Organizational Finance Specialist and Senior Leadership Team member at World Vision International in Laos and Sudan, the largest Christian child focus organization working in 100 countries. 15 years' experience as a senior leader in World Vision's Asia and Africa national offices. Expertise in international fund management (+/-$40M p.a) of Government and Multilateral funds from OFDA, WFP, DFATD, AusAID and GoG. Excellent track record in funds dispersal, financial accountability, technical support and capacity-building of finance teams. Successful financial planning, budgeting, analysing, performance management, financial services improvement and change implementation, which contributed to raising annual funding from $1.8m to $16 million in Laos. Steadfast commitment to institutionalized learning-feedback loops focused on policies and procedures leading to "Limited Risk" rating in Laos in 2010 and "Acceptable Green Risk" in Sudan in 2014 in WVI's audit. Taken on the role of Acting Country Director on many occasions which requires an intimate knowledge of the program and organization. Steadfast commitment to second-line development with a proven-track record to transform young graduates into seasoned and emerging leaders. Intuitive and methodical, able to understand complex situations and find solutions leading to change. Hard worker, able to meet deadlines under heavy pressure and perform multiple tasks at the same time. Strategic delegator, empowering teams to achieve success within an environment that priorities team work and individual responsibility. Proficient in resolving conflict and able to bring synergy within teams of multiple nationalities. Ability to turn challenges into opportunities. Working knowledge of Sun Systems (Accounting Package) and proficiency with Microsoft Office products; solid knowledge on MS Word & Excel, PowerPoint, Spreadsheet Analysis, Internet browsers, web mail, Lotus Notes, remote web-based conferencing: Skype, Webex, etc.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR January 2013 to May 2015World Vision International WVI
Led 70+ staff in Finance, Administration, Information Technology (IT), Supply Chain and Liaison teams; providing supervision, technical support, and performance management.
Led the preparation of country budget with a current portfolio of 20% Government and 80% Multilateral Grants.
The Multilateral Grants include food commodities from WFP.
Ensured that the policies and procedures of World Vision (WV), Donor and WFP are fully complied.
Ensured sound Financial and Admin systems to facilitate operational service delivery compliance within WV/Donor standards.
Major achievements included: Contributed in making quality decisions in the Senior Leadership Team.
Supported the staff in building team spirit in the Finance and Administration.
Prepared various power point analysis on monthly basis for the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Managers to enable them taking quality decisions.
Conducted weekly meeting with the managers under Finance and Administration to monitor work flow and implementation of decisions.
Efficiently and effectively managed grants, which included cash and food resources of $34.9m in WVFY 2013, 48.8m in WVFY 2014 and 22.3m in WVFY 2015 (As of 31 May 2015).
The major funds received from OFDA, WFP, DFATD and GoG.
Safeguarded donors' funds; no major finding from the donors' audits.
Obtained Green rating in the WVI's quarterly dashboard in the areas of Cash and Liquidation, Employee Advance, Cost Efficiency Ratio, Internal Control & Compliance, and Spending & Efficiency.
Developed cash handing guidelines to minimize the risk of cash loosing while working in an unsecured condition.
Developed Authority Limit allocating dollar limit for signing/approving Purchase Requisition, Invoices, Checks, and Payments for the directors, managers and work unit managers/Supervisors.
Improved Supply Chain Management to ensure quick and quality delivery system that follows appropriate accountability and transparency across WVI's program in Sudan.
Ensured Donors' and WVI's standards are complied.
Developed WVI Sudan Program's Risk Register to effectively manage the potential risk of the organization.
Made visit to WVI's South Darfur Office where WVI implement the major program; visited IDP camps, meeting with local partners, communities.
Conducted meeting with various work units in the office.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR October 2005 to January 2013World Vision International WVL
Led 50+ staff in Finance, Administration, Information Technology (IT) and Project Finance Management & Training (PFMT) teams; providing supervision, technical support, and performance management.
Lead the preparation of country budget with a current portfolio of 7% Government Grants, 21% Private Non-Sponsorship Grants, 68% Sponsorship, 4% Gift in Kinds (GIK).
Ensured that WVL is aligned with Global Centre (Head Quarter) policies and procedures; establish sound systems to facilitate operational service delivery compliance within WV standards.
Major achievements include: Developed and equipped the first ever Laos national Financial Manager, IT Manager, Admin Manager and 4 Provincial Finance Supervisors.
Successful financial planning, budgeting, analysing, performance management, financial services improvement and change implementation, which contributed to raising annual funding from $1.8m to $16 million.
Developed contextualized policies which included Budget Guidelines for the Senior Managers, Assets Disposal Policy, Construction Guidelines, Cash Carrying Guidelines and Level of Authority.
Provided Advice to the Senior Leadership Team and department managers on strategic resource acquisition and allocation.
Provided guidance on financial planning and management based on WVL strategic objectives.
Ensured rapid resource allocation to the projects in order to smoothly operate activities.
Facilitated the National Director, Senior Leadership Team and other non-finance personnel to understand, interpret and make informed decisions from financial statements and analyses.
Oversee of safety and security of staff and control of WVL assets, resources and operations.
Managed the finance of international grants; ensuring timely and accurate reporting to increase donor confidence.
Implemented efficient and effective internal controls to safe keeping World Vision resources and assets.
As a result, 24% of projects obtained a Limited Risk outcome and 76% earned Acceptable Risk outcome from the program auditors in FY11.
October 2003 to September 2005FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR World Vision International WVL
Responsible for the preparation of country annual budget ($5M+), with a portfolio of 35% Government Grants, 39% Private Non-sponsorship Grants, 26% Sponsorship & other funding.
Supervise, coach and mentor the staff across 4 departments (Finance, Administration, IT and Project Finance Management & Training).
Major achievements included: Developed contextualized policies, which include, Purchase Policy, Vehcile Policy, Audit Manual, Project Financial Manual, etc.
and ensured implementation of all these.
Supervised the Finance team to submit timely and accurate reports.
Managed US, AusAID and ANCP cash grants, following all grant regulations and specifications.
Responsible to post project quarterly finance reports in the Financial Report database.
Provided Finance, Sun Systems and Vision training to Provincial Finance Teams.
Worked alongside with the National Director and other senior leaders on structure and direction of WVL.
ADMINISTRATION ADVISOR GRANTS MANAGER August 2002 to September 2003World Vision International WVL
Responsible to manage grant funded projects, built capacity on grant management among the local staff and supervise Finance and Administration teams.
Major achievements included: Developed Grants training materials/modules for the WVL staff.
Managed overall finance for $1.8M budget including USAID, AusAID, ANCP, Private Grants, GIK, Sponsorship and PNS Projects.
Assisted Provincial Teams to prepare Grants and ADP budgets.
Provided necessary grant training.
Provided capacity building to the National Office and Provincial Finance, Program and Administration staff on grant budget preparations and compliance.
Prepared internal Policies and Procedures to facilitate the smooth operation of each unit and to ensure that all Grant regulations were followed.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER October 2000 to July 2002World Vision Australia WVA
Managed the Finance, Administration and HR functions in the UXO Clearance Program in Laos.
Program budget $600,000 p.a.
Ensured money was spent as per approved objectives.
Provided capacity building training to government counterparts.
Major achievements included: Improved the WVA's financial systems ensuring policies and procedures met WV international standards and ensured policies and procedures were implemented across the UXO Clearance Program.
Reviewed monthly cash requests, cash flow forecasts; ensured expenditure plans were in accordance with the budget.
Designed appropriate financial systems/structures so that accountability was in place for all stakeholders (WV, AusAID and Government of the Lao PDR).
Supervised accounting systems, data input (Sun System Accounting Package), generated monthly/quarterly/yearly reports for internal management and support entities.
Ensured that administrative systems, such as vehicles, logistics, cleaning support, supplies, etc.
were in place so that information and supports were readily accessible to the Program Manager and other staff.
Identified and assessed the strengths and weaknesses of UXO Lao staff (Government staff) and provided capacity building training in various aspects of Finance and Administration.
Managed salaries, advances, allowances and adjustments leave and benefit records for 5 expatriate and 9 national staff.
FINANCE SUPERVISOR October 1999 to October 2000World Vision Bangladesh
Overall responsibility to manage the Dhaka Shishu Area Development finances for World Vision Bangladesh's largest program.
Actively took part in developing the program strategy and design.
ACCOUNTS MANAGER February 1988 to September 1999World Vision Bangladesh
Involved in overall supervision of Finance team including capacity development, training, policy development and implementation.
Prepared and submitted the largest USAID Title II Food Program budget for WV Bangladesh in 1999.
Managed all grant fund reporting requirements for both WV and funding organizations.
Budget accountability for US$13+ million p.a.
OIC of Associate Director for Finance and Resources Department when needed.
Masters of Commerce : 1990Accounting University of DhakaBangladesh
Bachelor of Commerce : 1985University of Chittagong
English (career language), Bengali (mother-tongue)