Solidarites International

Finance Coordinator

Solidarites International

Job Description

Desired start date: 01/09/2021 Duration of the mission: 12 months (renewable) Location: Beirut, Lebanon

ABOUT THE MISSION...

Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugees, mainly in its northern governorate (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Beqqa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 in order to address the immediate needs of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese host families also affected by the crisis. SI in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a Coordination office in Beirut. The expatriate team consists of 16 staff members, while the national team represents about 170 staff members. The mission’s overall forecasted budget for 2021 is about 15 M Euros.

While contemplating to secure usual humanitarian interventions in core sectors of expertise (Wash and Shelter), the mission is also transitioning towards getting engaged in more structural and long-term recovery and Development Projects.

Key areas of intervention for the mission are the following:
  • Emergency WASH service provision in informal settlements (UNICEF)
  • Integrated Protection for basic services (shelter and WASH rehabilitation) in Substandard Buildings (ECHO)
  • Integrated Wash and Shelter for Protection and Health in Collective shelters and substandard buildings (BRM)
  • Disaster Risk Management (AFD)
  • Wash infrastructures development (EU)
  • Mapping of informal settlements (MEDAIR / UNHCR)
  • Cash assistance third party monitoring system (CAMEALEON)

ABOUT THE JOB

The Coordinator" id="link" class="link">Finance Coordinator will coordinate the accounting and financial department of the mission in Lebanon.

As a coordinator, he is responsible to handle and follow up the financial risk of the mission, coordinating ad supporting the finance teams.

He/she will monitor adherence to both Solidarités International and donor rules & procedures as well as to follow up very closely the Lebanese context and the laws which may impact the organization.

He/she is mission’s focal point, and the link between headquarters and the mission for all finance matters.

Main Responsabilities :

  • Analysis of the socio-economic context
  • Team management
  • Financial, accounting and budgetary management
  • Administrative management of the mission
  • Cash Management
  • Reporting/communication
Management:

The Finance Coordinator is reporting directly to the Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director and functionally to the Finance Controller in HQ.

The Finance Coordinator is the direct line manager of a Deputy Finance Coordinator.

YOUR PROFILE

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 5 years with INGO specialized in Humanitarian assistance
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as Finance/Admin Coordinator or on similar positions
  • Previous working experience in the Middle East and/or Lebanon is an asset
  • Previous experience with Solidarités International desirable
TECHNICAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Strong command of donors’ rules and procedures
  • Strong command of financial technics (budget management and project cycle management
  • Knowledge of SI’s rules, tools and procedures
SOFT SKILLS AND SPIRIT:

  • Good negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • Organized and Problem Solving spirit
  • Autonomy and capacity of initiative
  • Flexibility and strong coordination skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads
LANGUAGES:

  • Excellent command of English (speaking, reading and writing)
  • Strong command of French recommended
  • Good command of Arabic is a strong asset

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:

A salaried position: starting from 2640 € gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly per diem of 750 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break every 3 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract**.** Social and medical cover:

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

Specific update related to context:

The political and security situation in Lebanon is complex and volatile and domestic tensions remain high. Reflective of divisions within Lebanese society, the situation of Syrian refugees is becoming increasingly precarious. International tensions are as well important, even if no imminent conflict is for now foreseeable.

Nevertheless, although Lebanon is no more the completely quiet place it was 2 years ago, the situation at the time of writing is still ok and is not considered a “security context”. Only common sense and minimal security measures are applied for now. There are no movement restrictions (beyond COVID19 related measures), very few no-go areas in the country and in Beirut and petty criminality, although on the rise, is still limited.

Key information about living conditions:

As the country’s capital and one of the largest and safest cities in the Middle East, Beirut is home to many iNGOs, UN agencies, and international news networks.

Depending on the employee’s contract, SI Expats are either hosted in the Beirut guesthouse ( The Beirut guesthouse is located inside the city – Sodeco area -, at walking distance from shops, cafes and restaurants. The city hosts cinemas, gyms and reputable walking and hiking trails. Each international staff member has its own room, access to 24/7 electricity and Wi-Fi, a central heating system for the winter as well as air conditioning for summer months.

Beirut is a relatively liberal city by Western standards and no particular clothing restrictions apply, although this may vary depending on the neighborhood.

Vehicles are available for SI expatriates on evening and week-end if you have a valid international driving license. When COVID19 related lockdown is not on, Lebanon is a safe country that you can discover by yourself. SI also have guesthouses in Zahle and Tripoli where you can stay over the weekend.

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