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Kenya: Finance Manager

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Church World Service
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 03 Jul 2017

CWS RSC Africa

The Resettlement Support Center (CWS RSC Africa) operates a US refugee resettlement program in sub-Saharan Africa through a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. CWS RSC Africa is responsible for the preparation of refugee case files for adjudication by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers, as well as the out-processing and cultural orientation of all approved cases. CWS RSC Africa is administered by the Church World Service Immigration Refugee Program (CWS/IRP) and is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a sub-office in Pretoria, South Africa.

CWS Global and CWS RSC Africa offer a total compensation package. The total compensation package includes life insurance, comprehensive health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage; CWS RSC Africa offers 22 vacation days a year, 30 sick days per year at full pay and 15 days sick a year at half pay, compassionate leave, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Church World Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or the provision of services.
Due to the volume of applications that we receive, only those individuals shortlisted will be contacted.
Please note CWS RSC Africa does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted. All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.
Eligibility List
The eligibility list established as a result of this job posting will be used for a minimum of six months or until the list is exhausted. This list will be used to fill any current and immediate future vacancies. Individuals who are interested in this position should submit their application materials now.
Please note CWS RSC Africa uses e-mail for all recruitment contacts. Please be sure to check your e-mail regularly.
Application Materials
Your application materials should clearly indicate how you meet the requirements of the position. Be sure your resume is in an easy to read format. Dates of employment on your resume should be in mm/yy format.

Primary Purpose

The Finance Manager is a member of the leadership team and functions as the chief financial officer for RSC Africa, responsible for RSC Africa’s annual budget preparation, financial planning and management, accounting and payroll operations, and reporting and analysis. The Finance Manager will ensure the financial health of the organization by providing daily management and oversight of all cash management functions and operating budgets. The Finance Manager is responsible for drafting all financial statements, charts, dashboards and fiscal presentations for the RSC.


This position directly supervises, mentors and coaches finance office team including a Senior Accountant and Accountants.

This position reports to the Regional Deputy Director for Administration.

Essential Duties


  1. Functional responsibility for all accounting, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards, U.S. Federal OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, A-133 and Kenyan statutory laws and regulations.
  2. Ensure that all cash management functions are based on accrual based accounting principles.
  3. Ensure that all financial records, reports and statements and are prepared and submitted on a timely basis. These include monthly financial reports, financial statements, gain/loss analysis, depreciation report, audit reports, inventory and capital purchases, etc. and maintenance of a due date schedule as required under the terms of the Cooperative Agreement and by CWS/IRP and RSC Africa Management.
  4. Develop methodologies to ensure quality control and maintenance of supporting documentation of financial disbursements and accounts in accordance with US Government audit requirements and CWS/IRP standards.
  5. Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and petty cash
  6. Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current compliance standards and legislation
  7. Manage cash flow and prepare cash forecasts to strengthen the financial position of the organization.
  8. Ensure that payroll and corresponding statutory payments are accurately processed promptly.
  9. Review travel related expense reports ensuring they are prepared correctly according to relevant SOPs.


  1. Organize the annual budgeting process, including devising process and tools for use by other managers.
  2. Train key staff on budgeting methodology and approaches.
  3. Support management in aligning projected budgets with available and projected funding.
  4. Work with leadership team to develop the final annual operating budget and departmental budgets, and provide timely and accurate v. actual reports.
  5. Build systems to allow organizational leadership and management to project and track spending through multiple lenses.
  6. Prepare timely and accurate budgets and financial reports for organizational leadership and budget- responsible managers and coordinators.
  7. Keep management informed of the current financial status of RSC Africa operations on a regular basis.
  8. Monitor monthly expenses in accordance with authorized budget levels.


  1. Coordinate all the activities done in preparation for annual external RSC Africa audit as well as any additional CWS and CWS/IRP, monitoring and compliance audits.
  2. Ensure implementation/ resolution of all recommendations given by auditors and reports on the same to Management within 90 days of receipt of the Auditor's Management Letter.

Banking Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that monthly reconciliation of bank statements is done on a timely and accurate basis each month.
  2. Monitor bank balances and the status of pending transfers to maintain sufficient funds for RSC Africa’s operations.
  3. Inform Management on a monthly basis of the cash needs of the operations and notes any petty cash needs more than the normal replenishment.

Accounting Policies and Procedures:

  1. Develop and implement accounting policies and procedures to enhance the accountability, transparency, and efficiency of the RSC Africa's financial operations and to ensure compliance with the Cooperative Agreement, the relevant OMB Circulars, e.g., Uniform Guidance, etc. and DOS/PRM and CWS/IRP policies.
  2. Document, update, implement and ensure compliance with accounting and administrative policies and procedures in the RSC Africa’s Administration and Finance Procedures Manual.

Purchase Orders:

  1. Review and approve all Purchase Orders to ensure correct budget line allocation and that all information therein is correct. Note: Purchase Orders are authorized by the Regional Deputy Director for Administration, not the Finance Manager
  2. Ensure that all Purchase Orders are coded to the correct program and cost center.
  3. Provide in writing any objections to the issuance of any purchase order.
  4. Maintain copies of all purchase orders issued for review by authorized parties.


  1. Perform annual performance reviews for all staff supervised.
  2. Any other duties which may be assigned.



Bachelor’s Degree in commerce or business administration with a specialization in accounting required.

A Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K).


Three years of related experience is required. Supervisory experience is required.

Four years’ experience in the NGO sector at management level with supervisory duties is preferred.


Knowledge of financial management, banking, auditing and internal controls methodologies. Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, Access and experience with accounting software systems. Competency in MS Dynamics, (Great Plains).


Ability to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of accounts and budget information. Ability to exercise good judgment and seek guidance as appropriate when confronted with unanticipated problems. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to follow instructions from the Supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude. Ability to deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public. Ability to conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of RSC Africa and CWS/IRP. Ability to maintain a high-performance standard with attention to detail. Ability to carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision; Ability to work independently and contribute to overall operations of RSC Africa. Ability to take the initiative in the development and completion of projects. Ability to lead others and address issues as they arise. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with RSC Africa administrative and operational information. Ability to manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities. Ability to analyze and solve complex problems and make sound decisions. Ability to work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation. Ability to effectively manage RSC Africa’s resources. Ability to actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

Working Conditions

Physical: This position requires bending, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying light loads.

Environmental: Incumbents in this position will be exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases and harsh weather climates.

Special Requirements

Valid Certificate of Good Conduct issued within the past six months is required before the start of employment.


A Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K).



Listen carefully to assure clear understanding of instructions and requests. Communicate detailed and/or technical information clearly, in writing and orally. Ask appropriate questions in seeking explanations needed to perform job. Promote “transparency of information” by sharing relevant information with staff and other stakeholders. Understand staff roles and procedures and prepare standard reports to track job progress or activities. Anticipate needs and interests and take proactive steps to respond to them. Understand and is able to use appropriate technology to communicate with others inside and outside CWS and RSC Africa. Respect and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information within parameters defined by supervisor and/or CWS and RSC Africa policy.


Understand who stakeholders, partners and internal/external customers are and be responsive to their needs. Facilitate interactions and serve as a resource in relations with stakeholders, partners and internal/ external customers. Recognize and be sensitive to issues of concern. Recognize and be sensitive to cultural and ethnic issues. Manage relationships with stakeholders and work within their structure to identify programmatic linkages, plan and implement services and activities, and coordinate resolutions to problems. Identify potential constituents with whom to build relationships and flesh out details of those relationships within the context of CWS’s mission, values and policies. Participate in developing recommendations and implementing policies governing relations with stakeholders. Resolve issues of concern to maintain effective constituent relationships.

Job Knowledge

Understand the mission and values of CWS and RSC Africa and how they apply to their work and relationships with others. Understand the work performed and how it supports CWS and

RSC Africa in achieving goals. Understand how to work multi-culturally with sensitivity and integrity.

Knows a broad range of information regarding specific program or department and use that knowledge to perform effectively and independently. Applies a depth of knowledge within area of responsibility to implement assigned activities. Able to use and willing to expand learning of applications or technology to perform job duties. Maintain and improve the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in performing job responsibilities. Apply CWS and RSC Africa policies and procedures for staff and stakeholders.


Understand what a team is and what it does. Demonstrate a willingness to work on a team.

Understand own role on the team and how it fits into the overall results to be produced. Promote effective interactions among team members and facilitate group discussion. Participates in identifying and establishing work needs and time lines for completion. Keep team leader and members informed of work status. Demonstrate awareness of what other teams do and how their work affects own team. Recognize and respect the importance of work performed by colleagues.

Understand organizational priorities and is willing to set aside own tasks to assist others to complete high priority tasks.

Problem Solving

Identify problems in procedures that affect program work and recommend changes in systems or procedures to address them, then implement approved changes. Understand and apply knowledge of the context in which CWS and RSC Africa works, including global trends and issues. Resolving problems and trying new ways of doing things. Know how and when to apply technical solutions to problems. Share results of problem solving experiences with others. Remain flexible in responding to organizational priorities.

Program Planning and Management

Anticipate work flow and take proactive steps to balance work priorities. Understand the desired outcome of assigned work and how it supports CWS and RSC Africa's work. Gather, analyze and make use of information and resources necessary to complete work. Set and communicate deadlines and priorities. Successfully balance multiple activities, in support of program or departmental goals. Manage contacts with internal and external stakeholders to ensure flow of information and coordination of efforts. Verify the accuracy and quality of own work and the work of others. Contribute ideas to effectively implement program plans and activities. Keep other informed of work progress and any problems encountered. Assist others to complete priority work, or step in to handle work in their absence.


Accept accountability for assigned activities and adapt work style to perform independently or within a team. Model behaviors that are consistent with the mission, vision and values of CWS and RSC Africa in work activities and relationships. Demonstrate sound judgment in performing all duties.

Recognize and use individual strengths to enhance work performance. Recognize areas of weakness and seek assistance to improve performance. Take initiative within area of responsibility.

Facilitate the use of skills and resources. Contribute ideas for implementing CWS and RSC Africa's vision and strategic plan. Demonstrate ability to develop, guide and direct staff in all aspects of program responsibility.

Resource Building and Stewardship

Recognize resource building potential in all interactions and be responsive and professional in providing information. Promote CWS and RSC Africa's mission, vision, values, programs and services with stakeholders to assure continued support. Use financial and material resources provided by CWS and RSC Africa to their best advantage, including business equipment and supplies. Demonstrate concern for natural resources in carrying out work activities. Make the most of own time and resources to maximize stewardship to CWS and RSC Africa. Respect one another and relationships with staff, supervisors and managers. Prepare reports on program status relative to budget and finances

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