Finance Officer

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Role Purpose: To assist the Field Manager & Budget Holders in the operation of Save the Children Borama Finance including computerized accounting systems to produce analytical reports.

Contract Duration: 12 Months
Location: Borama
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree or equivalent accounting qualification
  • Minimum 4 years similar work experience within a busy working environment
  • Computer skills especially in Ms Excel, spread sheets, Ms Word and Accounting packages
  • High level of integrity and ability to work as part of a professional team
  • Ability and willingness to work under high pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Supportive personnel management style
  • Good command of English written and spoken


To assist the Field Manager & Budget Holders in the operation of Save the Children Borama office in Finance Including computerized accounting systems to produce analytical reports..

Direct Reports to: Borama Field Manager/ Technically Reports to: Area Finance Coordinator Staff directly reporting to this post: (Currently one Finance Assistant based in Borama) Working Contacts:

Internal: Finance Team, Budget Holders, Project & support staff, internal audit and Hargeisa finance Unit

External: Tax Offices, External Auditors, Regulatory Bodies, Bank, Insurance, Suppliers, Transporters, partners

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 4 regions in Somalia/Somaliland with a current staff complement of approximately 650 staff and current expenditure of approximately USD 100 million each year.


Ensure monthly financial diaries are strictly adhered to meet the CENTRE deadlines

Ensure daily capture of data to the system, validate before posting transactions from GLACOS to AGRESSO Accounts and report any differences to the Area Office.

Reconciling balance sheet/control accounts for Borama transactions on a monthly basis

Ensure proper files are maintained in the Finance Department to enable a complete audit trail from the AGRESSO account records to supporting documentation and vice versa.

Ensure prompt monthly submission of Bank and Cash vouchers to the Area Office.

Carry out weekly and monthly cash (Including Float) and bank reconciliation in AGRESSO accounts with the Cashier and Accountant.

Verify completeness and accuracy of all payment supporting documentations before release and Checking the Budget holder approval and Authorizations limits.

Ensure realistic cash forecasts are provided by budget holders, assist the Finance Manager in collating cash requests and Monitor the cash and banks balances and ensure minimum bank balances at all times

Maintain updated electronic copies of project budgets and work with project managers and project teams in the monthly budget monitoring and variance analysis meetings.

Prepare Payrolls on time, insure the deduction of salary Advances/Loans and Deposit staff salary on their accounts before 25th of every month.

Preparation and participation of external audit exercises with external auditors for Grant Audits and subsequent implementation of recommendation.

Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.

Organize and plan training sessions for newly recruited Hargeisa based Budget holders and project staffs for the existing SC financial policies and procedures

Establish effective working relationship with staff under your line-management responsibility conducting routine supervision meetings and annual performance appraisals

Support the project teams to produce monthly, quarterly, mid-term and final financial reports in line with donor and SC requirements

Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children’s commitment to safe guarding children in accordance the Child Protection Policy.

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