Compliance and Finance Manager

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Do you have a penchant for policies and procedures and a keen eye for compliance? Are you looking for a challenge, and interested in playing a key role in the smooth running of an ambitious international NGO?

At Gorta-Self Help Africa, we’re passionate about what we do, and we’re looking for a Compliance and Finance Manager to help us be even better at it. Join us, and become a big part in the continuing growth of one of Ireland’s most successful overseas development organisations.

You’ll need to have experience –  10 years as a minimum, with five of these at a senior level. A CV that includes time spent with a mid to large NGO would be a bonus, and knowledge of Salesforce, even better.

As our Compliance and Finance Manager, you’ll lead the way in the ongoing improvement and strengthening of our internal policies and procedures and all that this entails, including (but not limited to) – capacity monitoring, developing training workshops, preparing risk registers and ensuring the due diligence of our partner NGOs.

This role will also involve regular travel to Africa, where we currently work in nine countries, throughout the year.

Job Title: Compliance and Finance Manager
Company: Gorta-Self Help Africa
Department: Finance
Location: Based in Dublin
Reports to: Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Contract Type: Full Time/Permanent
Working Hours: 37.5 hours a week Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm
Indicative Salary: €55-65,000

Gorta-Self Help Africa is an Irish-headquartered international development organisation that is dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in rural Africa.

We have a long track record of success, and this year will help to lift more than three million people out of extreme poverty. We are an ambitious and growing organisation with expertise in small-scale farming, growing farm businesses, nutrition and supporting rural poor communities to access new markets and garner fair prices for their produce. We have recently added humanitarian response to our work portfolio to provide emergency assistance to communities that we work with.

Self Help Africa and Gorta, two of Ireland’s oldest development organisations, merged in 2014. Gorta was established in 1965, while Self Help Africa was formed 20 years later, in 1984.

We currently work in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and also have offices in Dublin, London and New York.

Job Purpose:

Maintaining of organisational procedures to ensure the safekeeping, maintenance and replacement of the organisation’s assets as well as the strengthening of procurement procedures and documentation.

Providing technical support to HQ and country office teams in ensuring compliance with internal GSHA and external donor policies and procedures is paramount at all stages of the programme cycle.

Provide support and training to all country programmes in compliance with standard GSHA policies and procedures on logistics and security.

Key Responsibilities:


Ensuring GSHA internal policies and procedures are at the right standard and are complied with:

  • Oversee the development and improvement of internal policies and procedures that are relevant to programme cycle management, including (but not limited to) finance, procurement, logistics, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud and anti-bribery, whistleblowing and prevention of terrorism.
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are up to date, fit for purpose and easy to access for all staff and relevant partners.
  • Ensure internal policies and procedures reflect all relevant donor policies that GSHA is subject to.
  • Ensure that GSHA staff and partners are conversant with relevant donor guidelines and that compliance is a focus of their work.
  • Work with the Programme Funding team providing advice and support on new donor programmes and potential new country programmes.
  • Monitor the capacity of the GSHA and partners’ finance/administration/logistics staff and disseminate policies and procedures.
  • Develop content for training workshops on compliance with internal and donor policies and procedures.
  • Support country management teams and the Finance function in building the capacity of compliance staff by facilitating delivery of training workshops and provision of advice in a mentoring role as required.
  • Provide advice on the specific compliance implications of humanitarian interventions.
  • Travel to each country programme once per year (to coincide, where possible, with programme, finance or internal audit visits).


Ensuring compliance is monitored and reported on in a structured and strategic way.

  • Establish and manage a quarterly compliance reporting system for Audit Finance and Risk Committee (AFRC) and senior management.
  • Trip reports specific to each country office visit will be prepared and submitted to the AFRC as well as senior management.
  • Review internal audit reports and statutory management letter audit points and provide management feedback as appropriate.
  • Ensure due diligence of partner NGOs is carried out systematically and that relevant risks are identified and mitigated before contracting with them.
  • Provide inputs into preparation of risk registers at HQ and country level.


Compliance comprises an element of a broad range of staff members’ job descriptions.

  • Ensure all relevant staff members are aware of their responsibilities re compliance.
  • Work with relevant line managers and feed in to appraisals of staff.
  • Maintain regular contact with staff at country level and ensure they are providing sufficient compliance advice and assurance in their offices.
  • Liaise with country management teams to ensure that country programmes are receiving the appropriate support from relevant HQ staff.
  • Provide regular updates to senior management on compliance issues and escalate any issues of concern.

Knowledge and experience:

Minimum 10 years practical experience, of at which 5 years is at a senior level, preferably in a mid to large international NGO

Qualifications/Other Requirements:


  • Internationally recognised Accounting Qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA)
  • Experience of working with institutional donor funding and an understanding of the compliance environment in which donors operate
  • Understanding of the key principles of sound financial management and the standard policies and procedures that apply in the INGO sector
  • Willingness to travel to African locations


  • Genuine interest in the not-for-profit sector
  • Experience of working in the overseas development sector
  • Knowledge of Salesforce

Role Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, analytical, organisational and written skills
  • Proactive and motivated with a strong commitment to Gorta-Self Help Africa’s vision, mission and values
  • Excellent ICT skills including a good knowledge of MS Office and accounting software
  • Attention to detail and the ability to produce timely and accurate financial reports

Key Relationships:


  • Chief Finance and Operations Officer (Line Manager)
  • Finance Manager
  • Programme Finance Accountants
  • ICT Manager
  • Programmes Director and Programme Support Coordinators
  • In-country Country Management Teams, Logistics, Procurement and administrative officers


  • Institutional donors
  • Statutory auditors
  • Contractors

Gorta-Self Help Africa is an equal opportunities employer

Application Procedure

At Gorta-Self Help Africa, we’re committed to ending hunger and poverty in Africa. If you are too (and if you tick all of the tickable boxes in ‘Essential Requirements’ in the attached full job description), please get in touch!

Candidates must be entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Email or call +353 1 554 7446 if you have questions or would like additional information.

Please send your CV and covering letter to 

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Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview and date for interview will be communicated.

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Due to the nature of Gorta Self Help Africa’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible.  This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate.  We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.