The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.
STELIR Programme Finance Manager Rwanda
The Programme Finance Manager will lead, manage and co-ordinate all aspects of the Secondary Teachers English Language Improvement Rwanda (STELIR) project financial management, ensuring control and compliance in line with client, corporate and project quality standards. The role will lead the end-to-end accounting process for the project (including month and year end close), client reporting, and ensure consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes.
Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:
The appointed candidate will have the following accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:
- Working with the Team Leader, manage the financial planning, forecasting, budget management and reporting services required by clients/funders, partners, suppliers, management and programme team to the required British Council and client standards.
- Provide relevant, accurate, complete, and timely financial accounting and management information in line with British Council’s and funder’s requirements.
- Produce financial reports in line with client and corporate requirements.
- Working with the Team Leader, plan staff resources throughout the project lifecycle and re-forecast as necessary on SAP.
- Lead on month end closure and year end activities including accruals and deferrals.
- Working with local and regional British Council finance colleagues, ensure compliance with all relevant local statutory regulations, including (but not limited to) tax-related legislation and foreign exchange policies.
- In collaboration with the Team Leader, ensure appropriate training/briefing and support is provided to staff on finance responsibilities throughout the project, covering finance processes, policies and guidelines to ensure compliance.
- Provide effective delegation, support, and follow up to the project team, to ensure that key financial and resource processes are implemented on time, effectively, and in line with STELIR, British Council and client policies and standards.
- Lead, mentor and motivate the project Finance team (1 direct report) to assure the quality of all financial and compliance tasks.
- Ensure that project learning and recommendations are disseminated to relevant stakeholders.
- Foster and build positive working relationships with client finance staff.
As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.
Role specific knowledge and experience:
The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:
- First Degree
- Good written and spoken English (CEFR Level B2) and Kinyarwanda
- Part-qualified chartered accountant (ACCA / CPA / CIMA or equivalent)
- Minimum five years’ experience in a comparable role
- Experience of operating successfully in a complex multicultural environment
- Demonstrable track record of planning and tracking performance and business modelling through the analysis and reporting of complex financial data
- Experience of designing and managing financial management information and reporting systems
- Ability to interpret financial data and support non-financial managers to deliver against financial performance indicators
- A postgraduate degree in Finance, Accounting, or similar discipline
- Qualified chartered accountant (ACCA / CPA / CIMA or equivalent)
- SAP technical knowledge
- Awareness of tax and treasury implications of contract/ partnership work in an international context
Pay band: 6
Salary: RWD 2,140,335 per month
Contract type: Fixed Term ending 31 December 2025
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Department: Cultural Engagement
Essential Requirements– Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
Closing Date – 4 December 2022 applications will close 23:59 South Africa Time