Project Coordination Unit (PCU) - Finance Officer Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia YES | Your Employment Solutions

Our client, which is an international non-profit foundation which implements projects that promote sustainable livelihood improvement of coffee farmers and their families, is looking to hire a PCU Finance Officer (FO).

Job Purpose 

To oversee and coordinate financial activities of the project and ensure compliance with Ethiopian and donor regulations and further provide support in budgetary management and financial reporting to the Donor(s).

Key Accountabilities 

  • Manage all accounting transactions and procedures linked to the PCU budget and ensure that they are in accordance with statutory regulations, corporate policy, Ethiopian and BMZ regulations.
  • Prepare PCU accounting and financial reports for reporting to the SAfA head office in Germany and other stakeholders/partners as required.
  • Ensure that a sound financial management policy and system is in place and implemented.
  • Ensure that all procurement related tasks are carried out timely and following company and donor policies and procedures (procurement, asset management, inventory and stock management, relationship with suppliers and service providers, etc.)
  • Be involved in the creation, negotiation, filing and tracking of documentary issues (e.g.​ Project budgets, loan and tenancy agreements etc.)
  • Assist in the implementation/set up of a new accounting system and ensure adequate data entry and booking.
  • Provide training, coaching and backstopping to the SAfA implementing organizations on BMZ’s procedures and regulations.
  • Assist in financial planning, budgeting and in the implementation of internal control systems.
  • Monitor and prepare fund requisitions, financial disbursements and ensure proper use of funds (allowable expenditures).
  • Closely monitor the expenditure deadlines.
  • Monitor the budget burn rate of the individual implementers and the adherence to budget flexibility.
  • Contribute to preparation of budget revisions.
  • Review vouchers and financial documentation of the implementing organizations.
  • Coaching implementing partners on the use of the financial reporting templates.
  • Consolidating the quarterly and annual reports of all implementers into an overall SAfA project financial report/expenditure update and a consolidated fund request
  • Ensure the timeliness of financial reports.
  • Coordinating and managing SAfA financial audits (statutory and project).
  • Participating in selected project meetings and providing input on financial related matters.
  • Keep the PCU Manager informed about the project´s performance on a regular basis.
  • Carry out any other financial assignments as requested by the PCU Manager or the Financial Officer at HRNS head office.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in a financial related discipline.

Specific work experience, knowledge and skills required

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position (Finance, Accounting, Business Management,
  • Economics), preferably within a not- for-profit organization.
  • Experience with donor funded projects will be an added advantage.
  • In-depth knowledge of Ethiopia’s financial regulations and accounting/auditing processes.
  • Ideally experienced with accounting principles according to IPSAS.
  • Experience in financial and cost accounting, budgeting, financial management and audit.
  • Experience in the preparation of financial reports and budget variance analyses.
  • Knowledge of using accounting software. Knowledge of Sun-Systems 6 would be an advantage.
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff.
  • Competence in computer skills is a must, especially Excel.
  • Experience in working within a consortium with multiple partners.
  • Demonstrable attitude for teamwork.
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Highly disciplined, well organized, able to work independently, flexible and able to work within tight timeframes


How to apply

Interested applicants can apply by sending their CVs to with the subject line PCU Finance Officer (FO) before June 16th, 2021.


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