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Finance Officer Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 

Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. 

Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individuals to take up the following positions:

Assistant Finance Officer

Location: Nairobi and Eldoret

Program / Department Summary: The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Kenya including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance. 

The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures. 

In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
General Position Summary: Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Senior Financial Reporting Officer and Finance Director, the Assistant Finance Officer will assist in the processing and recording of payment transactions in timely and accurate manner.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Maintain custody of the office cash fund and make daily payments of approved transactions
  • Prepare cash payment vouchers and ensure that all cash transactions are fully and properly documented
  • Review expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment
  • Perform daily cash count with the Finance Officer
  • Record payment vouchers daily in the Navigator Financial Accounting System
  • Maintain the uncleared cash advance file and prepare past due advance tracker for the Senior Finance R. Officer
  • Assist Finance Officer in Preparing cheques or wire transfer requests based on fully approved documents and present to approved cheque-signers for review and signature.
  • Record payments made daily in the Navigator Accounting System
  • Prepare photocopies of vouchers and other supporting documents as required for the monthly reporting package to HQ Finance.
  • File all cash and bank batch vouchers and maintain voucher filing system such that files are updated, complete and safeguarded
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
  • Reports Directly To: Senior Financial Reporting Officer
  • Works Directly With: Nairobi Finance Team, Field Finance Team, Operations & Program Team
Knowledge and Experience:
  • One or more years of bookkeeping, banking or cashiering experience
  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field is desirable.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Accuracy in the processing of cash transactions, mathematical aptitude and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
Success Factors:
A clear understanding of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. 

A high level of personal integrity, honesty and transparency in all cash handling is absolutely essential. 

The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required. 

A demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before August 29, 2014 at 4.00 p.m. a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to

Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject; the position and location they are applying for e.g “ASSISTANT FINANCE OFFICER-ELDORET”. 

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. Please do not attach any certificates.

(ONLY Qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted)

NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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