International Rescue Committee

Finance Assistant/ Erbil

Job Overview

Requisition ID: req20035

Job Title: Finance Assistant/ Erbil

Sector: Finance

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes, and infrastructure will take years to repair.


IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

Job Responsibilities:

The Finance Assistant, is specifically responsible for the following tasks:

·         Supporting Sr. Finance officer for Preparing donor financial reports as required.

·         Analysis of spending plans against actuals and communicate the variances by Categories to the Budget Holders.

·         Review financial transactions (ledger) on a monthly basis and initiate corrections as required for data quality.

·         Ensure that online Budgets Vs Actual (BVAs) are accurate to facilitate any external reviews.  These include any changes made on previously approved budgets.

·         Add and Assign budget holder accessibility & maintain user role in the BVA system.

·         Assign budget headings in the system.

·         Provide analysis of grants spending plan vs actual spending by different sectors.

·         Review Purchase Requests and Travel Authorizations as per finance review matrix. 

·         Ensure donor and organizational policies compliance.

·         Make sure that all month-end JVs are properly reviewed and approved, as well as fully backed up with supporting documents.

·         Assist with audit preparation, pulling out vouchers for the review of Finance Managers/DFC/FC before handing over to the auditors and do scanning of documents as required.

·         Participate in professional development activities, as needed, or requested.

·         Perform other duties, as needed and/or requested by the supervisor.



Key Working Relationships:


Position Reports to: Senior Finance Officer
Position directly supervises: 

Indirect Reporting: Deputy Finance Controller
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

       Internal: All staff within IRC Iraq office

      External: N/A




·         Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or any related field.

·         Previous professional experience as an Accountant, Finance Assistant, preferably with an INGO. Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply.

·         Fluent in both Arabic and Kurdish Languages, with good command of English Language, both writing and speaking. 

·         Proficiency in MS Office package including MS Excel, MS Word and MS Outlook.

·         Able to communicate clearly and confidently with people from different backgrounds.

·         A time player, able to work under pressure and able to multi-task.

·         Flexible, hardworking, honest, and trustworthy.



Standards of Professional Conduct: 

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


Gender Equality:

IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Attention Returning National Candidates:

IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.


Notice to all Job Seekers

IRC implements an equal employment opportunity policy
and our recruitment process is based on merit.

Applicants and/or successful interview
candidates (both internal and external) are not required to pay any fees at any
stage of the recruitment process.

If anyone asks you for any financial or
non-financial favors to help you secure a job at IRC, kindly report to [email protected]

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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