Country Finance and Compliance Manager - Bamako, Mali

Finance & Compliance Bamako, Mali


About Mercy Corps

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into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been working in Mali since 2012 supporting vulnerable and at-risk Malian women, men, and youth to cope with food security and conflict-induced shocks and stresses, restore peace and stability, and address humanitarian and development structural challenges. Our programming consists of humanitarian response (food distribution, WASH, Shelter), building resilience (livelihood support) and social cohesion. With a rapidly growing portfolio of funding and programming from FCDO, USAID, Sida, EU and others, Mercy Corps Mali is implementing an integrated humanitarian, development, and conflict-prevention response to create a sustainable and impactful improvement in the human security of some of Mali’s worst conflict-affected areas. Mercy Corps is currently expanding its portfolio of programs across Mali to better support communities in preventing the further spread of violent conflict through several multi-year programs aimed at supporting human security, justice, and stabilization, as well as a combined humanitarian response in the center of the country that has supported the food, water, hygiene, shelter, and livelihood needs of over 100,000 persons in the last 18 months. The Finance and Compliance Manager is expected to hugely contribute to this progress.

General Position Summary

The Finance and Compliance Manager is a member of the senior management team and part of the Mercy Corps Finance Department, and as such is responsible for all aspects of financial management of the country programs, 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 Mali, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting and grant financial management and compliance. The Finance and Compliance Manager, 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

Strategy & Vision

        Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment of empowerment.

        Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.



Ensure timely and accurate management of Mercy Corps Mali finances including but not limited to the following responsibilities:

       Oversee and manage daily countrywide accounting and finance functions including the timely recording of transactions, cash management, banking, tax obligations, payroll, inventory, receivables, and payables.

       Plan and implement systems for financial operations in both the main country office and in 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.

       Provide financial review of purchase requests, purchase orders and payment requests to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures and project budgets.

       Review month end sub journals to ensure clarity of descriptions, exchange rate and correct coding of expenses.

       Prepare allocation tables and complete Journal Entries for allocations monthly.

       Ensure monitoring of advance accounts and accrual and suspense accounts ensuring they are cleaned on a regular basis.

       Maintain banking relations and plan and monitor country cash flow requirements to ensure the smooth implementation of Mercy Corps programs.

       Provide monthly standard accounting submissions to Mercy Corps Headquarters, including general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditures by fund code/project, required sub grantee reporting in tandem with the Country Director, as well as other financial information in a timely and accurate manner.

       Ensure compliance with Mercy Corps procurement policies and procedures for all goods and services.

       Develop and maintain local office policies and procedures and provide training for all issues related to local financial matters.

       Develop annual fiscal year budgets with the Country Director and develop and implement grant budgeting and forecasting systems with Program Managers.

       Maintain appropriate local insurance coverage in coordination with the Admin. Department to protect Mercy Corps. 




Ensure accurate planning of existing and proposed activities and on budget and in-compliance spending of funded initiatives through (but not limited to) the following activities:

        Ensure effective, transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.

        Annual planning in coordination with the Country Director of multiple grant budgets to ensure that all costs, including office expenses and staff are covered by incoming donations, budgets and implementing projection systems with Program Managers.

        Review and monitor partners' financial reporting and compliance. Provide additional technical assistance to partners as necessary to maintain compliance standards.

        Provide monthly financial management reports to the Country Director and Program Managers, including budget vs actual reports of expenditures by fund code/budget line per project, and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner. Complete follow up actions based on Program Manager Review and outcomes of grant meetings.

        Perform internal audits and reviews as required to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donor requirements.

        Lead budget development for new initiatives ensuring realistic and complete budgets in the required format.


        Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.

        Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.

        Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.

        Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

        Ensure that audit recommendations are applied across all departments.


        Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

        Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.

        Provide team members with information, tools, and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.

        Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback informally and formally through regular one on ones and performance reviews.

        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.

        Supervise, hire, and orient new team members as necessary.



        Interface with the (donor) representatives to convey information about programs as appropriate.

        Communicate with our partners (name), as well as (name any sub-grantees), to verify their systems and that they understand and follow all appropriate procedures and archiving.

        Participate in sharing best practices with NGOs and governmental agencies.

        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.


        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.


As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves. 


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and 

evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

All Finance Department staff (at least 8 direct) 


Reports Directly To: Country Director

Works Directly With: HQ Regional Finance Officer (with authority for technical financial matters); members of Operations (including logistics and Human Resources), Program Managers, TSU team members

Knowledge and Experience 

        A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance required; advanced degree preferred.

        At least 4-7 years of progressive financial management experience, including supervisory 

        experience required.

        At least 4 years’ experience in grants management as well as an understanding of US Government, EC, Global Affairs Canada, FCDO (former FCO and DfID), other bilateral donors, key private foundations and UN agencies’ regulations required.

        At least 3 years’ international experience required; international NGO/PVO field office experience is preferred, especially in West/Central Africa, is preferred. 

        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.

        Prior management experience and strong organizational skills.

        Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel. 

        Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.

        Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in French is required.

        Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment. 

        Previous experience in insecure environments and travels to remote locations is desirable. 

Success Factors 

The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively across international and national 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 multitask, 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 and Compliance Manager 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 position is based in Bamako, Mali with travel to project areas in the country, security permitting.  Bamako is served by an international airport with daily flights to European and African destinations.  Restaurants and shopping options are available almost everywhere in Bamako. Health care services exist but for more serious conditions, medevac to Dakar, Senegal, the Maghreb or Europe may be required. There are international schools and Bamako is an accompanied family post. While the city has been mostly secure, recent attacks against foreigners underscore the fluidity of the situation and may require expatriate staff to adhere to strict security policies, such as restrictions on movement.

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 always 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.