Senior Program Finance Officer

Reports to: Finance Manager
Location: Beijing

I. Major Functions:

a. Responsible for overall financial management of WWF projects. To provide and develop project finance best practices, as well as increase project performance by providing accurate and timely project financial related information.
b. Responsible for preparing donors’ financial records and ensuring compliance with WWF and donors’ financial policies and procedures.

II. Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Financial Management:

• Ensure that sound financial policies and procedures are maintained in project implementation in accordance with WWF and donor requirements.
• Establish, update and maintain all relevant financial management documentations. Work closely with the conservation team in terms of proposal development, project planning & budgeting, and full term forecasting. In addition, assist and co-ordinate annual budget development according to donors’ contract requirements.
• Take the lead in developing and updating the project finance handbook and manual including processes, procedures and policies
• Develop 3rd party contract management tool, promoting efficiency of data input, payment request, AP and TP worksheet.  
• Work as a Super users for Grants/ Purchasing Module in EBS to ensure smooth operating of financial system. 
• Take the lead in project audits and internal audits for field offices.
• Track the overall project financial management using appropriate financial analysis tools. Undertake visits to contracted projects to review administrative and financial status as and when requested by the Finance Manager.  
• Monitor & evaluate quarterly submission of financial reports from project and third parties to identify problems and solutions.
• Respond to project related financial queries from programme office staff, consultants, project staffs and donors.

Financial Analysis & Reporting:
• Provide timely and sufficient project financial analysis to project leaders and related project staff, and  present Project financial information at internal reviews, Management Team Meetings and workshops. 
• To develop financial reporting templates using excel tools for analysis purpose and provide excel trainings to finance staff.
• Establish, communicate and implement project finance and reporting model 
• To Cooperate with WWF network and set up project tracking system
• To develop Project Financial Reports at different levels. (Project, Program, Practices) 
• Be responsible for quarterly financial analysis of project activities. Communicate with related project staff in a timely manner for better implementation process against the annual budget and work plan and monitor the use of project funds

Financial Training:
• To mentor and provide trainings to other PFOs to build up capacity of project finance team. 
• Assess and identify project capacity gaps and provide necessary training to third parties and project staff. In addition, develop a capacity building plan and facilitate training and development workshops where required.
• Train project staff on WWF financial procedures and policies and the use of the ERP system as necessary.

Contract Management and Compliance:
• Manage donor and third-party contracts, for those within and outside of China and the WWF Network, in line with WWF network standards.
• Review secured funding agreements from various donors. Keep Project Supervisors inform of contract related matters.
• Maintain risks assessment for donor contract and local partners outgoing contracts.
• Prepare requests for project payments based on approved budgets (contract payments, invoices).
• Collect and review third parties’ financial reports.  Review third parties’ expenditures to ensure that spending is in line with approved contractual budgets. In addition, co-ordinate timely completion of all programmatic reporting requirements.
• Call funds from donors as and when required.  Liaise with donors as and when necessary.

a. Serve as a backup within the project finance unit when necessary. 
b. Perform other tasks as and when assigned by the line manager.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities:  N/A. 

IV. Working Relationships:

• Internal: Works closely with Finance Manager, Project finance unit, Programme Officer and various donors.  Some contacts with WWF Network, specifically WWF International Asia Pacific and Finance departments.
• External: Liaison with auditor for year-end audit and project audit. Consultants and third parties.

V. Minimum Qualifications:

1. Knowledge: An University degree in finance, accounting or business administration.
2. Experience: Minimum 3-5 years experience in the field of accounting or project financial management is essential. Good interpersonal skills as well as day-to-day contact with a diverse working group are required. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain clear lines of communication within all levels of staff is necessary. 

3. Skills and Abilities: Prior working knowledge or experience with Oracle Business Suite is a plus. Leadership and communication skills, coupled with diplomacy, numeracy are essential. The successful candidate will not only be meticulous and thorough, with a keen attention to detail, but will also be able to recommend changes and provide solutions to benefit both the unit and organization. Proven interpersonal and people-management skills, complemented by good written and spoken English, are a must. Strong financial skills, as well as a well-organised approach to work are necessary.

Contact Information:

• Candidates should send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria together with a CV in English and Chinese as email attachments to

• Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and please indicate your salary expectation within the cover letter.