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Assistant Regional Finance Director, East Africa Region

Job Description

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the East Africa Region where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Provide effective and efficient support to the Regional Finance Director (RFD) in ensuring standards of excellence through financial management, accountability and integrity in the region.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategic Financial Planning and Management:

  • Review monthly funding requests from National/Regional Offices and ensure that they are in compliance with their committed budget.

  • Assist the Regional Finance Director (RFD) to ensure National/Regional Offices are monitoring their spending against budget commitments to assure that spending occurs only where there are commitments and to minimize year-end overspending.

  • Assist the RFD in the region’s financial planning and budgeting process.

Promotion of Financial Accountability and Reporting:

  • For the RO and NO allocated to this position for direct oversight:

  • Ensure appropriate financial and monitoring frameworks are in place, and operating satisfactorily, in each National/Regional Office to support WV’s ministry in the region. Involves assisting National Offices designing and improving internal control systems and project accounting systems.

  • Oversee and evaluate the region’s financial performance and efficiency through the quarterly financial scorecard issued by the FRSC.

Financial Systems and Processes:

  • Assume the role of SunSystem/Vision/LEAP point person for the region, which includes the co- ordination of SunSystems & LEAP Point Persons for the region, co-ordination of trainings, and defining a strategy.

Capacity Building:

  • Assist RFD to build financial capacity at National/Regional Office.

Risk Management:

  • Work with Regional Audit Manager to gather Audit Trend Analysis to promote improved Partnership internal audit results through assuring implementation of audit recommendations and addressing common audit findings.

Others:

  • Functionally supervise the RO Finance Manager.

  • Perform special projects for the RFD as necessary. This could include researching key finance ratios to set benchmarks; developing training material for use by National Office/Regional Office (NO/RO) finance staff (e.g. CD- ROMS, PowerPoint presentations); identifying alternative options for cost-cutting; researching cost allocation methods within the region; investigate problem areas in RO/NOs; compiling socio-economic data to assist with a model for the effective allocation of resources, etc.

  • Act on behalf of the RFD during their absence.

  • Attend and participate in devotional meetings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Degree in Finance, Business Admin, or Accounting. Bachelor or equivalent preferred.

  • High level computer literacy and knowledge of spreadsheet applications.

  • Solid knowledge of accounting principles, financial systems, budget/cash-flow monitoring and internal accounting controls.

  • Knowledge of and experience with government grant regulations and financial reporting requirements preferred.

  • Experience in establishing and enforcing common protocols and standards throughout a large organization.

  • Senior leadership experience in strategic financial management.

  • Track record of successfully training, developing/mentoring and supervising finance staff.

  • Working knowledge of the WV Partnership preferred and ability to interface sensitively with people from various departments in both field and support offices.

  • Strong inter-personal skills, and proven team-player.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities.

  • Able to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment.

  • Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with a multi-national staff

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Attend and able to lead in devotions and Chapel services.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to the field

  • Travel: 25% International travel is required.