Mercy Corps

Senior Director (International Finance)

Mercy Corps

Job Description

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long-term impact.

The Department

The International Finance (IF) Department plays a key role in supporting the financial operations in Mercy Corps’ Country Programs by working collaboratively with country finance staff and providing guidance in grant management, budgeting, accounting and other financial functions in accordance with Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures, as well as donor regulations. The IF Department ensures the timely, complete and accurate reporting of financial information from Mercy Corps’ country offices and is responsible for ensuring that all financial reporting requirements to donors are met in a timely and accurate way. The IF Department works closely and collaboratively with the HQ Program Department in support of country program objectives, the agency’s ethics and Internal Audit teams, and the HQ Corporate Finance, Finance and Compliance Support, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Treasury Departments in support of corporate financial functions.

The Position

The Senior Director of International Finance provides strategic direction, vision and leadership to the HQ International Finance team, giving guidance and oversight to areas that include: setting annual departmental goals, managing departmental budgets and special projects, representing IF at the Board’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee meetings, and supervising the Manager -- International Finance and the Accounting Manager– International Finance.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the International Finance Department in support of the agency’s strategic direction and the needs of country teams by prioritizing and organizing departmental work plans, resources and identifying appropriate performance metrics.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Provide direct and indirect oversight of the International Finance Department through supervision of the International Finance Manager and the Accounting Manager Supervisor – International Finance and the setting of departmental goals.
  • Ensure the department is a knowledgeable resource to country teams and HQ staff on issues related to Grants Management, donor specific audits, proposal development, and reporting.
  • Ensure department and agency goals are clearly communicated, and the team is working to support the agency as a whole.
  • Communicate to the agency areas of focus for the department.
  • Analyze the agency’s support needs of the department and articulate departmental resource needs to meet these agency demands.
  • Manage and administer departmental and special project budgets.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to department team-building efforts, help team members identify Problem Solving options, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Provide oversight to ensure the proper set-up of financial operations in new Mercy Corps country offices to comply with internal and external policies and procedures. Coordinate with Finance and Compliance Support Unit, Corporate Finance, Legal and HR teams as appropriate.
  • Analyze and problem-solve financial risk management for complex projects and programs.
  • Engage with country teams on the Internal Audit process to track findings and ensure country team resolution of findings and recommendations.
  • Report out on the status of Internal Audit Report Action Plans and ensure that Internal Audit Action Plan Review Teams are reviewing and responding timely to Internal Audit Action Plans.
  • Ensure information required for the single-audit report and other annual filings, such as the 990, is available and provided timely.
  • Support donor specific financial audits conducted by the OIG or similar entity
  • Participate in the design and review of new policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a member of the agency’s financial Accounting System (Navigator) management team.
  • Promote and facilitate effective communication and teamwork between the HQ International Finance team, HQ Program Department, Corporate Finance, Mercy Corps Europe Finance and the ethics team.
  • Notify HQ Executive Team (CFO, CECO, GC, SVP Program) on a timely basis of actual or potential financial and/or compliance deficiencies.
  • Represent International Finance at the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and Finance Committee meetings.
Supervisory Responsibility

Manager -- International Finance Accounting Manager – International Finance Accountability

Reports Directly To: Chief Financial Officer Works Directly With: International Finance team members, Senior Finance Leadership including Corporate Finance, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Finance Compliance Support Unit, Europe Finance leadership, Global Procurement & Logistics, and Internal Audit, Regional Program Directors, Senior Director - Programs, Human Resources, Ethics, Regional Program Team, Country Finance Managers, and Country Directors Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

  • BA/S or equivalent in finance, accounting or relevant field is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience with not-for-profit fund accounting including knowledge of rules and regulations governing the compliance/regulatory management of grants from the US Government (i.e., USAID, USDA, BPRM) and other agencies (i.e., UN, EC) is required.
  • 8-10 years of progressive financial management experience in a medium to large organization, including responsibility for budgeting, financial management, accounting and financial decision-making is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), financial reporting, accounting systems, budget development and Administration is required.
  • Effective leadership and mentoring skills imperative, with strong liaison and “translation” skills to non-financial departments.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, analytical, organizational and prioritization skills, as well as staff management and leadership abilities, are required.
  • Proven ability to successfully communicate project purposes, goals and objectives and initiate and maintain positive relationships with country teams, program staff and donor agencies is required.
  • Employment overseas and experience working for an NGO with USAID is preferred.
Success Factors

The successful team member will have an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment while maintaining the respect of team members and colleagues. They must have the ability to analyze complex situations and the financial and operational risks that impact the agency. They must have a strong understanding of cultural, political and religious environments in the regions. Additionally, successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

Some travel (15%) when permitted to Mercy Corps programs overseas.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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