Link Community Development Finance and Administration Manager Jobs in Ethiopia

Link Community Development Finance and Administration Manager Jobs in Ethiopia

About Link Community Development

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models.

We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children.

Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts.

Link Community Development International (LCDI), based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all project, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.

Job Purpose

The Finance and Administration Manager (FAM) will support the delivery of Link’s Girls’ Education Challenge ‘STAGES’ project in Ethiopia.

Reporting to the Operations Manager of Link Community Development Ethiopia, the post-holder will provide high level finance support to LCDE to ensure all project activities are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standard. Some travel within Ethiopia may be required.

About the Project

Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhanced Systems (STAGES) is an ambitious eight-year project which aims to improve girls’ learning and transition in 128 rural elementary schools and up to 17 secondary schools - 13 existing schools and 4 new ‘deep rural’ schools.

Over the remaining seven years, working in all schools in four marginalised, densely populated districts of Wolaita, STAGES will:

  • Reach 44,978 disadvantaged girls and support their transition to general secondary
  • Support older girls’ transition from general secondary to preparatory school, (Technical Vocational Education Training TVET), College of Teachers’ Education CTE) or work
  • Support activities to embed support for girls’ education at regional level and develop sustainable models owned by the education system which can be maintained and replicated by zonal authorities in 12 additional districts and other regional authorities
  • Improve girls’ literacy and numeracy outcomes
  • Engage multiple stakeholders and build on best practice to tackle the complex and intersecting causes that prevent girls performing and completing school
  • Critically intervene in several key areas: lack of accurate data about girls’ performance;
  • capacities to plan for and monitor girls’ education at all levels;
  • access to safe, local secondary schools; quality of teaching and tutorial/ extracurricular support;
  • socio-cultural beliefs and attitudes of community members, teachers and school managers;
  • school construction and sanitation facilities;
  • self-esteem and financial barriers to secondary education;
  • community mobilisation in school improvement; and inclusive education practices
  • Support the changing of entrenched attitudes and behaviour over this eight-year period STAGES will build on Link’s successful and innovative DFID-funded Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) interventions, working with existing GEC
    girls, streamlining interventions with the greatest impact and introducing new and adapted inclusive interventions targeting secondary school learners, as well as boys and men as ‘agents of change’.

    Indicative Areas of Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the finance team to ensure high quality and administrative procedures and controls are in place
  • Provide support and advice on financial administration matters to ensure compliance with government and donor requirements
  • Supervise and manage payroll processing and tax filing activities
  • Supervise and review the monthly preparation and reporting of bank and petty cash reconciliations
  • Supervise the preparation and maintenance of all financial records, ensuring balance sheet reconciliations completed on a monthly basis
  • Prepare, for review by the Programme Director, budget vs actual reports every month including variance analysis
  • Develop and maintain chart of accounts and financial management mechanisms and templates that facilitate accurate financial planning and reporting
  • Support Programme staff and Programme Director in budget development (operational and project budgets)
  • Prepare cash flow forecasts, manage cash floats and manage funds requests
  • Ensure accurate and up-to-date transaction list, ledger and trial balance, fixed asset register, account reconciliations and year-end adjustments are completed and availed to auditors for examination
  • Ensure reconciled monthly stock balance report as part of stock inventory management
  • Ensure payments are made on time and with necessary approvals
  • Ensure that an accurate and up-to-date fixed asset register is maintained
  • Identify and resolve financial and administrative issues
  • Other ad hoc finance and administrative tasks as required

    Person Specification

    Experience and Qualifications


  • An undergraduate degree in Commerce/Accounts, Economics or Business Administration.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a Finance related role preferably in an international organisation
  • Qualified or part-qualified (ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) or working towards qualification
  • Experience of providing high- level finance support to a busy multi-functional team
  • Proven financial analysis and forecasting ability
  • Experience of managing a team, including remote management of staff and office locations


  • Experience of working in an international NGO

    Skills and Attributes


  • Advanced skills in MS PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Excellent skills in commonly used accounting packages (e.g. Quick Books)
  • Financial data analysis skills
  • Initiative and enthusiasm
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Strong interpersonal and management skills
  • High level of professional and ethical conduct
  • Team player

    How to Apply:

  • Please send a cover letter, Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form to Link at with the subject line “Finance and Administration Manager, STAGES Application”
  • Your cover letter should detail how you meet the required criteria
  • It should also include your available start date and salary expectations
  • The Equal Opportunities form is available here:
  • For more information and job application details, see; Link Community Development Finance and Administration Manager Jobs in Ethiopia
  • The closing date for applications is 12th November 2018
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your application.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview by 19th November 2018. Unsuccessful applicants well not be notified.
  • Interviews will be conducted in Addis Ababa in the week of the 26th of November.

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