Finance & Compliance Director - Niger & Burkina Faso

Finance & Compliance Niamey, Niger


About Mercy Corps
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Program / Department Summary 
Mercy Corps has been present in Niger since 2005 and in Burkina Faso since 2016. Its  interventions in Niger and Burkina Faso are focused on improving food security, economic  recovery, social cohesion, livelihoods, nutrition, governance and emergency response outcomes.  Our work in these areas contributes to communities’ resilience to shocks and stresses and enables  them to achieve long-term, inclusive and equitable development. Its main strategic mission is "to  support vulnerable and/or at risk populations to improve their lives, recover from shocks and  exclusion while empowering them to secure viable opportunities for a more resilient and  sustainable livelihood economy. 
Currently, Mercy Corps Niger and Burkina Faso implements more than 17 developmental and  humanitarian assistance programs/projects with an overall budget of more than 70 million USD. In  Niger, Mercy Corps implements its programs in the regions of Tillabery, Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Niamey with field offices located in Filingue, Maradi, Tahoua, Abala and Tillabery. In Burkina  Faso, Mercy Corps’ work involves promoting communities’ resilience in the fight against hunger,  youth entrepreneurship and employability and social cohesion. It also enhances collaboration,  learning and adaptation of approaches between implementing partners of USAID-funded programs  and projects. In Burkina Faso, Mercy Corps has offices its main office in Ouagadougou and  currently operates in three field areas including Kaya, Fada and Ouahigouya with a possible  establishment of a new area field in Bobo Dioulasso.

The position 
The Finance & Compliance Director is a member of the senior management team and leads the  Finance Department. S/he is responsible for all aspects of financial management of the country  program, working collaboratively to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and  procedures as well as donor regulations. S/he works under the direction of the Country Director  and is responsible for all financial functions in Niger & Burkina Faso, including accounting,  payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting and grant financial management and  compliance. The Finance & Compliance Director, in support of the Program Department, provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial  resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Essential Job Responsibilities 

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Set direction of finance department by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
  • Work with the Country Director and senior management team to grow the program portfolio, formulate strategies and plans.
  • Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity. Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
  • Manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall donor obligations are met.
  • Interface with the (donor) representatives to convey information about finance as appropriate.
  • Communicate with our partners to verify their systems and that they understand and follow all appropriate procedures and archiving.
  • Plan and implement effective and transparent systems for financial operations in both the mains countries and field offices in accordance with the Mercy Corps Field Finance Manual and donor regulations, including systems for cash flow management, budgeting,  consolidation of accounting information, internal controls, financial reporting, financial  record-keeping, grant management and compliance.
  • Develop (and keep up to date) annual fiscal year budgets with the Country Director and develop and implement grant budgeting and forecasting systems with Program Managers/Directors.
  • Ensure effective, transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures. Ensure that Mercy Corps financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.
  • Maintain banking relations and plan and monitor countries cash flow requirements to ensure the smooth implementation of Mercy Corps programs.
  • Maintain appropriate local insurance coverage to protect Mercy Corps. Analyze compensation packages, taxation requirements and human resource policies for local staff to ensure that Mercy Corps’ has adequately accounted for the financial impact  of local staff compensation and benefits. 
  • Provide monthly standard accounting submissions to Mercy Corps Headquarters, including general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditures by cost center/project, required sub-grantee reporting, as well as other financial information in a timely and  accurate manner.
  • Provide Monthly high-level management reports to the Country Director and Program Managers, including expenditures by fund codes/project, sub-grantee reporting and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ensure review and monitoring of partners’ financial reporting and compliance. Provide additional technical assistance to local partners as necessary to maintain high standards of compliance.
  • Assist internal and external audits and reviews as required to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donor requirements.
  • Provide training of non-finance staff on financial management and processes (budgets, coding, planning, etc.)
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. 
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Supervisory Responsibility
All Finance Department staff; (#direct), (#indirect).
Directly: Finance and compliance Manager Niger, Finance and compliance Manager in Burkina Faso, and Finance Coordinator RALLIER Consortium

Reports Directly To: Country Director
Works Directly With: HQ Regional Finance Officers, HQ Program Officers, Operations Director,  Program Directors, country coordinator/Burkina Faso, Program Managers, Process Analyst  Specialist

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 Qualification & Transferable Skills 
  • 7+ years of progressive financial management experience is required, including supervisory experience required previously as Finance Director.
  • BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 4 years of experience in grants management as well as an understanding of donor regulations is required (particularly USAID and DFID).
  • At least 3 years of international experience is required; international NGO or business Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting preparation and presentation and the proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports. 
  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Prior management experience and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment. Previous experience in insecure environments
  • Excellent oral and written French & English skills required.
Success Factors 
The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively across program and finance  teams successfully, both in a managerial as well as training capacity. S/he will be able to support  programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information, have a demonstrated  ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program  activities. An impeccable professional standard of finance and procurement ethics and the  willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures  is essential. The Finance Director must be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices  and project sites. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to  teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective  written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. 

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions 
The Finance Director will be based in Niamey, Niger with regular field travel. Staff have good  access to essential services, such as medical care, electricity, water, etc. This position requires up  to 20% of travel by road or air to field locations in relatively secure environments but climatically  harsh conditions. The position is accompanied and is eligible for R&R but not hardship pay.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when  deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY 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.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps  is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an  inclusive environment.

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.