Finance Manager in Afghanistan

Position: paid, full-time
Starting date: ASAP
Location: Mazar-e Sharif, with possible travel to Kabul and other potential field offices based on security clearance. If the Covid-19 situation does not allow travelling to Afghanistan for some time, the temporary duty station might be in Prague, Czech Republic (PIN HQ).
Contract duration: 12 months with possible extension
Reports to: Country Director (CD)

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech NGO that provides relief and development assistant in 22 countries around the world. In Afghanistan, PIN has been responding to humanitarian needs and implementing development programs since 2001. PIN implements projects focused on agriculture, women’s economic empowerment, social integration, and humanitarian response.
PIN has a long-term strategic commitment to support the people of Afghanistan in withstanding and recovering from extreme negative impacts of both conflicts and natural disasters, by providing neutral and impartial relief together with longer-term development assistance.  
PIN supports community-based approaches and maintains considerable field presence in Afghanistan. This approach is a core part of PIN, in order to ensure that our programming remains relevant and appropriate.

Your role:

Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, the Finance Manager is responsible for mission economy, mission’s compliance with PIN and donors’ financial and admin procedures and policies. Finance Manager directly manages finance team and continuously works on its capacity building. S/he also directly leads the process of the development and capacity building of national staff across the departments.

Main responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for overall country program economy (preparation of operational budget and its regular update, cost allocation planning, proper budgeting, cash flow and cost efficiency monitoring, FX rate risk, etc.)
  • Supervision of the compliance of the processes and documentation with donors’ requirements, PIN internal rules, local legal regulations (incl. taxes) and administrative measures
  • Ensuring that PIN accounting practices, financial and administrative procedures and processes are in place (incl. proper documentation archiving)
  • Overall responsibility for accurate, punctual and complete accounting data
  • Approval of contracts, invoices, authorization of payments
  • Responsibility for the financial and project reporting to the donors and PIN HQ
  • Local finance team management (approx. 3 national staff) and its continuous capacity building based on personal development plans
  • Working closely with Program Managers on project financial management and other related financial issues, capacity building of the program teams in project financial management
  • Ensuring financial and compliance management of PIN implementing partners (including assessment of potential partner organizations, partner budgeting, training and regular monitoring)
  • Responsibility for correct use of financial/administrative management systems and provision of training and support to all staff
  • Key role in annual and project audits

For this position, we consider important:

  • University degree preferably in Finance/Economics or related field
  • Advanced level of English spoken and written
  • Experience with finance management of projects funded by international donors
  • Experience with team management and supervision is an advantage
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions and under pressure
  • Responsible and systematic
  • Knowledge of principles of double-entry accounting
  • IT literacy, advanced knowledge of MS Excel, preferably experience with accounting and economic software
  • Cultural sensitivity, international work experience is strongly welcome
  • Great communication skills
  • Experience with managing systems (finance/logistic/procurement/HR) would be welcome

PIN offers:

  • Flexible and challenging working environment with room for personal growth
  • If the Afghanistan Country Program grows, potential career growth into Head of Systems and Operations
  • Robust and thorough online induction training (2 weeks)
  • HEAT/security training (unless the candidate participated in one recently)
  • Starting salary defined by PIN salary scale (approx. 3,400-3,820 USD commensurate with experience; before taxation, including per diem)
  • Reimbursement of flight ticket to the country of residence once every 6 months of work, 2 regional flights per year for R&R trips for months present in Afghanistan
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure,
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available on line,
  • Travel insurance
  • 25 days of paid leave annually and 15 days of R&R leave for months present in Afghanistan
  • Accommodation in PIN guesthouse in Mazar-e Sharif

How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.
People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: www.peopleinneed.cz/policies).