Mali: Finance Delegate, Mali

Organization: Canadian Red Cross
Country: Mali
Closing date: 20 Nov 2016

POSITION: Finance Delegate

DURATION: Temporary, Full Time (12 months)

DEPARTMENT: International Operations, Americas Team



STATUS: Unaccompanied

Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Finance Delegate.

delegation with professional finance and budgetary support and advice. S/he will be responsible for developing a finance system from inception, including monitoring and auditing functions for the CRCS delegation. While there will be local staff working on accounting functions, the Finance Delegate will need to consider the capacity of the local staff and determine whether capacity strengthening is required to ensure accurate financial management.

S/he will be responsible for liaising with the Finance department of the CRCS in Ottawa, and liaise with the Finance department of the Mali Red Cross (Croix-Rouge malienne, CRM).

The delegate will work towards the achievement of National Red Cross /Red Crescent Society goals in the country through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork. He/she will uphold the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement and comply with the Code of Conduct and policies.


Lead the finance and accounting function in the following areas:

  • Budgeting, accounting and financial reporting.

  • Systems development and integration.

  • Developing relationships with local Mali Red Cross Society as well as local International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

  • Project costing and analyses.

  • Advising the Country Representative and other staff on financial and administrative matters.

  • Implementing and managing internal control policies and procedures.

  • Working capital management.

  • Compiling, validating and reconciling all monthly financial reports for Headquarters.

Manage the funds and financial systems of the MNCH Project in Mali

  • Manage all financial aspects of an operation with an annual budget of approximately CAD 5 million.

  • Manage fixed assets list.

  • Interpret terms and conditions of Contribution Agreement to be applied to financial management and reporting.

  • Ensure timesheets are completed by both CRCS Delegates and local staff.

  • Manage cash flow and cost control measures.

  • Manage the payments, cashier and bank signatory.

  • Develop, in collaboration with the CRM, accurate financial systems for the MNCH Project and ensure consistent use and maintenance of finance systems.

  • Compile accurate, regular and timely financial and narrative reports for the CRC Delegation.

  • Ensure accurate accounting, authorization & internal control procedures.

  • Investigate and address significant variances.

Capacity Building

  • Assess CRM capacity gaps in finance as per the support services assessment and provide support in addressing them.

  • Identify training needs for the CRM MNCH project local staff on financial management and compliance.

  • Develop a capacity building plan in finance for the relevant CRM staff.

  • Train, support and advise the CRM in the development of its financial and administrative systems.

  • Provide regular mentoring and accompaniment to the CRM Finance Team.

  • Train, support and advise CRCS delegates in financial and administrative matters.


Education and experience

  • Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, or a related field.

  • Professional certification in Accounting strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in Finance, with experience in a management role.

  • Experience in developing a finance system from inception, including monitoring and auditing functions, is an asset.

  • Experience with Red Cross / Red Crescent accounting measures strongly preferred.

  • Previous international work experience in a developing country preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring managers and staff in Finance policies, systems, and procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of financial systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, management, and development.

  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building.

Abilities and skills

  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and French. Language testing will be administered.

  • Strong commitment to the Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

  • Strong initiative, diplomacy, flexibility, and sound decision making skills are required.


This is an unaccompanied position based in Bamako, Mali. Mali suffers from lack of basic infrastructure and social services and more than half of the population lives in poverty. Legal frameworks and institutions to enforce the rule of law are largely undeveloped. Political conflicts, terrorism, kidnapping in different parts of the country especially in the North are threats to foreigners and some travel restrictions apply. Delegates are obligated to follow the Red Cross Movement security regulations.

CRCS supports a safe working environment and comfortable accommodation; however, as in all contexts, delegates must be aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of employees under their supervision.

How to apply:


Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EDT on November 20, 2016.

This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, reference check, valid provincial driver’s license, valid passport and First Aid certification. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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