Country Finance Manager

at SNV
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted December 14, 2022
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


SNV’s mission is to support people to pursue their own sustainable development, where we leave no one behind. To do so sustainably, we need to address systemic issues that trap people in poverty and marginalization. Using a systems perspective means we seek to find ways of changing the underlying structures and dynamics to sustain access to services and income generation over time and grow them further. Attention to systems change, including power dynamics and mental models, can increase the quality, depth, and sustainability of results as well as their continued growth.SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors.SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopian through a market-based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV is more explicitly aiming to bring systems to change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.orgJob DescriptionSummary of the JobThe Country Finance Manager leads the country’s finance function, which focuses on supporting SNV’s operations and development work in the country, in line with SNV’s global guidelines and procedures on a national level.The Country Finance Manager ensures the execution, monitoring, and control of all finance-related activities in the country. This is in order to make sure the country’s financial data and reporting are compliant with SNV’s corporate financial guidelines and procedures, donor requirements, (inter)national auditing, accounting, and reporting regulations as well as compliance with applicable national laws and regulations, including taxes. The CFM is a member of the Country Management Team.Main Responsibilities :Finance strategyTranslates the global finance strategy and policies and procedures into the country context, considering national context and (development) plans of the SNV country operations/program. Implements finance strategy, after approval of Country Director and, contributes to the development of mid-term country projections and to projects from a financial perspective. Identifies and analyses financial opportunities and threats and informs the Country Director and/or Global Unit.Finance OperationsSupervises and organizes the finance function in the country and manages the finance employees, activities and all aspects within the finance team, in accordance with the approved plan, budget, and relevant procedures, in order to realize the financial objectives of both the donors and SNV. Acts as the country’s source of expertise on financial issues for management and Project Managers and steers for timely and proper financial project administration. Manages intercompany projects, to ensure reconciliation of intercompany balances.Financial Planning and ControlSupports all budget holders in being compliant with internal- and external procedures and regulations and SNV and donor guidelines regarding the financial administration of country operations and projects. Leads the development, consolidation, forecasting, and periodical review (incl. (corporate compliance, audits) of the country and project budgets and funds (grant management). Contributes (challenges and advices) to efficiency improvement and implements measures to minimize the risk of irregularities.Financial Accounting and AdministrationEnsures all necessary financial accounting activities and checks are executed accurately, completely and timely (incl. tax requirements, and intercompany reconciliation) and the complete and correct allocation of costs and time. Ensures all transactions comply with the relevant financial standards and regulations.(Sub) Grants ManagementPerforms due diligence for new implementation partners, sets up systems and procedures to frame grant management, builds implementation partners' capacity in grant management, and ensures the monitoring of grant management by implementation partners.Business planning and controlEnsures the business is facilitated with a financial project planning process and financial control. Monitors progress and challenges the project managers/directors to be in control (timely flags issues to follow up, depletion, cost overrun analyses and booking, etc.) and suggests actions and provides support to improve financial performance on the projects.Management informationRegularly provides financial reports and analysis to provide insights in the overall country’s and project's financial status to both internal and external (e.g. donors and government) parties in order to safeguard financial performance, and profitability and to estimate financial risks and take measures. All are in line with donor and SNV financial guidelines.Business DevelopmentDevelops, reviews, and refines budgets in proposals within the approved threshold, in line with and compliant with corporate guidelines and donor requirements. Assesses and advises whether funding opportunities (incl. due diligence, tax) are in line with (government) guidelines and Business Development policies and procedures.People ManagementGuides, develops, coaches, and motivates the in- and external finance staff, in order to realize the department’s objectives. Acts as a source of expertise for (project) management.Qualifications

  • (Proficiency level equivalent to) master’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related field and proven experience (7-8 or more years) in finance management.
  • the position requires seasoned finance professional and know-how with strong knowledge in finance and full understanding of the core finance, business processes, accounting and controlling for projects and at corporate country level.

Additional InformationContract Type: NationalExpected start date: As soon as possibleDuty Station: Addis Ababa, EthiopiaContract Duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and budget availability.Working at SNVSNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package; for internationals, we offer an international benefits package and to Ethiopian nationals, we offer a competitive national package. We also offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts.

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