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Finance Director, North Syria Response

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*Position is contigent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision has had presence in Syria supporting IDPs and host community members in WASH, health, protection, NFI and shelter. Given the renewed focus towards the Syrian crisis, there are more opportunities for humanitarian actors to assist those living in northern Syria as well as to extend the service coverage to IDPs. World Vision’s expansion in this region has also shaped the need for effective monitoring of operations, mainstreaming and complying to humanitarian standards, assessing the impact of programs and efficient management and use of information.

Family posting/Spouse only.


World Vision is supporting IDPs and host community members inside Syria in the sectors of WASH, health, protection, NFI and shelter. Given the renewed focus towards the Syrian crisis, there are more opportunities for humanitarian actors to assist those living in northern Syria as well as to extend the service coverage to IDPs. World Vision’s expansion in this region has also shaped the need for systematic financial management, analysis and oversight of key programs, ensuring the effective, timely implementation of operations.

Position is required to provide consortium-wide strategic financial input to decisions on all funding streams, to implement financial policies in such areas as, but not limited to: budget, cash management and forecasting, funding by donors (especially Governments), recording and documentation, project auditing, monthly financial reporting and local resource acquisition; being cognizant of all relevant financial policies. The Finance Director plays an advisory role to the Chief of Party and the rest of the management team on matters related to risk management, internal controls systems and their impact on the overall grant management and compliance issues.


Grants/Projects Financial Management and Reporting:

  • Ensure that all grants/projects reports are discussed with the project team and passed to donors and support offices within the required time schedules. Respond to respective queries in relation to these reports from donors, support offices and internal WVS management.

  • Co-ordinate and review grants/project budget development (proposal, grant and match).

  • Review and analyze grant expenses and variances to advise the stakeholders on expenditure trends and potential issues.

  • Explore ways to reduce overhead costs on grants to ensure competitiveness without comprising ministry quality.

  • Correspond with partners, WV entities, donors and management regarding project income, expenditure and reporting. Ensure that project income is sufficiently committed.

  • Be a key player in the issues of grants / projects accounting and management to ensure accurate coding of expenses and full compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.

  • Occasionally visit project field sites to ensure financial controls and procedures are in place.

  • Ensure that various donor regulations are complied with in all grant transactions and processes; keep the WV informed on all major compliance issues/challenges while taking the necessary corrective steps.

  • Play an active role in training and mentoring grant finance staff on matters related to grant management.

Capacity Building:

  • Participate in and/or co facilitates large scale grants start up workshop in collaboration with the partners, donors, WV entities, etc.

  • Create an environment of experience sharing and promote best practices within partners, and the region.

  • Participate in the regional and global grants community forums (internal and external to WV).

Risk Management:

  • Coordinate with WV and partners to assure follow up actions and implementation of audit recommendations and addressing common audit findings.

  • Participate in grants audit preparation to provide required information and address disallowed costs.

  • Ensure the review of the risk assessment as part of grants approval protocol in light of mitigating risk.

  • Provide in collaboration with the core team, partners expert advice on interpretation of award terms and ensure that grants implementations are within the requirements.

  • Work in collaboration with the partners and WV to ensure proper implementation of the database system and Costs Allocation Policy.

Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration, or a related field.

  • MBA in Finance, MSC in Finance/Accounting/Auditing preferred.

  • ACCA, CIMA or CPA preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years experience in finance position with medium business/medium NGO/government agency.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in finance management position.

  • Experience in major donor regulations (US, UK, Canada Governments, GOG, EC/ECHO, UN agencies) is a must.

  • Experience with humanitarian aid in-country is a must.

  • Practical knowledge of financial systems, internal financial controls & procedures and staff management skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Solid knowledge of accounting principles, financial systems, budget/cash flow monitoring and internal accounting controls.

  • Solid knowledge of government grant regulations and financial reporting requirements.

  • Ability to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to lead and manage a team.

  • Good working knowledge of computerized accounting systems, must be computer literate in Microsoft Office programs.

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

  • Good oral/written and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work on a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff.

  • Ability to travel within regionally and internationally.

  • A full commitment to World Vision’s core values and mission statement.

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Full Adherence to security protocols.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.