8 Mar 2021

Project Finance and Risk Advisor at Sightsavers

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Job Description

Project Finance and Risk Advisor

Sightsavers implements projects in over 30 countries in Africa and South Asia working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. We are looking for three new Project Finance and Risk Advisors to work closely with country office staff and other support teams to ensure that projects funded by donors run smoothly.

Location: Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan), Nigeria (Abuja), Ghana (Accra), Malawi (Lilongwe), Zambia, Tanzania

Contract: Two year fixed term contract

Salary:     Local terms and conditions apply and can be confirmed in advance of interview, dependent upon location

About the role

The Project Finance and Risk Advisors will work on targeted capacity building initiatives and special objectives/ projects to enhance the status of project financial management and donor compliance within Sightsavers’ financial management processes.

A typical day could include:

  • Calling the country office finance manager of the Senegal Eye Health project to discuss pending issues in the financial report
  • Noticing an area for improvement in our review process. Making a note of it to bring up in our team meeting next week
  • Dealing with ad-hoc requests about exchange rates and budget flexibility from your various country office and global contacts
  • Attending a meeting with stakeholders across the organisation to kick-start the Inclusive Employment proposal application for a £1mn European Commission grant in Mali
  • Working on a payroll journal that charges staff time to donors for this month
  • Pausing your work on the payroll journal to review and sign-off that Senegal Eye Health project financial report that just came in your inbox. You send it to the Institutional Funding team who then submit it to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Job done.

About you

This job may be for you if:

  • You are proactive by nature and have initiative.
  • You are comfortable taking decisions and have a good sense of when to escalate issues.
  • You are quick to notice irregularities, yet you do not lose sight of the bigger picture.
  • You enjoy solving problems and have a keen eye for improvement.
  • You communicate clearly. You adapt your language and pace to suit your listeners.
  • You are confident holding close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Last but not least, you are comfortable travelling to the countries we work in if necessary.

Jobholder Requirements


  • Able to demonstrate finance and accountancy experience or excellent numerical skills
  • Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Awareness of overseas development context gained through working in the INGO sector
  • Proven experience of institutional donor project financial management
  • Willing and able to travel on average twice a year if required (1-2 week trips)
  • Good English language skills and experience working in English
  • Good communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Well organised with an appreciation of meeting reporting commitments
  • Ability to work independently and manage a portfolio of projects, acting as a point of reference
  • Strong attention to detail with a willingness to follow issues through to resolution
  • Continuous improvement mindset, seeking ways to improve processes and mitigate risk
  • Willingness to continuously develop skills and knowledge to remain current with donor funding developments


  • Proven experience of USAID, EC and FCDO project financial management
  • Proven experience of financial training to finance staff
  • Able to explain financial issues and procedures to a non-financial audience.
  • Experience of a computer-based accounting system
  • Any knowledge of languages aside for English (notable focus on French, Portuguese, Wolof, Swahili)
  • High level of programmatic and financial understanding of the project cycle

 This is an involved role and please see the job description for full details.

Local terms and conditions apply to each location and can be confirmed prior to interview.

We anticipate that remote interviews will take place from 29 March 2021 onwards and the evaluation process will include a one hour Excel assessment.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Closing Date : 5th April, 2021.

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