Finance Specialist

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

DRC Syria

DRC has been actively operating in Syria since 2008 mainly supporting refugees. In June 2012, DRC was authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to expand its humanitarian efforts and provide assistance to IDPs and the vulnerable resident population countrywide. Since then, DRC activities have been focused on NFI distributions, Shelter, WASH, Protection, Education, Livelihoods and Mine Risk Education in six Governorates (Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dara’a, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs). While Protection/community service activities are provided to beneficiaries throughout our Community Centers.

About the job:

Provide overall advice, coordination, and technical support to the Finance team and ensure compliance with the finance chapters of DRC’s Operations Handbook.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management and support:

  • Support the development and implementation of financial management capacity building of staff.
  • Provide technical support and advice to the country finance teams, team leader, and finance manager.

Accountancy and financial management:

  • In close cooperation with Managers in geographical areas, reinforce existing procedures and systems for financial management and control in compliance with guidelines of DRC’s Operations Handbook, internal guidelines, and donor requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant country statutory and other financial obligations such as tax, levies, and statutory returns.
  • Support the finance team in routine tasks to keep the books up to date and participate in cash counts, bank reconciliations, and other areas of month-end closure.
  • Monitor accounts as per the assigned areas (e.g. Accounts Payable, interim accounts, etc.) and suggest improvements in accounting practices.

Budget control, planning, and reporting:

  • Ensure thorough and effective budgetary control in the country’s programs.
  • Prepare and maintain budget control tools for regular budget follow-up.
  • Liaise with budget holders on regular budget monitoring.
  • Support timely delivery of quality financial reports to donors and internal reports to colleagues and HQ.
  • Support the development of new proposals with financial information for budgeting.
  • Train and support the finance team and budget holders in DRC Dynamics functionalities in the areas of concern.


  • Support the financial audits by coordinating inputs from the finance, procurement, and HR departments.
  • Engage with auditors and DRC colleagues on HQ, the regional, and other country offices and maintain productive communication and relationships.


  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in the financial/accounting field.
  • Solid understanding of accrual accounting.
  • Competence in providing technical guidance and training.
  • Proven experience in working with national partners, and local/government authorities.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel.
  • Basic proficiency in PowerPoint and Word.
  • Working experience with relevant institutional donors (UN agencies, ECHO, BHA, etc.)
  • Ability and interest to learn complex accounting tasks.

Preferred experience:

  • Experience with robust ERP system(s)
  • Experience with audits


  • University Degree in Finance/Accounting/Business or equivalent professional qualification


  • Fluency in Arabic
  • Advanced English proficiency

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: You act in line with our vision and values.

We offer:

Contract length: End of September 2023

Level: NMG2

Location: Damascus – Syria

Expected Start date: 15 March 2023

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the below link:

Application link:

Finance Specialist – Application Form (

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close 07 February 2023

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For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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