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Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Position: Finance Technical Assistant Ethiopia Afar
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Afar - Ethiopia
Posted date: 3 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the Finance Assistant position is to assist in the day-to-day implementation of the finance functions responsibilities. The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks, and guidelines
  • Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of financial documents according to NRC standards and the Securing Supporting Documents (SSD) policy
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
  • Support project staff in financial matters

Specific responsibilities

  • Check supplier’s invoices and ensure that the supporting documents meet NRC standards before payment, and ensure timely payments
  • Assist in the month-end accounting closing process, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger and all supporting documentation.
  • Ensure all documents are copied, scanned, and filed and the original is sent to CO monthly
  • Assist in preparing monthly financial reports and send all relevant documents to the country office monthly
  • Assist in ensuring cash in bank and cash boxes
  • Ensure that all taxes and other government payments are settled monthly
  • Follow up the day-to-day responsibility of managing petty cash and cheque payments
  • Assist with the preparation of payment vouchers for cash and cheques and ensure timely settlements of all invoices
  • Assist the Finance Officer to perform cash and bank reconciliation
  • Assist with payments of labor or other activities in camps or communities as required
  • Maintain open communication with all staff and others for all financial clarifications.



  • Competencies are important for the employee and the organization to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge, and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working as a Finance Assistant or Cashier in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • BA in Accounting/Finance or a similar field
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own skills/profile
  • Knowledge of English, both written and verbal

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Good knowledge of the area and context in the Region
  • Goal-oriented with the ability to work under pressure, independently, and with limited supervision.
  • Experience working with large institutional donors is an advantage
  • Knowledge of local languages

Behavioural Competencies

  • Handling insecure environment
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect