Financial Advisory Services Associate

Wanted

Exceptional professionals with 3+ years work experience to serve in a career–track position that combines financial and operational analysis with management experience in Africa. 

Job Location

Muramvya, Burundi; Nairobi, Kenya; Iringa, Tanzania; Kigali, Rwanda

Duration

Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job

 

Job Description

The Finance – Advisory Services (FAS) team is made up of in country associates 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 scarce resources to best achieve the country’s scale and impact goals. Your primary task will be to meet monthly with country leadership to understand spending to budget and provide a brilliantly simple recap of gaps, successes and recommended action plans. In addition, you will assist department heads in analyzing financial data to determine task specific action plans around key deliverables such as pricing, total compensation and key expense line items (such as transportation and office stocking).

As a young organization, we are ready to hand over significant responsibility for specific, well-defined strategic initiatives as well as day-to-day management of our financial systems. As such, we are seeking an exceptional professional with 3+ years work experience, and a long-term career interest in international development. They will serve in a career-track position that combines financial and operational analysis with management experience in Africa.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Typical tasks will include:

  • Supporting Country Leadership to Determine Strategy. Using the financial intelligence gained in the above priorities, the FAS Associate will work with the country leadership to ensure that a solid strategic plan is in place to meet all Impact and Scale goals.
  • Annual Budget Facilitator and Champion. With support from the rest of the Finance team, the FAS Associate will spearhead the annual budgeting process, including tools training, workshop facilitation with department heads and review of the compiled budgets.
  • Manage and Mentor Staff. To support the above mentioned activities, you will recruit, manage and develop a small team (one to five) of experienced staff that will assist with your analysis and communications goals.
  • Financial Analysis and Driver of Sustainability. The FAS Associate is tasked with pushing the country towards sustainability; you will provide reports on district, country and organization wide spending to budget performance, and will oversee the measurement of Financial KPI’s, ensuring appropriate action.  The Associate will provide analysis and recommendations for improved efficiency, cost effectiveness and product pricing.

 

Career Growth and Development

One Acre Fund invests 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. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

 

Qualifications

We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. This is a competitive posting for a career-track role with minimum initial commitment of two years. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • 3+ years work experiences.  Examples include a demanding professional work experience in a finance function (e.g. SME management consulting, an entrepreneurial role, working as a business or finance analyst).
  • Confidence with numbers and providing quick, insightful analyses of the stories behind the numbers.
  • Ability to clearly communicate in a logical and structured way to an audience with widely varying levels of expertise and interests.
  • Ability and drive to work independently, while effectively prioritizing potentially conflicting demands from various teams.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written communications.
  • Experience with process design and implementation.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work, particularly in a matrix based organization.
  • Top-performing undergraduate background.
  • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track position with potential to grow into an East African or US-based management role.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
  • Language: English required in all locations. French required for Burundi placement. Other notable and useful languages are Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi.

 

Preferred Start Date

Flexible

Compensation

Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

Benefits

Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

Sponsor International Candidates 

Yes

East Africans strongly encourage to apply. 


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