Finance Officer

Search for Common Ground, Kigali, Rwanda

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th January, 2018

Job Description

We are Searchers.

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where: Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values. Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Search Rwanda

Search has been working in Rwanda since 2006, promoting greater cooperation and understanding within and across borders. Under our 2017-2021 strategy, we focus on four themes, namely: 1) Promoting inclusive governance; 2) Strengthening Media and Civil Society as Peacebuilders and Promoters of Dialogue; 3) Supporting Access to Livelihoods; and 4) Promoting a Good Neighborhood (Locally, Nationally and Regionally).

We are searching for

Search is seeking a Finance Officer. Based in Kigali and reporting to Search’s Group Controller, s/he will be responsible for the day to day financial management of the country office. The Finance Officer will work hand in hand with program implementation staff and partners to ensure smooth operations and implementation of programming in a transparent and compliant manner.  

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of annual business/project plans and budgets including the provision of rolling forecasts.
  • Oversee all Financial Accounting matters, including maintenance of the general ledger, balance sheet, receipts, payments and payroll requirements.
  • Manage the short-term cash flow requirements of the program, liaising with SFCG HQ to facilitate cash transfers.
  • Responsible for payments for the office, ensure adequate and compliant documentation that follows donor and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and upload the country finance expenses (MFR) into the system in a timely manner, including filing and scanning supporting documentation.
  • Oversee the financial management of partner contracts, ensuring the partner complies with the obligations and SFCG finance policy.
  • Oversee the production of the Country  Monthly Management  Information pack (including but not limited to Project Status Reports (BVA) and forecasts, Reconciliation reports including Balance Sheet, Petty Cash), together with appropriate financial/contract variance and risk reporting.
  • Ensure that the program delivers and accounts for all activities in accordance with National, Regional and Local taxation requirements (e.g. Income Tax, Social Security, VAT, Corporation Tax etc.).
  • Assist the country program management in ensuring that the Country is compliant with all statutory requirements.
  • Ensure transparent accounting and cost allocation systems are developed and implemented in accordance with contract and HQ requirements.
  • Facilitate and provide support to all donor and internal audits in   coordination with the Country management, Group Controller and HQ.
  • Provide training to finance and non-finance staff in financial activities/areas that benefit program delivery.
  • Perform other duties as required.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

You are

You meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA or ACCA is an added advantage.
  • At least 4 years professional work experience in finance, ideally in an INGO or other international agency
  • Experience of financial reporting and grant management with a range of external donors
  • Experience of reporting and monitoring to tight deadlines
  • Effective financial management skills and knowledge of finance systems and procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate activities
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including Excel
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach
  • Determined and committed to high quality standards
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure, while maintaining flexibility and enthusiastic approach
  • Interest in and commitment to SFCG’s conflict transformation mandate
  • Fluency in both Kinyarwanda and English is required.


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