Finance and Operations Manager

Plan International

dakar, Senegal

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

Plan International is a girls' rights organization that partners with adolescents and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities. Working in more than 75 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan's holistic, rights-based approach ensures that our project participants achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety. Our projects are designed in partnership with communities and strategically address systemic issues that often transcend sectors. As such, Plan demonstrates technical expertise across a range of intervention areas: education, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), protection and youth economic empowerment. In addition, Plan has a robust humanitarian response and disaster preparedness practice. With extensive local networks and community reach, Plan drives positive change through broad community participation, achieving sustainable results by actively engaging and providing services to individuals, families, communities and governments. Plan International has been working in Senegal since 1982.

Dimensions of the Role

Plan International is seeking a Finance and Operations Manager for the anticipated USAID-funded Positive Youth Development Activity in Senegal. Finance and Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing project finances and administrative operations in accordance with relevant USAID rules and regulations and in line with Plan International's financial and administrative management policy provisions. Finance and Operations Manager will oversee grant management and financial reporting on grant performance and will ensure best use of resources by managing the preparation of sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and ensuring timely preparation of donor financial reports. The position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor. 


  • Provide oversight of financial and administrative management of the project in compliance with donor's rules and regulations;
  • Oversees all financial management to ensure best use of resources through sound budgeting, monitoring of project expenses, and timely preparation of donor financial reports;
  • Manage a team of finance and operations staff, as designated
  • Develop and implement monthly project-wide financial review(s) and analyses, as well as provide timely and reliable financial information for decision-making;
  • Maintain strong internal policies, processes, and controls systems in order to provide timely, consistent and accurate financial and budget management;
  • Develop strategic planning, work planning, and budgeting processes.
  • Work closely with Plan International USA home office and Plan International Senegal country office staff on internal and external financial reviews and audits, working closely with project finance/grants/administrative staff and sub-grantees to ensure appropriate their implementation;

Prepare financial reports for donors

  • Ensures that Plan International's global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of ​​responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International's Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of ​​work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • A Master's degree in finance or financial management, and/or a professional qualification in accountancy. Bachelor's degree with significant experience in project finance management may be accepted;
  • Previous experience managing finances for USAID-funded projects;
  • Extensive experience in financial management and/or project administration;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) applicable to USA accounting procedures and processes;
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID financial management rules and regulations and other key USG regulations, including particularly USAID Regulation 2 CFR 200 (formerly 22 CFR 226), 22 CFR 228, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), AIDAR, and 2 CFR 230 ( formerly OMB Circular A-122),
  • and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits;
  • Familiarity with and ability to adopt new software and financial management systems;
  • Excellent communication, management, and leadership skills;
  • Proven analytical skills in isolating priorities and tackling them;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender transformative programming and experience in implementing programs with gender-focused components;
  • Work experience in Senegal or West Africa highly preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral skills;
  • Fluency in French and English required