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Finance Coordinator
Kabul, Afghanistan


Posted on: 18/04/17
Location: Kabul
Starting date: 01/06/2017
Duration: 12 months, extendable


SI has been working in Afghanistan for 35 years. SI is currently implementing in Khost, Bamyan and Wardak provinces the following projects: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (1 ECHO, 1 AFD which is a FSL/NRM project including a WASH part, 1 Rural Development project) and Emergency (1 Food Distribution and Livelihood, 1 Cash For Work, 1 Emergency Response Mechanisms) programs. The mission is also implementing several FSL projects.
The opening of new areas is forecasted in the 2016 mission strategy, especially for emergency projects: Nangarhar, Kunar, Paktya (where population displacements linked to conflicts are reported and where there are gaps in terms of humanitarian presence).

Organization of the mission
SI intervention areas are in three provinces Bamyan, Wardak and Khost with five operational bases and one coordination base in Kabul. At the time of writing, the mission has 10 international staff and 170 national staff. The coordination team in Kabul is currently composed of 5 expatriates (CD, Finance Co, HR Co, WASH Co and FSL Co) and 17 national staff.
In Bamyan province, there are three operational bases (Yakawlang, Saighan and Kahmard) and one “transit” base in Bamyan city. The team is composed of 3 expatriates (Field Coordinator and Deputy Field Coordinator in charge of programs, and Program Manager in Saighan) and 80 national staff. In Khost province, there is one base in the capital of the province. The team is composed of 2 expatriates (Field Coordinator and Program Manager) and 40 national colleagues plus the Pakistani camp staff. In Wardak province, there is one base in Maydan Shar city without expatriates and 27 national staff.



The main objectives of the post entail but are not limited to:

  • Ensure the respect and the good implementation of all SI procedures.
  • Define and implement a new cash management policy with new authorization thresholds in accordance with the specificities of the country (money changer, security issue,…)
  • Ensure that Solidarites International is in complete compliance with the authorities of the country (MoE, MoF,…)
  • Follow closely the process to obtain the tax clearance and implement tax guidelines for expatriates, CFW, DW, etc…
  • Ensure a good relationship with FMFB and Azizi Bank, replying to their internal compliance policy
  • Improve all financial cycles as BFUs, Allocation Board and Cash Flow Forecast for ongoing projects and further
  • Ensure the respect of accountancy calendar and integrate the new donor contracts into the current financial management cycles

The main challenges on the position are:

  • Today, there are one Human Resources Department (HR Coo + HR Manager) and one Finance Department (Finance Coo + Finance Manager + Finance Assistant). This large coverage of the Administrative topics allows a very good division of the tasks with a new period of stabilization and many challenges
  • Furthermore, the duration of the contract for this position allows to the job holder to have a kind of degree of latitude to implement new policies and capitalize on quality and long-term works. Thus, the job holder will have a strong responsibility to ensure the respect of SI and donors’ guidelines and of improving the normal functioning of accountancy and budget cycles
  • The Finance Coordinator will have to strength the capacities of the national Finance team and others managers at coordination and bases level
  • Changes in the Afghan law and exigence on the respect of national policies, make it for the Finance team to review not implemented guidelines and evaluate the financial impact that this can have to the mission
  • Considering all these specific points, this position is deeply challenging and shall give to the job holder a real opportunity to develop the mission through the country.



  • Bac + 5 degree in administrative and financial management


  • Previous experience in administrative management for an international NGO (at least two years), experience with Solidarites International is likeable
  • Previous experience in unstable environment (conflict / post conflict country)
  • Experience of team management
  • Experience of Finance management

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Saga software
  • Knowledge of Solidarites rules, tools and procedures

Transferable skills:

  • Good analytical and writing/editing skills
  • Good communication and diplomatic skill
  • Good organization skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure in a tense security environment
  • Good pedagogical skills


  • Fluent in English
  • Knowledge of French and Dari/Pashto or Farsi will be appreciated

Other desirable qualities:

  • Good knowledge of Islamic environment
  • Rigor, patience, autonomy and the ability to adapt are indispensable skills

Specific context:

The Finance Coordinator is based in Kabul, with frequent visits of all operational bases.

In Kabul, access to a number of amenities is possible (supermarket, restaurants, NGO guest houses, etc.). Movement restrictions are in place to avoid locations considered high-risk places at the wrong time. Security procedures are updated monthly including restricted schedule of movements, list of validated places and logistical arrangements. Expatriates are not permitted to walk in the streets.

In Bamyan, security rules are less restrictive; walking is authorized in most places with specific restrictions for certain areas. In Bamyan city, few eating places and basic living facilities are available.

In Khost, the context is tenser and security regulations are stricter. Expatriates’ movements, including in the area of intervention, are subject to restrictions.

In Wardak, expatriates are not allowed to spend the night in the base. However, the Kabul coordination team regularly visits the base at only 40 minutes driving from Kabul base.

In Paktika for the moment, expatriates are accommodated in the Governor guesthouse.

In Kabul:

  • Means of communication: Internet (24h/24) and mobile phones
  • Climate: Mountainous climate / very warm in summer and very cold in winter
  • Guesthouse / office in one building
  • Water supply from well in the yard, mineral water for drinking
  • Electricity network functioning, generator in back-up
  • Availability of basic supplies (hygiene, food, etc.)
  • In-country movements: According to security department and to work necessity (plane only). Limited accommodation conditions on most of the operational bases
  • Neither short trousers nor T-shirt, long sleeves, long shirt, veil are compulsory for woman in all public places

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.





NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension



SI will offer you:

A salaried post: according to experience from 2000 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

For further information about SI, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/



Sebastiano SIRINGO, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer



Banca Popolare Etica
VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo
IBAN IT70F0501803200000000520000

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VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo
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