Finance Manager – Kenya & Somalia


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 the Kenya-Somalia Country Program 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 impl ement improvement solutions, as needed, to minimize CP and partners’ exposure to financial risk. As a member of the Country Program Senior Management Team, you will provide leadership and management of the financial resources in support of the Catholic Relief Services mission and strategy. You will promote a culture of safeguarding and staff care.

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. 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. Ensure that monthly budget review is conducted and discussed with the Country Program Senior Management Team and Budget Managers. Create and share with the Budget Manager financial tips to improve their budget management skills and familiarity with the agency budgeting system. 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. Implement effective and efficient delegation of authority and responsibilities to empower the department’ staff 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. Act as lead contact and responder to Financial issues and ensure the integrity of CRS-Finance operations by reinforcing the culture of accountability. Ensure the effective implementation of CRS initiatives, including financial system and procedures. Ensure that the country program financial structure and processes are with the agency initiatives and requirements and regular level of effort analysis is conducted for a work-life balance strategy ensuring staff wellbeing. Ensure the Somalia team receives the adequate support and capacity enhancement needed for the good stewardship and accountability of resources. Support the Internal and External audit by ensuring that all requested information, financial data and supporting documents are provided in a timely and accurate manner. Required Languages – High level of English spoken and written skills.

Travel – be willing and able to travel up to 25 % including to Kenya project offices and Somalia field offices

Supervisory Responsibilities: Finance team members

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: HoOPS, Country Representative, DHoOPS, Deputy Finance Managers, HOP, PMs/COPs, Regional RFO, HQ Finance Team, HQ Auditors; Kenya Risk and Compliance Manager

External: Auditors, KRA and Immigration Consultant, NGO/INGO Finance Manager Community of Practice, Implementing Partners and Sub-recipients’ Finance staff, Donors’ Finance representative

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. 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 Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality. 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 financial reporting software highly preferred 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 Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible.

*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 servi ng those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

*By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.*

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


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