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Finance Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Conservation International 

Vacancy: Finance Manager

Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. 

CI’s strategy is to serve as a trusted advisor to decision makers at all levels to help societies establish healthy, sustainable economies that secure nature’s ability to provide enduring human well-being. 

We accomplish this through the four pillars of our work:
  • We innovate to identify and implement practical and effective solutions to problems. This innovation takes place throughout the organization and relates to all aspects of CI’s work including science, field implementation, policy, markets, partnerships, etc.
  • We promote healthy, sustainable economies to achieve those impacts
  • We demonstrate these impacts throughout CI geographies
  • We work through global agents of change, the major partners that help us amplify and achieve global impact
Conservation International’s Africa & Madagascar Field Division Office in Nairobi, is seeking a highly motivated individual for the following position:

Finance Manager
Location: Kenya - Nairobi
Job Code: 813
# of openings: 1

 The Finance / Accounting Manager is responsible for generating financial reports, data and analysis needed in a variety of operational decisions. 

Working within a department, division or program, s/he ensures the smooth operations of financial functions and compliance with CI’s financial and /or donor reporting policies and requirements. 

In field programs, the Finance/Accounting Manager typically oversees the efficient management of a variety of accounting, finance and payroll functions as assigned.

The Finance/Accounting Manager generates standard and ad-hoc financial reports and ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial information.

S/he oversees internal and donor financial reporting processes including managing the budget, revenue and cash projections, donor financial compliance and audit follow-up.

The Finance/Accounting Manager serves as the primary point of contact for cost center managers regarding financial processes and reporting. 

S/he works closely with division and HQ finance staff to ensure financial best practices are followed.

As directed, the Finance/Accounting Manager provides ad-hoc analysis and forecasts to help management identify and secure new funding streams. 

S/he must multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

This position supervises staff. Duties are performed under general direction.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Reporting and Analysis:
  • Prepare and generate monthly, quarterly and periodic financial reports. Review results with senior management.
  • Review financial data and transactions to ensure the accuracy of financial reports. Ensure compliance with reporting standards, CI policies and donor/partner requirements.
  • Manage the internal revenue allocation process, ensuring CI’s financial systems accurately reflect agreed upon allocations.
  • Payroll processing and statutory deductions management.
  • Review monthly reconciliations of the general ledger, subsidiary ledgers and related financial accounts. 
  • Work with division and/or HQ staff to resolve differences.
  • Prepare donor statements and reports for management review prior to release to fund managers, external partners, key donor and related stakeholders.
  • Monitor and project cash balances for all relevant donor programs.
  • Function as a direct liaison with Cost Center Managers and HQ Finance on financial, time reporting and budgetary processes.
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and projections in support of new funding streams/opportunities, long-range financial plans and revenue campaigns.
  • Respond to ad-hoc analysis requests.
Budget Management:
  • Manage and coordinate the annual budget process. 
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the budget process. 
  •  Provide training, instructions and hands-on guidance as needed. 
  • Ensure financial/budgetary systems are kept up-to-date. 
  • Generate budget vs. actual comparisons and provide trend analysis.
  • Facilitate timely and complete inputs from cost center managers to ensure the ongoing accuracy of the department budget. Update projections as appropriate.
  • Act as the gatekeeper for budget expenditure requests. 
  • As authorized, approve procurement and related expenditures requests.
Financial Oversight:
  • In field programs, oversee the efficient management of accounting, finance and payroll functions as assigned.  
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external requirements and standards.
Financial / Grant Systems Management and Training:
  • Provide on-going support for periodic system updates.
  • Support training department staff and other users on using the financial system, navigating system upgrades and generating end-user reports, etc.
  • Oversee donor/grant recording/registration.  Ensure that all donor agreements, amendments, and incoming revenues are properly recorded.
Other Duties:
  • Assist management in responding to internal/external audit questions and requests for information.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
People and Resource Management Responsibilities
  • Supervises up to three lower level employees.
  • Manages an individual budget.  Decisions that bind or commit CI are approved by immediate supervisor.
  • Responsible for managing some public or private funds, monitoring results, and recommending follow-up action.  Reviews for understanding and compliance with donor agreements.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field.
  • CPA.
  • 6-8 year experience in financial management, reporting, and budget oversight, including several years in a non-profit setting.
  • Up to 2 year experience supervising staff and managing and motivating others.
  • Sound understanding of accounting principles, processes and standards.
  • Proved experience in local tax, labour and associated laws.
  • Experience with accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Strong analytical skills. Skilled in generating detailed analyses and communicating financial information to a broad audience.
  • Attention to detail, highly organized, ability to prioritize and multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude, service focus, and work independently and as part of a diverse team.
  • Foreign language fluency a plus (especially French).
Working Conditions
  • Typical office environment.  May need to work beyond normal work hours to meet reporting deadlines.
  • Up to 10% travel time.
Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding

CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
  • Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
  • Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
  • Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
  • Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online
The deadline for application for all positions is July 27, 2016.

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