Director of Finance and Administration, Republic of Congo

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Congo
Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Closing date: 31 Mar 2021

Location: Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Reports To: Congo Country Director

Direct Reports: Brazzaville Finance Manager and Human Resources Staff

Start Date: April 2021

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Organization Background:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Republic of Congo Program Overview:

Over the past 25 years, WCS Congo has been the government’s principle conservation partner, assisting the Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF) in managing wildlife and its habitat in several of the country’s national parks, reserves, and protected area buffer zones. Within these sites WCS is developing and implementing actions for effective wildlife protection; community based natural resource management; ecological monitoring; scientific research; and environmental education. The program is the largest in WCS’s global portfolio and reports to the Regional Program for Central Africa and Gulf of Guinea. WCS Congo’s current portfolio of programs includes the management of the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park through a Public-Private Partnership with the Government of Congo, wildlife management in the substantial buffer zones of the Park, co-management of Lac Tele Community Reserve, a national program to support reform of marine conservation and resource management, and a substantial policy support program to the central government in Brazzaville.

Job Summary:

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for management of the financial systems and staff, financial reporting to the Central Africa Regional and New York HQ offices and donors, country budgetary reporting and controls, monitoring and compliance of internal controls, conducting/coordinating operational reviews of project sites, and cash management. S/he manages the human resources department to ensure adherence to Country Program guidelines and national labor laws.

Based in Brazzaville, there will be frequent travel to field sites to support the field-based finance teams and review financial documentation. This position reports to the WCS Congo Country Director with a dotted-line report to the Comptroller based in New York.


Financial Management and Compliance

  • Responsible for financial management and timely accounting for the WCS Congo Program

  • Ensure all project financial activities are in compliance with donor requirements

  • Work with project managers and field-based accountants to generate donor financial reports on time

  • Monitor bank transfers, banking activities, advances and expenditures in coordination with WCS-NY.

  • Management of in-country revenue sources and receivables.

  • Budget review and financial management of sub grantees. Assess and monitor sub grantees in coordination with the Project Manager and Regional Grants Manager.

  • Coordinate and supervise local audits relating to accounting, tax, and labour matters as well as promote internal audits in coordination with Regional Controller, in order to determine the legality and veracity of the accounts of WCS Congo

  • Assess and mitigate the financial risks of the mission, ensure that reliable internal control systems are in place, and financial ethics is respected within the mission

  • Ensure proper implementation and respect of relevant policies and guidelines, design or adapt relevant local policies, procedures and tools for optimized management of the mission financial and human resources and awareness of realities of the context.

  • Ensure cash flow management of the program

Budgeting and proposals

  • Monitor budget versus spending with regular updates on expenditures and sharing availability of funds with project managers. Analyze variances and suggest corrective actions when necessary.

  • Prepare annual Country Program budget for submission to Central Africa Regional office. Maintain Country Program budget throughout the fiscal year to adjust for new funding and other budget adjustments

  • Prepare donor proposal budgets in coordination with field teams for review by Regional Business Manager

Administration and staff management

  • Responsible for recruiting, training, and managing finance and human resources staff for the Brazzaville office.

  • Ensure national staff contracts, worker’s compensation and medical benefits, vacation and work schedules are established in accordance with country program guidelines and following the national labor laws.

  • Ensure that all projects/activities in the country program are respecting national legislation regarding customs regulations, labor rights, taxes, and benefits.

  • Oversee expatriate administration to include job requisition approvals, supporting HR NY onboarding process, review and use of housing allowances, home leave benefits and other allowances in coordination with the Africa Human Resources Director


  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration, accounting major preferred. MBA, CPA or other equivalent certification a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability in the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures.

  • French and English language fluency required.

  • Significant experience with the financial management of government and agency grants and contracts, experience with KFW, EU, US Government grants a plus.

  • At least three years of experience managing a financial area for an international non-profit organization.

  • Willingness to travel to field sites

  • Experience working in a developing country setting.

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as strong analytical skills.

  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic, with attention to detail.

  • Proven managerial skill and ability to work in a team setting within an organization.

How to apply:

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply by emailing a detailed application/cover letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references to: Please include “Finance Director Congo” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2021

Start date: As soon as possible

About WCS

The Wildlife Conservation Society is an international NGO headquartered at Bronx Zoo in New York City working to save wildlife and wild lands and to meet global challenges in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the world’s oceans. The Africa Program is the largest of WCS’s field programs, with approximately 1,100 staff in 12 country programs focused across four major regions (Central Africa, Sudano-Sahel, East and Southern Africa, and Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean).

Our MISSION is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. Our VISION is a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Our GOAL is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 16 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity. Our VALUES are Respect, Accountability and Transparency, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Collaboration, Integrity. **

WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

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