Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Director of Finance – Nutritional Project at Africare



Africare is an independent, non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life of the people in Africa. Since 1970, Africare has worked in partnership with 35 African nations to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities. Headquarters in Washington, DC with 1400 international staff working across 21 country offices, Africare is the largest non-governmental organization working exclusively in Africa. Since 1970 Africare has provided more than $ 1 billion in direct aid to Africa for agriculture and food security, health and water and sanitation program and projects.

Africare is searching for a qualified person to fill the position of Director of Finance for a USAID funded nutrition program under Feed the Future. The position will report to the Chief of Party on the implementation of the program. The Director of Finance will oversee all the financial issues and advice the CoP accordingly.

Key Responsibilities
1.0 Program Funds Management 
1.1 In coordination with Chief of Party, prepare Quarterly Funds Requests (to be submitted to CO), ensuring that the minimum amount of funds are available in-country to fully implement projects and meet all Africare’s financial engagements in timely manner.
1.2 Prepare periodic cash flow projections for the project as required by Africare CO.
1.3 Maintain financial and accounting systems and reporting as guided by the rules and regulations of USAID and Africare.
1.4 Review all invoices and payments to ascertain compliance with Africare procedures including availability of funds before seeking COP and Country Director approval.
1.5 Perform periodic reviews and certify the General Ledger, cash book, Trial balance and other pertinent reports generated in Financial accounting system by the 15th of every month in time for monthly batch dispatch to CO.
1.6 Maintain Accounts Receivable (A/R) for all program staff and ensure settlement of all cash advances within specified timeframe as per financial manual.
1.7 Prepare financial reports as per donor requirements and timeline with in addition to Africare financial formats
2.0 Budgeting and Reporting
2.1 Develop project’s Annual Operating budgets as per donor agreement and Africare guidelines.
2.2 Develop and maintain budgetary controls of expenses, in consultation with Chief of Party and Program staff.
2.3 Prepare donor billings and financial reports and submit to  donors within the agreed schedules.

3.0 Grants Management and facilitation of Audits
3.1 Oversee the facilitation and management of the sub-grant making process through Grants Manager as per Africare Grants manual, in tandem with donors’ rules and regulations on financial management. 
3.2 Prepare and  facilitate external audits as appropriate in consultation with donor requirements

4.0 General Administration
4.1 Ensure that adequate internal controls and procedures are in place, understood and adhered to.
4.2 Remain up-to-date on Government of Tanzania and Government of United States financial management and reporting requirements. 
4.3 Oversee the maintenance of an assets register.
4.4 Supervises and coordinate the work and assignments performed by the field staff including allocation and/or review of duties as appropriate from time to time.

5.0 Procurement of Goods and Services
5.1 Work closely with project’s Procurement/Logistics office to ensure procedures are complied with as specified in Africare procurement policy for goods and services.
5.2 Maintain service agreements with Africare contractors/providers of goods and services.

6.0 Representation
6.1 As a member of the Project’s senior management team, maintain good relations with Africare stakeholders including Donors, Government, collaborating partners and communities, adequately espousing Africare principles at all times. 
Observe the functions of the positions as one of the “key personnel” listed in the donor grants agreements
Qualification and competencies:
· A degree or postgraduate qualification in accounting and finance.
· CPA holder
· Experience in managing USAID funded projects is a MUST
Personal Attributes:
In addition to the above skills and qualifications, applicants are required to have the following attributes:-
· A very high level of integrity, honesty and sense of responsibility.
· Ability to work under pressure and produce expected results.
· Ability to work in a dynamic team.
· Ability to self manage, achieve results and meet deadlines.
· Willingness to work beyond the call of duty

Skills and experience
· Minimum of 5 years experience as a Senior Accountant or Finance manager preferably in the international donors.
· Experience with the NGO sector as well as handling a diverse portfolio of funds from International donors.
· Conversant with computerized accounting packages including data presentation, Excel,QUICKBOOK and MS Word.
· Proven strong analytical and problem solving capabilities.
· Must have excellent coordination, organizational and inter – personal skills.

How to Apply
Applications should include a resume and cover letter. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length) the candidate should briefly describe his or her motivation for the position and highlight relevant experience. Please include "DIRECTOR OF Finance – Nutritional Project." in the subject line.
All applications should be sent by email, Post or hand delivered to:

Human Resources Manager
Africare Tanzania
P.O.Box 63187
Dar es Salaam

Email: tanzania.vacancies@africare.org

The position and advert remain open until filled. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications that we receive, we may not be able to respond to each individual candidate.   Please respect our no phone calls policy.

Deadline: 4th Apr 2014