Thursday, October 10, 2013

Catholic Relief Services Senior Finance Officer

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas. CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners.

We are seeking suitable a suitable person to fill the following position. The successful candidate require technical competencies, willingness to travel to field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.  

Position: Senior Finance Officer

Ref: 2013/21

Location: Nairobi – with 25% international travel

Job Purpose: The senior finance officer will be based at the CRS East African Regional Office (EARO) in Nairobi and work closely with the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) grants manager, EARO Regional Technical Advisor for risk and compliance management, upto 20 implementing CRS country program and the GAVI Civil Society Organizations (CSO) constituency.  

S/he will be responsible for the monitoring, analyzing and reporting on the GAVI budgets at EARO, Country Program (CP) and partner level. 

S/he will build the capacity of the CP finance officers where applicable to orient them to reporting expectation and financial compliance with GAVI guidelines. 

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
  • Review monthly aging reports and follow up with CPs on delinquent balances
  • Assist grants managers/officers with projects financial & budget management,
  • Provide periodic consolidated and by country burn-rate summary
  • Review and analyze financial information and provide exception report to GAVI project management on a regular basis.
  • Collaborate with CPs in partners’ capacity assessment, monitoring and building as per CRS’ sub-recipient financial management policy and procedures.
  • Review and understand agreements between CRS and the partners to ensure partners’ compliance
  • Make regular project visits to the various partner organizations as required.
  • In collaboration with CP Finance, identify partner training needs, prepare an appropriate training curriculum and carry out trainings as appropriate.
  • Assist project managers/officers with developing budget and preparing Budget Template Forms (BTF) and eBudget.
  • Ensure project budgets are entered in Sun Systems database.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant, Kenya CPA (K) or ACCA qualification
  • 3-5 years of experience as a finance officer/Project accountant
  • Knowledge & experience in the use of sun system and Q&A report query applications.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to proactively support project managers/officers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English) and computer skills
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office programs).
  • A professional with high integrity and good stewardship of resources
  • Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work in a multi-partner project and promote learning behavior
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Friday October 18, 2013.

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

Note: Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.