SARO Regional Finance Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

Catholic Relief Services

SARO Regional Finance Manager

Organization Catholic Relief Services

Note: Expected start date for this position is October 1, 2024, and is subject to availability of funds.

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

You ensure a high level of resource stewardship, strict financial accountability and financial risk management while ensuring the effectiveness and robustness of Country Programs (CPs) covered by the Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) and relevant partners’ financial management systems, processes, and practices in support of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You anticipate and manage financial management services needs and delivery challenges, and identify and implement improvement solutions, as needed, to minimize CPs and partners’ exposure to financial risk.

The Finance Manager will work across Southern Africa and supporting the following countries: Madagascar, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho and Mozambique, with potential additional countries as needed throughout the Southern African region.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Develop and manage financial processes in accordance with policies and provide proactive service delivery, advice, and support to managers, staff, and subrecipients in relation to managing the whole project cycle (Design, Start-up, Implementation, Close-out), ensuring efficiency and compliance with CRS’ policies and procedures, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements.

Provide direction and coordination of effective budget development and management (Annual Program Plans and project budgets), ensuring accuracy and consistency of financial data and safeguarding of resources.

Ensure integrity of accounting information by reviewing account issues for compliance and establishing quality control over accounting transactions and financial reporting. Oversee maintenance of supporting documentation for a reliable and easy to follow audit trail.

Support CPs as needed to prepare budgets and various sections of the cost proposal as well as review sub-grant/subcontract budgets and cost proposal materials prior to submission to the donor.

Lead the preparation of accurate financial data, analysis and projections and support the Senior Management Team and Program/Project Managers in interpreting data for decision-making and effectively managing financial risks.

Lead finance trainings for finance and for non-finance staff in SARO.

Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.

Oversee the performance of accurate reporting procedures and timely submission of reports to relevant stakeholders (CP managers, Regional Office, HQ/Finance, donors, local government entities).

Lead assessment of staff and subrecipients’ financial management capacity, ensure capacity strengthening on finance policies and regulations, as needed, and monitor and measure impact.

Lead efforts to close audit financial management findings in a timely and sustainable way.

Fill in for Finance Managers when on leave and as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications

B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent). MBA or Master’s degree in related field with a focus on Accounting preferred. A professional certification in Accounting or a related field highly preferred.

Minimum of five years’ experience in a similar position, preferably with an International NGO.

Additional education may substitute for some experience.

Required Languages – Excellent English and oral and written communication skills required. Proficiency in French and Portuguese is an added advantage.

Travel – The position requires up to 40% travel within the SARO region depending on need.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent analytical skills with ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

Very good planning, monitoring and organizational skills.

Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics.

Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented.

Ability to work collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations highly preferred.

Substantial budgeting, budget/expense analysis, and accounting experience.

Knowledge of local law in taxation and local regulatory reporting procedures.

Staff management experience.

Strong experience in presenting and facilitating on financial management topics.

Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of Oracle financial reporting software highly preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Regional Finance Officer, Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director/MQ, Deputy Regional Director/PQ, Country Representatives, RTA Risk Management and Compliance, RTA BD & Growth, Heads of Programming and Heads of Operation; HQ and Country Program Finance and Business Development Staff.

External: Donors, Partners, Peer Organizations and Prime Recipients.

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.

Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.

Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.

Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.

Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.

Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.

Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

Interested candidates should send their CVs

To apply for this job email your details to jobszentuthuko@yahoo.com

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