Director, Financial & Administrative Management
About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Director, Financial and Administrative Management Department Role Profile
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure that the Federation’s governance bodies (General Assembly, Governing Board, Finance Commission, and Audit and Risk Commission) can discharge their statutory functions as these relate to Finance, Financial Contributions of National Societies, Budget, and Audit in accordance with the Constitution and Financial Regulations.
- Build collaborative and effective relationships with all other key internal and external stakeholders.
- Support the effective governance bodies of the IFRC, including serving as the Secretary to the Finance Commission.
Advise the Secretary-General in the discharge of his/her statutory functions as these relate to Finance, Budget, and Audit, in accordance with the Constitution and the Financial Regulations:
a) Advise the Secretary-General, directly or through the USG-MPSCS, on strategic, operational, and financial risk matters to ensure.
b) Coherence and alignment between the organization’s objectives and its financial resources.
c) Value for money from the effective and efficient administration of financial resources.
d) Accountability and transparency regarding the management of financial resources.
- Participate in the growth of the Federation and of National Societies through:
- Lead, direct and motivate staff to ensure the highest level of performance in their respective areas of responsibility, ensuring quality service to operations globally.
- Ensure that the global finance team is adequately resourced with competent personnel who are appropriately recruited, trained, and managed.
- Provide technical management and leadership to a team of finance and administration managers in the field.
- Proactively champion the relevant people priorities, including talent management and succession planning activities, and act as a mentor to staff.
- Drive capacity building to strengthen National Society development in areas pertinent to finance and financial management.
- Provide regular management reports to allow budget managers to review, monitor, and effectively manage cost centres and projects and make effective operational decisions.
- Provide specific attention to the quality, completeness, and accuracy of the data used in making financial decisions.
- Provide timely, robust, accurate, and reliable financial information to senior management, assisting them to interpret financial information and make decisions in the best interest of the organisation in line with the strategy and accordance with the Federation’s policies.
- Oversee the preparation of statutory financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and oversee the external financial statement audit process.
- Develop, implement, and communicate the financial strategy for the organization to ensure its sustainability.
- Lead the development and implementation of fit-for-purpose innovative finance solutions appropriate for the Federation and its stakeholders.
- Safeguard the financial balance of the IFRC to ensure its short- and long-term viability and the successful execution of its programs in accordance with its policies.
- Develop and maintain financial systems and processes, ensuring they operate effectively and efficiently in support of core organizational objectives.
- Safeguard and optimise the use of financial resources through the maintenance of an appropriate internal control environment, focusing on:
- Oversee coordination of the budgeting process, including the preparation of program budgets.
- Oversee the management and donor financial reporting processes.
- Provide analysis, advice, and support on matters related to financial sustainability, policy, accountability, transparency, and governance vis-à-vis National Societies, as needed.
- Administration, Insurances, Building and Office Services:
- Ensure the management of all insurances and mail services and the effective and efficient acquisition, management, and safeguarding of the Federation’s physical assets in accordance with the Federation’s policies. This includes the proper management of building and office services.
- Ensure that IFRC statutory and other official meetings are organized and delivered to the expectations of stakeholders and that all essential corporate publications are translated in the required languages, as appropriate.
- Ensure the proper management of the IFRC library and archive services.
- Embody the values of the organization and play an active role in strengthening the organizational culture.
- Work actively towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals.
- Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles.
- Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the USG-MPSCS and the SG.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Recognised professional qualification in accounting (Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, or equivalent qualification).
- Advanced university degree, preferably in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economics or related field.
- Minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience, including managing cross-functional teams in complex organizations in finance, disaster relief, and international development.
- Experience with governance processes, general management, budgeting, administrative and financial management of global membership organizations.
- Track record in the design and application of management-for-results.
- Minimum of 10 years experience in a senior financial management position.
- Experience in IFRC Secretariat and a Red Cross Red Crescent National Society is an advantage.
- Experience in addressing and supporting governing boards, audit, and risk committees, etc.
- Experience in preparation of financial statements under IFRS or equivalent recognised accounting framework (IPSAS, GAAP, etc.).
- Experience in managing and integrating complex services in a global environment.
- Experience in process, procedure, and systems development.
- Experience in treasury management.
- Experience working in a multinational, multicultural environment, either in a significant commercial company or for an international organisation.
- Experience in humanitarian or other not-for-profit organisation.
- Experience at the Senior Management level in the formulation and development of strategy and policy.
- Excellent networking, collaborative and teamwork skills at the Executive Management level.
- Service mindset together with effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Proven ability to lead and collaborate with a team of people, delegate and produce results.
- Strong influencing skills and exceptional professional credibility.
- Ability to manage from a distance.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to work at various or all levels of complexity.
- Good computer skills - Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook.
- Knowledge of complex financial systems and software, including multi-currency accounting systems.
- Fluent in spoken and written English.
- While not essential, a good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic) would be an advantage.
- Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.
- Core competencies: Building trust; Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation.
- Functional competencies: Strategic orientation; Building alliances; Leadership; Empowering others.
- Managerial competencies: Managing staff performance; Managing staff development.