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International Rescue Committee - IRC

International Rescue Committee - IRC


Position: Finance Director
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ababa Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 8 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded over 80 years ago, the IRC is a leading humanitarian and development organization with a presence in more than 40 countries. Across contexts, the IRC is committed to delivering innovative, high-impact programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by crises.

Position Summary:

IRC is seeking a Finance Director for an anticipated multi-million-dollar Department of Health CDC Strengthening Immunization Program Implementation in Sub-National Consequential Geographies opportunity. The aim of this program is to provide immunization services (identify and vaccinate zero- and under-dose children, support polio eradication, measles mortality reduction and regional measles and rubella elimination, hepatitis B and maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, and other vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance); support global laboratory networks for polio and measles/rubella; support planning and implementation of supplemental immunization campaigns; and support the strengthening of immunization delivery systems and capacities in high priority countries.

The Finance Director will be responsible for overseeing financial management and financial operations for the project. Acting as the principal finance business partner to the Program Director and other Senior Management team, the Finance Director provides the leadership and management necessary to ensure the project has the appropriate financial infrastructure and systems in place to support the smooth project implementation. The Finance Director will ensure the assistance complies with CDC rules and regulations and the host country’s labor, tax, and other relevant laws. S/he will contribute to the development of the Project’s strategic and operational plans and be accountable for ensuring and monitoring delivery against the financial plans through targeted and comprehensive financial analytical review. Additionally, the Finance Director will coordinate their work with IRC Ethiopia Country Office Finance Unit to enforce internal controls over the CDC Immunization opportunity.

The position will be based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. Recruitment is contingent upon the successful award of the project, and the selection of the final applicant is subject to CDC approval. The project is anticipated to begin in June 2024.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that all policies and procedures follow IRC and CDC policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Establishes project’s finance and supporting function policies, systems and procedures, and directs or performs their development, documentation, and implementation
  • Manages project finance activities and schedules to meet the financial reporting requirements and deadlines specified by IRC HQ and CDC. Prepares quarterly accrual reports, expenditure reporting, and burn rate projections
  • Provides project management and program staff with monthly actual-to-budget expenditure reports and analysis for project funds and facilitates the review and discussion
  • Ensures balance sheet reconciliations are completed monthly and on a timely basis and reviews final reconciliations and trial balances with the Project Director
  • Closely monitors all financial activities, and keeps the Project Director advised of all situations which have the potential for a negative impact on internal controls or financial performance
  • Directs the preparation of and approval of all CDC financial reports in respect to accounting, legal and contractual requirements and ensures the review of such reports by the Project Director and HQ prior to submission
  • Enforces internal control policies and procedures
  • Maintains current knowledge of local government requirements related to financial matters and ensures compliance with tax regulations and other legal requirements
  • Establishes project finance roles and responsibilities matrix; ensures job descriptions are current; recruits and maintains qualified staff to perform finance functions
  • Develop and implement a training program for the project’s finance staff
  • Ensures constructive performance reviews are completed on a timely basis and facilitates discussion of performance and career options with project finance staff
  • Supervises all project office bank relations and bank account activities including negotiation of fees, interest and currency exchange rates
  • In compliance with IRC policy, establishes policies regarding cash holding limits, cash movements and foreign currency holdings of the project
  • Oversees the timely preparation, review and approval of all monthly bank account and cash reconciliations
  • Designs, implements and monitors systems, procedures and reporting necessary to maintain on a current basis accurate forecasts of cash requirements for meeting future spending, including commitments entered into and which obligate IRC to future spending
  • Supervises the preparation of Cash Transfer Requests to HQ and ensures that appropriate cash balances are maintained to facilitate project implementation
  • Assists with the preparation and revision of project budgets
  • Prepares the annual and monthly cash budgets based on approved funding
  • Prepares monthly pipeline analysis (spending forecast) on the project in coordination with the technical team
  • Coordinates and reconciles spending forecasts with the Project Director to reflect realistic data.


  • Degree from an accredited university in Accounting, Business Administration, Commerce, or Finance with a recognized professional certificate in accounting such as CPA, or a master’s degree in Accounting
  • Minimum of 10 years in a similar financial, compliance, or operational role in managing and supporting large USAID and CDC-funded projects and other Institutional Donor projects in similar contexts
  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting requirements on large CDC, USAID, BHA, FCDO, or other Institutional Donor funded projects
  • Experience with financial management and reporting on projects with substantial sub-award components
  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices, financial reporting standards, financial management processes and procedures
  • Familiarity with CDC rules and regulations including applicable CFRs
  • Extensive experience in working with computerized accounting systems (ERP), standard spreadsheet and database programs, and advanced and demonstrated/practical skills in Microsoft Excel
  • Must have a proven track record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and professional patience and ability to interact, partner and thrive in a diverse environment
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with diverse teams
  • Good written and verbal skills in English

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.