Mercy Corps announces vacancy for Finance and Compliance Director. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A Masters or equivalent in Accounting or Finance is required.  An advanced degree is preferred. 
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive financial management, including supervisory experience required. 
  • Seven years’ experience in grants management as well as an understanding of donor regulations is required. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge, of, and experience with, USAID project budgets, is required. Experience with DFID and other bilateral and foundational donors is preferred.  
  • At Least three years of international experience is required; international NGO/PVO field office experience is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting preparation and presentation and the proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports.  
  • Demonstrated experience with complex strategic finance calculations and budgeting modules.  
  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet. 
  • Prior management experience, strong organizational and prioritization skill 
  • Microsoft Office applications particularly Excel. 
  • Excellent English writing and communication, negotiation and representation skills  
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members. 
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment 

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision 

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.  
  • Lead the Finance & Compliance team, ensuring clear, consistent vision behind the financial design and is well articulated and rolled out across the team.  
  • Provide key financial information to the Country Director and SMT, in order to inform strategic decision making around staffing and other programmatic and operational issues.  

Financial Operations

  • Provide monthly management reports to the Country Director and Program Managers, including expenditures by fund code/project, sub grantee reporting and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner. 
  • Develop annual fiscal year budgets with the Country Director and develop and implement grant budgeting and forecasting systems with Program Managers. 
  • Lead proposal budget development process, working closely with program teams and HR, as well as local partners, for thoughtful, feasible and accurate proposal budgets.  
  • Work with the Country Director to scenario plan cost projections and budgets for staffing options. 
  • Carefully review and analyze award cost planning with comparison to actual implementation expenditure and support processes for increased accuracy in forecast planning.  
  • Ensure effective, transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures. 
  • Maintain appropriate local insurance coverage in coordination with the Admin. Department, to protect Mercy Corps.  
  • Ensure local annual financial audit as required by Governmental Agencies on a timely manner. 
  • Ensure partner sub-award processes during phases of pre-award, implementation, and close-out of subawards are compliant with Mercy Corps’ Sub-Award Financial Management manual and donor policies. 
  • Coordinate closely with the Partnerships Manager / Subaward Officers to ensure effective financial oversight, monitoring and capacity building of partners / sub grantees and support of pre-award assessments and any partner / subgrantee audits. 

Coordination and Representation

  • Interface with the donor representatives to convey financial information about programs as appropriate. 
  • Communicate with partner’s/ sub grantees and ensure they understand and follow all appropriate subgrant / subaward procedures and archiving. 
  • Participate in sharing best practices with NGOs and governmental agencies.  
  • Collaborate with peers across Mercy Corps for learning and sharing, as well as close coordination with HQ finance teams for guidance and accountability.  

Team Management & Capacity Strengthening

  • Create a sustainable work environment of mutual respect that attracts motivated, skilled and effective team members and enables them individually and collectively to strive to achieve excellence. 
  • Supervise and lead a diverse team of direct and indirect reports in field offices.  
  • Lead the process of regularly assessing the fit-for-purpose nature of the team capacities, roles and responsibilities, and number, visiting the portfolio need at that time and make necessary adjustments to ensure team member competencies are properly matched with the level of their responsibilities.  
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts; build constructive internal relationships; help team members identify problem solving options and ensure integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. 
  • Design and facilitate capacity building training to Mercy Corps and partner staff as and when required. 
  • Identify technical skills gaps within the team to provide necessary support through training, workshops, and materials as per need.  


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership. 
  • Proactively ensure that team members and community operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies. 


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership. 
  • Proactively ensure that team members and community operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies. 

Accountability to Beneficiaries  

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically  to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. 
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues. 


  • Ensure proper integration of safeguarding and GESI aspects into sector specific project planning and implementation.  
  • Mercy Corps as a humanitarian agency is expected to respond as and when crisis and humanitarian situation engulfs. As an MC employee all staff are expected to be part of humanitarian and emergency response in addition to their regular roles and responsibilities. 
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence. 
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission. 
  • Other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor and or Country Director. 

Supervisory Responsibility: Directly supervises Finance & Compliance Manager and indirectly overall Mercy Corps Nepal’s Finance and Compliance Department. 


Reports Directly to: This position reports directly to the Mercy Corps Country Director 

Works Directly with: HQ Regional Finance Officer (with authority for technical financial matters); all in country Program Directors/Managers, Operations Staff; HR Staff; TSU team members, Partnership and Sub award compliance team and others. 

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In a disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.  Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries, and has been present in Nepal since 2005. In Nepal, Mercy Corps works to build the absorptive, adaptive, and transformative potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across the country.  Mercy Corps Nepal currently has a portfolio of approximately $25 million in programs across multiple institutional and private sector partners, including USAID. Our priority work areas currently are Sudurprachim and Karnali provinces, and we have three sub-offices, including Dhanghadi, Surkhet and Jumla. 

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Application Deadline: 30th Jun, 2022

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