Finance Director

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  • Posted on 23 January 2020
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Job Description

Category: Manager
Req ID: FINAN01912
Posted Date: 2020-01-21
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe ZWE


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Finance Director for a USAID-funded project proposal that seeks to address electoral reform in Zimbabwe. The Finance Director will manage the project’s financial systems. S/he will work under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Party and will work on all matters related to financial management, financial reporting, subcontracting. S/he will also ensure sufficient funds are available for effective and efficient implementation of project activities and support programs.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures;
  • Receive and account for all funds for the project (performing weekly and monthly cash checks);
  • Manage the project’s finances to meet the financial reporting requirements, ensuring that all financial reports are submitted on or before the deadlines;
  • Ensure accurate and smooth month and year-end closing and reporting within agreed schedules;
  • Prepare budgets, monitor, review and revise as required in consultation with the Chief of Party;
  • Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting and review of project expenses;
  • Participate in budget planning and realignments as required;
  • Submit wire transfer requests for field offices to Finance and Contracts for processing;
  • Work closely with field-based subcontractors to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to Creative/USAID policies and procedures;
  • Ensure compliance with the Country local laws, particularly on withholding taxes;
  • Ensure timely deposit of withholding taxes and reporting to Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS); and
  • Coordinate with Program & Grant Teams to establish proper controls for grants management.

Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in accounting or financial management desired; B.S. degree with at least eight (8) years of experience required;
  • Previous financial management of a donor-funded project in Zimbabwe;
  • Public or private sector management, financial analysis, cost accounting and relevant experience preferably in developing countries;
  • Demonstrated capacity to supervise a complex financial management or general ledger system;
  • Familiar with all MS Office applications;
  • Must be proficient in English reading, writing and speaking;
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills; and
  • The candidate must currently reside in Zimbabwe.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:
  • U.S. government (USAID preferred) administrative compliance experience;
  • Exposure working with international operations; and
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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