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Finance Officer Job in Kenya

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. 

We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads. 

With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary

The Finance Officer will be responsible for financial, sub-grant and administrative functions according to the regulations, policies and procedures of donors, the Kenyan government and the organization in support of Freedom House’s programs in the region. 

This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and reports to the Project Director, Sudan.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, economics, or related field 
  • Minimum 6 - 8 years of experience with grants compliance monitoring 
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word 
  • Prior experience working with NGO accounting in a fast paced finance department 
  • Prior experience working with the financial and grant compliance aspect of sub-grant programs 
  • Knowledge of Kenyan accounting and financial laws 
  • Knowledge of USG financial and reporting requirements 
  • Knowledge of all accounting principles, GAAP, and automated accounting systems 
  • Ability to analyze financial information efficiently and accurately 
  • Ability to effectively write reports, maintain documentation, and complete required forms 
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Some Duties and Responsibilities
  • Act as liaison with Freedom House headquarters finance and program staff on finance and grant compliance issues 
  • Maintain the integrity and ensure accuracy of all financial data including reviewing and posting entries to General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable 
  • In coordination with the Senior Finance Officer (SFO) and headquarters program and finance staff, oversee the financial and grant compliance component of sub-grant programs including assessment of sub-grant applications, assisting in creation of sub-grant documentation and monitoring of financial reporting 
  • Conduct financial analysis and prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports and statements 
  • Assist with monitoring cash flow and managing Freedom House’s financial status 
  • Ensure all accounting records and systems are in compliance with funder requirements as well as requirements of Kenyan government 
  • Ensure compliance with programmatic objectives, financial obligations and reporting requirements according to grant agreements 
  • Assist with preparation of an annual audit required by local authorities 
  • Assist with the effective functioning of the office support systems including negotiations with the landlord, vendors and other service providers in the most cost effective manner 
  • Assist with maintaining internal controls to ensure compliance with financial policies and procedures 
  • Other related duties as assigned.
How to apply: 

Qualified and Interested applicants 

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to: or fax at (202) 822-3893, 

Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2012-103 FO Kenya. 

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing date:  25 Nov 2012

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