Finance & Operations Manager – Turkana County

Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. We continue to change the lives of over 1.4 million children who today will receive a Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School Feeding and Early Childhood Development programme in Kenya. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following post: Finance & Operations Manager – Turkana County 

Mary’s Meals Kenya is delighted to be recruiting for a talented Finance & Operations Manager to join our team in Lodwar, Turkana county. With extensive experience of budget and financial management, you will have responsibility for leading and developing a team supporting the following areas: finance, logistics, security, procurement, transport, property management and IT. Process development, continuous improvement and implementation will be a key focus of this role and you will bring strong experience of implementing internal control frameworks. 

We are currently feeding 44,139 children in Kenya and our work is based in both Eldoret and Lodwar, where we attract many children living in urban slums into the classroom, and Turkana, where we provide life-saving meals to the children of livestock farmers. Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. 

Reporting to the Country Lead, Kenya, with a dotted line to Mary’s Meals International Head of Finance, you will have responsibility for the overall financial management of our Kenya programme and you will be a member of the Country Programme Leadership Team. You will be comfortable working across multiple projects and managing a varied team to ensure all major milestones are achieved and reporting schedules are met. You will be confident in influencing at all levels and will bring strong leadership skills to inspire your team and strive for continuous improvement in all areas. 

Other key areas of responsibility include: 

• Managing compliance and ensuring best practice throughout our programmes

• Leading and coaching staff within the Finance & Operations area to develop themselves and grow with the organisation

• Overseeing the annual audit process; including preparation of all audit deliverables 

• Overseeing procurement, shipping and delivery of food in line with programme needs  

• Supporting our Country Lead, Kenya to ensure the programme is fully compliant with all legal requirements

• Managing all property matters, ensuring construction projects are managed efficiently and all project information is made available to relevant stakeholders
 
With a restless approach to continuous improvement, you will thrive in a fast-paced, varied environment where no two days are the same. Experience of working with, or for, a charity would be beneficial but is not essential - however, alignment with Mary’s Meals values and the desire to serve the children of Kenya is essential. 

Mary’s Meals is a values driven organisation, we believe in the innate goodness of people, respect the dignity of every human being and family life and believe in good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. In line with our values Mary’s Meals is fully committed to a culture of safeguarding. 

Minimum Requirements:

✓ Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or any other relevant field

✓ Experience in leading a Finance function and leading, engaging and motivating a team of staff 

✓ Proficient user of finance software e.g. Sage

✓ Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

✓ Ability to manage, guide and lead employees to ensure appropriate financial processes are being used

✓ A solid understanding of financial statistics and accounting principles

✓ Working knowledge of all statutory legislation and regulations

✓ Professional qualification such as CFA/CPA/CCAB or similar will be considered a plus

 

Applications stating expected net salary and CV (including contacts for three professional referees) should be e-mailed to jobs.kenya@marysmeals.org indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line.

All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 2nd August 2019 at 16:30 hours.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 
 

Open quote mark What’s important to us is the hungry child. When there are hungry children in front of us today, we’re going to feed them, and at the same time we’re going to work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term, creating a global movement of people who believe in this vision. Close quote mark
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary’s Meals founder and Chief Executive

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