Overview of the role
The Financial Controller Zimbabwe is responsible for the financial management, internal control systems, management of funds, and reporting requirements of the organisation. The successful candidate will ensure timely submission of required donors reports, monthly management accounts to GOAL Dublin, statutory reports and other ad hoc reporting to relevant authorities, as well as budget preparation and monitoring of the programme. Reporting directly to Country Director in country and work closely with the Finance Director in Dublin and other SMT members, as a key member of the senior management team, the Financial Controller will contribute to the overall development and running of the country programme. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a dynamic international NGO that helps to transform lives every day.
To be successful in this role, you will need:
- Qualified accountant. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA or equivalent.
- At least 5 years’ experience, with at least one of these overseas.
- At least 1 year’s team management experience.
- Willingness and ability to work in a pressurised environment, producing work of high quality to strict deadlines.
- Experience in dealing with institutional donors such as DFID, USAID, EU, UN, development banks, private foundations. Familiarity with donor rules and regulations (Particularly EU, USAID).
- Excellent analytical and writing skills (English).
- Strong IT skills and systems experience – Advanced Excel experience and SAGE experience is highly desirable.
- Strong experience liaising with governmental/local authorities and other NGOs.
- Be culturally sensitive and empathetic to others, with a ‘can do’ attitude.
- Flexible and reliable, with excellent interpersonal, motivational and management skills.
- A good level of physical fitness, as the ability to walk up to 10 km to remote field sites may be required.
The key responsibilities of the role will be:
People Management and SMT members:
- Providing leadership, direction and capacity building support for the in-country Finance Team.
- Providing training and support to financial and non-financial staff regarding GOAL’s financial procedures and internal controls, and programme management tools.
- Ensuring GOALs values and policies, including accountability and equality, are reflected in the work of the Finance Team.
- Prepare monthly management accounts for approval by Country Director for submission to Dublin adhering to the strict reporting deadlines and monthly and quarterly donor status reporting for submission to GOAL HO
- Liaise with legal advisers in Zimbabwe and HQ, as well as with local accountants & auditors reporting and tax payments.
- Ensure compliance with GOAL’s standard accounting procedures and policies, ensure appropriate cash management procedures are in place and operating effectively.
- Ensure preparation and retention of documentation to facilitate the annual external audit, donor audits, internal audits and revenue audits.
- Oversee all cash management, in cooperation with the Programmes & Logistics team
- Ensure that GOAL Zimbabwe is in compliance with all relevant donor and internal guidelines.
- Maintain and keep updated Zimbabwe Finance Manual and simplified finance and logistics manual for use by project managers and other field-based staff.
- Ensure cost allocations basis among donors are in line with GOAL recommended methods.
- Review financial reporting to donors and other regulatory bodies, adhering to strict deadlines, coordinating with local legal and accounting advisors as appropriate.
- Review the financial sections of donor proposals, budgets and reports and GOAL annual and quarterly rolling budgets
- Monitor and assist program managers with the financial management of programme budgets including expenditure forecasting and ensuring the Budget Monitoring Tool (BMT) is completed in a timely manner.
Improving financial capacity
- Manage/supervise and work closely with local financial, administrative and partner staff.
- Reviewing MOUs and contracts for suppliers and vendors engaged with the programme.
- Responsibility for ensuring local compliance with the employee tax deductions, that all relevant statutory deductions are made from the employees’ salaries and paid out to the appropriate authorities, coordinating with local legal, accounting and human resource advisors as appropriate.
- Provide support to human resources on personnel and staff issues which have financial implications.
Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.
Accountability within GOAL
Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:
- Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
- Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
- Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
Established in 1977, GOAL Global is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.
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