British Council Ethiopia Vacancy Announcement

June 23, 2023

Job Overview

  • Organization: British Council Ethiopia
  • Category: Accounting and Finance
  • Position: Project Finance Manager – BMMIII Programme at British Council
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type: Full Time
  • Deadline: July 05, 2023 

Job Description

Project Finance Manager – BMMIII Programme at British Council

British Council Vacancy in Ethiopia:

Position: Project Finance Manager – BMMIII Programme

Salary: ETB 74,613.00 gross per month

Application Deadline: July, 05/2023 

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognized qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

Role Purpose

The role is expected to make a major contribution to the effective financial delivery and management of the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan. The role will require a strong aspect of financial management, project management, risk and compliance and stakeholder management skills to meaningfully participate in the migration dialogue.

The role will lead to the effective financial management of the programme, overseeing and managing financial planning, systems, processes, control, budgets and policies. This role will report to the Regional Commercial Finance Manager -SSA but is expected to work with the Senior Programme Manager, Country Programme Managers and other diverse team members.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

Financial management 

  • Lead financial planning, forecasting, cash flow, reporting and analysis to ensure accurate, timely and complete financial management of the project/contract budget on SAP. 
  • Evaluate the financial performance of the projects regularly, together with the Project Board, partner organizations and Regional Finance Team.  
  • Oversee all procurement focusing on documentation collation for vendor creation, coordination of purchase order initiation and goods release.  
  • For grant disbursement, support the teams on grant selection and management, payment of grants and capacity building in financial management for grantees. 
  • Maintain financial records and financial information in line with British Council information management standards and donor requirements.  
  • Ensure all systems and documents developed are in full compliance with British Council corporate standards and country legal and financial requirements. 
  • Maintain financial records and financial information in line with British Council information management standards and donor requirements.  
  • Ensure all systems and documents developed are in full compliance with British Council corporate standards and country legal and financial requirements.  

Financial Reporting, Analysis, Monitoring and Invoicing

  • Establish and maintain a contract budget monitoring tool to enable accurate monitoring and reconciliation against the contract budget, to provide commercial forecasts and to respond to British Council and client requests and to ensure that the programme budget is not overspent. 
  • Lead monthly monitoring and reconciliation of project/contract budgets and work with the project team to identify and report risks and issues. 
  • Review actual project income and expenditure monthly; ensuring accurate reliable financial data is maintained in the finance system and the project financial management toolkit. 
  • Provide monthly commentary on the variances as part of the budget monitoring and planning process.  
  • Manage any financial modifications of the contract budget working with the country and regional team and the British Council’s costing and pricing model.
  • Produce monthly financial reports as needed, manage budget checks, and correct errors in postings, accruals and journals on SAP to ensure accurate data is maintained. 

Stakeholder engagement and Relationship management

  • Liaise with and act as an “outpost” of the country finance team to ensure an effective interface between project/contract and corporate financial systems. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders and partners, including the Project team, Financial Controller, Risk and compliance, Financial planning & analysis, Country Corporate Services, and Regional Commercial and Finance teams. 
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with external consultants, experts, suppliers, vendors and client desk officers/contract officers.   

Role-specific knowledge and experience:

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or any other similar qualification
  • A minimum of 3 years of donor-funded experience and a cumulative minimum of 6 years of finance experience
  • Track record of the key finance function in international/multinational organisation in a similar context
  • Experience in managing the delivery of projects delivered through partners and/or using outsourced providers – through client/partner funds
  • Experience in procurement of services and goods and contracts
  • Stakeholder engagement and management


  • A recognized professional finance and /or accounting qualification (e.g. ACCA, CPA, CIMA, CIPFA)
  • Familiarity with GIZ/EU policies and procedures
  • Knowledge about grants, CSO financing, foreign donations rules and regulations
  • Technical knowledge and/or experience with SAP

Further Information

  • Pay Band – Pay band 7
  • Remuneration: ETB 74,613.00 gross per month
  • Contract Type – 2years fixed term contract
  • Location – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Language requirements: Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Role holders must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Closing Date – [5th July 2023] Applications will close 23:59 West African Time

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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behavior is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under-representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability. All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in Article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, and identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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