Reporting Directly to the
Country Director, as a member of the shared leadership team, the position
holder will collaborate closely with the regional leadership team and
Headquarters’ finance team to co-create finance solutions for the country
The role will lead
strategic finance management, risk management, reporting, budget, and asset
management. Additionally, the role will ensure finance operational excellence
and standards by Heifer policies and international accounting standards. The
role will ensure proactive periodic Finance Internal Audits and lead effective
External Audit processes in line with Heifer Finance Audit guidelines. The
position will be responsible for leading, coaching & developing a
high-performing finance team.
Duties & Responsibilities
Financial Management (35%)
Take a lead role in financial planning,
budgeting, and forecasting, aligning these activities with strategic
objectives to achieve long-term sustainability.
Lead the development of in-country
Finance strategy & annual plans through a collaborative process.
Proactively assess and address the
country office’s financial sustainability, monitor and provide advice for
revising financial plans and forecasting budgets.
Provide strategic analysis and
interpretation of finances, highlighting key areas for improvement to
support informed decision-making.
Act as a customer-focused business
partner by establishing and maintaining proactive links with country and
project “partners” to advise on all aspects of finance management.
Collaborate with project managers and
teams in proposal development, alignment of financial resources with
programmatic goals, monitoring budget execution, and identifying
opportunities for cost optimization.
Monitoring & delivering Burn Rates
targets in a nimble & agile way.
Financial Control and Risk
Proactive management of all financial
functions and controls, internal and external auditing, and development of
risk management plans.
Oversee adherence to financial policies,
accounting standards, and regulatory requirements, fostering a culture of
transparency, accountability, and ethical financial practices.
Implement comprehensive risk management
strategies, identifying and assessing financial risks and proactively
developing mitigation plans to safeguard assets and maintain financial
Conduct regular reviews and assessments
of the organization’s tax position to ensure full compliance with
Proactively stay abreast with changes in
regulatory requirements and industry best practices, and advise changes
required to uphold high compliance standards.
Spearheaded the internal and external
audits, working closely with external auditors and implementing audit
recommendations for continuous improvement.
Financial Reporting (20%)
Ensure accurate accounting and reporting
of all awards, grants, and donor funds.
Manage the preparation and presentation
of financial reports to key organization stakeholders providing insights
and recommendations to support informed decisions.
Oversee donor compliance, managing
awards and grants, including preparation of financial reports and
documentation required for donor reporting and audit.
Ensure timely closure of books of
accounts and donor reports.
Team Leadership, Coaching and
Foster a culture of customer focus and
continuous improvement within the finance team, encouraging proactiveness
and innovation in financial processes and reporting.
Provide coaching and guidance to the
finance team, promoting professional development and building a
high-performing and accountable finance department.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting,
Management Accounting, Business Administration, or related field and a
master’s degree in a plus.
At least 15 – 20 years of related
experience and 8 years in a senior management role.
CPAK or ACCA finalist, and a member of
Experience in a donor-funded
international development environment with compliance requirements of the
U.S. government and institutional funders for international development,
such as USAID, EU, IFAD, DFID, mega-foundations, and others.
Demonstrated experience to lead and
manage a team.
Most Critical Proficiencies
Strategic thinker with the ability to
drive financial initiatives that align with organizational
Excellent communication and
interpersonal skills, with the ability to present complex financial
information to diverse audiences.
Strong leadership and team management
Ability to work in a matrix
Ability to capacity build diverse
managers and teams including finance and non-finance staff.
Proficiency in the local country’s
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Fiscal Statutes, and
Payroll Management Statutes.
How To Apply