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Zeeshan Chaudhr

Work Experience
Experience Level:
10+ years
An enthusiastic Professional with a vision of leadership, equipped with strong analytical, design, problem solving and strategic decision-making power. Proven 11 + years of experience in Financial, Cost & Management Accountancy & Internal Audit, administration and HR. Working knowledge of business processes, systems and attention to details. Able to work under stress, on own initiatives and as part of a team. Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards. Proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives. KNOWLEDGE I am a qualified Management Accountant and an Associate member of the professional Accounting bodies, Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ACMA) & Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountant (APA) . Institute of cost and management accountants of Pakistan is a full member body of IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) and is one of the five major institutes in the world promoting the management accounting profession alongside CIMA, UK. EXPERIENCE I possess more than 11 years experience of managing finances and supervising accounts staff independently. I have worked mostly with International development organisations in complex emergencies, like War & Refugees, Internal conflicts, Drough & Flash Floods. I have provided variety of services ranging from Financial Management, Donor budgeting & reporting, and development of policies and establishing controls to analysis and interpretation of the accounting data. I had been planning audits and reviews on the internal control environment of the partner organizations. I had been responsible for doing the risk analysis of the Oxfam, Merlin & GOAL programme. I directed and managed the accounting and reporting functions during most of my professional career. POLICY FORMULATION Revised the Financial Policies and procedure manual, Procurement policies & IT policy in Options-UK (Tama project). The documents have been taken up by the head office in the UK to be improved and replicated as a policy manual for similar projects in other countries. Computer Skills: I worked on at least three years on PS Financial with Merlin. This is a time when Regional Finance Officer are the main focal person in HQ. I am the also the advance user of: 1. PS Financial: Expert 2. People Soft : Expert 3. Sage : Expert 4. Ms Word : Expert 5. MS Excel : Expert 6. Vision Excel : Expert Experience: Budgetary Control and Monitoring •Prepare/Review the annual financial field budget with Finance Director. For ECHO, EU, USAID/OFDA, IRISH AID. OFDA and other major donors. •Ensure timely submission of monthly rolling budget to HQ and field. •Monitor and ensure programme and administrative spending are all in line with agreed budgets and within donor acceptable variances (BMTs) - identify potential programme under or over-spends and liaise with Dublin and donors as to the required action needed (e.g. no-cost extensions, budget re-allocations, etc) Donor Reporting •Responsibility for the preparation o programme budgets (in liaison with programme managers) for submission to donors. The budgets must be in accordance with the donor’s guidelines for budget submissions and all budgets must be accompanied by a budget narratives. •Preparation of timely financial reports and information for donors. Audit Control & (Donor) Compliance •Prepare the year end financial statements, arrange and ensure timely completion of year end audit in accordance with HQ guidlines. •Ensure compliance with all Donors who fund programmes specifically : a)Ensure timesheets are maintained and up to date for all staff b)Maintain complete donor files as recommended by HQ Merlin •To participate and contribute to the Grant Management Meetings as required in line with the Grant Management Guidelines. •Finance filing and archiving to be organised for ease of access and identification for donor, annual external, internal and revenue audits. FCs must ensure there is a system of tracking for the temporary removal of voucher and other documents from their original file be it for staff or audit. Technical Leadership •I was also involved for the implementation and improvement of financial procedure for OXFAM, MERLIN and GOAL. •Provide technical support to the Country finance director while working with Merlin plus also support to field staff in GOAL operational areas. •Frequent visit to the field countries plus field areas of other INGOS •I was also involved for the review of grant agreement and tracing of funds with the donors. Human Resource Management •I was also the in charge of HR & IT where I was responsible for the recruitment, filing management, induction and HR policies and management for Oxfam and GOAL project. •I was also responsible for the management of management of my two team. Core accounting & Audit and compliances. •Capacity building of finance and non finance teams in the field. Working with other department •I was also involved as a SMT member and close link with Programmes for BVA and discussion of over/under spent. •Contributing to the finance department’s annual planning process and working with the finance department to ensure that the agreed objectives in the annual plan are completed. •Work closely with the Head of Internal Audit to provide information they require to carry out their audits, do the audit planning and bring to their attentions issues of concern or interest. Achievements: •Programme finance resource management. •Ability to handle as an in charge diverse accounting assignments •Exceptional ability to learn and adapt to the continuous revisions of IFRS and international standards on auditing (’s) and local statutory regulations •High integrity, proactive and good interpersonal skills •Exceptional team and client relationship management skills •Ability to meet goals and deadlines Other Achievements: •I prepared and run over all Merlin, and GOAL BVA on vision excel. •Issued first in country Finance Manual for GOAL Uganda
Regional Financial Accountant
July 2007 - March 2011
Management of Accounts: •Review all posting on the ledger to ensure that the support documentation is consistent with the financial requirement and correctly authorized •Production of ad hoc financial reports as required. • Guide staff on their daily duties and reviewing their reports. •Facilitation of end month / Periodic closure routines i.e. Accrual, Prepayments, Contingencies, Multicurrency valuations and Administration fee distribution •Preparation Financial statements and Management reports. Liaison with external auditors and responding to all audit queries. Conduct internal audits for field locations and guide field finance officers. Ensuring appropriate financial controls are implemented. Reconciling reports to donor requirements Budgets and Monitoring: •Review (and in some cases approve) programme budgets prior to proposal submission to the donors including liaising with the programmes team to advise of any issues arising and ensure that the programme proposal •correlates with the budget; •Review (and in some cases approve) financial reports prior to submission to the donors to ensure they are a true and fair reflection of the financial position of the grant •Analyze and interpret financial information from the country programmes for key stakeholders, both regionally and in the UK. •Financial analysis of income and expenditure actual expenditure against budget and presenting to project managers, identifying issues affecting performance •Coordinate the completion of timely and accurate budget. Revision & proposal budget ECHO, EC, OFDA, DFID, AUSAID ETC. •Budgets review ensuring they been have submitted budget in time and appropriate detail. Donor Reports & Grant Management: •Timely Submission of all Internal and External reports of ECHO, EU, USAID, OFDA, IRISH AID, SIDA, DFID and all other major donors. •Carefully monitor all grants and chasing of funds with the Donors. Donor Compliances & Audit •Monitor country programme progress on the implementation of internal and external audit recommendations, providing support where needed. •Interface between the country programmes and the UK, actively promoting effective co-ordination and communication on financial issues, as well as encouraging and supporting open communication between country programmes both intra- and inter-regionally. •Support country programmes in developing and maintaining a risk mitigation strategy. •Support regional and country programme strategy development, providing input from a financial perspective. Support financial decision-making processes, both in the UK and at senior management team level in the country programmes. •Support the development and maintenance of efficient financial management and partner support systems in country programmes, ensuring these operate in compliance with organizational financial policies as well as with statutory requirements. •Develop the capacity of country programmes in planning, budgeting, and re forecasting, to ensure that accurate and timely information is available for key stakeholders. •Maintain an overview of contracts managed in country programmes, working with the Programme Funding Team to help ensure compliance with donor requirements. •Support the preparation and monitoring of the budget, process invoices, and provide variance analyses for the Regional Team. •Forecasting income operation costs and periodically updating depending on changes
Management Accountant
Kwik Talk Communication
March 2005 - April 2007
•Responsible to prepare all Sales and Purchase ledger. •Managed all budgets and process new budgets in the system. •Deals with all cash forecast and Cash Flow statement. •Prepare Final Statement and interpret on the financial statement. •Prepare VAT return of purchasing and sales. •Process Payroll of all staff. •Manage Inventory and all fixed Assets. •Responsible to manage all outstanding claim and payments of suppliers and Customers. •Preparation of cost analysis for management
Finance and Admin Manager
Oxfam Gb
January 2002 - February 2005
In Finance: •Maintain systems and controls to ensure the efficiency, integrity and risk management of the Oxfam GB operations.. •Preparation of accurate and timely monthly imprest (Financial Record) via People soft and transmission of supporting documents to the CFM/RMC/MA, along preparation of yearly management accounts. •Monitor appropriate procedures and controls for audit and risk management for the Oxfam GB financial activities incorporating all relevant policies and financial system requirements, coordinated for external audit of Oxfam GB and for various donor projects for EC, ECHO, UNICEF, Dubai Care, and Oxfam Novib. •Liaison with Bank for efficient funds management and with local Govt. to fulfill all statutory requirements for law of the land. •Implement a satisfactory and well-controlled sub office finance function. Managing and training finance staff for five field offices of Oxfam GB Grant Management: •Participate in the review of the various project proposals sent by the programme teams before their submission to the donors, particularly in respect of the pertinence of the budgets accompanying these projects. •Coordinate the completion of timely and accurate budget. Revision & proposal budget ECHO, EC, OFDA, DFID, AUSAID ETC. •Liaison with program staff for in time and accurate completion to various donor reports (EC, ECHO, Oxfam Novib, DFID, CIDA, Dubai Care etc). Partner Management: •Organize, control and supervise that Oxfam’s project partners submit accurate & timely financial reports and compliance with donor requirements. •Assist in the setting up of reliable financial management systems at the various provinces for all national partners in the countries. These systems should allow adequate application of the accounting procedures used by Oxfam, the executing Agency of the Programme. •Monitoring and evaluation visits to all Oxfam partners to ensure appropriate implementation of all of its projects funded by various donors. •Train/Retrain Oxfam partners teams for Administrative & Financial procedures and, perform financial review missions to control imprest accounts of Oxfam projects; Admin & Logistics: •Support & supervise to support teams and ensure that the office runs smoothly and all project procurements and administrative support works efficiently and as per regulations. •Perform Fixed Assets responsible functions by handling the Management of the Programme's Assets •Managing a number of international and national staff and support them in the management of their teams. Highlighting the needs and possibilities for staff learning and development opportunities.
Desired Employment
Deputy Care Home Manager
Care Assistant Jobs
Position Type:
Full Time
Desired Travel:
100% travel
Willing to relocate?
Desired Locations:
Mexico City
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Work Authorization:
United Kingdom
Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan
Masters Degree (or Equivalent)
January 1998 - April 2003
University of Punjab
Bachelors Degree (or Equivalent)
May 1995 - December 1997
Zeeshan's Resumes