Finance Manager - Zimbabwe

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With 50 years of experience, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet. Technology features in everything we do.  

This is an exciting time to join our team. Practical Action (Zimbabwe) is hiring a Finance Manager to provide strategic leadership and to lead all finance functions within Practical Action Southern Africa. 

Date of expiry25th Apr
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
Other terms

Achieving Change Ambitions and Strengthening Organizational Profile

  • Understand the strategy and respective strategic business plans for Practical Action at the global level as well as for Southern Africa.
  • Contribute to the development of the strategic plan for the Regional Office and develop and maintain appropriate and effective financial strategies, plans and policies to support the strategic plan.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other SMT members to understand their financial support requirements, co-ordinate appropriate responses and ensure implementation of finance policies and support to the SMT members in preparation of plans, budgets and reports.
  • Lead process change across multi-functional teams to improve value for money within the organization.
  • Coordinate regional budgeting process and lead the financial forecasting process to produce relevant, accurate and timely financial forecasts across the regional office. Ensure financial plans and reports are aligned with donor budgets
  • Consolidate financial information and provide regional level narrative for management accounts to support financial decision-making

Leadership, Management and People

  • Promote an organizational culture of learning and influencing to achieve change at scale, beyond our work.
  • As a key member of the Senior Management Team contribute strategic input into organizational direction ensuring flows of information between management and relevant staff members.
  • Manage, support and lead Finance team members to achieve change ambitions, encouraging joined up ways of working with Programmes, Practical Action Consulting, Business Development, HR and Admin.
  • Take time to build team capacities related to Finance, systems thinking, gender and the Framework for Change in collaboration with the Systems Advisor.
  • Demonstrate and actively enable team learning & development including approaches such as coaching, mentoring, peer learning and reflection activities.
  • Proactively support the professional growth of team members/others by offering quality feedback and opportunities to progress and grow.
  • Conduct quarterly People Management conversations with direct reports.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, communication and common ambition as One Practical Action.

Generating Funding and Managing Relationships

  • Contribute in providing technical input in fundraising, development of proposals and building of strategic relationships aligned with the Strategic Business Plans for Zimbabwe and Malawi.
  • Manage effective strategic relationships with donors, governments, and relevant groups.
  • Work with the Business Development Manager and Programmes Delivery Leader to conduct due diligence on all identified potential partners in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Delivering Performance as One Practical Action

  • Lead, manage through performance management framework, motivate and develop team members in areas of responsibility in order to maximize their contribution to the team, organization and their own professional development.
  • Ensure reasonable care is taken of self and others in the workplace (including team members managed if appropriate) according to health and safety policy and principles.
  • Develop, implement and maintain financial management and procurement procedures, risk assessments and control measures to manage and monitor across the regional office and to ensure compliance with Practical Action’s group overall policies, generally accepted accounting standards external donor requirements and national laws and regulations, identifying corrective measures as required.
  • Develop and implement procedures for assessing the value for money that Practical Action obtains in all its activities to identify cost savings and ensure financial efficiency and value for money principles are an integral part of the programme activities.
  • Review of all restricted funding applications to ensure the budget reflects realistic operational plans and support costs are being sufficiently recovered
  • Ensure the preparation of donor financial reports, relevant reconciliation, audits are completed accurately, on time and submitted as appropriate.
  • Lead the preparation and submission of a full set of financial statements and responses to management letter issues, providing interpretation of specific notes and articulating variances to previous years.
  • Facilitate and co-ordinate both internal and external audits and lead the development and implementation of action plans based on audit recommendations, monitoring progress on achievements.
  • Monitor overall liquidity, set appropriate petty cash levels and manage bank accounts and operated by the Regional Office to ensure prudent operations.
  • Actively manage foreign currency balances, exchange rate exposure, debtors, partner balances and supplier terms to minimize working capital requirements. Forecasts multi-currency cash flows.
  • Keep up to date knowledge of taxation laws and future changes in the taxation environment and their implication for Practical Action. Advise internal stakeholders on taxation and most appropriate taxation structure, including those related to PAC.
  • Ensure that all statutory and non-statutory deductions are made properly, promptly and are remitted to the respective authority as required by law.

Applications from within and outside the Southern Africa region are welcome, but candidates must have the permit to work in Zimbabwe. Submit a 3 page CV along with names of at least three professional references and a supporting statement of not more than two pages outlining how your qualifications and experience will equip you to succeed in the role. Applications should reach The Human Resources and Administration Officer at: on or before 1700hrs of 25th April, 2018. N.B: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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