Job Title: International
Finance Analyst

Hiring Organization: Mercy
Corps
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full
Time
Salary: KES
Competitive
Date Posted: 01/10/2024

Mercy
Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we
know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member
feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and
skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The
Team

Mercy
Corps in Europe (MCinE) is has grown rapidly both in terms of volume of
activity and complexity. The International Finance team plays a critical role
in sustaining and enabling this growth through the support it provides to
country programmes.

The International Finance (IF) Department supports financial operations in
MCinE country programmes throughout the world by working collaboratively with
country finance staff and providing guidance in grant management, budgeting,
accounting and other financial functions in accordance with Mercy Corps’
internal policies and procedures as well as donor regulations. The IF
Department ensures the timely, complete and accurate reporting of financial
information from Mercy Corps’ country offices and is responsible for ensuring
that all financial reporting requirements to donors are met in a timely and
accurate way. The IF Department also works closely and collaboratively with the
Programme Team members in support of country programme objectives as well as
the Corporate Finance department in support of agency financial functions.

Position
Summary

The
International Finance Analyst (IFA) is the IF Department team member charged
with supporting a regional portfolio of countries and ensuring that the
financial reporting and compliance standards for European donor-funded projects
are met throughout the region. The IFA is responsible for supporting the
country operations in adhering to internal and external policies and
regulations through technical financial support in areas such as financial
reporting, recruiting and training, communications, compliance, and adherence
to budget.
As well as working closely with Finance and Programme team members, and with
various other support office departments including Compliance, the IFA will
also liaise on financial matters with external stakeholders including European
donors and other NGO partners.

Essential
Job Responsibilities

Proposal
Development

Serve
as review point for country-led proposal budget development and revisions
by providing financial data and correct donor templates as needed and
making recommendations regarding budgeting to ensure that reasonable
provision is included for appropriate costs which comply with donor
guidelines.

Review
and when necessary, create financial narrative justifications to accompany
budgets and liaise with donors to ensure that any proposal budget queries
are cleared promptly.

Track
and monitor submitted awards/proposals and assist with preparation of
requested additional information, including financial aspects of due
diligence process, as required.

Review
the financial clauses of contracts received and advise on financial
matters as required.

Project
Financial Management

The
IFA is the focal point responsible for overall financial monitoring on
grants for both external donor requirements and internal Mercy Corps
policies and requirements.

On
award of a grant, design and develop coded budgets to meet grant needs and
using financial system reporting tools, design and construct Budget versus
Actual reports suitable for all stakeholders.

Provide
ongoing monitoring of grants through monthly budget versus actual reports
to strict deadlines ensuring that all issues are highlighted and promptly
communicated to stakeholders. Coordinate with the implementation team to
ensure issues are being addressed on a timely basis.

Prepare
required reports to donor agencies (EC, ECHO, FCDO, etc) along with
related supporting schedules and payment requests.

Review
budgets and advise the country team on grant budget modifications required
to reflect technical and implementation changes, ensuring any amendments
are in accordance with donor requirements.

Support
country team’s adherence to Mercy Corps internal policies and standards as
well as adherence to Mercy Corps’ Complex Programs management standards.

In
conjunction with the Compliance Team, maintain effective contact with
country offices regarding financial reporting and grant regulations,
advising and training.

Serve
on Complex Programme Boards within the portfolio, providing financial and
compliance information to ensure issues are being managed or escalated as
required.

Monitor
grant-level cash flow and submit funding requests to donor agencies on a
timely basis as required by the grant agreement and MC internal
procedures.

Audit
Assistance

Assist
in preparation for the MCinE annual statutory audit, including input on
International Finance issues such as project closures and co-financing and
liaising with country offices to ensure sampled transitions are timeously
received and submitted documentation is compliant.

Advise
on country-level or donor-specific audits, including providing requested
information and responses to audit queries and management letter
responses.

Monitor
and support implementation of country action plans in the clearance of
external or internal audit findings relating to the implementation of
European grants.

Strategy,
Planning & Learning

Coordinate
with peers to share knowledge and develop best practices for IFAs and
country Finance Managers.

Identify
finance-specific knowledge essential for other teams and develop guidance
for IF team, FMs and non-finance staff on relevant finance topics.

Country
Office Support and Capacity Building

Serve
as member of the hiring team and provide technical vetting of senior
country office finance staff.

Travel
to the countries being supported and provide technical financial support,
training and oversight. Review and provide feedback on the country finance
operations and MC and donor compliance.

In
relation to MCinE grants, monitor and report on country office finance
staff training needs and requirements ensuring areas identified are
promptly addressed.

Assist
with the opening and closing of a country programme by providing financial
guidance and assistance.

Provide
additional onboarding to new senior finance staff on MCinE grant financial
management and policies.

Minimum
Qualifications & Transferable Skills

Degree
in Accounting or Finance, part-qualified accountant or qualified by
experience in a relevant field

Experience
of computerized accountancy packages

Proficiency
with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) – with
a high proficiency in Excel essential

Business
spoken and written English is required, with proficiency in a relevant
second language considered an advantage

Previous
finance or grant management experience preferred

Experience
working in an International NGO preferred

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