Netherlands Red Cross Job Vacancy: Roving Finance Delegate - Central African Republic

We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness.
In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally with the aid of specialists or by sending relief supplies or money.

Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion.

Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Department is amongst other responsible for partnerships with our Sister National Societies.

To strengthen the team, the department is looking for a Roving finance delegate:
Duty station: t.b.d., preferable in Africa
Time period: Maximum of 12 months
Starting Date: Immediately
Status: Single posting

The Netherlands Red Cross identified the need for increased technical financial support to better meet the growing demand for financial and administrative assistance to the different NLRC teams and their respective red cross / red crescent partners.

This increased work originates from:
  • The implementation of the NLRC new strategy for its international work (New Way of Working). The NWoW requires systematic analysis of sister NS financial and administrative capacities to implement and be accountable for NLRC supported programmes, including the identification of capacity building initiatives in this technical field; 7 new sister RC societies have been identified as new partners with limited project financial management capacities; 
  • A set of relatively new donor requirements (MoFA, EU) still require adjustments in financial administrative support systems at (H)NS levels and NLRC field teams; 
  • The introduction of Winpaccs accounting and Cost Control package for all NLRC field offices and Delegates projects requires additional capacity in 2016.
Geographical focus and planning
Although the focus will be on the French speaking countries: Benin, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Ivory Coast, anf Mali, the Roving Financial Delegate (RFD) may be requested to undertake financial control missions to other countries of the NLRC supported programmes in Africa.

Responsibilities/ Key tasks
  • Advise on and develop financial administrative policy and systems for project management (including reconciliation with financial administration of sister NS). Produce financial planning overviews of projects, conduct financial control of project administration, and analyse data, with a view to provide information for project managers/budget holders to effectively steer. Produce financial procedures and guidelines. Analyse financial data and information, and advise the management of International Assistance (Head of International and Unit Heads). 
  • Translate, integrate and apply NLRC and donor financial administrative policy & procedures to projects of budget holders / project managers, inlucuding those based in the field, in such a way that the financial and administrative processes within projects are reliable and transparent, and provide for a multiannual perspective. 
  • Advice on financial and administrative aspects in the programme development phase, so that optimal conditions are created to implement projects.
This includes:
  • Verify the administration, assuring this is adequate and reliable, and that payments can be made according to plans. 
  • Guide the execution of the project administration and provide steer on financial policy, so that adequate financial indicators are produced to steer and manage projects and funding. 
  • Provide technical support to field finance staff on the NLRC Winpaccs system, in financial management, budget preparation, analysis of the financial reports , accessing financial information, interpreting financial reports and any other identified gaps and finance-related training needs. 
  • Any other fin/admin duties/advice when required from the NLRC Project managers
Social interaction
Effectively transfer knowledge and insights to budget holders, Project managers and Project Administrators, Delegates, Unit heads and direct manager. Promote a result focused cooperation. Liaise effectively with internal colleagues in Finance & Control, HR. Produce proposals for improvements for Project managers and Unit Heads.

Effectively advise budget holders and project managers on (corrective) measures and decisions that need to be made. Participating or leading project/working groups in the technical field. Produce reports, plans (in French and English). Liaise with NLRC corporate auditing company, also for regular annual audits.

Result areas
  • Planning & organisation 
  • Advising & internal control 
  • Reporting modalities 
  • External contacts 
  • Reliable project administration and reports
  • Signalling peculiarities and producing solutions 
  • Level of support to colleagues 
  • Improvement focus 
  • Increasing financial knowledge and skills of colleagues

  • Bachelor or Master degree
  • 8 years of international experience in financial management, accounting and control
  • Fluency in French and English
  • Knowledge of International accounting and reporting sytems, Winpaccs package is preferable
  • Strong communication and training / coaching skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience and proven
  • competence in preparing financial reports and explanatory notes on deviations
  • Experience in problem identification and solution analysis
  • Advanced Excel skills
Key competencies
  • Organisational sencitivity
  • Able to work in a team
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the National Societies partnering with the NLRC in Africa
  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative
  • Ability to manage broad responsibilities with attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Problem analysis
  • Planning & organising
  • Flexible
  • Stress resistance
  • Power to persuade
How to apply:
  • Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation to Annemieke van Teeffelen before 11 April 2016 using our online application system: CLICK HERE 
  • For more information about the position, you can contact Teodora van Meerwijk, An assessment can be part of the selection procedure