OXFAM IN THE PACIFIC VACANCY
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.
That means, we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.
We are an international confederation working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries, Pacific countries included.
Our work is guided by Oxfam’s global values and by Pacific values and culture including: openness, flexibility, respect, equity, justice, solidarity, collaboration, sharing and humility. We also value local ownership and leadership of change processes.
Oxfam has embarked on a journey of self-reflection, focussing on its culture with the safeguarding being one of the key areas that the Pacific Team and Program will integrate into its ways of working to model behavioural change. The Pacific Regional Strategy speaks to the programmatic and operational direction for the new look Pacific Region given the changes.
Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
Applications are invited for the position of:
SENIOR FINANCIAL PLANNING & ANALYSIS (FPA) OFFICER – VANUATU
Support and delivers the Financial Planning and Analysis (FPA) team objectives to improve the FPA function for the organisation and ensure a high standard of service delivery. The Senior Financial Planning and Analysis Officer is a critical support for the Regional Management Accountant, to ensure they are able to deliver services at a strategic level across the organisation.
This role is accountable to and reports to the Regional Management Accountant.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Support the FPA team in delivering the financial information needs of stakeholders including Regional Director, the Executive Leadership Team (ELT and ELT+), Oxfam International, Executing and Partner Affiliates, CSO Partner organisations, Program/Project Managers. This includes support for processes such as business case development, contract, and funding proposal reviews, CSO Partner financial capacity review, acquittal preparation and reviews, cost recovery and data analytics.
- Support the strengthening of finance structures and service provisions across the regional platform.
- Support the delivery of the budget and forecast process both at organisational level including functional and countries budgets as well as at the project level.
- Support the delivery of an effective and efficient monthly financial and variance reporting process for all stakeholders. Hold monthly meetings with country stakeholders to disseminate financial report information.
- Contribute to the agency’s effective financial management and controls through the development and implementation of sound risk management and governance practices.
- Support the delivery of all project audits requested by Donors.
- Lead the preparation and review of financial reports/acquittals of projects which include submissions from Partners ensuring findings and recommendations are actioned.
- Contribute to financial policy and procedure including the ongoing review of finance manuals.
- Plan for and deliver financial awareness and capacity training of non-finance staff in countries including for Partners.
- Other related duties as delegated.
You Will Have
Key Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting with membership of professional accounting body.
- At least 5 years’ experience in a similar role in a complex industry.
- High level experience in organisational and projects financial planning & analysis, and stakeholder management, preferably gained in an international development context. This includes financial reporting, data analytics, budgeting/forecasting, providing financial advice to Management.
- Experience developing and implementing policies, procedures, and systems.
- Experience leading, managing, and supporting staff including building staff capacity through mentoring and training
- Significant exposure to ERP Financials with a working knowledge of mid-tier accounting systems and business intelligence tools.
- High levels of computer literacy with advanced proficiency in MS Excel and pivot tables.
- Appropriate qualification in accounting or a related discipline preferably supported by membership of a relevant accounting body.
Skills & Personal Attribute
- Ability to prioritise high value, strategic financial management activities across the organisation.
- Ability to meet deadlines and proactively initiate follow up meetings, monitoring, and progress.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to build both operational and finance relationships, conflict resolution and proven commercial acumen.
- Comfortable with ambiguity and complexity and enjoy working in a challenging and changing environment.
- Highly analytical with ability to sift through and make sense of data from a wide variety of sources.
- A track record of completing complex finance and business analysis with the ability to influence staff at all levels.
- Ability to independently develop and manage the delivery of financial management reports and information that are accurate, timely and professionally presented.
- Ability to explain complex finance issues to non-finance people.
- Excellent presentation skills and the ability to facilitate training and deliver information clearly and effectively.
- Follows instructions, policies, and procedures, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, supports organisations goals and values, supports affirmative action and respects diversity, gender, and child protection.
- Sets and achieves challenging goals, demonstrates persistence, and overcomes obstacles, measures self against standards of excellence.
- Approaches others in a tactful manner, reacts well under pressure, accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments.
- Displays original thinking and creativity, meets challenges with resourcefulness, generates suggestions for improving work develops innovative approaches and ideas.
- Commitment to Oxfam’s purpose, culture, and ways of working
- Flexibility in work undertaken to assist colleagues and the organisation
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
- Openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
- Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
- Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
- Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
- Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.