Nov 212017

Organization: Invisible Children
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

Position Summary:

Invisible Children is an international NGO founded in 2004 to bring a permanent end to the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and support the lasting recovery of communities in central Africa targeted by armed group violence. The organization’s comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to engagement with senior national and international policymakers. To date, the organization has maintained a longer programmatic presence in LRA-affected areas of central Africa than any other currently-active international NGO. Invisible Children’s longstanding commitment to marginalized communities has allowed the organization to continuously refine and adapt its programs to address a variety of armed groups and other destabilizing forces threatening the central Africa region, while also making significant progress toward ending the LRA crisis. Invisible Children’s current work focuses on finding innovative, sustainable solutions to regional insecurity that mitigate the direct threats of violence and address their roots causes. In recent years, this has included community-based initiatives and conflict analysis focused on the intersection of human security and illicit wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region.

Invisible Children is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to serve as its field-based Finance Director as it begins implementation on two U.S. Federally funded awards. The first award is Community Resilience in Central Africa (CRCA), a 5-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project implemented in DRC (in parts of Bas- and Haut-Uele) and CAR (in parts of Mbomou, Haut-Mbomou and Haute Kotto). The project will run until October 2022. The second award is Community Protection through Community Connection (CPCC), an 18-month U.S. State Department-funded project implemented in CAR (primarily in Haute Kotto). The project will run until March 31, 2019.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The Finance Director has overall responsibility for the policy and management of the financial and accounting functions of Invisible Children’s field offices, with primary responsibility over ensuring financial compliance of field operations pursuant to Invisible Children’s federally-funded and other-donor funded projects. The responsibilities of the Finance Director include the general supervision of field finance and accounting functions, field staff training, field treasury, and field office budget management.

The Finance Director reports to the Controller, supported by the Chief Financial Officer, both based in Headquarters. The Finance Director position is based in Kinshasa, DRC, but is expected to travel frequently to Invisible Children offices in northeast DRC, southeast CAR, and Bangui, CAR.

Finance Responsibilities:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of USAID regulations and ensure that all project practices and procedures are in accordance with Invisible Children and USAID donor policies and in compliance with national laws of DRC and CAR, depending on location;

  • In consultation with Invisible Children Headquarters, establish and update field finance and accounting policies, systems, and procedures as often as necessary;

  • Ensure that account reconciliations are completed in a timely manner and oversee the annual closing of the accounts;

  • Inform Headquarters and the Heads of Project in the field of any situation that may have a negative impact on internal controls or financial performance;

  • Contribute to the completion of all financial reports to Federal Agency and other donors produced by Headquarters;

  • Facilitate and coordinate all external audits, whether mandated by Headquarters, USAID, or government authorities. Develop and supervise the conduct of internal control audits of the project offices and sub-offices at regular intervals and initiates the necessary corrective actions;

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of Congolese and Central African government regulations and ensure compliance with tax regulations and other legal requirements of international NGOs in each country;

  • Provide overall supervision of all finance and accounting processes that occur in field offices;

  • Supervise Finance Officers in each project office and sub-office;

  • Develop and implement a training program for financial staff in both CAR and DRC;

  • Conduct performance evaluations with team members; and

  • Provide financial technical support to all Invisible Children field staff as needed.

Treasury Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all banking and bank account activities in each country, including negotiation of fees, interest, and exchange rates. Establish procedures for each country supplementary manual regarding liquidity limits, cash flow, and foreign currency holdings. Oversee monthly bank reconciliations and cash reconciliations; and

  • Collect the needs of the program team and sub grant oversight positions, keep Headquarters informed of each project’s funding requirements, and ensure that each project maintains adequate cash flow at all times for its operations and those of local partners funded by the project.

Budget Responsibilities:

  • Present to the Heads of Project, Controller, and Chief Financial Officer on a monthly a statement of actual expenditures against each budget and alert the Heads of Project in case of possible overrun; and

  • In coordination with the technical team, prepare the field office annual budgets and, in coordination with Headquarters, contribute to requests for budget changes if necessary.

Partner Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the sub grant oversight positions, contribute to a training plan for project sub grant partners;

  • Contribute to pre-award surveys carried out before any decision of a sub grant to a national partner is made; and

  • In coordination with the sub grant oversight positions, verify the compliance of financial reports submitted by grantees.



  • Minimum advanced degree in accounting, business management, or finance;

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in field-based financial / accounting functions for projects financed by international donors (with NGOs or consulting firms);

  • Control of U.S. Federal rules and regulations, specifically 2 CFR 200;

  • Mastery of accounting software use;

  • Excellent command of Excel;

  • Excellent command of French and fluent in English;

  • Experience in team management;

  • Availability for travel to project offices and sub-offices; and

  • Experience in training personnel in the financial field.


  • Experience working in Quickbooks and Intacct accounting softwares;

  • Experience in overseeing remote field offices; and

  • Experience in financial supervision of grants to local partners.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

How to apply:

Please send electronic submissions of your CV and cover letter to by December 31st, 2017, however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please include “Finance Director Application” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries. Finalists will be contacted.

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