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IUCN East Africa
Jobs in Tanzania 2021: New Job Vacancies at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) East Africa, 2021
Finance Officer- Tanzania Country Office
Vacancy #:
5773
Unit: Tanzania - Corporate Services
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Tanzania Project Office, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
Reporting to: -
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: P1
Expected start date: 01 December 2021
Type of contract: Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date: 18 October 2021
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BACKGROUND
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LOCALLY RECRUITED POSITION
BACKGROUND:
IUCN Tanzania is seeking a high caliber Finance Officer to support the Tanzania Programme Office team with the budgeting and financial reporting against a portfolio of program grants and contracts, in compliance with both donor and IUCN policies and procedures.

JOB DESCRIPTION
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Finance Officer will provide the financial insights that accompany the programmatic and operational reporting on the grant provided by donors.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:
The specific duties and responsibilities of the Project Manager:
Financial Monitoring and Reporting
  • Designs, generates and analyzes financial reports for the donor and internal management
  • Provides program financial analysis and recommendations on spending rates, over and under-spending and pattern of expenditure
  • Reviews the monthly financial reports and follows-up on issues related to coding; follows-up with the Senior Finance Officer - Programmes on reallocate/recode expenses and other charges
  • Prepares financial reports for donors for the assigned grants with narratives, explaining any variances to project budgets
  • Coordinates closely with the Program team and the Finance team to contribute to the annual revenue recognition and audit process
  • Supports and facilitates donor audits
Budget Development and Technical Support
  • Contributes to the development of project budgets, notes and narratives for funding proposals; participates in proposal development for major grants
  • Provides technical guidance on budget development for new grant proposals
  • Ensures that proposal budget aligns with donor requirements and RTP reporting requirements
  • Assists with the annual budget development and upload process; coordinates timely submission of budgets from assigned regions/countries
  • Works with the country and regional team to ensure programme activity based budgets are aligned with approved grant budgets
  • Notifies program team of any significant budget changes that require donor approval and recommends necessary communications
  • Maintains accurate and accessible records of uploaded budget for assigned regions/countries
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Grant Contract Review;
  • Reviews draft contracts and provides advice on financial compliance; supports negotiations with donors, as required
  • Ensures that financial contract requirements are fully understood and met by the relevant stakeholders. For large and complex grants, conducts briefings for relevant staff across the organization on financial compliance
  • Maintains archive of grant contracts and amendments, for all assigned grants, both electronic and hard copy
  • Maintains information on related sub-contract agreements with partners, for all assigned grants
Capacity Building On Grant Compliance And Financial Reporting;
  • Provides training and support as needed to different stakeholders in areas of proposal budget development, financial reporting, and compliance
  • Contributes to the development / improvement of financial management systems
Performs Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time)

REQUIREMENTS
• Education;

  • University degree in any of the following areas; accounting, business, management, finance or related discipline
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• Work Experience;
  • 5 years of experience in a grants finance role preferably in a large or international NGO
  • Direct experience with government international development agencies
  • Experience building financial tracking and reporting systems
  • Understanding of accounting software
  • Accounting designation such as CPA, CMA, CA or related experience and qualifications is an added advantage
• Language Proficiency;
Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili with strong communication skills

• Core Competencies;

  • Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
  • Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.
• Functional competencies;
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Team player and strong interpersonal skills
  • Works effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good time management and ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, especially in Excel
  • Financial analysis, budgeting, and financial reporting
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently;

APPLICATIONS
Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.
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Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.
Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN
IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.
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Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.