Financial Advisory Services Analyst

Wanted

 Exceptional professionals with 1 to 3 years of work experience in data analysis, and a demonstrated long-term passion for development work.  East African candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 

 

Job Location

Nairobi, Kenya or Bungoma, Kenya 


Duration

Minimum two year's commitment, full-time job.

 

Job Description

The Finance Advisory Services (FAS) team is made up of in-country analysts that are the trusted advisors to country leadership teams in the area of financial sustainability. Taking vast amounts of financial intelligence from budgets, spending patterns and projected work plans, FAS provides concise, actionable advice around how to allocate resources to best achieve the country’s scale and impact goals. The goal of our small group of financial consultants is complete financial sustainability to efficiently scale impact.

To help achieve this, the Financial Analyst will work across functions on budgeting and quantitative analysis to give strategic advice. We are looking for someone with high leadership potential. This a career track role where you will learn valuable skills in finance and accounting as well develop a management consulting toolkit.

There are 3 main areas of responsibility for the role:

  1. Budget: You will work with departments in developing, updating, and tracking budgets. You will update monthly BVAs (Budget vs. Actuals) and associated financial reports for the sections of the entire program, working closely with our Accounting team. This requires excel skills and financial acumen, as well as the ability to maintain professional relationships and explain complex terms in simple language. Longer-term, you will own the entire budget process
  2. Analysis: Building on your budget work, you will analyze financial data for trends and give advice to departments, particularly to improve efficiency. For example, you may develop a business case around developing internal capabilities for print or construction. Or you might design a new policy to improve our trucking systems. Again, this will require a mix of modeling and synthesizing complex information into actionable recommendations.
  3. Strategic projects: In some cases, you will also implement your recommendations, such as piloting an efficiency play in a district or improving our KPI tracking. These kind of projects require getting into the field to understand our program and financials.

Over time, you will take on larger and larger strategic questions, eventually driving large parts of financial strategy.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests heavily in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Finance & Operations Specialists will have access to regular and ongoing professional development opportunities aimed at building the soft and hard skills required for quick rapid professional growth. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking exceptional professionals with 1 to 3 years of work experience, and a demonstrated long-term passion for development work. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Work Experience: Candidates should have 1-3 years of strong work experiences in data analysis. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, innovative, results-driven environment. Candidates with management consulting, finance, and strategic planning backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Leadership: We are looking for candidates with demonstrated leadership experience at work, or outside of work. Examples of demonstrated leadership experience include managing a team or initiating a new project.
  • Education: Strong undergraduate background at a top East African or international university. Degrees in business, management, economics, statistics, finance or related fields preferred.
  • Quantitative skills: Demonstrated comfort learning finance, accounting, and statistics, quantitative analysis. Strong excel skills a must and will be tested.
  • Communication: Excellent written and oral communication. Able to summarize and synthesize information.
  • Attitude:
    • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
    • Flexibility: You should be comfortable with ambiguity and quickly learning new skills and subjects.
    • Growth: You should be open to feedback, willing to admit mistakes
  • Other Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Language: English required; French is a bonus.

 

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

 

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with raises for performance.

 

Benefits

Housing, transportation, and airtime allowance.

 

Note: We will not be able to sponsor a visa for this position.

 


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