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Finance Officer
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Job Code 359
# of Openings 1
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Finance Officer (Nairobi, Kenya)

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists.  We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.  With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we  support the right of every individual to be free.


Freedom House is seeking a Finance Officer to support our regional office that supports projects in the East and Horn of Africa to strengthen protection and promotion of human rights, to increase domestic demand and ability of citizens to hold their leaders accountable, and to enable civil society to be more effective advocates for human rights in East and Horn of Africa. The Finance Officer will be responsible for financial and administrative functions according to the regulations, policies and procedures of donors, the Kenyan government and the organization in support of Freedom House’s programs in the region.  This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Regional Project Director.


  • Act as liaison with Freedom House headquarters finance and program staff on finance and grant compliance issues.
  • Maintain the integrity and ensure accuracy of all financial data including reviewing and posting entries to General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
  • Conduct financial analysis and prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports and statements.
  • Assist with monitoring cash flow and managing Freedom House’s financial status.
  • Ensure all accounting records and systems are in compliance with funder requirements as well as requirements of the Kenyan government.
  • Ensure compliance with programmatic objectives, financial obligations and reporting requirements according to grant agreements.
  • Assist with preparation of an annual audit required by local authorities.
  • Assist with the effective functioning of the office support systems including negotiations with the landlord, vendors and other service providers in the most cost effective manner.
  • Assist with maintaining internal controls to ensure compliance with financial policies and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Regional Project Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, economics, or related field.
  • Minimum 6 - 8 years of experience with grants compliance monitoring, in particular USG grants compliance.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word and QuickBooks Preferred.
  • Prior experience working with NGO accounting in a fast paced finance department.
  • Prior experience working with the financial and grant compliance aspect of sub-grant programs.
  • Experience mentoring local organizations to build their financial and organizational capacity strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Kenyan accounting and financial laws.
  • Knowledge of USG financial and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of all accounting principles, GAAP, and automated accounting systems.
  • Ability to analyze financial information efficiently and accurately.
  • Ability to effectively write reports, maintain documentation, and complete required forms
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary .  Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above. Only candidates who send respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.