STA - Finance Manager- Iraq

Finance & Compliance Erbil, Iraq


About Mercy Corps

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 Program / Department

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by the Middle East, since 1989 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work.

Since 2003, Mercy Corps has been working to pave the way for a new Iraq. We continue to deliver emergency, life-saving assistance to conflict affected populations while also addressing longer term needs and underlying causes. Ongoing cycles of conflict have resulted in millions of people displaced, basic infrastructure destroyed, livelihoods disrupted, and deepening divisions within communities. Since our work began in Iraq, we’ve provided support to more than 5 million people affected by war, violence, and displacement.

The Position

The Finance manager will be working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Finance Director and working closely with other MC Iraq finance staff, the Finance Manager will ensure the accuracy and completeness of Mercy Corps accounting records and will assist for managing the monthly accounting cycle, S/he will ensure the proper process of BVAs and budget management .

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Daily management and supervision of the of Finance Manager –Baghdad , Senior Finance  officer –Erbil and the Deputy Finance Manager-Erbil
  • Lead& monitor the month-end accounting close process, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger, Navigator transactions, and all supporting documentation in the country office and all field offices.
  • Primary responsibility for maintaining the general ledger software files, including set up and maintenance of new project accounts, regular backup of files, etc.
  • Lead the process of annual Statuary audit reports for both Federal and Non-KRG reports.
  • Lead and manage the process of Master Budget updates in coordination with the deputy finance manager.
  • Lead and manage the process of Year End Closure in coordination with Finance focal points in field and Operation staff.
  • Participate in the preparation of budget proposals process and budget realignments.
  • Lead & Manage and monitor month-end balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Coordinate the preparation and ensure the on-time submission of the monthly reporting package to HQ
  • Oversee the maintenance of all accounting records, ensuring that records are complete, accurate, and safeguarded
  • Assist in the training and support of the finance staff in field offices, including answering daily questions, training new hires, making field visits, etc.
  • Monitor cash and bank balances and coordinate monthly cash flow requests from sub-offices; Lead the process of consolidating country cash flow requests to HQ.
  • Assist the Finance Director &Deputy Finance Manager in responding to audit inquiries.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibility
Finance Manager –Baghdad & Deputy Finance Manager-Erbil and Senior Finance Officer- Erbil

Reports Directly To: Finance Director

Works Directly With Finance team, Procurement, Administration and Logistics Team, Program team.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualifications & Transferable Skills
  • 4+ years of experience from a national/international NGO is required;
  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Prior staff supervisory experience and strong organizational skills desired.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Good communication and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical skills are essential.
  • Flexibility and Ability to work under pressure, independently, and with limited supervision
  • Demonstrates ability to identify problems.
  • Makes recommendations related to work procedures and implementation of management systems.

Success Factors

A clear understanding of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required.  A demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary. Recognition of and discretion in the sensitivities of the program is of crucial importance.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

This position is based in Erbil, Iraq, and requires travel within Iraq. Living conditions are in individual housing: water, electricity, and internet are present with some cuts.  
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.