Partnership Finance Assistant - Beirut
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The August 4, 2020, Port of Beirut explosion compounded Lebanon’s existing economic and social challenges and disproportionally affected Beirut’s vulnerable populations. Since the explosion the efforts of civil society have been crucial for recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Several obstacles remain that challenge the effectiveness, inclusivity and sustainability of the broader recovery and rehabilitation process, which include coordination challenges between ongoing efforts and the ad hoc or temporary nature of interventions. The situation of Beirut’s population remains precarious and the need for support to recovery and reconstruction efforts urgent.
Project Description: Supporting Beirut’s Immediate Social Recovery Services
The project will focus on reducing vulnerabilities are prevalent amongst three groups affected by the blast in Beirut: (i) survivors of Gender-Based Violence (SGBV); (ii) those suffering from deteriorated psycho-social wellbeing; (iii) and/or those facing limitations related to being a person with disabilities and older persons. Supporting Beirut’s Immediate Social Recovery Services interventions will entail providing grant financing directly to a select number of NGOs, to enable them to provide social services to reduce vulnerabilities in these groups.
This will be achieved by supporting non-government stakeholders that are engaged and have a track record in delivering social recovery services and working with target groups by improving their capacity to participate in the broader social recovery and reconstruction processes.
The World Bank has selected the IRC to act as the Intermediary Implementing Agency (IIA) to implement the Supporting Beirut’s Immediate Social Recovery Services project. The IRC will take on project management, grant provision and/or procurement of services from NGOs and will be responsible for the fiduciary supervision of the selected NGO partners.
- Support in the development of the Request for Applications (RFA) and the scoring criteria for the selection of partners. - Support on the review of partner financial reports and supporting documentation, providing feedback to partners as necessary and flagging any compliance and financial management issues to Partnership Finance Manager. - Verify completeness and accuracy of all documentation needed. - Archive and maintain record of all sub-award documentations and make it available for review. - Liaise with partners to ensure completeness, correctness, and accuracy of financial reports. - Assist in preparing financial report reconciliations for Program and Finance review and sign off. - Update the World Bank Partnership Tracker on a regular basis. - Assist in review and prepare partner cash requests, ensure a tracking system and matching of advance payments and expenses reported. - Provide support in the management and tracking of all partner budgets and financial reporting deliverables, inform Partnerships Finance Manager and Project Lead of any potential issues with spending and financial reporting. - Support in the preparation of internal finance reporting. - Ensure compliance with IRC procedures and guidelines. - Provide support to partners on any financial and reporting challenges, as required.
Any other duties as assigned by the Partnership Finance Manager.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position Reports to: Partnerships Finance Manager - Position directly Supervises: N/A - Other Internal and/or external contacts: - Internal: IRC Lebanon Finance Department, IRC Partnerships Team, IRC technical leads, IRC Lebanon HR Lead, HQ and Regional grants/compliance teams, Program Coordinators, SRR regional partnership team - External: Partner organizations
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, Master’s degree a plus. - Demonstrated successful experience working with local partners and/or grants management. - Relevant experience of finance or accounting. - Highly organized, close attention to detail, and ability to effectively prioritize tasks in a fluid environment. - Professional fluency in spoken and written English; able to communicate concisely and with impact. - Very strong English writing and editing skills; strong computer skills. - MS. Excel skills is a must.
Working Environment: Staff will be based in Beirut with possible travel to field locations, upon business needs.
Candidates agree to disclose to IRC any situation of actual potential conflict of interest that impacts the capacity to serve the best interest of IRC and understand that any misstatement or misrepresentation described during the recruitment process and/or after hiring may lead to his/her disqualification or dismissal by IRC, and/or sanctions by the Donor (World Bank).
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