Finance Specialist

Closing Date: 19 August 2020

Location: Solomon Islands

Category: Finance & Business Support

Use your finance skills to give back!

Work alongside the staff at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury in Honiara, to improve their business processes, resulting in more effective financial reporting.

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury has multifaceted needs that cover payroll management, payroll edit reports, payment processing, re-engineering, bank reconciliations, SIG Ministry revenue collection oversight, and fraud detection, among others.

In this assignment, you will be assisting key staff to assess existing financial management and database systems/practices to identify areas for improvement. You will look to develop work plans, carry out risk analysis and develop processes to monitor future progress.

With a strong focus on mentoring and training, you will also be working closely with the Treasury Senior Management to help build their capacity to deal with key internal and external stakeholder issues.

This assignment offers a rewarding opportunity to share your varied financial experience to help upskill staff and make an impact on sustainable financial practices within the Ministry.  

This is a 12-18-month assignment based in Honiara.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Finance professional such as a senior accountant
  • Previous work experience in a finance team within either the public or private sector
  • A completed qualification in finance
  • Previous experience in management and/or mentoring
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.