Partnership Finance Manger
Promote Effective Partnerships
- Promote and apply the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results system (PEERS). Contribute to building a strong understanding of PEERS throughout the Myanmar Country Program, and to ensuring that IRC’s partnership principles, skills and approaches are applied by staff across programs and projects with partners. - Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC’s management of the partnership relationship, including the documentation of, and response to partner feedback.
Pre-Award Partner Support
- Participate in the Partner's Project Capacity Review (PPCR) of potential partners as appropriate, and contribute to efforts to collaboratively analyze and manage material risks identified, as it relates to finance. - Work collaboratively and supportively with partners to develop and finalize budgets and budget amendments, and (in the case of milestone-based partnership agreements) in determining the costing of milestones. - Review draft partnership agreement terms relating to advances, reporting and any special conditions relating to finance. - For cost-reimbursable partnership agreements, agree with partners the specific documentation required to support each type of cost, adjusting standard requirements to the operating context and the partner.
- Participate in Partnership Project Opening, Review and Closure Meetings, including to review successes, challenges, and lessons learned with the partner, and capture effective finance practices for future partnerships. - Work collaboratively with partners and IRC program focal points to ensure the timely provision of funding to partners in accordance with the partnership agreement to ensure program continuity, ensuring clear communication with the partner and efficient resolution where for whatever reason this is not possible. - Collaborate with partners to ensure completeness, correctness, and accuracy of financial reports and cash requests. - Review partner financial reports (and narrative reports for consistency) and supporting documents to ensure compliance with the partnership agreement, donor regulations and IRC policy, and provide feedback to the partner as appropriate. - Monitor partner budgets and actual spending in collaboration with IRC program focal points, identifying issues and working proactively and collaboratively with partners to resolve them. - Lead timely and effective finance review and reflection (monitoring), identifying appropriate follow up actions, and providing completed reports to Senior Partnership Finance Manager and Partnership Lead. - Assist in the close-out of partnership agreements, including in relation to financial verification and asset confirmation. - Participate in the review of the performance of the partner, of the IRC, and of the partnership, including successes, challenges and lessons learned. - Act as donor focal point for financial audits of sub-awards, ensuring partners submit requested documentation as needed.
Program Support & Capacity Sharing
- Provide finance and accounting training and mentoring support to partners, in accordance with partner project support plans, with a focus on supporting the partner to strengthen financial management systems and capacities that are responsive to the needs of the partner (rather than replicating IRC’s systems and policies).
- No direct line management responsibilities, yet the Partnerships Finance manager is expected to coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance.
- Any other duties as assigned by the Senior Finance Managers and Partnerships Coordinator.
- Professional fluency in spoken and written English and Myanmar. - Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, finance, or any related field. - Minimum 4 years of progressive work experience in a non-profit setting overseeing and managing partners’ projects funded by major institutional donors. - Experience of working with partners. - Ability to travel to the project locations. - Experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring of staff, NGOs/CBOs. - Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present to groups of all sizes. - Self-starter with ability to work independently and part of a team. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and handle multiple simultaneous tasks and demands coming from multiple sources. - Hard-working, sharp and detailed oriented. - Exceptional interpersonal skills; tact, patience, diplomacy, and appropriate assertiveness. - Proficiency in MS Office software suite – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. - Experience working with databases and/or other tracking systems.
Myanmar nationals with relevant skills sets and proven experience of working at international level are strongly encouraged.