Save the Children Roving Regional Finance Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya April 2016

Job opportunity:Save the Children Roving Regional Finance Managein Nairobi Kenya

Career vacancy:Save the Children Roving Regional Finance Manager  in Nairobi Kenya

About us: For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries.
We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. 
Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. 

We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. 
Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Save the Children Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office is looking to recruit for the following position:

Job Title: Regional Finance Manager – Roving
Team / Programme: East Africa Regional Team (Regional Finance)
Location:  East Africa Regional Office – Nairobi or other SCI East Africa country office ( internal applicants only)

Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Role Purpose: As a member of the regional finance team, the Roving Finance Manager will assume country office or regional finance roles for temporary periods to cover resourcing gaps and ensure adequate financial management is maintained to ensure results are achieved. 
This will include the line management of any appropriate finance and awards staff within the remit of the posting, identifying any capacity gaps and proposing appropriate solutions.

The role holder will also act as a champion for Save the Children International (SCI) financial policies, standards and procedures, coaching and mentoring staff and colleagues to ensure a thorough and complete understanding is maintained.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Scope of Role: 

Reports to:
Head of Finance Controls and Compliance – East & Southern Africa Region

While in Country Offices the position will report to: CO Finance Director

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 12 countries in East and Southern Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff and current expenditure of approximately $ 410 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None

Key Areas of Accountability:

On Deployment

  • agree a terms of reference with the relevant country finance director (and Regional Finance) before a visit and regularly discuss progress with them, adjusting the ToR as required
  • support financial management of country and management of finance staff, and being accountable for the achievement of results
  • Support country office to ensure SCI financial policies, standards and procedures are implemented and all timeframes are adhered to (e.g. month-end, cash request etc.)
  • work with the country finance director to identify areas for improvement in individual and team performance and devise with them an action plan to address these areas
  • provide a comprehensive handover (including priorities, agreed actions, and the timeline for completion)
  • provide an end of visit report detailing: outcomes against the ToR, issues encountered, areas for follow up, capacity gaps and training needs identified

  • be an expert and lead in all relevant SCI financial management policies, standards, procedures and guidelines
  • maintain up to date knowledge on all relevant SCI award financial management policies, standards, procedures and guidelines
  • continually review and suggest solutions on any systems, policies, standards, guidance and procedural development requirements identified and assist in their development (liaising with the Head of Finance Controls and Compliance)
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement
Qualifications and Experience
  • Accounting or commercial degree and relevant full professional qualifications (CPA/CA/ACCA)
  • Minimum of 3 years similar progressive work experience in financial management.  Not-for-profit experience an advantage.
  • An unquestionably high level of integrity and ethics.
  • demonstrable ability to adapt to challenging working environments within a developing country context
  • demonstrated experience in identifying issues in financial management, applying sustainable solutions, and supporting teams to achieve results
  • proven experience in training and capacity building of staff and teams, including coaching and mentoring staff
  • knowledge and use of financial software packages
  • willing to undertake travel for approximately 70% of the time (deployments of up to 3 months at a time)
  • ability to adapt quickly to a new environment and achieve results with multiple priorities and deadlines
  • strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • demonstrated ability of working with a range of stakeholders
  • commitment to Save the Children values
How to Apply

Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter to

Application closes 16th May 2016 at 5:00pm.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

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