World Wide Fund For Nature Vacancy: Finance Administrator - Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is involved in an ambitious conservation programme in the Congo Basin, partially financed by USAID. The ... thumbnail 1 summary
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World Wide Fund For Nature Vacancy: Finance Administrator - Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is involved in an ambitious conservation programme in the Congo Basin, partially financed by USAID. The present finance phase of USAID, called CAFEC (Central African Forest Ecosystem Conservation) has as objective to preserve the integrity of the humid forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin, over a period of 5 years (2013-2018).

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC), WWF manages its programme in 4 Landscapes: Lac Tumba, Salonga, Itombwe and Virungas. These landscapes contain a high biological diversity and are of exceptional value. The conservation of its species, ecosystems at ecological processes is of high importance for the RDC and for all humanity.

On the other hand, severe threats exist not only on these universally recognized landscapes but also on the initiatives of sustainable management of the natural resources of the Congo Basin. This programme is associated to ICCN, several conservation NGOs and also to other financial partners.

Headquarters of WWF for CAFEC are at Kinshasa, which is also the work place.

Location: Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Main responsibilities:
The Central Africa Forest Ecosystems Conservation (CAFEC) of the Central Africa Regional Program of the Environment (CARPE) Finance Administrator will have primary responsibility for maintaining the program’s financial integrity by overseeing the project financial management and reporting. His major duties will be:

1. Overall Project Administration
  • Leads the program budget preparation; monitors and analyzes expenses and revenues monthly to ensure proper spending levels and correct usage of restricted funds. Manages actual financial performance against budget and ensures that projections are accurate;
  • Responsible for preparing and coordinating with partners the budget by activity for the annual workplan submission to USAID;
  • Provides input to WWF-US Program Operations for preparing pipeline report due to USAID periodically (quarterly);
  • Provides Monthly updates to COP and Landscape Leaders about the financial status of their respective programs and signals any issues as they occur.
2. Coordination and Support to WWF – DRC
  • Coordinates the program budget preparation; monitors and analyzes expenses and revenues monthly to ensure proper spending levels and correct usage of restricted funds. Manages actual financial performance against budget and ensures that projections are accurate;
  • In coordination with the WWF DRC F&A team, implements consistent processes and procedures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), USAID requirements, and WWF procedures for all budgeting, accounting, sub-granting, sub-contracting, and procurement functions including: field payroll, field expense reporting, accounts payable, wire transfer requests, and bank account reconciliation, internal controls, and reporting;
  • Oversees and provides technical support to WWF DRC staff in performing organizational assessments of sub grantees, including site visits, to ensure appropriate financial and administrative management systems are implemented to meet the level and complexity of funding. Ensures all WWF issued agreements and payments are processed timely and in accordance with policies and procedures.
Required Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in accounting, business, public administration, or a related field. A graduate degree in accounting, finance or business administration, or relevant experience is preferred;
  • Senior-level professional experience with at least 8 years of substantial and successful project management experience overseeing financial and administrative activities.
Required Skills and Competencies
  • Previous experience with implementation of donor-funded projects (experience with USAID projects, USAID results-oriented development strategies, and USAID regulations preferred);
  • Multi-site management, audit and program accounting experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing staff and administrative and financial functions for a large program is essential;
  • Excellent organizational skills with emphasis on project and financial management;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  • Highly qualified and proficient with spreadsheet programs, word processing, computerized accounting and budgeting systems (e.g. ACCPAC, Oracle, etc.), information system development, and auditing skills;
  • Strong teambuilding skills and demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and mentoring financial management staff;
  • Fluency in English and French is required;
  • Must be willing to travel to the field offices, as well as to the US if needed;
  • Adheres to WWF values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

For more details, please consult the full job description.

How to apply:
Email a cover letter and CV to recrutement_wwfrdc@wwfcarpo.org. 

The subject should read Finance Administrator.Deadline for applications: 18 July 2014

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up. If you have not been contacted six (6) weeks after closing, consider your application unsuccessful.

Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up.
Female and African nationals applicants are encouraged.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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