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Finance Intern Job in Kenya

Save the Children

Job Title: Finance Intern
Team / Programme: Support Services

Location: Wajir
Grade: Post Type: National 
Contract Length: 3 Months
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: The Finance intern will provide Finance related support to the Wajir Area Office Finance team and other members of staff in the area Office. 

Scope of Role: 

Reports to: Finance and Awards Officer

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$20 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None
  • Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
  • Leading and Inspiring Others: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve goals for our children.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Innovating and Adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in an ever – changing, uncertain work and global environment.
  • Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and Influence, Promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.
Main Responsibilities:
  • Prepare all cash payments/receipts by recording details on SC vouchers, ensuring prior approval by the budget holder.
  • Maintain cash balances according to the field office finance guidelines and advise the Finance Officer of any cash requirements.
  • Maintain the field office financial spread sheets and ensure all coding is in line with in country coding structure and programme budgets.
  • Carry out weekly and monthly cash counts with senior managers
  • Issues floats to staff as required ensuring that the proper authorization by the relevant line manager is approved and that floats are reconciled according to the finance guidelines.
  • Ensure proper documentation and filing of all finance documents ensuring good audit trail
  • Must be aware of and follow the programme budget and the donors allocation before committing any expenditures,
  • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the Finance Officer or Area Programme Manager.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, code of conduct, fraud, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
Person Specification
  • Bachelors of Commerce degree in Accounting /Finance or equivalent will be an added advantage
  • Excellent computer skills especially in MS Excel and MS Word.
  • High level of integrity and ability to work as part of a professional team
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence to work with limited direct support.
  • Ability to work under high pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational and time management skills to be able to manage priorities within own workload, identify deadlines and cope with conflicting demands under pressure
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills, with ability to devise appropriate systems and solutions
  • A flexible approach to working and ability to take the initiative where appropriate.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send the applications before or on 15th January 2016 to while stating the position they are applying for in the subject line of the email. 

Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

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