Kenya: Country Finance Coordinator – Kenya/Somalia

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Job Title: Country Finance Coordinator

Code: SR-02-1016

Duty station: Somalia 70% – Kenya 30% (flexible)

Starting date: 01/06/2019

Contract duration: 3 months (renewable)

Reporting to: Head of Mission

Supervision of: National Finance Staff

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General context of the project

INTERSOS is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts.INTERSOS in Somalia is working in Protection, Education, WASH, Health, Nutrition and Return Sectors. The areas of intervention are: Banadir; Bay region in Baidoa and Diinsor district; In Middle Shabelle region in Jowhar, Balad and recentlyin Wajid in Bakool region.

INTERSOS assumed responsibility for running Jowhar hospital in 1994, which was, and in fact remains, the only one in the region, with a catchment area of approximately 60,000 people living in the town and another 160,000 people in the surrounding rural areas (half of whom are nomads). The programme includes the running and the strengthening of the hospital’s facilities, a centre for the treatment of tuberculosis and a mother and child health csare clinic, and mobile clinic system in rural area. INTERSOS is supporting coverage of primary healthcare in Jowhar and Balcad districts, as well as Baidoa district, strengthening disease prevention and increasing the quality of services in regard to the referral mechanism of complicated cases to JRH. INTERSOS manages acute malnutrition for approximately 20,000 beneficiaries through OTP operations covering 48 villages within catchments areas of the 5 health centres. The referral mechanism also allows the transfer of SAM cases to the stabilization center at JRH. INTERSOS is also the Health Cluster Regional focal point and has successfully re-established the Health Cluster mechanism in Middle Shabelle and has led and coordinated rapid and effective multiagency response to several extensive crisis and responded to any epidemic outbreak (AWD/ Measles) in the area.

General purpose of the position

The Country Finance Coordinator is responsible for the proper technical performance of all accounting-financial activities of the mission and its projects. In this context, he/she ensures the correct and effective management of financial resources, in accordance with the Organization procedures.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • To work closely with the Head of Mission to ensure compliance with INTERSOS and donor procedures in a very challenging context which requires dynamism in order to achieve the results;

  • To assist with country and project accounting and coordinate administrative personnel, in a mission with implementation of activities spread among different areas in the country;

  • To collaborate with the Head of Mission in preparing and monitoring the country economic and financial plans;

  • To collaborate with the Project Managers in preparing and monitoring the projects economic and financial plans;

  • To assume responsibility for cash account administration, with particular focus to accounting of funds transferred and spent in field locations where a strict and constant control is challenging;

  • To assist with all interim and final financial reports and submit to project managers and Head of Mission for approval;

  • To ensure compliance with local labour laws;

  • Assist the Head of Mission in drafting new proposals and concept notes, in a humanitarian environment with continuous different needs raising in different locations and with regular interactions with funding agencies with short and unexpected requests of budget proposal and revisions from their side;

  • Any other duties not listed here, but considered necessary to the mission and as directed by the Head of Mission and Regional Finance Coordinator.

Required profile and experience


Advanced university degree in finance, business administration or other related field

Professional Experience

Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in emergency and humanitarian context, including field location

Professional Requirements

  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, the humanitarian system and its flexibility, donors and their high demanding, security and financial management in humanitarian context

  • Computer (excel) and admin/finance skills

  • Donor compliance and reporting

  • Highly able to keep confidentiality

  • Able to work independently

  • People Management and Leadership

  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision

  • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS


Excellent command of written and spoken English

Personal Requirements

  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multicultural environment

  • Strategic vision and planning

  • Teamwork

  • Ability to work and adapt in different environments

  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills

  • Practical and problem-solver

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