CRS is recruiting for the position of Senior Finance Officer

If you are interested and your profile matches the requirements, please read the below job description, and follow the instructions to submit your application package.
About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, health (including malaria), agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS/ Sierra Leone and Program Background

Catholic Relief Service (CRS) launched its work in Sierra Leone in 1963 supporting relief and development operations in the country. CRS Sierra Leone has proudly maintained a strong reputation and relationship with partners and the communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sector program portfolio.

Today, the Country Program has a robust portfolio built around several major programs in Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Education and Urban Resilience. CRS/Sierra Leone currently implements projects in Education, Emergencies, Health and Urban Resilience sector area, including: the USDA/McGovern Dole Food for Education funded All Pikin for Learn (APfL) project, and is a co-principal recipient of the Global Fund malaria grant to the country. Other funding includes the EU-funded COVID response project, the Coca Cola-funded RAIN project, and the DFID-funded waste management project. In addition, the country program is working on several high-profile opportunities included establishing a Freetown Water Fund, supporting the Freetown City Council to deliver its Transform Freetown strategy through slum regeneration, and emergency response to COVID-19 funded by USG/OFDA. CRS Urban malaria research project anticipate that by incorporating malaria activities in the Transform Freetown Project, a more holistic and sustainable approach to improving the health and reducing malaria prevalence can be achieved.

Job Title: Senior Finance Officer
Department: Finance, Treasury Unit – Pool - Operations
Reports To: Deputy Finance Manager
Country: CRS-Sierra Leone.
Duty Location: CRS Country Office, Freetown with 25% travel to field, SR Offices and project implementation sites, Field Sites
Job Summary:
You will help coordinate and contribute to the implementation of the Country Program’s (CP’s) accounting systems, policies and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You will efficiently perform accounting services through documenting financial transactions by compiling, analyzing, and verifying account information; preparing account entries; and delivering financial reporting services.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place.
- Review accuracy of POET coding for processing financial transactions for assigned accounts in Insight.
- Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned accounts in Insight financial accounting package.
- Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare correcting entries and adjustments, as necessary.
- Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant staff of due payments/liquidations, and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management.
- Prepare various, periodic and ad hoc financial reports, as needed, and perform variance analyses to assist with decision-making and proper management of financial resources.
- Prepare Bank Reconciliation statements for Freetown and Kabala Sub-Offices. Ensure proper follow up and clearing of outstanding unreconciling items in a timely manner in accordance with policy.
- Serve as back-up to the Deputy Finance Manager for the preparation of FLCAT and ensure Severance is printed and approved monthly.
- Provide relevant support for month and year-end close process.
- Prepare Quarterly Cash Forecast
- Prepare Monthly Aging Reports.
- Provide information to subrecipients and staff on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and contribute to capacity strengthening.
- Perform assigned treasury (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.
Basic Qualifications
- B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent).
- Minimum of two years’ experience in a position with similar responsibilities, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institution.
Preferred Qualifications
- Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies
- Accuracy and completeness with great attention to detail
- Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
- Ability to work collaboratively
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations preferred.
- Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Familiar with an accounting software systems. Knowledge of Project Insight is a plus.
Required Languages – English
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 25% to the field, SR Offices and project implementation sites.
Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none)
Key Working Relationships:
Interna: CP and Field Teams
External: CRS Assigned Stakeholder etc.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Integrity
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to safeguarding-related topics.


To apply for this position please send up-to-date CV and a supporting letter, copies of relevant certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Also send a copy of your application package to the desk Officers, Ministry of Employment and Social Security, New England and Extension Offices in Applicants’ Locations

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Closing Date for the receipt of application packages is 11th June 2021.