Manager, Finance and Operations, Food, Land & Water Program

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Accounting & Finance, Operations
kigali, rwanda
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

This position is hybrid requiring a few days per week in office. You can be based either in Rwanda or Kenya. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.
About the Program:
In WRI Africa, restoration is anchored within the Food, Land & Water Program (FLW), that aims at revitalizing and protecting landscapes for people and planet. The FLW Program aims to build the resilience of our natural ecosystems to sustainably provide vital ecosystems services such as food, water, carbon sequestration and climate regulation. This position will be based in Rwanda or Kenya.
Job Highlight:
Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, WRI Africa and the Director of Food, Land & Water WRI Africa (FLW), you will manage a range of business functions, including oversight of program budgets, financial information, and sub-agreement processes for the various projects under WRI’s Africa’s FLW. You will also prepare financial forecasts and assess financial risks for WRI Africa Senior Management to enable better decision-making and programmatic coordination. You will work with the FLW team’s project managers and WRI’s Accounting, Finance, and Grants & Contracts departments both in Africa and WRI’s Global office. You will be part of a growing team of operational professionals within WRI Africa and be responsible for the operations of the projects within the pillar.
What will you do:
Financial Management (60%):
  • Oversee management of budgets for WRI Africa’s FLW program, starting with an initial focus on the Restore Local program, which is approaching $30 million dollars annually.
  • Create and maintain a range of financial forecasts that model various revenue, labor, staffing and expenditure profiles, updating these on a quarterly basis to inform responsible hiring, attrition, funding cliffs and fundraising needs.
  • Prepare financial reports for both finance and finance staff, financial forecast, analysis and dashboards.
  • Participate in quarterly review meetings with members of the Executive and Grants & Finance teams in Africa and Global Office to present outlook and answer questions on variances.
  • Lead quarterly meetings with Vital Landscapes project managers, country project leads and Grants and Finance Specialists to review finances, deliverables, and update forecasts
  • Oversee a team of Grants and Finance Specialists (GFSs) within WRI Africa as they work to maintain budgets, manage grants and sub-agreements, providing guidance, leadership and support as needed
  • Ensure compliance with WRI Africa’s accounting, grants and contracts policies, and procedures for organizational audit clearance
  • Oversee preparation of annual and interim financial reports to funders as needed, including providing guidance to GFSs and resolving issues on more complicated financial reports.
  • Work with the Director of FLW to prepare and negotiate budgets with a wide range of funders.
Program Operations (40%):
  • Provide leadership to the program operations ensuring that there is the right operational framework to support delivery of the impact.
  • Directly supervise Vital Landscapes Grants & Finance Specialists, providing guidance on policies and processes
  • Work with Vital Landscapes managers to ensure consistency in quality of performance, upskilling and managing capacity, time and budgets
  • Lead on compliance issues for the Vital Landscapes team, ensuring staff understand and adhere to the rules of the various funding agreements.
  • Manage progress of spending against deliverables and work with project managers to proactively determine when grant amendments and extensions may be needed
  • Guide Operation and Grants and Finance staff on grant closeout processes, ensuring adherence to WRI’s policies and procedures
  • Prepare proposal budgets as needed and ensure all WRI Africa funding policies and requirements are followed
  • Review core business processes of WRI Africa’s operations team (e.g., contract initiation) for efficiency and suggested improvements where needed
  • In consultation with HR, provide mentorship and performance management support, guiding junior and mid-level operational staff within Vital Landscapes as they seek to develop their careers
What will you need:
  • Education: You have completed a bachelor’s degree in business management, finance, public administration or related field.
  • Experience: You have minimum of 8 years full-time work experience in financial management and operations, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Experience in program operations, grant compliance and management, financial planning and management, budgeting, and leadership of complex large grants, sub-grants and contracts
  • Experience with complex budgets and budget negotiation with different funders
  • Experience preparing finance reports, financial forecast, analysis and dashboards
  • Experience managing multiple complex projects with varying deadlines
  • Experience communicating complex issues to partners and colleagues
  • Experience working independently and providing supervision and mentorship to colleagues
  • Experience working in an international organization with multiple offices a major plus
  • Advanced budget, financial planning and analysis skills
  • Familiarity with database software and management (such as Salesforce, Concur, Cognos, TM1, etc.)
  • Advanced excel skills
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required. Fluency in French is a bonus.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization
Potential Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive renumeration and benefits package.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 24 July 2024. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
What we offer:
  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure
About Us:
Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.
The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
Our mission and values:
WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence and Respect.
Our culture:
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.
Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.