The Iraq Community Resilience Initiative – Ta’afi (ICRI-Ta’afi) is a United States Agency for International Development Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. ICRI-Ta’afi aims to increase stability in Iraq by supporting accelerated recovery in conflict-affected areas, improvement of the public’s perception of local leadership, and strengthened social fabric of Iraqi communities.
The Finance Specialist (FS) reports to the Finance Manager. The FS supervises the Bookkeeper.
Work Location and Number of Vacancies:
The position is based in Erbil-Iraq. (1) vacancy.
Conducts internal reviews of backup documentation and writes recommendations.
Supervises the bookkeeper’s work, providing consistent feedback and training as needed.
Contributes to finance team learning by sharing best practices, ideas, and knowledge.
Takes ownership of financial payments to ensure they are processed in a timely manner.
Liaises with the bank as needed to update signatories, process/correct payments.
Reviews copies of all receipts for all expenses submissions to the project and improves overall capacity in grantee financial management
Facilitates provision of information and documentation during audits
Reviews expense reports
Enters accounting transactions into the accounting software, ABACUS
Conducts bank reconciliations and/or oversees the bank reconciliation process as a second reviewer
Ensures the maintenance of proper accounting documentation
Oversees processing of payroll each month and prepares salary receipt/payroll forms
Liaises with income tax authority, social security administration, and remit employee withholdings on a monthly basis
Serves as the primary point of contact with the home office accounting teams
Reviews all coding sheets before they are sent to the finance manager and or deputy chief of party - operations for approval
Examines monthly wire transfer requests through a thorough analysis of projected project expenditures
Supports the finance manager in subcontractor management by reviewing and monitoring monthly subcontractor invoices
Ensures all transactions are in compliance with USAID rules and regulations, as well as the project’s policy manual, and the Chemonics Field Accounting and Compliance Manual
Supports the finance manager as a liaison to other administrative and technical components to manage project financial budgeting and expenditure progress
Leads trainings for grantees and/or project staff 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
Performs other duties as assigned by the finance manager to achieve the project’s goals and objectives
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
Demonstrates and entrepreneurial spirit and takes ownership of tasks.
Meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with colleagues, visitors and the general public
Exceptional organization skills and ability to work under high pressure, fast-paced environments
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with culturally and geographically diverse staff
Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
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.
Equal employment opportunities:
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
Contract period: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Salary: The salary of this position falls under band FSN-07
The selected candidates will be vetted.
Chemonics Iraq offers a fair, competitive, and transparent recruitment process. We are promoting the health and well-being of our staff and their loved ones. We are just as committed to creating an environment that encourages professional learning and growth. Our benefits include:
Health insurance for its full-time fixed-term employees and their dependents (spouse and children) at no additional cost. The health insurance Chemonics provides is an exclusive package with wide network in different cities within Iraq. The employees and their dependents can visit hospitals and receive treatments with no payment.
Life insurance for the employee at no additional cost
Resilience Support Program at no additional cost
Annual professional development fund for approved trainings for each employee.
Online platforms for language and technical skills development (Mango Languages and Degreed)
Contribution to Social Security scheme.
Due to the high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applications are due by 08 November 2020
To apply, please submit your application through this link only