Norwegian Refugee Council Finance Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council
Finance Officer – Kenya
Kenyan Nationals Only
Job Location: Nairobi

Ref. No.: 3232343079

1 Position
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. 


NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 4000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents.

In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2004 and has since expanded its Horn of Africa Programme to Kenya in 2006 and to Ethiopia in 2011. 

Since 2004, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations.
The NRC Horn of Africa & Yemen mission is an expanding programme. NRC started its operations in Kenya in the refugee camps in Dadaab in February 2007. 
NRC has WASH, Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihood and Information Counseling and Legal Assistant programmes implemented in the refugee camps in Dadaab, Mandera and Kakuma.

The Finance Officer- Risk and Compliance provides support in ensuring that NRC Kenya Mission consistently complies with all the legal regulations, financial requirements and humanitarian standards set by NRC and its donor partners, while ensuring that the Country Office has effective governance, risk management and control system are in place.

The Finance Officer will report to the Country Director.

Job description

  • Implement NRC’s systems and procedures at area level
  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies, handbooks, guidelines and donor requirements
  • Prepare and submit reports and analysis
  • Support line managers in procedures and require support team trainings
  • Ensure that the accounting, monitoring and reporting are according to procedures
  • Support project staff in financial matters
  • Ensure development and implementation of administrative systems and procedures
  • Review organizational risk management strategies to assure the management that risk is adequately managed
  • Quality Assurance and Audit
  • Design and deliver the training action plans informed by audit reports and financial reviews.
  • Undertake regular systems review and conduct follow up on the job training for NRC offices
  • Review all NRC Kenya monthly financial vouchers and provide a report for completeness and compliance with the NRC Kenya mission policies, plans and procedures.
  • Ascertain the extent of compliance with the NRC Kenya mission policies, plans and procedures.
  • Provide internal review reports, which highlight internal controls weaknesses and include recommendations for appropriate action.
  • Assist management in updating operations manual to ensure adequate internal controls and internal checks.
  • Identify any areas of risk exposure to the mission, discuss with Finance Manager and Country Director and address the risks identified.
  • Act as the focal point for external audits, provide necessary documents required and responding to management letters.
  • Monitor progress on the implementation of the recommended actions in internal and external reviews reports
  • University degree in Accounting and Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA II), or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years of financial and grants management experience in an INGO or UN.
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English both written and verbal.
  • Practical experience hosting and working with external auditors.
  • Good ability to plan for different sets of scenarios in relation to external and internal audits
  • Solid experience of work with windows based computer software, and modern accounting- Systems
  • Excellent working knowledge of Excel and standard accounting packages
  • Excellent project management, accounting and expenditure verification skills
  • Knowledge of the context in country
  • Keen sense of compliance with policy and procedure
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian sector and audit background an advantage
  • Ability to work independently with strong team player skills
Education field: Finance / Economics

Education level:
Academy college / University

Personal qualities

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Analyzing
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Empowering and building trust
Language: English

We offer

Duty station: Nairobi

Contract period is up to December 2017 with possibility of extension. 
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Office in Nairobi.

Miscellaneous info

Travel: Some travelling must be expected

Search criteria:

  • Location: Kenya
  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Finance
  • Role: Worker
Candidates should apply on line by going through
Email and paper applications will not be considered

Deadline for application: 26/10/2016 

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