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5 Jul 2023

Finance Officer at Catholic Relief Services

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About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

Background: CRS is preparing to implement a global project that will address critical nutrition needs of adolescent girls and young women, with an emphasis on a multi-regional perspective and incorporating a significant goods delivery component. This five-year program will be implemented across seven countries including: Guatemala, India, Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Timor Leste, and Zambia. Activities in the seven countries will contribute to the achievement of global results, targets, and indictors under one global award managed by a central Senior Management Team.

Therefor CRS is advertising for various positions to be filled by suitable candidates.

Job Title: Finance Officer Reports to: Deputy Finance Manager
Location: Dar es salaam Salary Grade: 6

Job Summary:

As the Finance officer for Sustainable, Targeted, Responsive approach to Optimize Nutrition and Growth (STRONG) for Adolescent Girls and Young Women you will support activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders contributing to the achievement of STRONG project objectives and advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management skills and knowledge of health and nutrition for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance work towards increasing the impact of this global project. This position reports to the project manager.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Financial Management:
Develop and manage financial systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effective and efficient financial operations.
Prepare and monitor budgets, ensuring adherence to financial guidelines and constraints.
Manage cash flow, including monitoring income, expenses, and expenditures.
Conduct financial analysis and provide reports to the senior management, highlighting financial performance, trends, and recommendations.
Assist in the preparation of financial statements, audits, and tax returns.
Budgeting and Forecasting:
Collaborate with finance team to develop and monitor annual budgets.
Prepare financial forecasts and projections to assist in decision-making and planning.
Monitor actual financial performance against budgeted targets and analyze variances.
Financial Reporting:

Prepare regular financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
Ensure accurate and timely submission of financial reports to regulatory authorities, donors, and other stakeholders.

Provide financial information and reports to support grant applications and funding proposals.
Compliance and Risk Management:
Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and accounting standards.
Develop and implement internal controls to mitigate financial risks.
Monitor and report on compliance issues and recommend corrective actions. Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related field. A professional certification (e.g., CPA, CMA) is advantageous.
Proven experience in financial management, preferably in a nonprofit organization or similar environment.

Strong knowledge of accounting principles, budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting.
Proficient in financial software and systems, such as QuickBooks, SAP, or similar tools.
Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.
Strong organizational and time management abilities.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Required Languages – English and Kiswahili will be preferred.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30 %.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners.
Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
Staff supervision experience a plus.
Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.
Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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Method of Application

Interested qualified candidates should submit their letter of application together with their CV in PDF or Word format in a single attachment which outlines their experience and sustainability of the position applied to email address [email protected] not later than 18th July 2023.

The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Female candidates, people with disability and people from other recognized marginalized backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  CRS Tanzania recognizes many people do not have access to university education, limited capacity to travel, women take career breaks to care for family, and physical access for people with disability is limited in some workplaces including in the field.  In all recruitments, CRS Tanzania uses a competency-based selection process.  This ensures that if a candidate does not have a university degree or many years of experience, their competencies and existing expertise is assessed and valued.

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