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Samaritan's Purse

Regional Finance Officer

Samaritan's Purse
Boone, North Carolina, United States

Date Posted: 07/10/2014
Categories: Accounting
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Responsible for providing strategic input to Projects leadership regarding fiscal function and performance of the assigned region; providing financial guidance and direction to the assigned field offices; providing financial management and assistance with Awards received from external funders and Affiliates; and ensuring the integrity of field office financial data uploaded to the ministry-wide financial system. Position requires frequent international travel.


Provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and financial trends to assist Projects leadership in performing their responsibilities. Identify requirements for and develop useful financial reporting formats as needed.


Advise Projects leadership on the financial management performance of assigned field offices and on the financial impact of programs, strategies, funding agreements, activities, and regulatory requirements. Inform Projects leadership of financial issues originating from and/or affecting assigned field offices.

Participate in regional team meetings, coordination, and planning. Assist in the annual regional program and budget development process. Serve as the principal liaison with Projects leadership for all finance-related matters in the assigned region.


Guide and direct Finance Managers to structure in-country finance teams to ensure key financial objectives are met; internal controls are in place and functioning; policies, procedures and processes outlined in the Projects Finance Field Operating Guide are implemented and enforced; and risks are minimized when finance staff are absent or positions are temporarily vacant.


Review financial-related aspects of field office project proposals, modifications, and agreements. Submit comments and recommendations through the Projects Grants team.


Review project financial activity reports and invoices to be submitted to external funders and Affiliates to ensure all applicable financial transactions are included and assess the degree to which financial rules and regulations of awards are met.


Develop and implement training programs in assigned field offices for international and national finance staff to ensure excellent performance and staff development; and for non-finance staff in the areas of accounting, reporting, and internal controls.


Oversee the finance function in assigned field offices. Communicate directly with field finance managers and accountants to provide instructions, corrections and other work-related information.  Monitor performance as to accuracy and timeliness and provide feedback to Projects leadership.


Monitor internal controls and perform periodic assessments to identify risks associated with financial operations within assigned region.

Identify possible areas of improvement and recommend systems that will improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Samaritan’s Purse financial operations in assigned field offices.


Analyze the cash position of assigned field offices and advise Projects leadership accordingly. Evaluate currency exchange fluctuations for each assigned field office and recommend steps to minimize exposure.

Facilitate funds requests from field offices as approved by Regional Directors. Ensure proper acknowledgments are received.  Monitor cash and bank balances as needed but no less than monthly.

Facilitate the calculation and payment of in-country taxes associated with International Field Staff in assigned field offices as necessary. This should be done through a local accounting firm within the country or region.

Provide support, guidance and assistance to assigned field offices as needed with internal audits, award audits, and external audits. Contribute to the management response as requested.


Receive and process financial information from field offices and temporary project sites.


Participate in the recruitment, interviews, and selection of Finance Managers. Assist as needed in the recruitment, interviews, and selection of other field office finance staff.


Facilitate the opening or closing of field office bank accounts and the maintenance of current signatory lists. Prepare or obtain required documentation to open an account, change signatories on an account, or close an account.  Maintain a current list of field office bank accounts and signatories.


Travel to field sites as needed to ensure proper implementation of finance-related policies and procedures, to perform informal assessments, to consult with and advise Projects management and finance staff on field finance matters, for temporary assignments, or to perform other work assigned.


Assist in the development and implementation of cost allocation methodologies including International Field Staff payroll allocations.


Provide financial management training to Projects leadership including but not limited to Regional Directors, Regional Managers, Country Directors, and Deputy Country Directors.


Deploy in response to an emergency situation with a Disaster Assistance Response Team or serve on the IHQ-based Incident Management Team as needed.


Mission Statement: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Distinct Objectives: The work of Samaritan's Purse is marked by five distinct objectives, grounded in Scripture and biblical principles:


PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL - EXALT Christ and share the Gospel while working in His Name around the world

SERVE WITH EXCELLENCE - EXCEED the world's standard while serving the purposes of God's kingdom

RESPOND WITH COMPASSIONATE ACTION - EXPEDITE our response to needs as the Lord reveals opportunities to minister

DEMONSTRATE BIBLICAL INTEGRITY - EXHIBIT character and integrity personally, at home and work

WALK IN BOLD FAITH - EXPECT God to do the impossible-- "God Room"