Job Location: Kandahar
Nationality: National
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Finance
Salary: As per MCA Salary Scale
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: Mercy Corps
Experience: 4-6 years’ experience
Contract Duration: One year
Gender: Male/Female
Education: An advanced degree and/or an equivalent of at least 4 years of relevant experience
Closing Date: 2020-10-03

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build a more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by Afghanistan, since 1986 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the country and of those communities where we work.

Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986 with a large portfolio of programs addressing the promotion of sustainable licit livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, Renewable Energy and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan,,Samangan, Balkh and Nangarhar.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis

Job Description:

Program/Department Summary

The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Afghanistan, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance. The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures. In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.

General Position Summary 

The Regional Finance Coordinator (RFC) main responsibilities are to coordinate and support the field offices on all aspects of financial management of the programs, ensuring compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures as well as donor regulations, with the delegation from the Country Office in Kabul. All technical implementations, guidance and trainings in the field offices are to be conducted through the Regional Finance Coordinator in support of the Regional Director and Mercy Corps strategic and operational objectives.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage daily regional offices accounting, cash management and finance functions
  • Coordinate and Support the Project/Program managers to ensure monthly accurate projections of forecast to ensure budget follow up and expenditures 
  • Provide support and work closely with the Region Director for all Financial aspects
  • Manage and lead the full process of the regional monthly accounting close process, with supporting documentation
  • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; compile and update applicable local policies; and train Mercy Corps program and partner staff in these policies.
  • Coordinate and Support Program Managers in the Region in drafting planned budget proposal
  • Conduct field visits to ensure Financial Compliance and identify gaps for further improvement and trainings in consistency, robustness and reliability of Mercy Corps Financial systems and procedures.
  • Responsible to lead and prevent fraudulent activities as per Mercy Corps policies through the Risk Management framework


  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly financial reporting to the Country Office
  • Perform financial reviews of relevant financial requests to ensure compliance with MC Policies and Procedures and as per established Approval Matrix
  • All other duties as assigned by the Line manager

Leadership and Team Management

  • Leading and managing the staff of the assigned regional finance units by exemplifyin

    Job Requirements:

    Hard Skills

    • 4-6 years’ experience in accounting, grants and financial management, preferably with a local and/or international NGO
    • An advanced degree and/or an equivalent of at least 4 years of relevant experience with recognised accounting qualifications
    • Minimum 2 years in a managerial leadership position
    • Adequate understanding of donor rules and regulations is required
    • Previous experience with Mercy Corps is an advantage
    • Strong skills in accounting management
    • Demonstrated ability and skills in financial reporting and presentation
    • Proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports
    • Fluency in English (Verbal and in writing)

    Soft Skills

    • Attention to detail, following procedures, meeting deadlines and working and problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
    • Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize effectively
    • Proven ability to inspire, motivate, coach and manage a dynamic and diverse team through coaching leadership and professionalism
    • Knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)   
    • Advanced ability to analyse data and information to effectively process in to strategy, implementation and policy
    • Advanced Computer Knowledge (MS Office etc)
    • Strong communication skills required
    • Time Management skills required
    • Strong organizational and planning skills required
    • Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps and sub grantees field offices and project sites approximately 50%
    • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment

    Submission Guideline:

    While sending your CV & Cover letter, please mention the vacancy number and position in the subject line, application received after the closing date and without subject line will not be given consideration. Please include three references from you previous and current supervisors in your CV and make sure that their official email addresses are mentioned in the reference information. 

    Only short listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. Interested candidates should send their Application to :

    Submission Email:

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