JOB TITLE: Head of Finance
REPORTING LINES: This is a Senior Management position in the establishment with direct reporting lines to the Country Director. This is a 3 year contract position, with the possibility of renewal.
DIMENSION/ACCOUNTABILITIES: The Head of Finance is responsible for the accuracy of financial reports, compliance with accounting standards and AA Zambia’s accounting policies and procedures. The main responsibilities include
  • Ensuring the financial integrity of AA Zambia within the framework of policies and procedures established by AA International as per the requirements of local and international laws.
  • To ensure the financial and legal integrity of AA within the framework of the policies and procedures established internationally as per the requirements of local and international laws.
  • To maintain compliance with AA policies in accordance with AA International Financial Management Framework including local statutory, legal and tax requirements.
  • To provide all stakeholders with timely and accurate financial information to enable monitoring of performance against budgets and decision making
  • Coordinate the annual budgeting, forecasting and three-year planning exercise and ensure that these are consistent with policies and procedures and in accordance with specific needs of AA Zambia.
  • To plan and manage AA Zambia external funding needs.
  • To lead the audit process for the annual financial statements in compliance with statutory regulations at both the local and international level.
  • To provide advice and support on financial matters to the Country Director and other Senior Managers so as to ensure proper financial management of AA Zambia programme.
  • To ensure effective utilization of organizational assets and resources by maintaining an effective internal financial control system.
  • To lead and develop capacity of staff within the Finance Department
  • To manage partnership relationships to enable effective programme implementation through partners
 Person specifications:
  • A Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting/ Business Administration or equivalent. An MBA in Finance will be an added advantage.
  • Membership of a professional accountancy body e.g. ACCA, CIMA or CPA.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years relevant experience in a reputable organisation with a minimum of three (3) years post qualification in a senior management position
  • Work experience with an NGO would be of added advantage.
  • Very strong experience in financial management and accounting practices at a senior management level.
  • Proven experience in implementing financial and administrative control systems.
  • Excellent team building and leadership skills, interpersonal and communication skills, high degree of maturity and sense of judgment are also essential.
  • Proven experience in running donor funded projects
  • Sound practical knowledge of spreadsheets, knowledge of one Information Technology accounting systems is a must and knowledge of SUN system is an advantage.
  • Affinity with AA international’s Vision, Mission and Values is desired.
  • Practical understanding of development programming challenges and appreciation of the financial support requirement.
  • Willing and has skills to develop capacity of AA Zambia staff in sound financial management practices.
Application Procedure
To apply, please send a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae highlighting how you match the person specifications for the role to the following email address: careers.zambia@actionaid.org.Alternatively, applications can be sent to The Human Resource and Organizational Development Manager, ActionAid Zambia, P. O. Box 51407, Lusaka. For those submitting by envelope please clearly indicate “Application for stated position” which you are applying for clearly marked on the envelope. Please clearly state your salary expectation in your cover letter.
Closing Date: 20th January 2016
Although all applications will be considered on their individual merit, suitably qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. While we respect all candidates, due to the high volume of applications we can only respond to shortlisted candidates. These are a local positions subject to the ethos of AA Zambia.
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