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Finance Manager Job in Western Kenya

Industry: Nonprofit / International Development / Agriculture / Microfinance

 Finance & Management

 One Acre Fund

Job Location: Western Kenya

 Long Term Career Position

Organization Description

One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential.

One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access.

Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre. We are growing quickly. In five years, we have grown to serve 70,000 farm families with more than 500 full-time field staff.

Job Description 

We are seeking a
 Finance Manager to play a key role in our organization, by developing our financial tracking, analysis, and decision-making abilities to improve the financial sustainability of One Acre Fund Kenya. 

The Finance Manager must be a quick learner that will be able to train, motivate, and lead a group of bookkeepers and treasurers (currently 12 staff, and increasing), who account for our revenues, expenses, inventory, and cash flow.

The Finance Manager must proactively diagnose problems, brainstorm improvements and solutions, and lead and manage the implementation of those solutions.

Primary Duties of a Finance Manager

Train and Manage Finance Staff:
 You will train and manage the performance of 12+ members comprising of the OAF Finance Team. You will host monthly trainings, provide individualized feedback, and improve OAF Finance Team’s capacities and capabilities.

Execute Monthly Books Closing:
 Each month, district bookkeepers and treasurers submit monthly revenues and expenses to HQ, for compilation. You will conduct organization-wide revenue and cash reconciliations each month, check expense descriptions and coding, and close monthly books in a timely manner.

Assist with Budget vs Actual (BVA) Analysis:
 You will work with the Finance Associate, and Finance Director to analyze and compare actual revenues and expenses compared to budget, and determine areas where we can improve operational efficiencies to reduce costs, and improve financial sustainability.

Create and Deliver Reports –
 You will be responsible for preparing and submitting timely and relevant internal financial documents, external financial documents, and all applications and submissions to relevant external authorities, as required.

Set and Achieve Targets –
 You will be given a number of projects intended to improve the Finance Team, or One Acre Fund’s financial sustainability. You will manage and execute these projects from start to finish, b
y working with other staff.

Collaborate with Other Managers and Teams –
 To achieve and improve financial health for One Acre Fund, the Finance Manager must work with District Field Directors, HQ Managers, the Internal Auditors, and international staff. The ability to be a team player is crucial in this role.

Lead by Example, Solve Problems –
 One Acre Fund needs decisive leadership on their finance team. You will lead by example by setting high standards of performance, integrity, and teamwork. You will continually improve systems, policies and procedures, and identify existing problems, and anticipate future ones.

If you have these skills and experiences in these areas, please highlight them on y
our cover letter and resume.

Career Growth and Development:
 One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.


We are seeking exceptional professionals with minimum of five years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for sustainable agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

We are looking for extraordinary candidates that are proactive; please only apply if you fit these criteria:

  • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience in financial institutions, or in finance departments of companies, or NGOs.
  • Leadership experience: Experience managing people and teams in or outside of work.
  • Proactively diagnose and solve problems
  • Strong comfort with numerical analysis
  • Strong computer skills: Ability to create reports and tools in Word and Excel; fast typing speed (20+ wpm); quick to learn and operate other software (i.e., Access)
  • Proven ability to set and meet targets on the job
  • Clear communicator/mentor
  • Top-performing undergraduate degree in business, economics, finance, accounting, or other relevant fields from a recognized University (please include grades and test scores on your resume)
  • Integrity and a Positive Attitude
  • Demonstrates high quality work with a strong attention to detail
  • A willingness to commit to living in Western Province or Nyanza for a long term position
  • Language: Fluent in Kiswahili and English Required.
  • Passionate about serving smallholder farmers
Preferred Start Date: January 8, 2012

 Competitive Salary with Performance Based Incentives

 NSSF and NHIF, airtime and small transportation allowances

Career development:
 Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for receiving applications is on or before the 21/12/2011

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to (Subject line: Finance Manager + the place you heard of the position).

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