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Finance Director

Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA)
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan, with occasional travel to Afghan provinces and the United States
Last Date: July 20, 2011
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Finance Director (FD)

LOCATION: Kabul, Afghanistan, with occasional travel to Afghan provinces and the United States
DATE CREATED: June 1, 2011

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive and commensurate with experience


Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) is a fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered locally for work in Afghanistan. Since 2004, it has helped rural Afghan men and women launch farm-based businesses that provide sustainable incomes, alleviate poverty, and improve the environment. Farmer-owned enterprises such as fruit and nut orchards, tree nurseries, vineyards, and timber woodlots are the cornerstones of our programs. GPFA also builds and strengthens the support systems that sustain the agricultural sector: watershed rehabilitation, community natural resource management, irrigation restoration, and capacity-building of local institutions such as universities and district centers. GPFA has administrative offices in New York City and Kabul with field offices in 8 Afghan provinces. The organization consists of a small administrative staff in New York (NY) and more than 150 employees in Afghanistan.


The Finance Director (FD) is responsible for managing all financial and compliance functions of GPFA in Afghanistan. The FD will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer, supervise Kabul finance staff as well as the finance staff in the field, and work closely with Program staff and the Controller in NY. The FD will oversee: accounting systems and staff, financial monitoring and reporting, contracts/grants donor compliance, budgeting, legal and audit compliance, and strategic financial planning.

The successful FD candidate will be detail-oriented, deadline-driven and have significant experience in accounting and financial management. The candidate will need to appreciate the requirement for continuity of existing commitments and be able to develop and enhance the fiscal responses to new and innovative programs. The determining factor for success at GPFA will be the FDs ability to oversee financial and grants management functions, while actively devoting extensive time to the professional development of the finance team without adversely affecting the day to day delivery of all financial commitments. Security permitting, s/he must be willing to undertake travel to GPFA projects.

Oversee financial transactions to ensure that GPFA systems and policies are enforced.
Oversee monthly closings in a timely manner and ensure that the appropriate accounting treatment is applied to each office, as well as to the balance sheet.
Conduct monthly reviews of the balance sheet to ensure that prepayments, accruals and assets are correctly accounted for, and are reconciled to contracts and outstanding advances.
Ensure that all taxes (employment, withholding and international staff) are correctly deducted and paid over to the Ministry of Finance in a timely and documented manner.
Ensure that adequate documentation exists for each transaction, and that this documentation is filed and stored in an appropriate manner, to be available for audit as required.
Oversee the payroll for 150+ staff across 8 offices ensuring that the staff is paid in a timely manner and that salaries are correctly allocated.
Prepare or review the monthly cash flow projection taking into consideration each of the grants currently active as well as balancing the cash requests between the needs of the programs and the realistic burn rates for each office. In addition, the Finance Director is required to manage the flow of cash throughout the month to best serve the programs while ensuring that strict security protocols for cash in the field are adhered to.
Maintain compliance with the policies of the Government of Afghanistan including NGO registration, labor, finance and tax laws.
Act as a safeguard for all newly proposed activities from a financial perspective which may range from affordability to appropriateness.
Coordinate reporting responsibilities with Controller in NYC.

Budgeting and Grants Management:
Maintain an oversight of all grants including short term, and multi-year initiatives.
Write and develop budgets for new initiatives and programs which would include accurate costing, accurate coverage of support costs and maintain and enforce donor compliance for each individual grant while also enforcing GPFAs policies and procedures.
Conduct the annual budget process for each fiscal year.
Oversee the grants team ensuring that all communications and requests, waivers and compliance issues are dealt with in a timely fashion, and that risks to GPFA are minimized.
Work with program teams to ensure that grants are efficiently and carefully managed throughout their duration. Monitor overhead allocation monthly and plan for close out of grants within a small financial margin, eliminating overspends and minimising under spends.
Oversee the grants team in the preparation of monthly reports for program managers to demonstrate historic spends and any variance analysis. These reports need to be both produced and interpreted to ensure that issues are addressed at the earliest possible stage.

The candidate must be a qualified and professionally registered accountant (ACA, ACCA or CPA).
Excellent analytical and reporting skills including a good working knowledge of MS Excel, and a range of financial software packages. Ideally, the candidate will have experience with MIP.
Previous employment experience with an international NGO is desirable.
Experience with USAID and EC compliance will be of great benefit to potential candidates.
Experience managing and developing staff is required.
Preference given to candidates with prior experience in Afghanistan or another challenging location which is experiencing ongoing conflict.
Dari and Pashto writing, reading and speaking skills desirable but not required.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Executive Director Roger Hardister at . Please type LAST NAME - FD Search as the subject of the email and indicate how you learned of this position.


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