Partners Finance Officer (Ref: Partners Finance Officer)

Relief International Gaziantep
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Position:  Partnership Finance Officer

Location: Gaziantep, Turkey

Reports to: NWS Finance Manager

 

ABOUT Relief International.

 

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

 

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

 

RI includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe.  Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

 

Position Summary.

The Partnership Finance Officer is to support local partners in providing guidance and review of financial transactions and reports. The position is primarily responsible for providing oversight and day-to-day financial support to RI local partners in close coordination and cooperation with RI’ Finance staff.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Pre-Award Coordination

 

  • Contributes to assisting partners in preparing budgets and in submitting budget amendments when necessary.
  • Contribute to the partnership assessments of potential local partners to assess their related financial documents.
  • Assist in drafting partnership agreement terms relating to advances, reporting and any special conditions relating to finance.

 

 

Intra-Award Coordination

 

  • Participate in Partnership Project Opening and Review Meetings, including in relation to financial verification and review of successes, challenges, and lessons learned with the partner, and capture effective finance practices for future partnerships.
  • Perform regular (at least monthly) financial spot checks including but not limited to verifying all partner payment requests, ensuring that all supporting documents are annexed as per RI policy, and are authorized by the budget holder.
  • Assist in monitoring partner budgets and actual spending in collaboration with the Finance Manager, the Grants focal point, the Program identifying issues and working proactively and collaboratively with partners to resolve them.
  • Assist partners in any finance related processes and procedures as requested by partners and determined by partner assessment.
  • Participate in the review of the performance of the partner and of the partnership, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.
  • Review partner financial reports (and narrative reports for consistency) and supporting documents to ensure compliance with the partnership agreement, donor regulations and RI policies, and provide feedback to the partner in consultation with Finance Manager as appropriate.
  • Provide financial and accounting training and mentoring support to partners’ financial management systems in consultation with the Finance Manager in accordance with partner capacity building plans and as determined by the partner assessments and learnings. 
  • Support in preparing monthly budget monitoring and accurate donor reports in accordance with the specified format within the agreement timeframe in coordination with Program.
  • Assists the Finance Manager and Deputy Finance Manager in the efficient conduct of project/donor audit and internal audit exercise where needed.
  • Contribute to conducting partners’ appraisal and review of finance report from partners to ensure compliance with relevant RI and donor’s standards and guidelines.
  • Ensure partner expenses after review are uploaded timely (at least monthly) and correctly in accounting system.
  • Coordinate partners funding requests and ensure transfers are timely wired.

 

 

Post-Award Coordination

  • Participate in Partnership Project Closure Meetings, including verification of partners final reports.
  • Maintain well structured soft archiving of partners documentations.
  • Assist and verify the partners audit-ready check lists.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the line manager.

 

 

Behavior and conduct

  • Ensures that behavior inside and outside of work promotes the values in RI’s code of conduct and safeguarding policies.
  • Acts with integrity and holds themselves accountable for being respectful, inclusive and professional.
  • Reports any concerns.

 

 

 

Safeguarding

  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.
  • Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, ensure all people who come into contact with Relief International are as safe as possible.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

 

Skills, knowledge and expertise required for the role.

Essential criteria

  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Completed bachelor’s degree in accounting or other relevant field.
  • At least 3 years work experience with International NGO, including experience of working with local partners. 
  • Accounting, data and administrative management practices and procedures.
  • Computer skills and relevant office software packages (MS Office programs, email, accounting).
  • Basic knowledge of project cycle management.

 

 

 

 

Desirable criteria

  • Basic in spoken Arabic.
  • Background on the Turkish taxes and social security calculations.

 

RI Values: 

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

 

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

 

 

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

 

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

RI Has a zero-tolerance policy towards any behavior that violates its code of conduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation, abuse, as well as lack of integrity, corruption, and fraud. RI also adheres to strict safeguarding principles.

How to apply

In case you meet the requirements and you are interested in the position, please send your CV in English in addition to three professional references to hrturkey@ri.org before May 16, 2024 stating in the subject “Partners Finance Officer"

As per the urgency of the position we will review the applications on daily base. 

All candidates must be eligible to work in Turkey"

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Relief International

Relief International is a leading nonprofitable organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty. Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach —which we call the RI Way— emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
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