2. Critical steps in financial management in an emergency


  • Ensure the financial structure and staff capacity is adequate to meet emergency demands.
  • Ensure internal controls are in place for accountable financial management.
  • Manage cash and cash equivalents to ensure safe and accountable control of cash, and ensure cash flow is adequate for operational requirements of the emergency response programme.
  • Implement appropriate controls and procedures for cash disbursements, including cash floats, petty cash funds, travel advances and any use of cash facilitators.
  • Ensure effective management of contracts and grants, including tracking of funding portfolio, management of cash budgets, compliance with donor regulations, expenditure reporting and internal audit.
  • Support budget development and management for emergency response programmes, in particular to ensure that CO recovery policies are applied and donor budgets are accurate.