Finance Officer - Forest Restoration for Climate Resilience and Development Project, WWF-Laos

World Wide Fund for Nature – WWF has had a presence in Laos since the late 1980s, when it contributed to some of the first biodiversity surveys that established Laos’ protected area system. The office in Laos was officially established in 2001. Today, our main office for WWF-Laos is in Vientiane Capital, with field offices in Savannakhet, Champassak, Salavan, and Xekong provinces. 

WWF-Laos works with government, civil society, and the private sector partners to address the drivers of biodiversity loss and to move towards a greener nature-based future where the people of Laos can thrive and live in harmony with nature. 

Our vision for Laos is that ‘the unique biodiversity, cultural diversity, and ecosystems are maintained or enhanced and contribute to the sustainable development and wellbeing of Laos, the Greater Mekong region, and the planet as a whole.' Conservation is WWF’s core work, and our programme in Laos is implemented under three broads ‘Practice Areas’, which include Forests, Wildlife, and Freshwater. Under the five-year strategic plan (2021-2025), WWF-Laos focuses on three landscapes, four priority sites, and two groups of priority species. Find out more from WWF-Laos' Five-Year Strategic Plan, 2021-2025.

WWF-Laos’ Forest Programme is a key part of WWF-Laos’ conservation strategy and aims at halting deforestation and ensuring Laos’ forests are effectively protected or under improved management and restoration using principles of sustainable forest management, certification schemes, value chain development and the promotion of responsible forestry governance and trade. Under its Forest Programme, WWF-Laos started a new four-year (2022-2025) forest project “Forest Restoration for Climate Resilience and Development (FORRED).” The FORRED work covers two priority landscapes and supports building conservation programmes in these landscapes with other multi-disciplinary teams.

Position:  Finance Officer - FORRED Project, WWF-Laos.
Based in:  Pakse City, Champasack Province, Lao PDR.
Gross monthly salary:  WWF Laos offers competitive salary and benefits.  Please state your salary expectations in your cover letter.

The Finance Officer provides support to the Project in all financial requirements of the project to ensure transparency, accuracy and compliance with WWF-Laos and Greater Mekong financial systems, policies and procedures as well as local legal requirements. He/She may also support other teams working in the same landscapes as part of a multi-disciplinary approach.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Data entry according to the ORACLE system following steps and timelines as guided by the regional finance team as well as the line manager;
  • Review all related project assigned supporting documents and create payment via I-bank on timely.
  • Assist in the development, monitoring, review and update of project finance and accounting activity work plans;
  • Provide technical guidance, training, coaching to project staff, project partners and Government counterparts on all aspects of finance to ensure compliance with finance policies and procedures, and legal requirements;
  • Support the Project Manager and Landscape Lead to ensure and manage third party contracts following the organization’s and legal requirements, procedures on contracts;
  • Support the management of contracts and keep line manager informed of the closing date and follow up with extension;
  • Reconciliation and review monthly Trial Balance and check ledgers, statements and accounts to identify errors and take any necessary corrective action, inform line manager of complex items;
  • Review and import project financial data into ORACLE;
  • Produce monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports to the Project Manager and Landscape Lead;
  • Ensure staffs submit timesheets, and maintain the monitoring sheets of the project up to date (e.g. prepayments, outgoing contracts);
  • Record daily transactions, prepare the interco AR-AP invoice and billings and prepare calls for funds;
  • Ensure proper filling of all original finance-related documents at field office and regularly upload them into the online monitoring system;
  • Provide supporting documents and work with the internal and external auditor during audit fieldwork as well as support on responding to audit points.
  • All others assigned as may be necessary in fulfilling the departmental functions, especially in peak reporting seasons and tight deadlines.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting, Business Management, Business Administration, or in relevant fields;
  • 3 years of working experience in finance and accounting administration, auditor, particularly in budgeting, with international NGOs is desirable;
  • Proficiency in accounting software (Oracle) is preferred.

WWF-Laos can offer you a 1-year contract with possible extension.
How to apply: If you have the skills and experience and are interested in Finance Officer for our FORRED project, please email your cover letter and CV in English to citing in the subject line Finance Officer FORRED, WWF-Laos’.
Deadline for applications: 22 April 2022.
WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.