Senior Tax/ Finance Officer

January 12, 2024
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Job Description

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is a global organization committed to creating a better world through transformative action. Operating in over 40 countries, we partner with communities to overcome challenges and build resilience. In Afghanistan, Mercy Corps has been actively working since 1986, focusing on sustainable livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, renewable energy, and natural resource management.

Country Summary:

Mercy Corps operates in regions facing transition, responding to conflicts, disasters, political upheavals, and economic collapses. Through emergency relief and community-led initiatives, we aim to build secure, productive, and just communities.

Program/Department Summary:

The Mercy Corps Finance Department oversees all financial functions in Afghanistan, ensuring compliance with donor regulations, internal policies, and procedures. As a support to the Program Department, it provides timely reports and assistance to ensure efficient and effective use of financial resources.

Success Summary:

The Senior Tax/Finance Officer plays a crucial role in coordinating and supporting taxation, Ministry of Economy reporting, and financial management across field offices. This role contributes to programmatic objectives by providing timely and meaningful financial information.

Ongoing Learning:

Mercy Corps values learning and dedicates 5% of team members’ time to activities promoting personal and professional growth and development.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

Mercy Corps believes in building diverse teams to leverage collective strengths for global impact. We are committed to a culture of trust, respect, and inclusivity, striving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive over time.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to strengthen our global impact. Discrimination on any basis is not tolerated.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

Mercy Corps is committed to treating all individuals with respect and dignity. We uphold principles against sexual exploitation and abuse, child abuse, and harassment.

Job Description:

General Position Summary:

The Senior Tax/Finance Officer is responsible for coordinating and supporting taxation, Ministry of Economy reporting, and field office financial management. Ensuring compliance with internal policies, donor regulations, and contributing to Mercy Corps’ strategic objectives.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead all taxation processes, including monthly reporting and documentation.
  • Review and post-tax journal entries, preparing annual income tax reports.
  • Prepare prepaid accounts amortization entries of taxes.
  • Generate a six-month report for the Ministry of Economy based on their requirements.
  • Assist in training and supporting finance officers in Kabul and field offices.
  • Provide support for daily main office accounting, cash management, and finance functions.
  • Stay updated on donor policies, rules, and regulations, and train program and partner staff accordingly.
  • Conduct field visits to ensure taxation compliance and identify areas for improvement and training.
  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly tax and financial reports.
  • Perform financial reviews to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the line manager.

Team Management:

  • Create a work environment of mutual respect, accountability, and excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback to team members.

Organizational Learning:

Commit 5% of time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps and personal/professional growth.

Accountability to Program Participants:

Support efforts towards accountability, engaging program participant communities in decision-making processes.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None
  • Accountability:
  • Reports directly to: Finance Director
  • Works directly with: Finance team, Program, HR, and Operations teams

Job Requirements:

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 3-4 years of experience in accounting, taxation, and six-month reporting, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Advanced degree and/or equivalent of at least 4 years of relevant experience with recognized accounting qualifications.
  • Adequate understanding of taxation, donor rules, and regulations.
  • Previous experience with Mercy Corps is advantageous.
  • Strong skills in accounting management and financial reporting.
  • Fluency in English (Verbal and in writing).

Soft Skills:

  • Attention to detail, meeting deadlines, problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
  • Leadership skills for motivating and managing a diverse team.
  • Advanced analytical and data processing abilities.
  • Strong communication and time management skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
Submission Guideline:

To apply, submit your CV and Cover letter to Use the subject line “MCA070-2024 Application for Senior Tax/Finance Officer.” The deadline is 16-Jan-2024. Late applications without the correct subject line will not be considered.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the written test/interview. Females are highly encouraged to apply.

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