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  • Posted on: 24 April, 2017 Deadline: 9 May, 2017
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  • The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries
     

    Finance Manager

     

    Roles for the Finance Manager Job

    • Assist the FD in management of the NAF by ensuring that costs relates to donors are recharged to SOFS once they are active and activities budgeted in NAF are actioned to ensure optimal usage of the NAF
    • Facilitates in budget development and need of the finance department
    • Participates in BVA meetings to ensure that payments , commitments and accruals are well managed in relation to donor expenditures
    • Analyses financial spend and trends and Advices the SMT on cost efficiency in operations
    • Provides information to the FD on issues arising from Interdepartmental meetings that relate to budget allocations for various needs for the departments
    • Reviews Annual budgets , Q1,Q2 budgeting from the field offices for onward transmission to
    • Back stops for the Budget and reporting manager

    Finance Manager Job Qualifications

    • At least five year’s progressive INGO experience two of which are in financial management position.
    • Bachelor’s Degree, Finance /Accounting (or equivalent certification and experience) and recognized Accounting qualification CPA or ACCA
    • Experience of working in an emergency response or set up
    • Ability to oversee implementation of new procedures and controls
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team, including cultural sensitivity, assertiveness and negotiating skills.
    • Proven skills on managing changes, achieving results, ensuring quality, team building and capacity building.
    • Strong computer skills, Excel, Word and Accounting packages
    • Ability and willingness to work under pressure as part of a professional team.
    • Willingness to travel to field offices occasionally
    • INGO experience
    • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, preferred
    • Commitment to Save the Children values

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    Finance & Grants Officer

     

    ROLE PURPOSE:

    The Finance Officer will support in delivering the Finance teams’ objectives in a timely and accurate manner. Support the Finance Coordinator and ensure that processing and reporting deadlines are fully met; financial controls and procedures are strictly adhered to by all field office staff.

    SCOPE OF ROLE:

    Reports to: Finance Coordinator

    Country Dimensions: Dimensions:

    Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programs with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.

    Staff directly reporting to this post: To be confirmed

    • Assist the finance coordinator in maintaining a robust and adequate financial internal control systems and cash management in line with SCI’s Finance Manual, Awards management and good accounting practices.
    • Checking accuracy of data entry and data quality.
    • Check cash documents before they are paid out by the Finance Assistant.
    • Maintains financial security by following internal controls.
    • Assist the Finance coordinator to ensure monthly financial diaries are strictly adhered to meet deadlines.
    • Prepare recharge journals for posting and ensure that GLACOS for recharges are reviewed by Finance Coordinator before sending to Nairobi. Also ensure that the number of errors is minimised so as to avoid recharge journals.
    • Monthly Review and verification of financial transactions/activities/documentation for accuracy, appropriateness and completeness and ensure full compliance of financial services and transactions with SCI rules, regulations, policies and recording and reporting systems.
    • Ensuring compliance with taxation legislation.
    • Prepare all suppliers payment on time and prepare cheques or input in the banking online system, Review and verify financial transactions/activities/documentation for accuracy, appropriateness and completeness and ensure full compliance of financial services and transactions with SCI rules, regulations, policies and recording and reporting systems.
    • Ensure weekly and monthly cash counts are made by an independent senior manager.
    • Ensure proper files are maintained and well secured in the Finance Department to enable a complete audit trail from the Agresso FMS accounts records to supporting documentation and vice versa.
    • Ensure that grant closure is being dealt with correctly and that no charges are made to closed grants.
    • Perform other related duties as required.
    • Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

    Accountability:

    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team 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

    Ambition:

    • 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 Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

     

    Qualifications and Experience;

    • Bachelor of Commerce or Business Studies degree or equivalent certification and experience.
    • Professional qualifications in Accounting (CPA II section finalist)
    • Recommended a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a in budget setting and grants management in INGOs, Accounting & financial management.
    • Familiar with major donor reporting including EU,UNHCR,DFID, BPRM etc
    • Strong working computer skills especially in accounting packages.
    • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
    • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
    • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
    • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, preferred
    • Commitment to Save the Children values

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    Head Of Health And Nutrition

     

    SCOPE OF ROLE:

    Reports to: Director Programme Development and Quality. Dotted line to relevant Area Programme Manager when in their area.

    Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programs with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.

    Staff directly reporting to this post: Health Technical Specialist, Nutrition Technical Specialist, WASH Technical Specialist.

    Key staff engaging directly with this post: field-based Health & Nutrition Programme Managers, Child Survival Advocacy & Policy Coordinators and Area Programme Managers; Thematic Technical Specialists; Communications Manager; Head of Advocacy & Campaigns; Awards Manager, Deputy Country Director – Operations; Director of Finance; Country Director; ICT Manager; Save the Children Member Technical Advisors


    KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Programme Development & Innovation

    • Lead on development of thematic strategy in H&N including household health and nutrition practices, public health, nutrition and WASH services in line with Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan for Kenya
    • Lead in developing and realising ambitious yet practical H&N and WASH plans as part of the Country Annual Plans
    • Work together with PDQ and operations teams to initiate and design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes for the sector
    • Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in H&N and WASH with PDQ and operations teams linking to Country and Area strategies on H&N
    • Seek strategic linkages, wherever applicable, with other thematic areas of the Kenya programme i.e. child protection, education, child poverty, and child rights governance (CRG) for developing integrated programmes for difficult to reach children in Kenya
    • Stay abreast of developments and innovations in the field of health and nutrition interventions within the region and globally, and integrate these developments into programming as appropriate.
    • Facilitate working groups to stimulate innovative ideas and test new approaches
    • Stay abreast of emerging trends, building internal capacity to identify and test new ideas, and identifying, incubating and road mapping the roll out of new initiatives

    Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

    • Lead the development and implementation of relevant and sustainable capacity building strategy for area teams and partners including consortium partners on H&N and WASH in coordination with the operations teams 
    • Provide technical guidance and inputs where relevant to the PDQ and operations teams and consortium partners and conduct technical review of donor reports to ensure that the reports are of high quality from a technical point of view as per expectations in the project proposals
    • Assist the PDQ team to enhance the capacity of operations teams (e.g. programme/project managers) in developing appropriate systems for documenting and storing relevant information/data needed for donor and member reporting.  
    • Provide elaborations and as required directions and trainings to managers in operations teams involved in delivering projects focusing on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of H&N programmes.

    Representation and Advocacy

    • Represent Save the Children in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate) related to H&N
    • Work closely with the Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, PDQ and operations teams to develop policy research and advocacy strategy in H&N in line with the Country Strategic Plan and global strategy of Save the Children
    • Leverage donor interest and government policies for the difficult to reach children in Kenya both in emergency and development situations through targeted advocacy/key messages
    • Identify and capitalise key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for child and maternal health and nutrition in Kenya
    • Work with consortium members wherever applicable to further Save the Children’s mission for children

    People Management, Mentoring and Development

    • Ensure that all technical staff in H&N and WASH understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts
    • Manage the H&N technical (PDQ) team; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
    • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in H&N and WASH
    • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process. 
    • Oversee that all H&N and WASH staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature
    • Manage the performance of all direct reports through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations; coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities; recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvement workplans
    • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.  

    Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

    • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager and take a lead in ensuring that all H&N and WASH projects and components have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines
    • Technically assist the PDQ team in measuring achievement and progress towards program goals and results through the MEAL system
    • Lead and work closely with the PDQ team to identify and lead strategic ground breaking research in H&N and WASH for development of innovative programmes and issue-based advocacy
    • Facilitate appropriate dissemination of research findings and good practices documentations in the projects internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors strategic for immediate and sustainable development of children in Kenya

    Knowledge Management

    • Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the sector in Kenya and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in H&N programmes (gained from existing and emerging Save the Children’s global knowledge and practices) and in turn documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with quality programme team.
    • Work with technical resources among Save the Children members to facilitate sharing and learning in H&N good practices and leverage their support for strengthening H&N related studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favour of children in Kenya   

    SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
    Accountability:

    • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team 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

    Ambition:

    • 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 Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity: 

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    • Degree in medicine with a post graduate degree in public health/global health; community health; health management with training and experience in and project planning and management techniques  
    • Knowledge of current global and regional public health debates in health and nutrition
    • Recommended a minimum of ten years of relevant technical experience including at senior level. Experience working within the devolved Kenyan health system is a must.
    • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical H&N projects in in development and emergency/fragile settings.
    • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
    • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
    • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
    • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
    • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
    • Commitment to Save the Children values

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

    Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory Cover letter indicating the Position on the subject line to kenya.jobapplications@savethechildren.org by 19th May 2017.

    Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

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