Afghanaid is seeking a new Director of Finance who will be based in Kabul. This key person will work closely with the Managing Director, other members of the Executive Team and key members of the Board of Trustees and lead a team of dedicated professionals.
At Afghanaid, Finance and Operations are the systems and support functions necessary to implement programs effectively, efficiently and economically, while demonstrating accountability and they include Finance & Accounting, Procurement & Logistics, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Administration, as well as Human Resources.
The Director of Finance provides leadership of these efforts to ensure quality program delivery by improving the integration, management and planning of country finance and operations. This shall be done in collaboration with other Finance and Operating Units to ensure alignment. The Director of Finance will ensure strategic alignment, oversee policy-making and systems management, and provide overall leadership of all the Finance and Operations functions as well as being the strategic thinking partner for the Managing Director and other executive team members.
For the Director of Finance, Afghanaid seeks a talented and seasoned professional, most likely with a professional accounting qualification and an MBA or other similar qualification, combined with notable experience working at a senior level within a non-governmental organisation in the areas of accounting, strategic financial and operational management in a challenging conflict environment.
Afghanaid is an international NGO registered in England and Wales. The organisation has facilitated community-driven processes for emergency assistance, recovery and development to address the fundamental needs of people in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan for more than three decades. Finance and Operations are headquartered in Kabul, with provincial and district offices in Badakhshan (north-eastern region), Samangan (northern region), Ghor (western region), Herat (western region) and Nangarhar (eastern region), working through partners in a further 13 provinces, and maintaining a marketing and fundraising office in London. Afghanaid currently employs more than 200 personnel, 95% of whom are Afghans.
|£50,000 to £55,000 net of Afghanistan payroll taxes.
· Medical, life and travel insurance: US$ 8,000 to US$ 12,000 per annum depending on insurable risk assessed by our insurers in the UK.
· Annual leave: 22 working days.
· Rest and relaxation (R&R): five working days or rest for each 50-60 weekdays completed in Afghanistan, plus one travel day and US$ 1,100 in a combination of air ticket and cash. This works out as four R&R periods per year and may be combined with annual leave in order to provide more time off.
· Accommodation: shared staff house with furnished separate room dedicated for each person (total number of occupants in the house is currently 8-10). Heating lighting and water are paid for by the organisation. A cook is provided by the organisation for week days but staff pay for the food. Meals must be organised by employees during weekends and public holidays.
· Transportation: A vehicle is assigned for international staff for visiting work locations (subject to security clearance) and/or friends at other organisations’ guest houses.
Other: salary can be agreed and contracted in either GBP or USD depending on successful candidate’s preference. Payment is made from Afghanistan to the chosen bank account of the international hire employee. Salary is assumed to cover bank charges in the recipient bank. Afghanaid pays for bank charges for the remitting bank.
|· Substantial financial management and accounting experience with significant experience in a senior finance and administration management position with an international NGO, with more than a £5 million annual budget and multiple donor reporting requirements.
· Proven ability to think and lead strategically, plan effectively, set priorities and meet deadlines.
· Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted international accounting principles, internal controls, auditing, and grant management.
· Proven and substantive expertise in budgeting, donor reporting and auditing.
· Previous substantive experience of financial and procurement policies and standards of institutional donors including DFID, USAID, EU, ECHO, UNICEF, UN OCHA, World Bank, etc.
· Experience in preparing excellent, coherent, well-organised financial and narrative reports.
· Comprehensive knowledge and experience of other non-financial areas of responsibility.
· Sound understanding of international humanitarian and development work, including infrastructure, agriculture, community development, governance, gender and DRR.
· Ability to represent a respected organisation at a senior level.
· Experience and strong understanding of the security and operating environment in Afghanistan (or a similar conflict-affected context).
· Recent experience working overseas in a conflict-affected country.
· Proven track record in leading change, motivating, mentoring, coaching and facilitating learning and development of colleagues.
· Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues at a distance in the field to prepare high quality budgets, financial statements, audits and to manage change.
· Experience in organisational level strategy development and management.
· Experience working with a Board of Directors, either in a management role or as a board member.
· Experience in a financial management position in the private sector.
· Knowledge of human resource management.
· Knowledge of Afghan laws and statutory requirements.
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Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist Afghanaid in finding suitable candidates for this role.
To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.
You will be asked to submit the following information:
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
- A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).
The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:
Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:
Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.
We advise candidates to submit their application as soon as possible, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.