Head of Finance

Head of Finance

Addis Ababa The Embassy of Ireland


Ireland’s engagement in Ethiopia is guided by the Government of Ireland’s general foreign policy which seeks to promote a more secure, just, fair and sustainable world, Largely focused through Its Irish Aid programme. The Embassy also promotes bilateral relations through trade, cultural and political engagement, and provides consular and visa services. In 2019 the Embassy of Ireland will manage a budget in excess of €30 million. Strong financial management and control is a core component for the effective oversight and management of the program and the allocated funds.

The Embassy of Ireland, Ethiopia is recruiting a Head of Finance;

Overall Role and Responsibility: The Head of Finance supports the Embassy team in providing strong, efficient and effective financial management and control. S/he will report directly to the Ambassador, and be responsible for the day to day management of the Embassy’s Finance Unit including:
  • Managing and implementing the financial management system and system of internal financial control;
  • As a member of the Embassy’s Senior Management Team, contributing to decision making processes, including ensuring the effective and efficient management of resources;
  • Participating in Mission budgeting; risk management, ensuring value for money; and providing technical financial support to the Irish Aid programmes
  • Accurately recording financial transactions for the Embassy;
  • Providing timely financial management information and reports
  • Ensuring the Embassy is in compliance with all relevant standards, procedures and regulations, and ensuring systems are in place to safeguard the Embassy/programme assets;
  • Supervising and developing the staff in the small finance unit
  • Carrying out all routine financial management tasks to a high standard
Qualifications, Skills, Experience and Competencies Required:
  1. BA in Accounting or related fields from recognized university and a recognised professional accounting qualification e.g. ACCA or CIMA is highly desirable.
  2. Minimum of 5 years experience in a financial management and control role, with at least 3 years at a senior level;
  3. Experience in the use of financial management accounting packages (knowledge of lnfor Sun System would be a strong advantage); and proficiency in Microsoft applications; advance excel is essential.
  4. Strong analytical skills, high motivation, and the ability to manage staff and deliver results
  5. Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with staff and partners;
  6. A very high standard of personal integrity;
  7. A high standard in English, both spoken and written;

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