Finance Director Job Vacancy in Kenya - International Rescue Committee

Position Title: Finance Director, Program Delivery 

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 25 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The Crisis Response, Recovery and Development Department (CRRD) leads IRC’s work in 40 crisis affected countries around the world. With an annual budget of approximately $700M, and over 24,000 full-time and auxiliary employees, CRRD delivers high impact programming to improve outcomes for over 34 million people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. Working in partnership with other departments across the IRC, CRRD leads the delivery of our organizational mission of helping those whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control over their lives.

The CRRD Program Delivery (PD) Pillar is comprised of 6 regions and 32 country/response programs. At the Headquarters level, a small team of dedicated PD staff work together and across IRC HQ departments to support and empower country and regional teams to drive impact for clients and deliver on S100 ambitions. The PD

Leaders team exists to ensure that country programs and frontline staff are supported, resourced, and empowered to deliver high quality programs which result in positive outcomes for clients, including in partnership. The team provides guidance and support on programmatic, operational, and strategic issues to country programs - but above all serves to strengthen and empower teams to drive impact for our clients and deliver on our global strategy. The PD leaders team supports regional and country teams to realize the global strategy, ensuring that their ambitions, priorities and

plans are central to organizational planning and resources and calibrated to available organizational support and resources. The team strives to manage risks and ensure results in partnership with HQ departments. We amplify the priorities of our country programs and clients, using influence and advocating on behalf of the people we serve.

Job Overview

The Finance Director for Program Delivery is a member of the CRRD PD Leader team and collaborates closely with CRRD’s Senior Director Financial Planning & Performance, Regional Finance Directors and Global Finance colleagues. S/he drives and monitors effective financial management for the CRRD Program Delivery pillar. Individually and as a member of the PD Leaders team, s/he plays a critical role in ensuring that our resources are used to maximum effect to drive greater impact and scale for our clients, and to further our strategic goals. S/he ensures that effective routines are in place to analyse relevant allocations, budgets and spending, align resources to strategic priorities, and manage critical risks as they arise. The Finance Director will also work closely with the leaders of the finance practice areas – Program, Controllership, Treasury, FP&A and Finance Operations – to advocate for and maintain the resources and processes to support program quality and delivery.

Additionally, the Finance Director will maintain ways of working with multiple stakeholders including CRRD leadership, Regional Vice Presidents, Country Directors, Regional Finance Directors, Deputy Directors of Finance, Ethics and Compliance, the Award Management Unit, External Relations, Supply Chain, and others to ensure close coordination and effective synergy across multiple management and operational lines.

Key Responsibilities:

Support financial planning & performance of PD HQ and Regional Units

  • Support VP (& RVPs/RFDs) to develop, manage, oversee regional budgets.
  • Support development of PD-HQ/regional operating budgets and investment requests.
  • Coordinate with Finance and CRRD SD, Financial Planning & Performance (SD, FPP) to ensure baseline allocations are accurate and updated as needed.
  • Monitor PD-HQ BVAs and provide VP and SD, FPP with analysis/advice, including recommendations on corrective actions or reallocation of funds as needed.
  • Coordinate with other pillars/departments to ensure harmonious and effective cost coverage in respect of shared positions and initiatives.
  • Provide VP with strategic analysis of PD portfolio, including identification of potential risks and recommendations for appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Conduct financial analysis for select multi-country/regional projects to help understand how resource allocation/investments overlay with key program/M&E/operational decisions and correlate to scale (or not) for multi-year projects; Participate in cross-functional learning conversations to bridge insights from finance to ops, M&E and programs ensuring a more holistic approach to strategizing and managing for scale

Support financial planning & performance of country programs

  • Support the development of annual operating budget guidance and support the development of timely and quality operating budgets and reforecasts as needed.
  • Support the analysis of spending and other data to identify major variances or risks, and the implementation of appropriate corrective actions.
  • Support the on-boarding, training and development of regional and country finance staff.

Steward CRRD/PD unrestricted and temporarily restricted funding

  • Support the VP and SD, FPP to allocate and monitor UR/TR funding in line with strategic priorities and operational needs.
  • Assure that UR/TR allocations are spent in a planful manner, in line with agreed objectives.
  • Consolidate reporting on UR/TR funding, including qualitative reporting to demonstrate the value of these funds.
  • Support the development of proposals for new UR/TR funding requests.
  • As agreed with VP, directly manage assigned UR/TR funds.
  • Support S100 Fund the Field Ambition, in particular ensuring that historical data and future projections are accurate, and supporting the development and tracking of KPIs.

Lead CRRD/PD’s partnership and coordination with Finance and finance-related teams

  • Ensure strong coordination with Finance-related functions in other pillars within the CRRD department: the SD, FPP, the Emergencies and Humanitarian Access Unit (EHAU), Technical Excellence (TechEx) and other relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Ensure appropriate PD engagement in Finance-led processes and change initiatives.
  • Provide financial review / approval for GPRFs and other processes as needed.

This position reports to Vice President CRRD Program Delivery operationally and supervises Budget Officer in partnership with CRRD Senior Director Financial Planning & Performance.

Job Requirements

Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance - Master’s Degree, CPA, or CA a plus.
  • Minimum 10 years of programmatic finance experience in the international non-profit sector including field finance experience.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with GAAP, IFRS and proven general knowledge of Fund Accounting.
  • Previous work experience with a major general ledger software package – experience with MS D365 preferred.
  • Proven knowledge of US Government and European Union regulations.
  • Confirmed experience supporting the generation of outcomes from teams, both where there is direct line management responsibility and through influencing.
  • Previous work experience in a multi-cultural international environment is highly desirable.

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment and diplomatically manage relationships. Strong written communication skills also important.
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Ability to recognize the need to elevate advanced support requests to the appropriate team members.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently and the ability to meet unexpected demands.
  • Experience in conducting training, orientation, and refresher sessions with diverse teams; experience conducting such sessions remotely will be a plus.
  • Fluency in English. Other non-English language skills, particularly in French, Spanish or Arabic, is an asset.
  • Strong computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, various accounting software, and email/cloud-based software.
  • The ability and willingness to travel as needed.


Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:

IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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