Senior Finance and Operations Officer Job in Kenya

 Job Title: Senior Finance and Operations Officer

Hiring Organization: Natural Justice
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Non Profit Organisation
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES Competitive
Date Posted: 03/14/2024

Natural Justice is an African non-profit organization specializing in environmental justice. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts, we specialize in human rights, climate law and environmental law to pursue social, climate and environmental justice.

Natural Justice has been working with communities, NGOs, and government agencies in Kenya since 2009. Natural Justice strives to enhance people’s collective rights and protect the sacred relationships indigenous peoples, and local communities have with nature.

Our work is informed by the values, knowledge, and self-determination of the communities with whom we stand in solidarity. Through legal empowerment, research, policy influencing and litigation, and as part of coalitions and campaigns, we support communities to know the law, use the law and shape the law.

Natural Justice has three main programs: the Affirming Rights Program, Defending Rights Program
and Standing with Communities Program.

To learn more about the work of Natural Justice, please refer to

What we’re looking for

Natural Justice (NJ) seeks a full-time Senior Finance and Operations Officer (SFOO)- East Africa Hub, to be responsible for the financial management and administrative operations, including procurement, asset management, processing and recording of all financial transactions, financial reporting to donors and the Natural Justice Kenya board, managing relationships with suppliers and partner organizations.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Hub Director and in close liaison with the CFOO, the SFOO shall perform the following duties:

  • Leadership and strategic work planning
  • Manage the organization’s cash flow and update the Hub Director and CFOO accordingly.
  • Timely submission of monthly and annual financial reports; maintenance of proper books of accounts.
  • Process payroll and ensure timely online filing and payment of statutory deductions against payroll PAYE, NHIF, NSSF, HELB and Pension contributions is done as necessary.
  • Ensure strict adherence and compliance to financial control systems, policies and procedures.
  • Implement compliance audits, project audits in the hub including coordination with auditors.
  • Ensure efficient payments and disbursements according to approved policy and procedures.
  • Perform bank and vendor reconciliations and forward them to supervisor; Monitor all bank deposits and payments to ensure that balances are in keeping with transaction reports.
  • Provide timely reports to the Natural Justice Kenya board when required.

Budgetary Control & Audits

  • Monitor budget implementation and expenditures, update the internal program and office expenditure sheet(s), provide monthly reports on the same and communicate outcomes to Hub Director for decision making.
  • Assist in development of institutional and donor proposal budgets & facilitate external audit.
  • Maintain and have a good understanding of all funder contracts and reporting deadlines, and provide direction on this to the Natural Justice team when required.
  • Prepare donor reports and ensure their timely submission.
  • Provide financial advice and support to community partners where required.
  • Ensure that accounting, budget and audit controls and systems comply with the legal rules and regulations.

Supplier management and office administration

  • Ensure the smooth administration and operational running of the office, including day-to-day needs in the office and office building renovations.
  • Manage relationships with all-Natural Justice suppliers, including ensuring contracts are completed and up to date and payments are made on time, and that ICT support, security and cleaning services are performing their jobs to the level required.
  • Develop, maintain and implement financial policies to guarantee operational efficiency by all staff, including regularly sensitizing staff on the policies.
  • Maintain internal control systems to ensure compliance with NJ policies.
  • Provide oversight and management of transport coordination function to ensure optimal and efficient use of attendant resources.
  • Provide support in staff salary reviews and updating salary scale policy and structures to ensure competitive Natural Justice salaries.
  • Oversee, and in absence of the Administration Officer, carry out project logistics for meetings, workshops, conferences and travel.

Asset Management and procurement

  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date register of assets as per NJ policies.
  • Manage general Natural Justice insurance policies, including asset insurance cover undertaking research and advising on market trends.
  • Provide oversight on the procurement processes in the organization.

Knowledge Management, partnerships and communication

  • Keep and regularly update all work-related information on the SharePoint within the correct folders and, in particular, have the overall responsibility for storing all information in the finance folders.
  • Maintain hard copies of all finance information and reports.
  • Support the development of partnership documents (MOUs, etc.) where necessary.
  • Seek opportunities for personal and professional development, particularly related to your specific areas of responsibility at Natural Justice
  • Minimums of a Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following Accounts, Finance,Commerce, or related field from a recognized University.
  • Relevant professional qualifications (CPA(K), ACCA).
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience – 2 of which should have been gained in a busy finance and accounts environment, preferably in the CSO/NGO or private sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in costing and cost control; Cash management; Taxation expertise; Financial reporting; Budgeting and budgetary control.
  • Computer literacy- understanding of data entry, basic computer skills and knowledge of databases.
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Citizen of Kenya or have authorization to work in Kenya.
  • COMPETENCIES:The desirable traits and attributes include:
  • A person of high integrity that will model Natural Justice’s core values.
  • A strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of Natural Justice.
  • Highly motivated, pro-active individual able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Strong analytical, statistical and Problem-solving skills.
  • Honest, diligent and trustworthy.
  • Ability to prioritize, act on initiative and meet deadlines.
  • Reliability and attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, strong work ethic, and personal initiative (“a self-starter”).
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Ability to balance priorities and co-ordinate work effectively in order to meet
  • deadlines and deal with high workloads.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in Kenya and regionally as necessary.

How To Apply

Please submit one properly labelled PDF document as an attachment, combining the application letter and CV with at least three professional referees (at least one of whom supervised you), via email to with ‘Senior Finance and Operations Officer (SFOO) as the subject line. Do not attach your testimonials or certificates.
This is a readvertisement; those who had applied before need not reapply.
Safeguarding, Inclusivity and Equality: All qualified applicants will receive equal
consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, gender, race, color,
religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic that has no bearing on the ability to perform the required job duties.
Data Protection: By submitting your application, you confirm that the submitted
information is true and authorize Natural Justice to use your personal data, to further process your engagement for lawful purposes related to the organization’s vision, including conducting background checks.