Rwanda Finance and Operations Manager at International Alert: (Deadline 12 July 2020)

Rwanda Finance and Operations Manager at International Alert: (Deadline 12 July 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda

International Alert

International Alert

Rwanda Finance and Operations Manager at International Alert: (Deadline 12 July 2020)

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Country Director the holder of this position will support Alert staff and partners and contribute to the country programmes’ impact and sustainability by ensuring compliance and sound management of all finance, admin and human resources related activities, in line with Rwandan Law, donor regulations and International Alert’s policies, procedures and minimum standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

International Alert Rwanda’s financial system;

Assume overall responsibility for donor financial reporting, ensuring compliance with any legislative and donor requirements – including inter alia reports, forecasts, and projections.
Customize the Alert finance and procurement manuals in view of meeting all local statutory requirements and other requirements that relate to the local operating environment
Be the focal point for any internal or external audits – including the provision of supporting documentation.
Ensure office accounts are maintained in accordance with Alert’s finance systems and donor requirements
Ensure monthly financial reports as well as expenditure forecasts / cash-flows are produced in timely fashion
Ensure Alert’s tax payments and other statutory obligations such are administered in accordance with Rwanda law
Ensure the Directorate’s annual registration process for Alert is carried out compliant with Rwandan law.
Ensure adequate controls over cash and bank management are constantly monitored and updated to minimize the risk of fraud and misappropriation.
Ensure that sufficient funds are maintained in bank and cash accounts and initiate requests to the Head Office for additional funds
Assist with investigations into alleged fraud and irregularities
Oversee core payroll services including processing monthly payroll and statutory and internal deductions, maintaining payroll records and issuing monthly payslips.
Ensure that all expenses are authorized in line with Rwanda procurement manual, with correct segregation of duties, and efficiently processed
Provide senior-level advice, information and analysis on all aspects of programme finance and management.

Provide technical financial advice and expertise to the Country Director, Project Managers, program staff, and Finance and Admin Officer
Direct line management responsibility of Finance and Administration Officer
Support Project Manager and Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in interpreting financial information to enable them to make decisions based on financial reports
Monitor all financial activities and keep the Country Management team advised of all situations which have the potential for a negative impact on internal controls.
Ensure that the systems in place enhance, as far as possible, the efficiency and effectiveness of the way assets are utilized.
Assume overall responsibility for developing and maintaining the Rwanda Country Budget – including identifying funding gaps and proposing pro-active solution to managing those gaps.
Review and revise the Country and Project Budgets [latter in conjunction with Project Managers] as required by the Alert budget cycle [revised at least twice per year]
Support the Country Management team by developing new project budgets as required. Provide the Country Management team with an opinion on the ability of Alert to meet any financial contractual obligations
Assist in the induction and orientation of country staff with regards to Alert RWANDA’s finance systems.
Grant management & support to NGO partners

Support NGO partners in the development of sound finance systems and the management of funds, where required;
Undertake grant management and oversight responsibilities for all grant contracts;
Undertake financial reporting to donors and government, ensuring compliance with any donor requirements;
Oversee partner sub-contracting agreements and undertake partner financial assessments (as required).
Lead a strong HR function

Lead staff training on Alert Rwanda HR systems, ensuring all aspects are well understood and observed
Oversee all aspects of HR management, ensuring compliance with Alert Rwanda’s HR policies, systems, and procedures
Support managers in building staff capacity, team spirit and confidence in all areas
Proactively lookout for initiatives that will improve and develop the HR function in the Rwanda office.
Liaise closely with Alert’s HR Team on any issues arising and as required.
Coordinate inductions, briefings, training of staff;
Conduct regular salary and benefits benchmarking to ensure that Alert Rwanda remains a competitive employer.
Strategic inputs

Participate in the development and implementation of the Alert Rwanda Country Strategy.
Liaise closely with the Africa Programme Finance team in London, ensuring streamlined finance management between Rwanda and London, and providing the required information in required formats
When delegated, represent Alert Rwanda and participate in conferences and seminars
Be an active member of the Alert team in Rwanda and support and assist colleagues;
Any other duties which contribute to the smooth running of International Alert Rwanda, as required by the Country Coordinator.


Line manage Finance and Admin Assistant, interns, volunteers, drivers, cleaners and other support staff who work for Alert Rwanda. Act as functional supervisor [in parallel to the Africa Programme Head of Finance and Operations]

Travel requirements

This position is based in Kigali with travel in rural Rwanda and to Great Lakes Region’s offices from time to time; as well as occasional visits to London.


Qualification in Management

A degree or equivalent in a related subject ACA/ACCA/CIMA
Audit training with a reputable company


At least 2 years’ managing finance and administration for an INGO project/office in Rwanda,
Significant experience of accounting for funds from international funders, including grant audits
Significant experience of developing budgets and financial forecasts, monitoring and reporting
Systems development and management (financial and others)
Negotiating best value contractual agreements with service providers
Experience of managing a team’s Financial capacity building of non-finance managers
Management of security in an INGO context
Working with partner organizations (establishing and operationalising partnership agreements, capacity building)
Internal audit
Business planning

Knowledge & Skills



Fluent in spoken English
Good grasp of spoken and written French
Good understanding of Rwandan legal and labour law requirements for INGOs
Good interpersonal skills and communication skills
Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel, Power point, internet, etc.
Good knowledge of accountancy packages
Ability to work in a dispersed team
Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines – to be able to prioritise clearly
Knowledge of peacebuilding IT networking and maintenance
Using Business Dynamics

Personal Qualities



Personal and professional integrity
Flexibility, initiative and a “can do” attitude
Meticulous attention to detail

How to Apply

To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities form at [email protected] ; both of which can be found under ‘How to Apply’ which is part of the Jobs section of Alert’s website ( ).

Closing date: 12th July 2020,


CV are not accepted
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted



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