Project Economist/Finance Officer

at Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 15, 2021
Category Accounting
Business Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is looking for qualified candidates to fill the following position.

LOCATION: DIHR project office, Addis Ababa

REPORT TO: Responsible Project Manager in Copenhagen

DURATION: One-year contract, renewable dependent on performance. Starting 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible

SALARY RANGE: To be negotiated and guided by the qualification of the candidate and instructed by levels in similar positions in like-minded non- Ethiopian organisations

Purpose of the job:

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is engaged in a partnership with Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the project ‘Empowering Ethiopian Human Rights Commission 2020- 2024.’ The project is supported by several donors in a basket fund structure. A project team consisting of the responsible project manager, a project economist/finance officer and a project officer operate from DIHR Copenhagen. To complement, a project team is set up in Addis Ababa consisting of a project advisor, a project manager and a project economist/finance officer. The project economist/finance officer in Addis Ababa has the responsibility to ensure that all financial aspects of this project are carried out in line with internal and external guidelines and requirements, in close collaboration with the project economist in Copenhagen.

The position is subject to confirmation of the expected grant.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop first drafts or provide input in developing annual project budgets, budget revisions, etc., as agreed upon with the project economist (PE) in Copenhagen.
  • Assist PE in Copenhagen in preparing partner disbursements and other types of project payments to the partner.
  • Provide advising, quality assurance and control of larger procurements, service delivery, etc., delivered to the partner.
  • Check all contracting and related budgets in cooperation with the Project Manager in Addis to ensure compliance with internal and external financial rules and regulations.
  • Monitor partner spending based on a detailed breakdown of expenditures and supporting documents and ensure all costs are compliant with the relevant eligibility criteria.
  • Report regularly to the PE in Copenhagen about the monitored project spending.
  • Provide input to the monthly internal project reporting on the financial development including risk and challenges.
  • Conduct quality assurance of all financial reporting by the partner. Draft and/or consolidate all financial reporting and expenditure verifications under the project in line with internal and external rules governing the project.
  • Prepare notes for Steering Committee on budget changes and deviations in consumption in relation to the annual financial reporting.
  • Coordinate the preparations and assist in the annual external audit of the partner. Advise the partner in conducting audit and follow up on audit recommendations.
  • Upon request provide input to preparing the annual DIHR project audit.
  • Communicate with the partner on project financial management issues and queries.
  • In the financial controlling of the partner, provide assistance and advice to improve the financial systems and procedures to enhance their capacity in this area.
  • Assist the director of the regional hub in accounting and financial management of the regional DIHR office, ensuring compliance with DIHR financial systems and procedures.
  • Ensure coordination and cooperation with the regional hub and contribute to regional initiatives when necessary in consultation with the PM in Copenhagen and the Regional hub representative.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA or other relevant degree in business management, accounting, or similar.
  • 5-10 years of professional experience with project economy or financial management.
  • Strong organisation skills are essential.
  • Experienced excel user.
  • Experience working with financial management systems is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic (spoken and written).
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including an ability to work in politically sensitive contexts

Applying Instructions

Interested candidates should write a covering letter, explaining why they are interested in this position, why they are the right person for the job, and include a recent CV, which should be sent to:

Please submit your application no later than 12h00 CET on 1 August 2021

Starting date: preferable 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible.

The Institute strives to achieve diversity in its staff composition and therefore invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position.

For more information about the position, contact Lis Dhundale on phone +45 91325696 or by mail or Amalie Kristensen by mail

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