Financial managers

We need experienced financial managers to establish and/or develop financial systems for organisations in developing countries.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll be a qualified financial manager with at least five years’ experience in managing reporting and finance systems, ideally with general management skills. You’ll also have excellent IT skills and good communication and interpersonal skills. Experience of grant writing and microfinance is desirable.

We’re also interested in your ability to give technical advice and train your colleagues in financial best practice.

What you'll be doing

By helping develop clear and transparent financial systems, you’ll enable organisations that serve poor people to apply for government and institutional funding and manage their resources more effectively.

You could be working in countries such as The Gambia, Sierra Leone or Tanzania.

  • Example role

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Financial adviser
Papua New Guinea

Madang Urban Local Level Government (MULLG) is situated in Madang Province on the northern side of the mainland. MULLG is a local government body responsible for delivering a range of public services to the thriving local community. Currently poor financial management is compromising the impact the organisation can have on the local population.

You’ll be using your expertise in financial management and planning to allow for transparency and more effective services. You’ll be training others in good financial practice so that MULLG can make a sustainable difference to the communities that it serves.

What you'll be doing

  • Identifying and assessing the financial management needs of MULLG
  • Working with members of MULLG to improve budget preparation processes
  • Providing training and coaching to the current finance team
  • Establishing good practice in financial accounting procedures at MULLG

What you'll need

You’ll need an accountancy qualification, preferably as a chartered or certified accountant and have at least three years’ accountancy or audit work experience. Previous line management experience is also required, including training others by identifying and facilitating their needs. MULLG is looking for a self-starter, able to evaluate and improve their practice. Creativity, problem solving and looking at the long- term perspective are necessary qualities. You will also be approachable, motivating others to achieve their potential. Good humour and the ability to adapt to the Melanesian laid back working culture is essential.

And the rest...

The mainland of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and its associated archipelagos stretch across a distance of almost 3,000 km between the equator and the southwestern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Although the country only represents one per cent of the world’s surface area, it is home to an estimated five per cent of the world’s biodiversity. The climate is generally hot and humid. You’ll be working in Madang Province, which has many of the countries highest peaks, active volcanoes and is the most linguistically diverse region of Papua New Guinea.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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