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The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents, and works to strengthen the midwifery profession and midwives’ professional associations worldwide to enhance the reproductive health of women, and the health of their newborns and families. Representing over 500,000 midwives through its 131 Midwives Associations in 113 countries and across six regions, the ICM is positioned to support in delivering the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (2016 – 2030). The ICM works with likeminded partners to improve Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH).
Every year approximately 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth. Up to 2 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life, and there are 2.6 million stillbirths. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries and most of them are preventable. They happen because women — usually the poor and marginalized — have no access to competent midwives, fully functioning maternal and newborn health (MNH) services or to other qualified health professionals.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant, awarded for 2015 – 2017, enabled the ICM to undertake three initiatives essential to strengthening midwifery services globally. These were the:
- Development and implementation (in 6 countries) of the Midwifery Services Framework (MSF), a tool designed by the ICM to support national governments and sector stakeholders in their efforts to scale up the nation’s midwifery services and professionalize the midwifery workforce.
- Development of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Program (MEAP), a key regulatory and educational mechanism to assess whether pre-service midwifery education programs meet the ICM’s international education standards.
- Updating of the Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, which delineate the key professional competency (knowledge, skills, behaviours) standards that must be achieved by midwife graduates entering the midwifery profession.
The ICM is now coordinating a follow-up BMGF funded project - Strengthening Midwifery Services (SMS). The focus of this two-year (2018-2020) project is set out below:
- building national midwives associations’ capacity,
- reviewing the previous MSF pilot projects in six countries (sub project 1),
- based on what was learned in the six-country review, the MSF tool is then revised, and the revised MSF is then launched in three new countries (sub-project 1),
- implementing the Midwifery Education Accreditation Program (MEAP) with three new midwifery education program providers (sub-project 2),
- helping to define the characteristics of the Midwifery Education Development Pathway (MEDPath) in order to assist education program providers which are not yet able to meet the ICM global education standards to increase their capacity to meet ICM standards (sub-project 2),
- translating and disseminating the Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice developed in the first Gates project (sub-project 3),
- developing a global standard for assessing midwifery competencies (sub-project 3).
Taken as a whole, the ICM believes this project will serve not only to save the lives of mothers and babies, but will also help to professionalise midwifery globally.
The SMS project is now seeking a qualified Project Accountant (PA) who will assist the SMS Project Manager (PM) and the ICM Programs Director (PD) in the financial management of the SMS project.
The PA will be responsible for leading on the donor reporting and financial analysis of all sub-projects within the SMS. The PA will be responsible for project reporting and forecasting for the sub-projects as well as the SMS project as whole. Providing management information to the PM and PD and ensuring the portfolio is kept on track is a key responsibility.
The PA will have the responsibility for monitoring the financial progress of the project, recording grant income, and expenditures, tracking variances, ensuring that the PM and PD are provided with monthly income, expenditure, and cash flow reports, and submission of accurate financial reports to the BMGF.
- Work with the PM, PD, and the ICM Finance Manager to develop financial processes for the project and a ensure detailed understanding of the financial requirements for the project,
- Ensure project funds are disbursed properly/timely after obtaining appropriate internal approvals,
- Ensure payments are made to all sub-contractors and consultants for all sub-projects on time and after receiving appropriate invoices and internal approvals,
- Work with the PM to ensure expenditures are in accordance with the project and donor documents and as per sub-project work plans,
- Record and report all relevant income and expenditure for each sub-project and for a project as a whole,
- Ensure accounting records and supporting evidence are properly kept,
- Prepare monthly income/expenditure report and cash flow statement for each sub-project including identification of under-spend/over-spend,
- Look after project financial records to ensure donor compliance,
- Ensure financial operations are transparent and financial procedures/regulations are properly applied,
- Prepare and submit accurate financial reports to the BMGF,
- Liaise with the ICM Finance Manager and auditors where necessary.
The successful candidate will be a qualified/certified accountant with experience in budgeting, reporting, and forecasting. Experience working in the sector would be advantageous, as would be experience in working in an international organisation.
Negotiable, based on the applicant’s knowledge, skills and experience. Please submit a work plan, estimating activities, hours per month and the hourly rate. The Project Accountant will be paid upon receipt of invoice and time sheet per month.
Level of Language Proficiency
Excellent (native) professional working level of English language both written and spoken is essential.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, a CV and a work plan (as above) by email by end of business (CET) on 15th November 2018 to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com