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Finance Director Vacancy - Save the Children UK

Save the Children UK is a leading international child rights organization, fighting to improve the lives of children in the UK and 50 countries around the world. Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights.

Save the Children UK in Kenya works in the North East (Dadaab, Wajir and Mandera) with Programmes in Child Protection, Nutrition, Livelihoods and Health.


We are seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Finance Director based in our Nairobi Office.

Job Purpose

To provide strategic financial leadership to the Kenya Country programme and as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) have responsibility for driving through change in the finance function, ensuring that it expands its capacity and is fit for purpose in supporting the ongoing growth of the country programme.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Lead the country finance department in delivering robust financial and grant management systems, controls and processes.
  • Champion and continuously improve internal and external compliance, ensuring non conformities reduce over time.
  • Operate as a key member of the in country SMT, providing appropriate strategic level financial advice and input to decision making.
  • Setting the standard for excellence and driving through change, ensuring the department is fully equipped to support the ongoing growth of the Country programme.
  • Fully responsible for delivery of accurate and timely internal and external reporting, will be able to demonstrate over time continual improvement in reporting standards.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic financial and grant management tools, which will provide the SMT and Regional Management Team with the appropriate level of information.
  • Lead and manage the members of the Finance department ensuring continual; professional development, training and capacity building and that the structure and roles are fit for purpose.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all SC UK resources in order to maximise value for money and ensure the security of staff.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance the Child Protection Policy.
Essential Qualifications:
  • BCom Accounting Degree (or equivalent certification and experience)
  • Recognized Accounting qualification CPA or ACCA
  • At least seven year’s progressive INGO experience culminating in a financial management position.
  • Demonstrable, detailed working knowledge of all major institutional donors.
  • Proven ability to deliver strategic level change and contribute to organisational growth.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team, including cultural sensitivity, assertiveness and negotiating skills.
  • Proven skills on managing change, achieving results, ensuring quality, team building and capacity building.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure as part of a professional team.
  • Willingness to travel to field offices occasionally
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Finance or Management
  • Overseas INGO experience
If you meet the above requirements, please send your detailed CV together with a cover letter and current contacts of three referees addressed to the Head of Human Resources, Save the Children UK, Kenya Programme jobskenya@scuk.or.ke not later than 30th April 2010.

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Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children (UK) recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal employment opportunities and the protection of children from abuse.


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