Regional Finance Controller – Danish Refugee Council

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Overall purpose of the role

The purpose of the Regional Finance Controller position is to provide overall support on all Financial Matters within East Africa & Great lakes Region in close collaboration with the Regional Finance Manager. Initiate development of a constant improvement of financial and administrative systems, procedures, guidelines etc that can lead to more efficient financial management in line with DRC guidelines. Implement relevant training on financial matters for all relevant staff in the region.


  • Review country offices (Countries in EAGL) projects/proposal budgets for accuracy, completeness and ensure RO and HQ contributions are provided for.
  • Review Budget Follow up (BFU), Co-funding setup and Budget amendments in DRC Dynamics
  • Review Countries Operational Master Budgets for accuracy, completeness and ensure gaps/surpluses are correctly addressed.
  • Review Prognosis

Financial Compliance & Risk Management

  • Conduct Financial & compliance, Desk and in-country reviews.
  • Support internal and external audits
  • Review Annual Performance Indicators (APIs)
  • Review Risk registers & Issues Log reports
  • Track high-risk audit/compliance items and incorporate into the Desk review reports.

Financial Reporting

  • Review of donor reports for accuracy, compliance with donor requirements and timeliness

Bank management, Reconciliations & Closures

  • Review completion of month end tasks by country programs.
  • Ensure that Country offices have updated authorization, signature verifications, power of Attorneys and Bank mandates in place as per Operations Handbook.
  • Follow up and monitor monthly reconciliation overviews of balance sheet items.

Trainings & Capacity Building of staff in the region

  • Conduct Finance training for non-Finance Managers for the country programs.
  • Capacity Building of Field Finance Staff on DRC Dynamics, financial procedures and proper supporting documentation for payments and ensure all DRC offices are following DRC, donor policies and accepted accounting principles.

Backfilling of other staff

  • Back filling of Country programs during periods of gaps and backfilling for the other RFCs.


This position reports to the Regional Finance Manager.

Experience and technical competencies 

  • Degree in Finance or Accounting and final certification in CPA or ACCA
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience, preferably in an international NGO with at least 5 years work experience in finance or accounting
  • Excellent knowledge in preparing major international donor reports
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics or other similar systems is an added advantage
  • Possess strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • Proven management skills


  • Fluent in written and spoken French (essential)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English (essential)

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


Contract:    One year renewable with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff in the respective country.  This position is graded at NM. G1

Start Date:    June 2021

Duty Station:     Kinshasa, Goma, Djibouti, Bujumbura, Kampala, Addis or Nairobi

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 20 May, 2021.

Gender Equality: 
DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.


Equal Opportunities: 
DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

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