Regional Finance Manager

Location: International
Position Location: Africa


Position: Regional Finance Manager

Location: Ideally Nairobi (Kenya) with frequent travel to the Africa Offices.

Reports To: Regional Director and technical to the Finance Field Director or Chief Financial Officer in his/her absence


Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI France and RI-Europe.  Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure. 

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Under supervision if the Regional Director, with technical of the Finance Field Director, provides leadership and coordination in the administrative, accounting, financial reporting and budgeting processes of RI’s Regional overseas program offices to implement, maintain and improve financial management systems, policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with RI Country Finance staff to implement, improve and maintain financial management policies, systems, structures, and procedures including procurements and expenditures, inventory, requisition and record keeping system.
  • Works within or travels frequently within the Africa Region to provide training, leadership, oversight and direction to RI’s Country finance staff in order to enhance and develop overseas country national finance staff capabilities within a growing and expanding organization. 
  • Receive ongoing financial summaries from country offices in the region; check them for accuracy and compliance, and input to RI Global main Finance Center.
  • Coordinate and compile with overseas –country finance staff, all projects monthly financial reports, statements and special analyses for submission to RI Global Finance.
  • Coordinate consolidation of regional monthly transactions
  • Prepare/review donor reports for in Country submissions
  • Closely coordinate consolidation with country program manager and directors in the region in order to participate in all major program procurement bidding and vendor selection process in sites. Ensure that vendor selection complies with RI, donor and audit procurement requirements.
  • Ensure that financial records and back up documentation in all regional overseas-countries are ready for internal and external audits.
  • Serve as primary liaison relative to the regional finance issues during the fiscal year including audit preparation, audit and post audit time.
  • Work closely with overseas country directors and program Managers in the region to monitor project budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Work closely with RI global finance in the preparation of US government, EU and other international donor agency grant and contract reports for submission to the donors.
  • Respond to internal audit demands from IAIA and RI global support departments as these arise.
  • Provide support to IAIA in finding corrective response to audit findings uncovered through self-audit checklists, investigations, IAIA staff field visits, and external auditor reports.
  • Travel to field locations and assist IAIA with country based risk assessment and internal audit reviews as required.
  • Track US and field auditors and follow up on preparation progress ad results in accordance with Finance Field Director’s guidance.
  • Support capacity – building for field finance team’s financial responsibilities based on survey results, risk assessments field visits, and otherwise identified troubleshooting needs.
  • Perform other duties, assignments, and/or projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Minimum education; prefer a bachelor degree in accounting
  • Chartered accountant or CPA equivalent preferred
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience at a senior finance level in NGO or non-profit organizations and familiarity with international donor agencies and governments grants administration
  • Previous INGO overseas experience as in-country finance officer or manager highly desirable
  • Complete familiarity with Quick box accounting software’s. Experience with SUN financial software desirable.
  • Strong leadership ability and interpersonal skills and the ability to train and motivate others is a must; as are outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel widely in the Middle East region and/or regionally
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Proficient with computer applications to include but not limits to Microsoft Excel, outlook, accounting software’s, etc.
  • Ability to travel in all RI Africa operational areas is a key requirement for this role

RI Values: 

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by July 10 , 2020. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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