Senior Finance and Operations Officer – Africa
Job TypeFull Time
Job FieldFinance / Accounting / Audit
Job Purpose

The post holder will support a transitional period within the Africa Programme (AP). And will be responsible for management of the AP budget and maintaining robust financial and operational management systems for programming in Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The role will cover all aspects of financial accounting and reporting, management of grants, and capacity-building of country office colleagues. The post-holder will also support in analysis of needs, gaps and strengths as part of an institutional change management process. The post holder will provide the AP with expert, yet accessible, financial and administrative advice and information, and with technical support and supervision.

Travel requirements

Due to the current pandemic and travel restrictions it is not anticipated that travel will be required in this role. The position-holder may be asked to come to Alert’s office in London




At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work. We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles. For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for systems thinking and systems management, and in particular for protecting systems from risk. You will have highly developed communication skills and a talent for presenting complex technical (finance and admin) information, tools and concepts in an accessible way, including to non-technical staff. You will have an ability to build the kind of relationships, both internally and externally, that will gain cooperation and constructively ensure compliance.
You will also have an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to identify practical solutions to make programmatic developments feasible and sustainable.

These are the qualities that we will be looking for above all else.

  • Relevant education to a degree level
  • Financial qualification (ACCA or equivalent)
  • Experience of financial systems management
  • Demonstrable experience of grants management in an INGO environment including:creating/working with complex budgets, forecasts, plans
  • compiling financial reports from a variety of sources
  • building and sustaining relationships with donors/partners/stakeholders
  • Experience of strategic financial management gained in an (I)NGO
  • Experience with capacity building of colleagues and partner organisations
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Experience of working overseas in an (I)NGO in an African conflict context
  • Oral and written fluency in French
  • Experience of developing, negotiating and managing commercial bids and contracts
  • Demonstrable knowledge of good practice in recruitment and human resource management
  • Experience of developing, negotiating and managing commercial bids and contracts


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About International Alert

International Alert was founded in 1986 to help people find peaceful solutions to conflict. At that time, the number of conflicts between countries was decreasing, but there was an alarming increase in the number of conflicts within countries. These conflicts were undermining development and leading to gross violations of human rights. Identifying and highlighting individual abuses of human rights was not enough; a different approach was desperately needed. It was out of this urgency that International Alert was born.