VACANCY: Country Finance & Operations Controller

EducAid , Sierra Leone , Port Loko District, Northern Province

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: Education, NGOs / Government
  • Field of Expertise: Specialist, Finance / Accounting, Project Management
  • Work Experience: 3-5 years
  • Benefits included: Accommodation, Flights, Moving expenses
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Sep 07, 2016
  • Vacancy closing date: Oct 22, 2016

Job Description

Job Purpose:
To manage and train finance and logistics team in delivering EducAid’s internal and external
activities in Sierra Leone as identified below.

EducAid Sierra Leone’s programmes are run in Sierra Leone in the belief that education is a
powerful tool to destroy poverty. Since 2000 EducAid has been running the only free
secondary schools for the most vulnerable in Sierra Leone. Our work started with 20
students on the back veranda of a rented house in Lumley and we now have over 3000
students across 9 sites (4 secondary, 5 primary).
Our teacher training programme aims to enhance the quality of education in our schools
and build the capacity of teachers, school leaders and local councils to deliver good quality
education. The European Union (EU) are a major sponsor of our teacher training program.
A major component of this role is managing the relationship and reporting required by the

Key Responsibility Areas

Manage and train finance and logistics team with responsibility to deliver:
1. Monthly reports to Head Office comprising accounts, budget versus actual, donor
status reports and others as required
2. Annual budgets and rolling budgets for submission to Head Office
3. Oversight of bookkeeping, monthly accounts preparation and cash reconciliation
4. Overall responsibility for implementing controls to protect EducAid’s financial and
non-financial assets
5. Monitor and control current expenditure to ensure to stays within agreed budgets
6. Overall responsibility for management of cashflow
7. To providing timely and accurate narrative and financial donor reports particularly
on the EU grant and to flag up immediately any compliance issues affecting the grant
with the Country Director
8. Efficiently manage logistics and seek out cost savings
9. Keep abreast of and ensure compliance with local laws and ministry requirements
10. Run procurement in line with donor requirements

Key Competencies and qualifications:
• Qualified accountant with at least 2 years post qualification experience
• Prior overseas experience working/living in a low-income country
• Preferably working knowledge of reporting requirements for donors such as EU,
• Demonstrated ability to plan projects, timetable agreed activities and oversee staff
• Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software
• Training and people management skills
• Commitment to EducAid’s vision, mission and objectives.

Terms and conditions/benefits/application procedure:
EducAid will provide salary the region of £35,000 to £40,000 per annum, accommodation in
Sierra Leone, return flights from London twice per year, health insurance and a relocation