Associate Director of Finance

It’s an exciting time to be part of Habitat for Humanity International, HFHI, in East Africa! Habitat has recently centered its operations for East Africa in Nairobi as part of its Global Impact 2025 initiative. This is a dramatic change initiative aimed at tripling our scale, impact and funding by 2025. As part of our rapidly growing regional team, you will be a critical member in helping Habitat realize that vision.

The East Africa hub manages Habitat’s operations across the region, including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Malawi. Nairobi provides access to some of the largest institutions and organizations shaping eastern Africa today. The East Africa team plays a pivotal role in building Habitat’s brand in the market and helping elevate housing as a critical part of the solution to the complex challenges facing this region.

We are looking for candidates who are driven, resourceful and want desperately to help as many families as possible build strength and stability through housing. We want people who are uncompromisingly committed to Habitat for Humanity’s vision and core values of courage (to do what’s right), accountability (to take personal responsibility for the mission and our actions) and humility (to remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves). Together, we will achieve a world where everyone has a decent place to live. www.habitat.org


We are currently seeking a talented finance and grants professional for the role of Associate Director of Finance for our East Africa hub. Reporting to the Director of Finance for Europe, Middle East, & Africa, and cross-functionally reporting to the Senior Hub Director, this position will have responsibility for financial management of the East Africa hub and projects implemented directly by both the hub and national organizations.

This position will be based at our office in Nairobi, Kenya and travel up to 30%.


  • Business Development (10%)Support the “go / no go” process for new opportunities including the evaluation of financial management capacity at regional, national and project levels, implications on match funding requirements and multi-year financial health of the entities involved
  • Support budgeting and planning efforts for new bids including template development, budget reviews and workforce deployment/planning to allow for adequate capacity in the field and full cost-recovery
  • Perform financial management activities for grants implemented in the region (50%)
  • Monitor financial performance against approved budget and deliverables
  • Develop and manage a consolidated grants schedule for the East Africa hub and individual East Africa countries
  • Coordinate financial reporting with partners and sub-grantees
  • Ensure compliance with donors’ requirements including procurement procedures
  • Ensure proper coding and timely recording and reporting
  • Perform desktop/onsite monitoring of financial and grant compliance
  • Support Grant Compliance and Donor Reporting (GCDR) function in donor reporting
  • Perform donor reporting for grants not managed by GCDR
  • Engage external project audits required by donors
  • Support internal audits of the grants
  • Participate in the capacity assessment, selection and engagement process of external implementing partners and lead firms
  • Review financial terms and budgets of sub-grant agreements
  • Review and approve the financial reports from sub-grantees and other external implementing partners
  • Provide capacity building of sub-grantees and external implementing partners related to donors’ requirements
  • Talent Management and Capacity Building (5%)Manage the East Africa hub finance and administration team including performance management, job planning, coaching and day to day oversight in line with Habitat standards
  • Support the recruitment and selection of key financial management talent at national and project levels
  • Finance and Office Operations of East Africa hub (35%)Provide overall management of East Africa hub financial operations
  • Ensure compliant local reporting
  • Ensure compliance with local tax legislation (corporate tax, VAT, WHT, PAYE)
  • Draft the annual financial statements of East Africa hub
  • Plan and coordinate the annual external audit of East Africa hub
  • Coordinate the internal audit of East Africa hub
  • Oversee East Africa hub procurement process, ensure compliance with organizational procurement policy
  • Oversee implementation of internal financial controls and procedures including time cards, contractor management, inventory management, etc.
  • Oversee office operations and related administrative staff
  • Support the Senior Hub Director and the overall Europe, Middle East, & Africa finance department in planning and budgeting efforts for annual and multi-annual planning including project-based budgeting, pipeline evaluation and match funding requirements at country, regional and area office levels
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or a related field
  • 6-8 years of related finance experience, preferably with an INGO or international development organization
  • Grant management and experience with large institutional donor funding (e.g., USAID, DFID, World Bank, EU)
  • Robust knowledge of the East African and broader sub-Saharan African context
  • Experience with budget preparation/compilation
  • Strong technical/system skills including enterprise scale accounting packages (Sun, SAP, Navision or equivalent), advanced Excel and designing financial reports
  • Fluency in English
    Active support of HFHI values and commitments:
  • Humility We are part of something bigger than ourselves
  • Courage We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
  • Accountability We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission
  • Safeguarding — HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


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About Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.