The Nature Conservancy – Financial Compliance Officer.

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Office Location

Nairobi, Kenya

This position will be based at any of the following TNC office locations: Arusha, Cape Town or Nairobi regional office.

A Little About Us

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 80 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit http://www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy Africa program follows a holistic approach to protect vital lands and waters, transform the way natural resources are used and managed and inspire to equip others to contribute to the shared vision of a healthy and sustainable future for Africa’s lands, waters, wildlife and people. We use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Your Position With TNC

The Financial Compliance Officer provides highly specialized finance/accounting-related services to the Africa Region business unit in all compliance aspects of finance/accounting. They ensure that Audit, Taxation, Return Filing and other operational regulatory compliance requirements within the region are met. Reporting to the Finance Manager, the position will be based at any of the following TNC office locations: Arusha, Cape Town or Nairobi regional office.

Essential Functions

The Financial Compliance Officer provides highly specialized services in one or more of the following functions: financial analysis and reporting; financial management; accounting; auditing; management controls and reporting; taxation; compliance certification or similar financial activities for the Africa business unit. They have a high level of expertise in their area(s) of specialization to administer and maintain finance activities in accordance with TNC policies and procedures and best practices in financial/organizational management. The Financial Compliance Officer provides assistance to all levels of personnel in their specialty area. They respond to complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of the subject area in addressing financial related problems.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • Responsible to lead and facilitate external, internal, donor or government /country audits, to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of audits, monitoring and completion of corrective action plans and submission within timelines as required by local laws.
  • Lead person for audit planning and managing auditors to ensure they carry out audit activities promptly; guide audit implementation, and support in development and signing of audit reports.
  • Provides audit and financial review support to the Africa Region by reviewing financial statements and audited reports. 
  • Promote a complete audit trail culture in the support documentation of all financial transactions. 
  • Maintain register of audit recommendations from financial audits, follow up and keep track of implementation of audit recommendations until they are closed.
  • Perform general accounting duties to include recording of accounting transactions such as journal entries, revenue, adjustments, payables as may be applicable, business and payroll taxes, JE for transfers, loans, land transactions, accruals, deferred revenue & expense corrections, recording expense adjustments into the financial system.
  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of accounting transactions such as journal entries
  • Reinforces consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provides support related to relevant field.
  • Ensure tax, filing, compliance and other regulatory certifications for the region are made.
  • Liaise with regions accounting vendors, Operations Administrators and Finance Specialist on tax filings, compliance and certification.
  • Maintains current knowledge of local government requirements related to finance and align with tax and other legal requirements.
  • Provide training to staff and partner organizations on compliance aspects e.g., Standard Operating Procedures, Tax matters.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 4 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with relational databases especially MS Excel and accounting packages.
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Experience in manipulating, analyzing & interpreting data. 
  • Experience with technical command of spreadsheet programs, general ledger reports and other financial management tools.
  • Experience in supporting multiple projects in various locations and/or countries. 
  • Experience with government regulations related to grants and contracts.
  • Professional certification such as a CPA or CIA, or a candidate for same.
  • Experience in auditing and tax matters. 

Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated. 
  • Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, accuracy, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of current trends in finance, accounting and regulatory environments.
  • May require fluency in a foreign language to support global operations.
  • Technical expertise on complex accounting/financial issues.

How To Apply

To apply for the job, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on 22.09.2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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