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Head of Finance and Grants Temporary Job Vacancy

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Temporary Role for 3 Months - Head of Finance and Grants
Kigali, Rwanda
As per VSO grades
Fixed Term, 3 Months
Part Time, 35 hours per week

About VSO: Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity with a vision for a "world without poverty" and a mission to "bring people together to fight poverty". 

VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. 

VSO was founded in 1958, and currently works in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

VSO started work in Rwanda in 1998 at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and it focuses on programmes in Education, disability and youth/national volunteering. 

VSO Rwanda's work revolves around six development goals including, Secure livelihood, HIV/AIDS reduction, Education, Participation and Governance, Health and Disability.

Our vision is “a Rwanda without Poverty” achieved through a mission of “bringing People together”.

In 2015, VSO Rwanda Programme underwent a major restructuring process with the aim to improve effectiveness and efficiency to deliver on its mandate to the people of Rwanda at the community and district levels. 

This restructuring was also in line with the changing strategic orientations as embodied in the new strategy with the continuous focus on the four thematic areas of, Education, Livelihoods, Governance and Health.

Role Overview: VSO Rwanda Head of Finance and Grants reports directly to the Country Director. He/she is a member of Senior Management Team with high responsibility functions. These include strategic management, Financial Management, ensuring compliance to financial processes and procedures.

Skills, qualifications and experience required
Individuals that met the profile below are encouraged to apply:
Technical Accounting Expertise –
  • Fully Qualified Accountant: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Accountant (ACCA) license with strong technical accounting skills. Skilled finance manager with knowledge of financial management of restricted donor funding, reporting, procurement procedures, grant management, and donor rules and regulations for non-profit organisations.
  • Experience of capacity building, demonstrating clear results.
  • Experience of working in multiple foreign currencies and understanding of foreign exchange hedging.
  • Strong leadership experience in budget management (including project budgets), financial planning and analysis. 
  • Strong knowledge of internal financial controls and year-end procedure. Knowledge of Internal, External and Project Audits. Strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to prioritize in a demanding environment, multiple accountabilities and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills ,writing clearly, accurately & concisely
Key Performance indicators:

Country Office finances, including budgets are managed effectively, are accurate and have met deadlines set for completion.

Global financial management policies, procedures and fund requirements are strictly applied and compliant with local law. Manual of Country Office procedures are up to date and changes communicated to relevant people. Financial records are kept in line with global policies and procedures.

Internal controls are in place, in line with global financial management policies and procedures.

Appropriate and relevant signatory limits are set and maintained within each Country Office.

Grants are managed in line with donor terms and conditions outlined in contracts. Loans and grants to partners and volunteers are effectively managed and monitored. Debts are monitored and followed up on a regular basis with debtors and bad debts managed.

Appropriate plans for risk management are in place.

Audit requirements are met. Issues arising, results of evaluations/audits are shared with Donor Manager for global learning and implementation of recommendations undertaken within appropriate timeframe.

Effective and efficient management of programme, project and office finances (restricted and unrestricted funds). Internal and external reports are timely, high quality and accurate. Team is able to advise confidently on financial policies and procedures.

Annual budgets and re-forecasts are produced in line with global timetable and formats. Budgets are monitored monthly and actions taken to address variances within overall budget limits.

This is a temporary role for three (3) Months and shortlisting/interviews will be done on a rolling basis. This job may be closed earlier if a suitable candidate is identified.

A specific terms of reference for the three months will be provided on appointment.

How to Apply
If you’re interested in applying for this temporary role, please download the job description HERE to read more details about the position and the skills and experience we’re looking for. 

To submit your application, CLICK HERE and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Application closing date

Interview/Assessment date(s): To be confirmed

Start date: 1st September 2016

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