Country Financial Controller

Concern Worldwide, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2020

Job Description

Job Purpose:

The Country Financial Controller is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of the finance function of the country programme, ensuring that systems and procedures are in line with Concern World wide’s policies, procedures and standards.

This position sits on the country management team and contributes to strategic level decision making within a country programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • In a new country of operation, or in an emergency, the CFC may be responsible for setting up the finance system in-country.

Ensure that the financial systems of the country programme are:

  • operating in line with standard Concern procedures and that it meets the monitoring and reporting requirements of the Concern, Donors and National Authorities;
  • are adequate in order to identify and protect the assets and interest of the organization.
  • enhance, as far as possible, the efficiency and effectiveness of the manner in which assets are utilized.
  • Ensure an effective and efficient system of internal controls is in place, which comply with Concern’s financial guidelines, to minimise the risk of error, fraud or misappropriation.
  • Ensure that all financial records and accounts are compiled in a timely and accurate manner, in line with applicable accounting standards and donor regulations.
  • Review existing systems, procedures and internal controls on an on-going basis to ensure they are developed and improved as required.
  • Oversee the accurate preparation and review of country and donor budgets; ensuring both organisational and donor requirements are met within agreed timeframes;
  • Oversee the accurate preparation of financial reports, ensuring both organisational and donor requirements are met within agreed timeframes;
  • Support the SD in ensuring there is a complete record of capital assets and that they are adequately safeguarded;
  • Provide leadership and direction to and grow the capacity of the in-country Finance Team;
  • Provide training and support to non-financial staff regarding Concern’s financial procedures and internal controls;
  • Work with the programme teams and department managers to understand their expenditure reports (management accounts) and budgets;
  • Facilitate internal and external audits, and associated reviews of field systems;
  • Organising and supporting financial assessments, reviews, monitoring and training of local partner organisations;
  • Undertaking regular field visits to assess the financial systems in place & implement improvements wherever needed.
  • Closely monitor all financial activities, and keep the CD/Senior Management Team advised of all situations that have the potential for a negative impact on internal controls or financial management performance.
  • Ensure that the global accounting package (Microsoft Great Plains) is maintained in a proper manner, and utilized in an appropriate and effective manner
  • As part of the country management team, contribute to the development of the country’s strategic direction and decision making processes so as to contribute to the overall leadership of the country programme;
  • Ensure that the organisation’s values and policy commitments, including accountability and equality, are reflected as relevant in the work of the Finance Team/Department;
  • Ensure that all statutory deductions & taxes in respect of national staff are complied with & to liaise with relevant authorities in this respect.

Skills and Experience Required:


  • Professionally Qualified Accountant – ACCA, CIMA, ACA, CPA.
  • At least two years’ experience working as an accountant.
  • Experience with Computerized accounting packages, ideally Microsoft Great Plains.
  • Willingness to work in an insecure environment.
  • Have a strong commitment to helping the poorest people in the world to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including being able to work effectively in English


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