Finance and Controls Manager, DRC

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
negotiable Expires in 19 hours



In the DRC, at the national level, only 8% of children aged 7 to 14 have a functioning reading level, and 1% can calculate (MICS 2018), while the attendance rate at the provincial level ranges from 57% to 92%. Among all these children, there are disparities in access, quality of education, experiences in and out of school, and demands and risks in communities. Sexual violence, early marriage or childbirth, mine work, and recruitment and use for armed groups are among the most severe risks for children in the DRC.

The Project Finance and Controls Manager will support an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Child and Youth Education Response Activity (CYERA) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The position will be based in Goma, DRC. The program focuses on increasing access to responsive education services for crisis- and conflict-affected Congolese children and youth as well as improve the delivery of quality, gender- and crisis-responsive foundational instruction for communities of Ituri, North, and South Kivu.

The Project Finance and Controls Manager is responsible for the overall leadership of the project’s finance team and oversees all financial management, internal controls and financial compliance aspects of the program, in accordance with USAID guidance and regulations. S/he will manage the implementation of accounting systems, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting for Save the Children and any subawards. This position sits on the project’s senior leadership team.

The Project Finance and Controls Manager is responsible for ensuring that an appropriate structure exists to ensure effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office financial and administrative operations. S/He will also need to maintain consistent coordination and teamwork with other senior positions and individuals working on the program as well as with USAID guidelines.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

General Management

  • As a senior member of the CYERA team, demonstrate behaviors corresponding to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children and verification of their correct application by staff during the entire intervention.
  • As a senior member of the CYERA team, contribute to a favorable and productive work environment; execution of the workplace and diversity program for national office staff during the intervention.
  • Contribution to general activities of the national program.
  • Access global technical policies, procedures and resources that will support the project technically or operationally.
  • Execution of the duties involved in the position, in a manner that reflects Save the Children’s commitment to the defense of children, in accordance with our code of conduct and our policy for the defense of children.

Management and Oversight

  • Provide day-to-day leadership, management, and oversight of the project’s finance team (2-4 people)
  • Review and consolidate monthly financial reports to ensure accuracy and to provide regular feedback to senior management;
  • Ensure all financial plans, invoices, reports, and other financial documents and transactions are accurate, timely, and consistent with Save the Children and USAID guidelines and regulations;
  • Verify that appropriate segregation of duties exists to ensure effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office finance and administrative operations;
  • Encourage a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

Budget Management

  • Prepare and monitor budgets to ascertain that spending occurs as planned and that variances are anticipated, noted, and corrected; ensure that key program personnel are aware of budgetary resources and are able to monitor their budgets respectively;
  • Perform financial review of purchase requests, purchase orders, and payment requests to ensure compliance with Save the Children’s policies and procedures and donors grants and contracts requirements;
  • Oversee sub grant monitoring and compliance including organizational assessments, review of financial reports/ advance requests, and financial tracking; develop sub grant monitoring plans; perform and document compliance visits;
  • Supervise the finance and operations staff including performance evaluation and revising job descriptions as necessary. Develop the capacity of the team and facilitate their professional growth;
  • Monitor burn rates, advise on spend projections and maintain and up-date the status of obligated funds

Financial Reporting

  • Prepare and revise finance and operation guidelines in order that they adhere to SC and USAID requirements;
  • Prepare quarterly reports, consolidated annual fiscal report, cumulative life of project report, and any other required donor submissions;
  • Manage the reporting component of the award including reconciling timesheets with financial reports; oversee administrative duties as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business, accounting or other relevant field; professional qualification in Accounting or masters degree desired;
  • Minimum five years’ experience managing finance for USAID-funded projects; in-depth knowledge of USAID financial management rules and regulations;
  • In-depth knowledge of US Government rules and regulations including 22 CFR 226.22 CFR-145 OMB Circulars A-122 and A-133
  • Proven ability to prepare multi-year budgets, donor financial reports and USAID audits;
  • Strong analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
  • Experience as a coach/mentor to train staff and develop financial skills of colleagues
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;
  • Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments is important
  • Experience of working within a complex national program in the context of an emergency intervention or in contexts of conflict or fragile state
  • Experience with and commitment to approaches of accountability to populations, including children, affected by crises or conflicts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English.
  • Sensitive to political and cultural issues, and able to demonstrate patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability and willingness to be very flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes dangerous working circumstances.
  • Commitment to SC goals and principles. A perfect understanding, in particular, of SC’s mandate and the priority given to children, and the ability to ensure that it remains at the heart of the assistance we provide.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Language skills in Swahili, Nande or other eastern languages of the country are an advantage.
  • Ten years’ progressively responsible experience in financial management for large and complex programs funded by international donors, including the U. S. Government
  • Strong experience of working within a complex national program in the context of an emergency intervention or in contexts of conflict or fragile state
  • Ability and willingness to be very flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes dangerous working circumstances

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