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Patras Yaqoob
Finance Professional , NGOs
COLUMBIA, United States
Areas of Expertise: Support Annual Budgeting, Accounting, developed and managed Cash flow, Procurement, Budget Monitoring, Reporting, Internal Controls, Staff Management, Staff Training, Accounting Policies and Procedures design and implementation, project closeouts, Taxes, reviewed and analyzed financial statements. Risk Management and oversee insurance and renewals coverage etc.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
Professional Experience:
Years of experience: More than 18 years’ experience in Finance and Accounting for more than 5 years’ experience in International NGOs Financial Management
Locations: Experience in financial management in social conflict and post-conflict countries (Chad, Yemen, Liberia, Pakistan, and South Africa)
Donors: More than 5 Years’ experience managing grants and cooperative agreements with grantors/donors like USAID/OFDA/FFP, WFP, EC, EU, UNHCR, UNDP, AfDB, WB, UNICEF, and Swiss Cooperation.
Areas of Expertise: Support Annual Budgeting, Accounting, developed and managed Cash flow, Procurement, Budget Monitoring, Reporting, Internal Controls, Staff Management, Staff Training, Accounting Policies and Procedures design and implementation, project closeouts, Taxes, reviewed and analyzed financial statements. Risk Management and oversee insurance and renewals coverage etc.
Sectors: Experienced financial manager of projects in different sectors including Education, Health, Food Security, Construction, Assets/Cash Transfers, WASH and Agriculture.
Leadership: Practical leadership style with solid experience supervising finance teams. Active and committed team member of leading international teams. Great analytical skills, attention to detail, ability to work effectively under time pressure, a high level of problem-solving skills and the ability to influence and collaborate with the senior program, finance, and program support staff. A team player and a very proactive individual with the ability to offer guidance on systems and structures, prioritization, experience in managing change.
• Leadership and capacity building: Lead annual budgeting sessions and project budgeting; Managed the Finance department teams at the country office including three field offices; trained financial and non-financial staff on ADRA policies and procedures; conducted regular performance employee appraisals.
• Financial Management: Ensured that policies and procedures were in place and in use; monitored managed cash flow and maintaining banking relationships; budget implementation; analyzed monthly financial reports highlighting out-of-line situations and applying corrective actions where necessary; provided current, relevant financial information to internal and external users.
• Accounting, Audit and Compliance: Set up SunPlus accounting system; verified and approve financial transactions; overseeing monthly closing of the books; ensured that all general ledger accounts were reconciled monthly; ensured financial reporting was in accordance with donor and government regulations and GAAP; ensured tax compliance; responded to internal and external audits; responsible for scanning the environment for possible fraud and loss, conduct annual closeout of books and preparation of annual financial statements for the board. Maintain an effective tracking system of programs and affiliate financial activity. Monitor actual to budget trends and work with program managers to identif
Education:
Master of International Development Administration, Entrepreneurship – Microfinance FEB 2015
Research Project - Ongoing
Andrews University, MI, USA

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accountancy May 1998
US Educational Equivalence: Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting
Pakistan Adventist Seminary & College, Pakistan

Certificate of Business Administration May 1996
Pakistan Adventist Seminary & College, Pakistan

Affiliations and Achievements:
Professional Training

SDA Treasurers training. Accra, Ghana. 2013 (GCAS and GC)
USAID Rules and Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements, Kenya, 2014 (InsideNGO)
Procurement Planning and Execution of USAID Grants, Kenya, 2014 (InsideNGO)
Practical Financial Management for NGOs (MANGO Training, Kenya, 2014
Finance, Leadership, and Management (ADRA International) Kenya, 2015
Management Orientation Workshop MOW, Mexico 2015
Planning for Financial Sustainability (Mango) 2015
InsideNGO Annual Conference, USA 2016

SKILLS/LANGUAGES/GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE:

• PACKAGES: Windows, NT, 2010, MS FrontPage, PowerPoint, Word & Excel, E-mail, Internet, Hardware & Software Installation, Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Wordpress website design.

• ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE: PASTEL Administrator level, Sun Accounting Administrator level, AAA accounting system, Quick Books Pro Desktop – 2015 Nonprofit edition.

• LANGUAGES: Punjabi (Mother Tongue) Urdu (Fluent) English (fluent), Hindi (fluent), Spanish (basic) working knowledge of French

• GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE: South East Asia, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Central Africa and North America

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, understanding French
    Nationality:
    Pakistan
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