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    Organization: Positive Planet International
    Country: Egypt
    Closing date: 03 Jan 2019

    Positive Planet International seeks to engage a Regional Finance Manager for the Middle East and North Africa platform of Positive Planet International based in Cairo.

    Positive Planet International

    Positive Planet International (PPI) was created out of the growth and transformation of Planet Finance, a non-profit organisation created in 1998 with a mandate to alleviate poverty through access to financial services and inclusive markets. PPI’s mission is to create conditions of a better world for future generations all over the world. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France, and its activities are carried out in more than 40 countries, managed by local branches in Africa, Europe and in the Middle East.

    PPI prioritises three key areas: access to entrepreneurship, access to financial services and access to markets and mobilises its experts in these sectors.

    Positive Planet International in MENA

    PPI’s MENA Regional office is based in Cairo, in Egypt, managing projects in many countries in the region such as Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

    PPI started its operations in Egypt in 2008 in Cairo and throughout the past decade has worked on different projects primarily with a focus on development finance.

    Job description

    As a senior staff member, the Finance Manager works to establish finance policies and procedures for the country program and make sure all staff understand and follow them. He/she supports the regional director and the country manager to achieve the highest levels efficiency and stewardship of financial resources available. He/she leads PPI compliance with donor, PPI and government regulations and He/she leads finance staff to ensure accuracy of the data flowing into and out of the financial system and the completeness of the documentation supporting that information

    Under the hierarchical authority of MENA Regional Director and with country authority of the Egypt Country Manager a functional authority of the Finance Director-of Positive Planet International (located in Head Office (HO)) the incumbent will have the responsibility of fulfilling the following key areas of responsible tasks:

    Administrative Management and Coordination

    • Regular reporting with HO of the administrative and financial activities in the sub region

    • Ensure that the Operations are legally compliant in each country of Operations (e.g. ensure valid operating license, associated reporting submitted accurately and on time)

    • Launch and follow up on procedures for licensing of the offices in the region

    • Obtain required information from partners and clients to ensure regulatory requirements are met

    • Property Management: oversee inventory controls, contracting services, and maintenance management for PPI properties and assets consisting of the following: physical assets of the office, equipment, computers, and other inventories. Maintain key relationships with suppliers, provide a physical inventory annually to include financial updates to PPI HO, assure that the office premises are maintained and safe. Ensure staff is provided with adequate facilities and equipment. Ensure that all procurement documentation is in database.

    • Relationship Management: Liaise with other NGO-s and international/national community on issues of Administrative Management. Maintain good working relationships with local government authorities. Create and maintain good and quality communication at local office level, regional level as well as with external associates.

    • Information Technology: Ensure that all IT systems function optimally and match office needs. Supervise and oversee the work of IT service providers or liaise with HO IT support services, assure that IT documentation are updated.

    • Procurement: Oversee the entire procurement process to ensure compliance with PPI and donor policies including review of contracts, preparation and maintenance of documentation for leases and grants. Serve as liaison with lawyers (if needed), assuring quality legal and consulting services for PPI. Assure systems and processes are in place for expendable goods such as office supplies.

      Accounting and Financial Management, in collaboration with local Admin and Finance Officers

    • Maintain tools for financial management, maintain regional procedures for accounting, budget control, and treasury

    • Management/supervision of the organisations’ accounting books in SAP, including recording of all financial transactions, invoicing (through HO) & bill payments

    • Ensure timely and accurate financial & accounting reporting to HO, interact with HO on a regular basis to ensure seamless flow of information back and forth ;

    • Monthly management and reconciliation of Egyptian bank accounts and reconciliation of UAE bank account with signatory

    • Provide project and office financial reports, analyse the results and provide advice on strategies to improve financial performance of the offices/projects.

    • Provide monthly updates on actual expenditure on projects in the Project Pricing tool and coordinate with the Project Manager on budget performance, analysis and recommendations.

    • Manage the cash flow needs for the Region through consolidating cash flow needs from Project Managers and the team and making timely and accurate requests for funds (as per PPI policy and procedures)

    HR Management

    • Follow up on staff and consulting contracts, amendments for local staff, consultants,and interns ensuring that they are renewed in good time and in compliance with labour laws.

    • Support the management for the definition of social insurance policies for the Middle East region, in compliance with legal requirements.

    -Supervise pay roll of local staff including managing cash flow needs, seeking relevant approval of invoices or payslips, requesting head office payments and making local payments.

    • Proposition and follow up of staff annual performance interviews in close collaboration with the concerned supervisors.

    • Support the management in elaborating and implementing annual staff training plans for the local offices in the region.

    • Ensure that staffing plans for the project and the office are defined and that the HR needs are met through liaison with Head Office and relevant budgeting

      Train and Monitor financial management of Project implementing partners

    • Develop and maintain partner financial manual in adherence with PPI and donor requirements

    • Lead the implementation of PPI sub-recipient financial policies

    • Oversee financial training for partner finance and programme staff and assist partners in implementing financial procedures as requested

    • Review partners financial reports, record keeping and discuss errors and any necessary corrective actions needed, with the partner.

    • Conduct periodic audits of partner financial and other records

      Budget Control of PPI Middle East and North Africa activities

    • Contribute to the development and review of proposal budgets, before submission to donors, in collaboration with management and project team.

    -Budget follow up for each project, in coordination with project management and local Accounting officer.

    • Analyse costs and budget gaps in project budget.

    • Draft final and intermediary financial reports; internally (Princing Tool) and as required by different donors.

    • Update tools for budget control (Pricing Tool)

    • Preparation of audit missions for the Projects, local offices and the region..

    • Manage the dissemination of financial procedures in the region.

    • Participate in project budget tracking meetings arranged by Project Managers and in line with the PPI Project Management Handbook

    • Be the primary point of contact for internal and external audits; preparing the engagement letter, managing schedules, assuring documentation is available, managing closure of any findings and coordinating with HO throughout

    -Ensure that PPI meets the financial and administrative requirements of public donors (notably the EU) according to defined conditions set out in general and specific conditions

    Sub-grant management and other project responsibilities

    • As required from time to time on projects, conduct specific project responsibilities such as:
    • Sub-grant management: conduct the due diligence of sub-grant recipients, contribute to the development of sub-grant agreements considering the due diligence results, manage the payment of sub-grants, monitor the delivery of the sub-grants in accordance with the agreements

    • Oversee the financial management of specific project partners in accordance with the lead contractor on donor requirements and utilising the relevant guidelines and tools provided

    -Provide financial and administrative support for regional projects and regional partners.


    -Major in Finance, Accounting, or other relevant field, Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, and Accounting will be highly regarded.

    -Excellent English and Arabic language skills (speaking, reading, and writing). French will be an asset.

    -Minimum of 5-7 years work experience in a administrative and financial management position with progressive responsibilities.

    -Experience with an international NGO working is preferred.

    -Understanding of financial systems, including budgeting and budget/expense analysis experience. Knowledge of SAP accounting software or similar financial reporting software highly preferred.

    • Knowledge of multiple public donors’ regulations, including European Union and DFID.

    -Knowledge of procurement, HR and general office administration/management issues.

    • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

    • Ability to deal in a productive and diplomatic way with governmental entities such as Ministry of Social Solidarity, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions even when under pressure.

    • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to work collaboratively

    • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics

    • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

    How to apply:

    Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter to the following email address no later than 3rd of January 2019.

    Reviews and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, and the post will be closed once a suitable candidate is found, so please do not hesitate in submitting your application.

    Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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    Organization: International Commission of Jurists
    Closing date: 15 Jan 2019

    Type of Contract: Consultancy

    Location: Global with 10 days of work in Myanmar

    Duration of Contract: A total of 28 work days

    Start Date: 1 February 2019

    End Date: 30 May 2019

    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is seeking qualified applicants to develop a handbook on strategic litigation for lawyers and civil society actors in Myanmar for its project Empowering Communities Promoting Rights and Good Governance from to 1 February to 30 May 2019.


    Composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the ICJ promotes and protects human rights through the rule of law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. Established in 1952 and active on the five continents, the ICJ works towards the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realisation of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers; and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.


    In 2005, the ICJ established a regional office in Bangkok, Thailand with the aim of strengthening the capacity of legal communities in the ASEAN region to apply international human rights standards in combating impunity and reaffirming the rule of law. In 2013, the Asia Regional Office established an office in Myanmar to advance the promotion and protection of human rights in line with international law and standards.


    The project works to promote accountable governance by increasing the knowledge and understanding of civil, political, social and women’s rights amongst marginalised groups as well as duty bearers, and supports marginalised groups, particularly women, to access justice. Primary areas of project implementation are Mon, Shan and Kayah states of Myanmar. The ICJ implements activities as part of a consortium of national and international partners.


    The Consultant/s will develop a handbook on strategic litigation for lawyers and civil society actors in Myanmar. It is intended as a reference tool/guide to aid advocacy and outreach efforts relating to responsible investment issues.

    Desk based research will be conducted to support its development, drawing on ICJ’s prior experience both in Myanmar’s legal profession and in strategic public interest litigation. The Consultant/s will draw upon applicable literature and cases from other countries and regions. With support from the ICJ’s team in-country, the Consultant/s will also consult with actors such as civil society members, parliamentarians, judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Myanmar on best practices in Myanmar and the region. The handbook will be a comprehensive whilst accessible tool/guide for use by lawyers and activists. The handbook will be drafted in English language, and subsequently translated into Burmese by the ICJ.


    • Produce proposed plan for strategic litigation handbook;

    • Draft handbook based on best practice strategies and examples with applicability to the

      Myanmar context;

    • Conduct interviews with actors in Myanmar, in coordination with the ICJ Team;

    • Provide full draft to the ICJ legal advisers;

    • Respond to and integrate comments and feedback from ICJ legal advisers and deliver final

      version of the handbook; and

    • (Preferable but not mandatory), participate in event to launch the handbook.


    • A brief note outlining the proposed plan, scope, approach and methodology for the strategic litigation handbook within 5 work days of the start of the consultancy;
    • A draft strategic litigation handbook within 18 work days of the consultancy; and
    • Final version of the strategic litigation handbook by the 30 May 2019.


    The successful consultant/s will have:

    • A degree in law;
    • At least ten years cumulative experience engaging on and/or advising strategic litigation on human rights issues;
    • Relevant professional experience in Myanmar; and
    • Strong English language competency is essential; local language competency is an asset

    The ICJ is an equal opportunities employer.

    How to apply:

    APPLICATIONS close on 15 January 2019 by 5 pm. Bangkok time and should be addressed with your resume, an expression of interest and the names of at least two recent references to:

    Ref: Consultancy: Strategic Litigation Handbook for Myanmar

    By email:

    These materials should clearly outline the candidate’s key skills and experience that are relevant to this consultancy, as well as any key standards or principles that inform her or his work. Please also provide a short cost justification – including your salary history and/or daily rate for your last three consultancies. The ICJ may ask for examples of previous work after reviewing the application materials.

    Please appreciate that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We cannot answer phone enquiries. We thank you for your understanding.

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