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Country Finance Analyst

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Competencies
Organizational:
  • Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change (Level 1)
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates (Level 1)
  • Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients (Level 1)
  • Problem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making ability (Level 1)
  • Managing time, resources, and information: Manages own time, information, and resources effectively (Level 1)
  • Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team (Level 1)
  • Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others (Level 1)
  • Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships (Level 1)
  • Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively (Level 1)
Technical/Functional:
  • Sound knowledge of the principles and concepts of financial management including international auditing and accounting standards and project financial management.
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations.
  • Analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization tailoring language, tone, style, and format to match audience.
  • Excellent knowledge of information technology systems and tools.
  • Ability to empathize with managers, supervisors and peer staff while maintaining the integrity of financial resources, implementing internal controls, and ensuring consistent and accountable application of promulgated financial regulations and rules.
Minimum recruitment qualifications
Education:
  • Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in accounting, finance, business administration or other job-related field. In lieu of an advanced degree, a first level degree in combination with an additional four years of qualifying experience, over and above the minimum requirement may be accepted (i.e. a total of six (6) years)
  • CPA qualification or equivalent preferred.
Experience:
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in accounting, financial management, budget analysis or management analysis in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope. Experience with an international financial institution would be an asset.
Language requirements:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of French is highly desirable. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic or Spanish) is desirable.

Responsibilities

Key results expected / Major functional activities
1. FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The Country Finance Analyst is a reliable partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned to. S/He supports the Fund’s finance strategy and plans as well as models a commitment to financial integrity by acting as a responsive and constructive associate with a focus on results. The Analyst provides verbal and written advice and guidance to supervisors and staff on finance regulations, rules, and procedures, facilitating a mutual understanding of roles and fiduciary accountabilities in support of the integrity in the management of the Fund’s financial resources. The Country Finance Analyst’s focus is on building his/her knowledge base of the Fund’s governing structure, mandate, long-term business strategy, organizational dynamics, and culture.
2. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: The Country Finance Analyst is assigned a portion of financial operation and activities including:
  • Overseeing a non-complex loans and grants portfolio(s) ensuring reliable and sound results of the financial management of IFAD projects and programmes;
  • Participating directly in the project activities including the preparation of financial management assessments and review of Project design documents in relation to financial management (e.g. flow of funds, financial reporting, and audit);
  • Contributing to legal documents and proposed covenants required to reflect sound FM arrangements and representing IFAD in financing agreement negotiations;
  • Contributing to monitoring financial management (FM) in-country as part of supervision or implementation support missions and financial progress monitoring of ongoing projects and providing proactive financial management support and training as required and carrying out regular capacity building activities as required;
  • Participating in contracting of financial management consultants to ensure full coverage of FM activities throughout the project cycle;
  • Ensuring effective and accountable maintenance of data in the corporate FM systems.
3. AGENT OF CHANGE: The Country Finance Analyst maintains an awareness of and gets acquainted with the principles of change management and proactively undertakes the commitment of serving as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. S/He uses a knowledge of results- based management and budgeting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and automated work flows. At this level the Analyst manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and peers to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund’s financial administration. 
4. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS:  The Country Finance Analyst is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the personal use of assigned IFAD resources, including equipment, supplies and, if applicable, general service/consultants supervised.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required languages: French (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),
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