Finance Advisor

Afghanistan, Kabul
Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Announcement

DACAAR invites applications from suitable candidates for the following position:

Job Title: Finance Advisor  
Vacancy Number: EX-004/2017
Nationality: Expatriate  
Department: Finance Department  
Duty station: Kabul main office with travel to DACAAR field offices 
Required number: One (1)
Gender: Male / Female
Contract: Fixed term – (One year extendable)
Salary: According to DACAAR expat salary scale
Opening Date: 06/08/2017
Closing Date: 19/08/2017
Working Hours Sunday – Thursday from 7:30 am – 04:00 pm (summer timing), 08:00 am – 04:00 pm (winter timing)
Organization Background:
DACAAR is a non governmental, humanitarian organization that supports sustainable development in Afghanistan through promoting the ability of local communities to decide upon and manage their own development process. The organisation employs around 600 staff of whom 05 are expatriates. Core thematic areas are: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Natural Resource Management; Small Scale Enterprise Development; Women’s Empowerment.
Position Description:
The Adviser will oversee and ensure coherence between DACAAR’s contractual obligations and its financial procedures. Also, the Adviser will ensure adherence to established financial procedures. This includes review of all existing policies and procedures as well as advise on improvement of existing systems and a continued development and streamlining of regulations, procedures and systems in DACAAR. The Adviser will have a special focus on the financial management procedures and systems of the organization and compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.

The Adviser reports to the Director and will have strong advisory relationship towards all Departments in all matters relating to financial procedures. In addition the Adviser will maintain close collaboration with the Programme Coordinator in Denmark.

The general responsibilities of the Finance Adviser:

·         Provide leadership, manage staff and plan, budget and implement activities concerning the Finance Department in line with DACAAR’s Strategic Programme Framework and approved procedures;

·         Provide strategic advice to the Director on matters related to Finance and safety & security issues as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and the Safety & Security Management Team (SSMT) respectively;

·         Represent DACAAR and manage external relations with relevant government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and national NGOs as delegated by the Director;

·         Ensure close coordination with other departments with respect to preparation of proposals and writing of reports to meet requirements of the Governing Board, donors and government authorities;

·         Maximize internal synergy between the cash, bank & tax functions and the audit, budget & reporting functions and external synergy between the Finance Department as a whole and other departments.

Specific Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Finance Adviser include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Ensure strategic financial management practices are followed.

·         Conduct regular budget monitoring and ensure corrective action is taken as required.

·         Ensure full compliance with tax regulations.

·         Ensure timely preparation of DACAAR annual financial statements and project accounts.

·         Advise the management in case of any modifications required to financial manual and other related documents.

·         Engage in ongoing cost reduction analyses in all areas of the organization

·         Review DACAAR bottlenecks and recommend changes to improve the overall level of organization throughput

·         Prepare short and long-term financial forecasts of financial performance for use with internal management and external parties

·         Ensure that organization financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.

·         Ensure that the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies are met.

·         Develops annual operational budgets for the review and approval of the Director / Governing Board members

·         Support the financial aspects of the Strategic Planning Process

·         Facilitate and implement Accounting Software Migration from Navision to any other suitable / and computable accounting software

·         Provide overall direction for financial management, accounting, and budget functions on behalf of Director.  Develop and review financial procedures and direct implementation as needed.

·         Manage all financial and accounting activities; ensure reporting requirements are met.

·         Ensure that the organization meets its budget targets for operational income and expenses.

·         Any other tasks assign by the Director

Education/ Qualification
Education: Strong professional background (Master degree) in Financial Management and Accounting



  • 7 -10  years of relevant experience in finance


Other qualifications’ an advantage:

  • Strong professional experience and intersest in management and administration of donor funds including compliance with donors rules and regulations
  • Strong coaching and monitoring skills and attitude
  • Experience with DACAAR financial system Navision – desireable
  • Work experience from and knowledge about Islamic culture in general and Afghanistan in particular is an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Culture sensitivity and adaptability
Languages: Written & Spoken English
Employment Benefits.
In addition to the monthly salary, the following package is also provided:

·         A return air ticket between employee home address and Kabul at the beginning and end of the assignment.

·         R&R: 5 paid working days of leave upon completing Eight weeks of continuous stay (excluding weekend and public holidays) inside Afghanistan.

·         Covering the expenses occurred (travel and accommodation) during R&R maximum up to USD 1000/- (One Thousand US dollars only).

·         Annual Leave: 25 paid working days per year (2.08 days per month).

·         Public holidays: 10 days per year.

·         Travel, Health and life insurance coverage for the duration of your employment.

·         Accommodation: shared accommodation, reasonably furnished, all utility costs covered, civilian guards coverage 24/7, no housekeeping services provided.

·         Excess baggage allowance:  cost of maximum 20 kgs upon arrival and departure (provided based on receipts).

·         Free lunch during weekdays.

·         Pick up and drop service to and from work.

·         Accommodation while traveling to the field.

Procedure for submission of applications:                                                                                      
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a DACAAR Job Application Form along with introduction letter and CV online to or a Hard copy to HR Department in DACAAR main office Kabul.
Important Note:
DACAAR is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the society. While all applicants will be strictly assessed on their individual merit, qualified women, people with disabilities and members of minority communities are especially encouraged to apply.
Kabul Office Address:
DACAAR, Main Office, Paikob-e-Naswar, Wazirabad, Kabul, AfghanistanPostal address: Central P.O. Box 208, Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: (+93) 0202230752/ (+93) 0202230753
Web site:

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