Chemonics International seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of Finance Specialist for the Iraq Regional Program (IRP) based in Erbil, Iraq. IRP is a USAID project that aims to promote an inclusive and stable Iraq; assist persecuted, conflict-affected populations; and support stabilization and recovery efforts. The Finance Specialist, in coordination with the finance manager, will oversee all aspects of IRP’s project accounting and financial management needs. Working under the general supervision and technical direction of the Finance Manager, the Finance Specialist will coordinate with IRP staff and the Chemonics home office in Washington, D.C. to ensure the office is operating under practices consistent with Chemonics and USAID policies and financial practices.
Review copies of all receipts for all expenses submissions to the Project and improve overall capacity in grantee financial management.
Facilitate provision of information and documentation during audits.
Review expense reports.
Enter accounting transactions into the accounting software, ABACUS.
Oversee bank reconciliation process as a second reviewer.
Ensure the maintenance of proper accounting documentation.
Oversee processing of payroll each month and prepare salary receipt/payroll forms.
Liaise with income tax authority, social security administration, and remit employee withholdings on a monthly basis.
Serve as the primary point of contact with the home office accounting teams.
Review all coding sheets before they are sent to the Finance Manager & COP for approval
Examine monthly wire transfer requests through a thorough analysis of projected project expenditures.
Support the Finance Manager in subcontractor management by reviewing and monitoring monthly subcontractor invoices.
Ensure all transactions are in compliance with USAID rules and regulations, as well as the project’s policy manual, and Field Accounting and Compliance Manual.
Support the Finance Manager as a liaison to other administrative and technical components to manage project financial budgeting and expenditure progress
Conduct pre-award surveys to verify financial capability of NGOs and potential partners prior to award.
Lead trainings for grantees on an individual and group basis on the financial requirements and any financial management issues with the goal of improving the capacity of their financial management.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as accounting, commerce, or business administration. Advanced degree is preferred.
A minimum of three years of experience in accounting and administrative support.
Experience working with Iraq financial/tax/legal requirements, working experience on donor funded projects and familiarity with the rules and regulations or international organizations is preferred.
Demonstrated working knowledge of accounting systems and software applications, including, ABACUS, MS Word, MS Excel and other project databases.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines consistently.
Exceptional organization skills and ability to work under high pressure, fast-paced environments.
Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required; Written and oral fluency in Kurdish, and other local languages is a plus, but not required.