Finance Officer at Translators without Borders (TWB)

Translators without Borders is a unique non-profit organization that helps humanitarian organizations communicate more effectively with vulnerable populations in the right languages. TWB created the first translation and language program specifically for crisis response and is now deploying that program in northeast Nigeria.We are recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Finance OfficerLocation: Maiduguri, Borno Contract length: initially 6 months, with the possibility of extension/National positionHours: Full-timeTravel: some travel in northeast NigeriaReport to: The Country Director with matrix management to Head of Finance.BackgroundTWB conducted an initial assessment of language support needs in the humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria in July 2017. This found very significant levels of need: in a context where people affected by the conflict and food crisis speak dozens of first languages, humanitarian communication is overwhelmingly in English and Hausa. Organizations lack basic information about the languages spoken and understood by affected people, and struggle to hire either language professionals or national staff and volunteers with the right language skills. So far, TWB has developed a protection glossary app, conducted comprehension testing with IDPs, worked with partners on collecting and mapping language data, and carried out training on the basics of interpreting.The next step is to prepare the groundwork for setting up a full program of activities in support of affected people and the humanitarian community working with them. This entails developing a community of volunteer translators for relevant languages of northeast Nigeria, identifying skills development needs and carrying out initial training, and leading and coordinating translation and terminology development activities in support of and in liaison with humanitarian organizations.The RoleThe Finance Officer is responsible for providing financial support to the program to ensure the effective financial management of all funds.ResponsibilitiesAssist in the creation, implementation and monitoring of annual budgets including the provision of rolling forecastsAt local level oversee all Financial Accounting matters, including maintenance of the general ledger, balance sheet, receipts, payments and payroll requirementsManage the short-term cash flow requirements of the program, liaising with the Head of Finance & Admin to facilitate cash transfers, top up requests etc.Monitor and report on the effects of exchange rate fluctuations between local and contract currenciesOversee the financial management of partner contracts, ensuring the partner complies with the obligations of the ‘Head Contract’Support the global finance manager in the production of the monthly finance information (including but not limited to Budget versus Actual spending reports and forecasts, Reconciliation reports including Balance Sheet, Petty Cash, together with appropriate financial/contract variance and risk reportingEnsure that the programme delivers and accounts for all activities in accordance with National, Regional and Local taxation requirementsAssist the Country Director in ensuring that the Country is compliant with all statutory legislation, particularly with regard to company registrationEnsure a high level of financial control is in place across all activities (in all Nigeria locations), including the development and maintenance of financial policies and procedures (tailored to the local context) to ensure compliance with Statutory, Donor and TWB requirementsEnsure transparent accounting and systems are developed and implemented in accordance with contract and HQ requirementsFacilitate and provide support to all donor and internal audits in co-ordination with the Country Director & Director of FinanceAny other duties in support of a smooth and efficient programme office.

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