Apply by April 19
Apply by April 19

About the Role:

The successful candidates will join CfA’s small core management team in the Secretariat that is responsible for all financial and payroll systems that support our 100+ full-time staff and multi-million dollar project portfolio to achieve their best potential.

As the Finance Controller, you will report directly to the Deputy CFO. You will be responsible for implementing CfA’s financial policies and financial systems, ensuring processes and procedures run smoothly, and that your team diligently manages the organisation’s resources. You will also be primarily responsible for drafting donor financial forecasts and reports, and will assist the Deputy CFO with the drafting of monthly management financial reports. 


Your daily responsibilities will include:

  • Assist the preparation and timely issuance of timely and clear budgets, financial forecasts, monthly/quarterly statements, partner/donor financial reports and annual audits.
  • Monitor and track the progress of project activity deliverables to budgets. 
  • Advise the Finance team with insights/recommendations on potential changes to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Oversee working capital and cash flow management, including reporting cash forecasts. 
  • Assess and manage any third-party partners/vendors to which accounting or other finance functions have been outsourced.
  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Assess and maintain appropriate internal control safeguards.
  • Mentor the existing finance team as well as oversee and manage their overall performance
  • Proactively drive fiscal literacy amongst CfA managers, to improve institutional management of financial systems and resources.
  • Proactively manage vendor and partner/donor relationships and expectations, with clear communication and robust records.


Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelors’ degree in accounting, MBA and/or CPA a plus
  • At least five (5) years of managerial experience in a finance function
  • Proven financial analysis and financial reporting ability
  • Sound understanding and prior experience of working within an international NGO
  • Proven experience and ability to provide support, guidance and training to financial and non-financial colleagues
  • Proficiency in accounting software and office practices
  • Experience in multi-currency accounting
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines with good prioritisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work with minimal instruction in a teamwork environment
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong organisational, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • High professional standards and ethics

Preferred: candidates who are able to demonstrate the following will have an advantage:

  • 5 – 10 years of managerial experience in a finance function
  • Experience of working in cross-cultural and complex environments
  • Experience working in a digital-first environment (i.e. proficiency Google Suit, Xero, Slack and other digital platforms)

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal or South Africa. Exceptional candidates from elsewhere in Africa will be considered.
  • Languages: English
  • Preferred but not required: Arabic, French, KiSwahili or any other major language spoken in Africa.

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