ElGhossain Saja

Saja ElGhossain


Name:Saja ElGhossain
Address:Al Saraya, Gaza Strip, Palestine Territory


12.2016 - present

Catholic Relief Services

Assistant Finance & Compliance Officer

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Monitor 7 partners (Save Youth Future Society, El Amal, Life & Hope, Palestinian Organization for Development, Ajyal, Basma, Bayader) each with one grant or more through monthly visits, reviewing their expenses and supporting documents making sure documents are complete, accurate and in compliance with CRS & donor’s regulations, make recommendations and ensure they are implemented for transparency and audit purposes.
  • Held Partner Assessments and Internal Control Improvement Plans through regular visits.
  • Capacity Building for partners in financial and procurement matters as well as MS Office.
  • Review partners’ advances as well as CRS payments ensuring they are supported with complete and healthy documents.
  • Working with programme team on budgets for CRS & partners, budget reallocations and amendments.
  • Using SunSystem for report extraction and data analysis.
  • Identify gaps and risk opportunities in systems of CRS and partners, create solutions and practice them.
  • Working with Jerusalem Finance staff to close Month End in addition to different tasks.

Main Achievements:


  • Trained Partners and CRS staff on excel and how to use it as programme and finance for more accuracy and efficiency.
  • Gave them a session about Fraud and how to avoid it.
  • Created a procurement system for partners based on their procurement manual, where the process is automated for easier more accurate process using VBA Excel.
  • Created Master data base for partners expenses and different CRS projects which is now the core to reviewing all related payments.
  • Created Manuals & Checklists for some projects.
09.2014 - 09.2016

Oxfam GB

Finance Assistant
  • Working on/ reviewing Cashbooks, payments, supporting documents, budget codes, vouchers, cheques, bank letters, Zero VAT letters, petty cash, floats & expense claims.
  • Month & Year End procedures (Cash, Bank & Staff Reconciliations, End of Contract, Medical Levy, Payroll, Salary Slips, Cash Counts, Monthly/Yearly Financial Reports).
  • Closing balance sheet accounts on a Monthly/Yearly basis.
  • Creating Journals, extracting ledgers from peopleSoft.
  • Reviewing assets & inventory lists.
  • Auditing & supporting partners with financial/logitsical issues as well as excel if needed.
  • Donor reporting, budget phasing and budget formulation.
05.2014 - 08.2014

Development Alternatives Incorporation

Admin & Finance Assistant
  • Fill grantees applications on TAMIS/ Lotus Notes & update trackers.
  • Follow up Clients’ grants statuses.
  • Responsible for petty cash, procurement & logistics.
  • Maintain inventory of office supplies.
  • Data collection & entry for office
03.2014 - 05.2014

Islamic Relief France

  • Data Entry, calculations of stock’s products, auditing, tracking & contacting delivery co. for delivering products.
  • Working on Cashbooks, bankbooks, cash counts, cash projections, petty cash, payroll.
  • Auto maintenance tracking, fixed assets tracking.
  • Created an excel system using VBA directly linked bank books with
  • vouchers, expedite financial Process and make it more efficient
06.2013 - 11.2013

Oxfam GB

Finance Assistant
  • Working on/ reviewing Cashbooks, payments, supporting documents, budget codes, vouchers, cheques, bank letters, Zero VAT letters, petty cash, floats & expense claims.
  • Auditing partners MA’AN/WFP, UCAS – UAWC/ DANIDA.
  • Month End procedures (Cash, Bank & Staff Reconciliations, EOC, Medical Levy, Payroll, Salary Slips, Cash Counts).
  • Ticking paid shops bimonthly on SAHTEIN (WFP website).
  • Reviewing assets & inventory lists
11.2010 - 11.2011

Gaza Community for Mental Health Programme...

Finance & Procurement Assistant
  • Performed physical count of assets & inventory from field visits to final reporting (A-Z).
  • Performed Petty Cash Procedures, cheques, Receipt Voucher, Payment Voucher, Daily Cash Flow, procurement and price bids procedures.
  • Computerized procurement procedures on Excel.
  • Revised student loans report.
  • Archived and audited files.

Education , Qualifications and Training

07.2009 - 10.2009


Training Course at Unit One

Al Remal, Al Lulu Building, Gaza, Palestine

Details of Other (Relevant) Training Courses

International Courses
  • Currently studying for The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants-ACCA degree.


  • Took many international courses with CRS & Oxfam in finance related topics during my work
  • Fraud
  • Financial Management
  • Partnership
  • Donor Reporting
  • Budget Creation
  • Propack
  • Project Cycles
  • Internal Controls
  • Audit
  • Financial Systems
  • Anti-Bribery – Anti-Corruption Compliance.

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