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Head of Finance

Girl Effect
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Context of Role
Girl Effect is an ambitious organisation in transition. We’re building on our solid foundations to evolve how we deliver our work - including through a growing team in Nairobi.
As our new Head of Finance you’ll help us build that team in Nairobi, strengthening our systems and processes as we do so. You’ll directly lead a team of five colleagues based in Nairobi or London, as well as providing coaching and direction to finance professionals in each of our country offices.
It’s an exciting time to join Girl Effect and we’re looking for high-potential candidates who are keen to sharpen their skills and bring fresh thinking to our work.
Who You Are
  • Experienced within a charity or foundation - whether national or international
  • Chartered Accountant with a CPA/ACCA, likely with 5+ years of post-qualification experience
  • Experienced (and enthusiastic) when it comes to coaching and mentoring colleagues - whether as an existing team lead or as a confident line manager
  • Demonstrable experience across a mix of financial accounting, management accounting, and financial transactions
  • Involvement or oversight of finance transformation/systems implementation
  • Effective communicator at a senior level, written and verbal
  • A positive and solution-oriented strategic thinker
  • A collaborative problem-solver, able to work flexibly as part of a global team in a fast-paced and changing environment - with a willingness to directly support the team
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, able to manage conflict and handle sensitive issues, particularly in cross-cultural and cross-departmental contexts


Your primary responsibility will be to help further transform our global finance function. Working closely with the Interim Chief Finance & Operations Officer you’ll help us ensure we’ve got the right people, processes and systems in place to provide first-rate business partnering, robust financial controls, and excellent insight to our colleagues and stakeholders. Coaching and supporting the finance team, as well as working collaboratively with colleagues in other teams is critical for this role. 
Further, you will:
  • Design and help to deliver our budgeting and forecasting processes, integrating with our business planning cycle
  • Steer the roll-out of a a new Global Finance Manual, with refreshed core processes and training for different user groups 
  • Provide leadership and direct input into the global year-end and audit cycle, including owning the relationship with our group audit firm
  • Help craft our treasury strategy, including working with external firms and producing clear policy papers for consideration by our Board
  • Lead of internal reporting process, including engaging with our leadership team and the Board Finance Committee 
  • Provide thought leadership to colleagues in the programme design and donor proposal development processes, acting as a critical friend and ‘commercial’ thinker

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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