Chalice

About Chalice

Chalice (Canada) is a Catholic, Nova-Scotia-based organization ranked by Money Sense Magazine, six years running, as Canada’s top-ranked Charity in the field of international aid and development. We bring love, life and hope to some 50,000 needy children and elderly across 57 program sites in 15 countries.

Job Title: International Finance Manager
Reports to: Chief Finance Manager (CFM)

Job Location: Bedford, Nova Scotia

We are looking for a mission-driven, personable, adaptable, energetic, articulate and committed individual for the position of International Finance Manager. The person we are seeking should have experience supervising staff, a university degree in commerce, and at least 5 years' experience in external or internal auditing or in the preparation of financial statements. Having a professional accounting certification is not required but is an advantage.
We are looking for someone who loves travelling, as he or she will be on overseas field visits about 3 weeks per quarter. The successful candidate will enjoy the distinct privilege of interacting with various peoples and cultures across 4 continents while doing the Lord's work of helping the poor. Please explore our website to find out more about Chalice.

Job Purpose:
The International Finance Manager (IFM) partners with the International Managers (IMs) in directing and controlling the utilization of Chalice's funds by developing and administering sound budgeting and financial reporting processes covering all overseas Sponsor Sites. The IFM also supports the Chief Finance Manager (CFM) and the IMs in promoting the adoption of sound financial management at our overseas sites by reviewing current practices, developing and communicating best practices, monitoring compliance and conducting structured or ad-hoc training.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and updates as necessary, a strategic or annual plan for the International Finance Office (IFO) aligned to Chalice's overall strategy and objectives. Develops and proposes the annual budget for the IFO. Assesses financial risk levels of the sponsosr sites and, in consultation with the CFM and IMs, prepares the annual field audit plan.

Directs the International Auditor (IA) and Financial Associates (FAs) based at regional offices In Bolivia, Kenya and India, jointly with the International Managers, in implementing all activities set forth in the Strategic Plan and in the Annual Operating Plan. Develops, documents, reviews and updates, in consultation with the CFM and IMs, the budgeting and financial reporting processes for the programme sites. This responsibility includes developing reporting forms and drafting and maintaining financial manuals.

Develops, reviews, and updates Chalice’s internal control and financial management best practices, and promotes and drives the adoption of these best practices by Chalice partners. Develops, reviews, and updates criteria to be used in assessing the sponsor sites’ financial reporting performance. Develops, reviews, and updates field audit processes, forms, tools, and reports. Develops, reviews, and updates internal controls to prevent, and test to detect, fraud at overseas sites and offices. Provides ad-hoc support to the CFM or IMs in the investigation of suspected or reported incidents of fraud. Develops and facilitates financial training for overseas partners to enable them to comply with Chalice’s standards.

Monitors the performance of the IA and FAs in meeting their deliverables and implementing strategic activities. Reviews, re-aligns, or revises the IA’s and FAs’ various tasks or priorities, when necessary, to ensure the implementation of, and achievement of, strategic activities and objectives, and to address unforeseen urgent and critical issues. Conducts routine field audits in line with the agreed annual schedule or special unplanned audits as may be requested by the IMs and confirmed and agreed to by the CFM. Reviews the quarterly financial reporting checks conducted by the IA and FAs.

Participates in management meetings.  Recommends amounts of funds to be sent to sites quarterly. Holds periodic meetings with IA and FAs. Alerts the CFM immediately of any fraud or major non-compliance at sites. Provides the CFM and IMs with summary quarterly reports on sponsor site financial reporting performance and risk profiles.

Qualifications, competencies

  • Mission-driven, adaptable, energetic and committed.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent planning and time-management skills.
  • University Degree in Business Administration or Commerce.
  • Having a professional accounting designation would be an advantage.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in external and/or internal auditing and/or in preparing and evaluating financial statements.
  • Experience in supervising staff.
  • Working knowledge in accounting software such as Sage or Quickbooks.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as being a team player.
  • A current passport and ability to obtain the necessary visas for overseas travel is required.
Working conditions
  • Standard working time is 40 hours per week
  • Availability to work overtime as necessary to discharge duties and responsibilities.
  • Approximately 3 calendar weeks every quarter will be spent traveling outside Canada.
  • Work within Prayer led office celebrating Catholic beliefs and traditions.

Benefits

Chalice offers benefits including health and travel insurance, and a retirement savings plan.

Applicants should send their resumes, with cover letter, including salary expectations and availability, to Randy Spaulding, randyspaulding@chalice.ca , no later than 3 April 2017.



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