Finance Manager, Central Africa Regional Office – (220000C5), Responsable Financier, Bureau Régional Afrique Centrale – (220000C5), Catholic Relief Services

Finance Manager, Central Africa Regional Office – (220000C5), Responsable Financier, Bureau Régional Afrique Centrale – (220000C5), Catholic Relief Services

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Finance Manager, Central Africa Regional Office – (220000C5)


About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

You ensure a high level of resource stewardship, strict financial accountability and financial risk management while ensuring the effectiveness and robustness of CARO’s Country Programs (CPs) and relevant partners’ financial management systems, processes, and practices in support of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You anticipate and manage financial management services needs and delivery challenges, and identify and implement improvement solutions, as needed, to minimize CPs and partners’ exposure to financial risk.

The Finance Manager will work across Central Africa and supporting the following 10 countries: Nigeria, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo, Cameroon and Chad

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Develop and manage financial processes in accordance with policies and provide proactive service delivery, advice, and support to managers, staff, and subrecipients in relation to managing the whole project cycle (Design, Start-up, Implementation, Close-out), ensuring efficiency and compliance with CRS’ policies and procedures, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements.

Provide direction and coordination of effective budget development and management (Annual Program Plans and project budgets), ensuring accuracy and consistency of financial data and safeguarding of resources.

Ensure integrity of accounting information by reviewing account issues for compliance and establishing quality control over accounting transactions and financial reporting. Oversee maintenance of supporting documentation for a reliable and easy to follow audit trail.

Support CPs as needed to prepare budgets and various sections of the cost proposal as well as review sub-grant/subcontract budgets and cost proposal materials prior to submission to the donor.

Lead the preparation of accurate financial data, analysis and projections and support the Senior Management Team and Program/Project Managers in interpreting data for decision-making and effectively managing financial risks.

Lead finance trainings for finance and for non-finance staff in CARO.

Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.

Oversee the performance of accurate reporting procedures and timely submission of reports to relevant stakeholders (CP managers, Regional Office, HQ/Finance, donors, local government entities).

Lead assessment of staff and subrecipients’ financial management capacity, ensure capacity strengthening on finance policies and regulations, as needed, and monitor and measure impact.

Lead efforts to close audit financial management findings in a timely and sustainable way.

Fill in for Finance Managers when on leave and as needed

Basic Qualifications

B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent).  MBA or Master’s degree in related field with a focus on Accounting preferred.  A professional certification in Accounting or a related field highly preferred.

Minimum of five years’ experience in a similar position, preferably with an International NGO.

Additional education may substitute for some experience.

Required Languages – Excellent English and French language oral and written communication skills required

Travel – The position requires up to 40% travel within the CARO region

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent analytical skills with ability to make sound judgment and decisions

Very good planning, monitoring and organizational skills

Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics

Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented

Ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations highly preferred.

Substantial budgeting, budget/expense analysis, and accounting experience.

Knowledge of local law in taxation and local regulatory reporting procedures.

Staff management experience.

Strong experience in presenting and facilitating on financial management topics.

Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of Oracle financial reporting software highly preferred

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Regional Finance Officer, Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director/MQ, Deputy Regional Director/PQ, Country Representatives, RTA Risk Management and Compliance, RTA BD & Growth, Heads of Programming and Heads of Operation; HQ and Country Program Finance and Business Development Staff.

External: Donors, Partners, Peer Organizations and Prime Recipients.


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Location: Central Africa

Job: Finance

Organization: Catholic Relief Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Job Type: Full-time

Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 22, 2022, 9:51:45 AM

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