Job Summary

The Finance Manager is responsible for the overall accounting and financial reporting functions of EAP. They are responsible for having in place efficient and effective management of EAP cash flows, updating and reconciling the accounting ledgers, managing the end of period procedures, ensuring the generation of monthly financial reports, upholding internal controls, upholding tax compliance and building the capacity of both finance and operations teams in finance and budget management.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Administration



Duration: 24 Months


Reports to: Country Director

Staff reporting to this post: Finance Officer

Other key working contacts: This is a challenging role in a complex operational and contractual environment. It requires a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can manage the difficulties of working in such an environment and across project areas. This role will be required to have close working relationships with all managers, technical advisers and employees at the area and country levels.


  • Support in planning and managing the country office budgeting and forecasting cycle.

  • Review and development of tool, guidance and processes to support the annual budget and forecast.

  • Carry out review of country office budget/forecast to ensure the quality and accuracy of projection and raising concern as appropriate.

  • Consolidate monthly and quarterly financial report and budget/forecast for country office.

  • Maintain awareness and provide guidance on key operational issue in country office; act as business partner to the International Programme team in the UK.

  • Draft relevant section of financial board report including commentary on budget vs actual expenditure and key risk.

  • Act as the primary point of contact for regional office finance team on day-to-day accounting query, business risk and cyclical process.

  • Provide advice and support to country office including capacity building.

  • Provide support to strategic project and ensure ‘business as usual’ finance process is adapted as required.

  • Work with East African Playgrounds members to provide financial information and resolve query.

  • Work with Tax Compliance and Auditors to meet the expectations of East African Playgrounds

  • Comply with East African Playgrounds policies and practice concerning child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures

  • Any other duties that EAP deems suitable  



  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role model

  • Holds colleagues 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 others to do the same

  • Widely shares their personal vision for East African Playgrounds, engages and motivates others

  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • 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

  • Willing to take disciplined risks


∙ Honest, encourages openness and transparent



  • Minimum of Bachelors Degree or higher in Commerce, Accounting or Business Administration from a recognized university, MUST possess a Postgraduate qualification or professional qualification such as ACCA, CPA, CIMA

  • At least of 5 years relevant working experience in working for International NGOs in a humanitarian and development setting.

  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables, demonstrates sound knowledge of the relevant tax laws and other statutory obligations and with a sound command of the balance sheet interpretation and presentation.

  • Experience in QuickBooks

  • Strong background in external donor reporting for an international NGO and experience working with major donors like USAID, SIDA, EU, etc

  • Good financial management skills with knowledge of computer Accounting Packages and good understanding of Government budgets and tax policies.

  • Proven ability to work with a team under minimal supervision and being able to prioritize work and meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong Planning, organizing and negotiation skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficiency in working with computers particularly spreadsheets and word processing

  • Proven records management experience i.e. for both paper and electronic filing systems

  • Experience of working within a team and actively involved in team building

  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural setting

  • Ability to multitask and prioritise well

  • High level of confidentiality and integrity

  • A team player who can work collaboratively and with people of diverse backgrounds

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

  • A high level of written and spoken English

  • Commitment to the aims and principles of EAP. In particular, a good understanding of EAPs mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a CV with full contact details and a covering letter to address your motivation for the role, salary expectations, what specific skills and expertise you would bring and how you meet the competencies outlined above.

Please email this information with the subject heading ‘Finance Manager Application’ to by 12:00 pm 21st April 2019. Any applications received after this date shall not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications we receive if you do not hear from us within 14 days your application has been unsuccessful.

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