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Head of Financial Controlling

Requisition ID:  15491
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract
Reports to


Head of Finance


What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law while coordinating the international activities conducted in these situations.

Purpose of the position


Are you an inspiring finance professional who brings extensive operational experience and demonstrates integrity as well as exemplary leadership and people management capabilities?

We are seeking a Head of Corporate Financial Controlling who will report to the Head of Finance & Administration Division. The incumbent will help the division in raising its capabilities in the domain of management (“Business”) controlling on an institution-wide basis. This implies interacting with all operating units (Field and Headquarters) in Operations, Programs, and Corporate functions in the identification and implementation of measures to improve operational excellence and efficiency through optimization of organization or processes. This is a central role in defining blueprint of the future global controlling organization, as a core building block of the finance & administration function.

In this role, you will be responsible for developing the current review & transformation of the finance function at the ICRC which will lead to a thorough review of the operating model, footprint, and deliverables of the finance and administrative function. The review of the finance operating model will include the review of the current duties and responsibilities of the current job opening with the ambition to sharpen the business controlling aspect.

Main duties and responsibilities


The primary objective is to develop the finance controlling capability in areas such as – but not limited to - IT, HR, supply chain. The controller will support & advise the organization with regards to the current restructuring. The latter will ensure timely delivery to the decision bodies of the three ICRC “corporate” budgets (Headquarters, investments, and shared service network)

Delivering these budgets entails the responsibility of ensuring their relevance for the organization, its strategy, and its needs in addition to supporting and advising key partners up to the directorate and governance on steering these three “budgets”.


More specifically per areas, this entails:

Headquarters and Corporate Services Budget
  • Ensures the smooth running of the full budgetary process - from envelopes calculations, instructions, unit budget collection to presenting the budget in front of the different decision-making bodies. Prepares the year-end forecast of expenditures and performs financial analysis to ICRC financial statements.
  • Provides support and advice to the decision-making bodies (directorate, director-general, governance) on how best steer the HQ budget and its financial evolution and understand the institutional strategy and organizational model to suggest possible optimizations/costs savings.
  • Develops Headquarters management accounting best suited for HQ decision making while maintaining updated the headquarters financial regulatory framework.
  • Directly inputs to the HQ Appeal and Annual reports on HQ performance, and as the headquarters budget focal point, responds to donors, external and internal auditors, authorities’ inquiries.
  • Develops and ensures financial follow-up and reporting HQ directly funded by donors’ projects and provides expert financial validations for commitment in line with the financial framework.
  • Defines the most adequate shared service network financial controlling and costing to best support the decision making
Fixed and Intangible Assets Investment Fund
  • Delivers a financially balanced fixed and intangible asset investment fund for decision making by factoring fixed asset and intangibles asset foreseen investments.
  • Brings in expertise to develop an adequate financial project follow-up, monitoring & controlling approach.
  • For the intangible asset, ensures – in collaboration with partners – the follow up of intangible projects with the monitoring panel group and the project board,
  • As a member of the tech & data monitoring panel, tech & data project board, assesses and advises on the return on investment, financial steering of intangible projects and participate in the prioritization.
  • Ensures regular follow up with the head of information & communication technologies regarding intangible assets and prepares a fixed assets budger with the head of Logistics and general services (construction/maintenance).
  • Ensures the assets management process from creation to disposal is accurate, efficient, and documented.
  • Performs multi-year projections for the investment fund to ensure its financial sustainability.
  • Establishes the annual reporting on the fund as part of the yearly closing and ensures the funds remain financially viable and relevant for the ICRC.
People management responsibilities



Scope & Impact


  • Geographic remit - Global, as the corporate budget components under supervision are an integral part of the ICRC’s financial structures and associated funding and budgeting mechanisms.


  • Internally, interacts with Deputy Directors, the Platform for Organization and Management, Directorate, Council of the Assembly, Audit Commission, Assembly.
  • Externally, interacts with auditors and authorities (e.g. EY, the Foundation for Buildings for International Organizations (FIPOI), and the statutory boards and management of third party legal entities associated with the ICRC).
Education and experience required



  • A proven 5 to 10 years experience in senior controlling capacity on a global or regional scale, with track-record on performance improvement, corporate restructuring, and/or reorganization & optimization.
  • Experience of  3 to 5 years in an international non-profit or corporate multinational environment.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree is required, Master or MBA a plus.
  • Proven capacity to manage a diverse team, with a strong emphasis on people management and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Solid financial knowledge, analytical skills combined with clear planning, project management capacity, focusing on delivering results. 
  • Exposure to fixed and intangible asset budgeting, project management framework, IFRS, and proven practice in financial & projects controlling.
  • Fluent in English and/or French with working-level knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
Desired profile and skills


  • Skilled and very strong interest in budgeting, controlling, financial forecasting and analysis,
  • Capacity to synthesize complex financial information; ability and interest in very detailed elements as well as in global financial strategies.
  • Capacity to develop, engage, negotiate, and strengthen partnerships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Computer proficiency with interest in information system and IT projects along with exposure to ERPs, Tableau, SharePoint, etc.
  • Available for field missions (in case of fixed asset purchases).
Additional information


  • Location:                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:            Open-ended
  • Length of assignment:   4 years (extendable)
  • Activity rate:                   100%
  • Estimated start date:      ASAP
  • Application Deadline:  Sunday, 27 September 2020



The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.