National Finance Manager, Grants

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Afghanistan
Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Closing date: 14 Dec 2020

The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.

AKF seeks to provide sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill health. In Afghanistan, AKF works with rural communities in mountainous, remote or resource poor areas to improve quality of life in the areas of natural resource management, market development, governance, education and health.

At present, it is seeking exceptional individual to fill the position of National Finance Manager, Grants.

1. Position Objective

Finance Manager Grants will be responsible for efficient and effective financial management of the grants, by strengthening and optimizing the functioning of the accounting, budgeting, and planning and financial systems and setting up new process and tools where necessary. The incumbent reports to the Senior Finance Manager & Finance Director and will be directly involved in the reporting and budgeting related matters.

2. Job duties and responsibilities

· Verify the accuracy and authenticity of financial records and reports prepared by the Grant Coordinators.

· Reviewing the templates and tools developed by grants coordinators for budgeting, financial reporting, forecasting etc.

· Approve and confirm budgets for workshops, events, trainings, YPOs etc.

· Attend relevant donor steering committee, oversight committee meetings etc.

· Ensure compliance with donor grant agreements and legal requirements for the project.

· Coordinate with internal and external auditors for grant specific audits.

· Organize and supervise proper recording of accounting and financial information and documentation.

· Guide and control the detailed alignment of the budget to the resources available and their requirements.

· Work with Policy & Partnership and Program teams on budgets of new proposal to cater the staffing and operational needs.

· Ensure appropriate participation in the budgeting exercise when needed.

· Check & review the quarterly and other periodical forecasts for donor and head office as required by the grant agreement.

· Ensure the quality of financial information through consistency and plausibility checks.

· Ensure compliance with the accounting and auditing requirements.

· Ensure compliance with the organizational systems and controls in financial matters.

· Perform risk analyses and propose changes to improve the systems and procedures in terms of increased effectiveness and efficiency for the grants.

· Conduct due diligence on all contract documents and risks to ensure projects meet financing criteria.

· Any other related responsibility assigned by the Finance Director.

· To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.


· Remote Management

· System/Internal Control Reviews

· Regional, District and Area office monitoring visits


· Authorized for his respective grant’s financial management


· Master’s in finance or Accounting/ ACCA Qualified/ACMA Qualified/CA-Intermedia Qualified.

· Two years International experience of working with INGO’s in Grants Financial Management will be preferred.

· Proficiency in SCALA FIS is preferable.

· Previous experience of working with the AKDN is preferable.

· Working experience & understanding of regulations & requirements of major international donors is preferable.

· Effective interpersonal skills, detailed oriented, Strong management capability, encompassing planning and people management skills.

· proven experience of successful capacity building/coaching and team building.

· Proven ability to perform well in stressful situations (e.g. with tight deadlines etc), quality oriented, proven ability to work independently and in teams.

· Proficiency & command in English (both written & oral) & MS Office utilities are a must.


· Adoptability and Flexibility.

· Stress Management & Problem Solving.

· Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.

· Integrity.

· Commitment.

· Leadership.

How to apply:


Interested applicants should submit their application along with the cover letter to no later than 14th December 2020.

Important Notes:

· Please quote the Vacancy Number as the Subject of the e-mail when applying.

· No supporting documents (e.g. diplomas, recommendation letters, identification card(s) etc.) are required at this stage.

· Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal opportunity and safeguarding of children, beneficiaries, partners, community members and employees in accordance with AKF(Afg)’s safeguarding policy.

Your details and information shared on this advertisement shall remain confidential.

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