Sierra Leone: Director of Administration and Finance – Sierra Leone

Organization: ICAP
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 16 Mar 2018


Reporting to the Country Director and the Chief Financial Officer at ICAP Headquarters, the Director of Administration and Finance will oversee all finance and administration functions of ICAP in-country, including budget development and tracking, financial management and reporting, subcontracts, procurement, human resources and office management. Builds and supervises a strong administration and finance team.

This position is grant funded.


  • Develop, manage and regularly review ICAP Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure efficiency and compliance to Columbia University/funder rules and host country regulations; serve as the primary custodian of all financial transactions; establish and manage financial systems to ensure transparency, accountability and accuracy of all financial data; establish and maintain financial procedures, ensuring adequate segregation of duties are maintained
  • Develop and monitor budgets across multiple grants, in accordance with pre-established ICAP, Columbia University and donor guidelines; prepare forecasts of programmatic and operational costs, ensuring the availability of funds to meet financial needs; ensure that advances are reconciled in accordance with procedures and required deadlines
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with vendors, ensuring that all payments are made timely and that products and services are delivered in accordance with established standards; ensure that ICAP meets donor financial and administrative requirements, and apply fiscal controls and compliance procedures
  • Conduct periodic pipeline and burn rate analyses, audits of actual expenses and budget-to-actual comparisons; present relevant reports to internal and external audiences to facilitate financial and programmatic planning and monitoring
  • Perform periodic training for staff and partners in financial systems and policies
  • Serve as lead liaison to ICAP headquarters in New York, to ensure that all administrative and financial obligations of the program are routinely met; serve as lead liaison with national tax authorities to ensure that ICAP in-country adheres to taxation requirements and receives taxation relief
  • Establish/maintain banking relationships, ensuring transactions are processed timely, accurately, and adequate balances are maintained; ensure timely financial reporting
  • Supervise sub agreement development and management process, including negotiation of contracts, development of budgets and provision of technical assistance to sub grantees, in close coordination with the ICAP-New York sub award team, to ensure effective management of funds and financial reporting
  • Oversee procurement of office and program-related equipment and supplies, ensuring adherence to all donor, ICAPStandard Operating Procedures (SOP), Columbia University and local Sierra Leone laws and regulations; maintain appropriate inventory of supplies and equipment, taking special care to ensure that all items are adequately documented and costs are appropriately chronicled; ensure that bid analysis is done and filed as part of the supporting documents for all purchases
  • Ensure effective and smooth office operations, including security and transportation management of a fleet of vehicles; review the logs of vehicles maintenance; review the property log at least once a quarter; ensure that insurance policies are updated when new items are bought
  • Oversee the monthly payroll preparation and submission to the Country Director for review and approval. Ensure that final submission is made to the global payroll vendor for processing and payment. Serve as lead liaison to all audit inquires including but not limited to CU Internal Audit, ICAP and CUMC Internal Controls and Compliance Office, and host country authorities, to ensure that all requests are fulfilled completely and timely, develop corrective actions and management responses to issues and findings, and conduct routine assessments to ensure corrective actions implemented are adhered
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or related field required; Master’s degree preferred


  • 10+ years of relevant work experience with at 7+ years of work experience at an international NGO
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting financial data
  • Sound knowledge of accounting principles and techniques required; experience with accounting software, such as QuickBooks, is a plus
  • Experience working with international donors required; experience specifically with US government donor agencies and familiarity with USG rules and regulations strongly preferred
  • Strong supervisory and management skills and demonstrated experience in the supervision of finance and administrative staff
  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal supervision, reliably establishing priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Advanced proficiency in Word and PowerPoint to develop presentations and Excel to develop moderately complex spreadsheets
  • French fluency and English proficiency required


  • Frequent travel to field sites, and possible international travel, is required

How to apply:

Applicants can send their CVs and cover letters to