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Jobs in Tanzania 2020: Job Vacancies at Farm Radio International, 2020

Position title: Regional Finance Coordinator – East & Southern Africa

Position Location: Arusha, Tanzania; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Field Finance Manager (FFM)

Contract term: 12 months (renewable)

Deadline to apply: Open until filled

Type of posting: External / Internal

Nature and Scope:

Regional Finance Coordinator is a position of project financial
management and project accounting specialist for East and Southern
Africa Countries that requires the incumbent to both directly manage
their assigned projects/programs and supervise financial staff assigned
to a given portfolio of projects. The Regional Finance Coordinator is
expected to strengthen the performance and outputs of the East and
Southern Africa country finance teams in each country of operation
resulting in better efficiency, effectiveness, accuracy, financial
control and compliance of all finance and accounting activities
associated with FRI programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Field Personnel and Office Administration
  • Support the Field Finance Manager and Director of Compliance in administrative matters relating to above key areas
  • Ensuring
    country staff time allocation table as well office running cost table
    are updated on monthly basis by country finance officers, filed in the
    appropriate share drive and available any time
  • Ensure each
    country has enough project budget to support financial commitments
    related to a new agreement or a new partnership through a monthly status
    report shared with Senior Manager, Program Development, and Ottawa
  • Ensure country offices maintain personnel files
    including administration of timesheet, leave records and payment
    schedules of salaries and benefits
  • Ensure countries compliance
    with local laws including legal registrations, tax administration,
    statutory remittances and reporting and liaison with local authorities


Financial Accounting

East and Southern Africa countries in preparation and submission of
monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statement of the project
activities to FRI Ottawa within agreed time-lines. This includes
period-end closings, bank reconciliation, monthly sub-ledger balancing,
review and verifications of all payments, inter-funds, inter-company
reconciliations, preparing month-end journal entries, posting general
ledger and maintaining the chart of accounts.

Support Regional & Ottawa finance team to implement a new accounting system in the field offices.


  • Assist
    East and Southern Africa countries organizing annual local external
    audits. This will involve preparation of detailed working papers,
    financial statements and documents relating to policies and procedures.
  • Ensure updating and compliance of all field manuals (procurement, finance and HR)
  • Support audits commissioned by donor agency, Regional and FRI Ottawa
  • Participate in internal audits of projects commissioned by the Field Finance Manager and the Director of Compliance


  • Assist
    the Field Finance Manager, the Director of finances and the Director of
    compliance in the implementation of administrative procedures and
    technology that enhances efficiency.
  • Implement the accounting
    systems and ensure that it meets the key requirements relating to
    reporting to key stakeholders including segregation of donor funds and
    reporting to the Donner.

Internal Control

  • Assist
    the Field Finance Manager and East and Southern Africa countries in
    updating their accounting and finance manuals. Ensure the implementation
    of all accounting and financial procedures, financial control
    mechanisms for all Project activities, and update the accounting manual
    as required throughout the project.
  • Ensure sub-grantees’
    financial accounting/reporting comply with donor requirements. Ensure
    implementation of necessary financial controls and due diligence (review
    of periodical reports, frequent monitoring visit and internal audits
  • Financial Management & Budgeting Process
  • Provide
    regular variance analysis of project implantation at Regional level and
    other offer recommendations for possible improved courses of action to
    ensure efficient use of project funds.
  • Facilitate smooth
    implementation of contracts of procurement of goods and services as
    required by Project activities, plan and budget.
  • Participate in
    strategic planning and design, and support the program team to build and
    develop accurate annual budget and financial expenditure plans each
    year and monitor progress.
  • Monitor and ensure the efficiency of
    FRI’s Spending Monitoring System (timely reporting, countries burn rates
    tracking, spending plan revision process, follow up on action items,
  • Assist countries and Ottawa finance throughout PD budgeting process.
  • Other duties as required.
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  • A University degree in accounting and finance or business management;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years in financial management and project accounting;
  • Proficiency in computer skills, accounting packages and Advance skills in MS Excel spread sheets;
  • Strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Staff training and supervision experience
  • Experience
    working with international development partners, international
    non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and donors in general (in
    particular Global Affairs Canada, Gates Foundation and USAID experience
    is an asset);
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and International Accounting Standards;
  • Familiarity with International Financial Reporting Standards;
  • Superior organizational skills are essential;
  • Complete fluency in English. French is optional.

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Radio International is a unique international non-profit organization
dedicated exclusively to serving African farming families and rural
communities through the innovative use of radio and mobile phones. We
always work through existing local radio stations. Our network currently
includes more than 1,000 radio partners across 41 sub-Saharan African
countries. Building the capacity of these stations and their local
stakeholders is central to our approach to building viable communication
platforms for long-term sustainable development. We have seven offices
in sub-Saharan Africa and run major projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,
Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. And we have
worked with funders and partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, CABI, Global Affairs Canada, the International Development
Research Centre, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center,
Irish Aid, USAID, and the World Food Programme. Together with our
broadcasting and project partners, we reach tens of millions of small-
scale farmers with life-changing information and enable them to have a
stronger voice in their own development.


is an equal opportunity employer. Only those candidates selected for an
interview will be contacted. We welcome and encourage applications from
people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for
candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

If you wish to apply for this position, please follow this link. No telephone calls please.


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