Finance And Operations Officer

Job Description

Responsible for day-to-day finance operations and related controls. To manage in country finance statutory requirements, including tax and statutory reporting. Ensure production of accurate internal financial data and external financial statutory reports. Compliance with VSO’s accounting practices and tax requirements (both UK and Kenya; promote continued process improvement; and provide user-focused financial services and a strong control environment.

Skills, qualifications and experience


Bachelor of Commerce & Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CPA or CIMA, or international equivalent)
Strong technical accounting skills, especially in relation to UK and Kenya statutory accounting
Sound knowledge of Charity specific accounting, VAT, taxation and other compliance requirements
Experience in preparing or managing local [country] payroll
Strong analytical skills and highly numerate
Strong IT skills, including accounting and reporting packages and especially Excel
Experience of identifying and implementing process, system and control improvements
Hands-on, pro-active approach to working; proven to be detail-oriented
Experience of effectively managing and developing staff
Experience of building relationships with and managing internal and external stakeholders
Good written and verbal communication skills, in particular an ability to present and explain financial information clearly to staff at all levels, including non-financial staff, both internally and externally
Effective influencing and networking skills
Ability to work autonomously, using own initiative where needed, to deliver desired results in a timely fashion, with minimum supervision, prioritising and managing workload accordingly
Commitment to VSO’s mission and values
SUN systems / Q&A XL experience
Experience in the not for profit and International Development sectors
Able to undertake occasional international travel
Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

Ability to be open minded and respectful
Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
Ability to seek and share knowledge
Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


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About Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO)

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity[1] with a vision for a "world without poverty" and a mission to "bring people together to fight poverty". VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. Founded in 1958, VSO has sent over 50,000 volunteer. As of 2015 VSO worked in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.