Operations and Finance jobs in Dar es salaam

Deputy Chief of Party I Operations & Finance jobs in Dar es salaam

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Note: This position is contingent on donor funding.

Job Summary:

As Deputy Chief of Party – Operations and Finance, you will work as part of a team on a large project and provide oversight of operations function. You will be responsible for ensuring efficiency and accountability operations in support of high-quality programming, including but not limited to human resources, logistics, procurement, sub-contracts or sub-awards, and accounting/finance.   You will manage a team to ensure a high level of resource stewardship, strict financial accountability and financial risk management while ensuring the effectiveness and robustness of diverse partners’ financial management systems, processes, and practices in support of high-quality programs. You anticipate and manage financial management services – needs and delivery challenges, and identify and implement improvement solutions, as needed, to minimize CRS and partners’ exposure to risk. Your management and technical knowledge, particularly of USAID contracts mechanisms, will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project and serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to USAID and Government of Tanzania, as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
    • Manage key function of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads.
    • Work with consortium members to support the establishment of a competitive grants fund, support and facilitate quarterly meetings with consortium members on sub-contracts and grants management and any finance/compliance TWG meetings.
    • Support the overall administrative needs of project staff including the optimal utilization and maintenance of program assets and resources e.g. computers, vehicles, furniture, supplies and other equipment, logistical arrangement for staff and visitors, and procurement of materials and equipment in a transparent and accountable manner.
    • In coordination with CRS Tanzania Finance Manager, ensure accuracy, quality and timely preparation, review, approval and submission of all financial requirements for the project, including month end closing, balance sheet reconciliations, collection of delinquent receivables; Monitor monthly and quarterly cash needs ensuring accurate cash forecast and project cash needs are met; Review the monthly budget comparison report and develop corrective action plan as needed for the project to ensure proper use of the approved project budget.
    • Work closely with CRS Tanzania Head of Operations to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the project, including Partners’ supports; Ensure that CRS Tanzania Head of Operations is consulted on the project Operations for effective and quality coordination, compliance with CRS policies and procedures and compliance with Donor’s requirements and regulations.
    • Manage capacity strengthening implementations for CRS staff, partners staff and Government representatives that have direct engagement with the project to align them with CRS policies and donor requirements.
    • Manage, develop and execute all aspects of the GUC process, including development of the GUC manual, and implement a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements.
    • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
    • Along with COP and Country Manager, manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans.
    • Ensure the project adheres to the donor’s requirements in Risk Management and Fraud Reporting systems, develop and maintain a project Risk Management and Issues log, and develop a system for digitizing/tracking payments from the project. Ensure compliance with CRS Risk and Fraud policy and procedures.
    • Promote, uphold, and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID contracts and grants regulations, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration, and donor reporting. Develop, analyze, and review contract, grant and sub-recipient grant agreements. Ensure receipt and maintenance of all Sub–recipient agreements and supporting documents.
    • Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations in regard to area of responsibility. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend training and technical assistance.
  • Promote safeguarding at the activity and country program level. Ensure quality implementation of CRS safeguarding policy and principles across both operations and programs. With support from technical advisors, ensure capacity building efforts and technical guidance to CRS staff and partners, in line with CRS principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Hands on experience managing USAID contracts particularly those with grants under contract (GUC) mechanisms.
    • Extensive experience supporting diverse partnerships including government agencies, private sector entities, educational / research institutions and non-profits in financial management aspects.
    • A professional certification in accounting or a related field highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations including grants under contract and prime recipient contracting essential.
  • Substantial budgeting, budget/expense analysis, and accounting experience.
  • Knowledge of local law in taxation and local regulatory reporting procedures.
  • Progressively responsible experience supervising project operations, including human resources, procurement, and sub-contracts or sub-awards.
  • Familiarity with ensuring appropriate risk-sharing between and/or among USAID, implementing partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working in Tanzania a plus.

Required Languages – Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.  Knowledge of Swahili is desirable.

Travel – up to 25%.

Supervisory Responsibilities will include grants officers and administration officers

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: DCoP and other technical advisors

External: Partners’ staff


 Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA/ACA or equivalent).
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, auditing, finance, or business management with a recognized organization, preferably for USAID.
  • 3 years’ experience managing donor funds.  Knowledge and experience in budget management.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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