Christian Aid Job Vacancy for Senior Programme Finance Officer (SABI)-Freetown, Sierra Leone

Christian Aid (CA) has worked in Sierra Leone for over 25 years, with a key focus on accountable governance, as well as other thematic areas. Christian Aid works with organisations, networks and coalitions at all levels (community, district, regional and national). CA works through a distinct partnership approach which reflects our firm belief that local organisations and people are best placed to solve their problems, with our support, not our direction. We have partners in very remote areas where few others operate due to the difficult terrain, as well as national partners who challenge the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty and inequality in Sierra Leone.

About SABI Programme:

The goal of the SABI programme is to strengthen citizens’ voice and to improve accountability. Our vision is to see an active and engaged civil society capable of articulating citizens’ demands, which has strong and durable links to state structures. SABI is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The programme runs until 30 June 2020 and will partner with state and non-state actors across Sierra Leone, raising awareness of state services, gathering evidence of citizen’s feedback on service provision, providing grants and capacity building support, and sharing lessons learnt and replicable models.

About the role:

Based in Freetown, you will be responsible for providing support the Finance and Operations Manager and the SABI Programme Team by providing oversight and support for the finance function of all SABI partners, including implementing partners and grantees. The role is expected to ensure that partners submit accurate and fair financial reports in a timely manner, as per the contractual agreements they hold with Christian Aid, and to ensure that partner financial reports are effectively managed internally, and are accurately entered into Christian Aid’s financial management system in a timely fashion.

About you:

You must have significant experience and knowledge in working effectively with partners for financial management with proven ability to address a wide range of financial issues. You will have financial qualification to a level of Bachelor degree, and a part qualified ACCA accountant is desirable.  You must have good knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel is relevant with experience working with an INGO and with donor funding.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

1. Steward Resources

Please tell us about a time when you were able to take action to end or reduce the inefficient use of resources: What was the context?  What was expected of you? What action(s) did you take? What was the impact of your actions?  In what way(s) were you successful?

2. Communicate effectively

Give us an example of a time when you communicated a complex financial matter in a way that could be easily understood by others: What was the situation? What did you need to communicate effectively? How did you make sure the message was understood by others?  What was the impact?  How did you know you were successful?

3. Deliver Results

Tell us about a time when you had to make finance recommendations or take decisions after analysing finance data, information and other evidence: What was the background?  What recommendations or decisions did you have to take? What was your particular task or responsibility? What actions did you take?  How did analyse the information and data?  What was the outcome?  Were you successful?