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About Afghanaid

Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development organisation, established in 1983 to serve the needs of Afghans fleeing war in Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion. Now in its 40th year, Afghanaid has become one of the longest serving and most widely respected non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Afghanistan, and we have worked with millions of deprived, excluded and vulnerable families in some of Afghanistan’s most remote and underserved communities.

Working towards a peaceful and thriving Afghanistan, Afghanaid’s work has evolved to address four main pillars: providing basic services for all; supporting communities to adapt to the ravages of climate change and reduce their exposure to disasters; promoting sustainable livelihoods and food security; and delivering assistance in humanitarian crises. Three guiding principles are mainstreamed in all our programmes to ensure their successful contribution to sustainable development: gender and inclusion, good governance, and conflict mitigation and peacebuilding. In addition, our community-led approach gives ordinary Afghans a voice in their own development, ensuring they are active participants in shaping the future of their country.

With our years of experience, our majority Afghan team, and our deep understanding of local, cultural and ethnic issues, we have earned great trust and respect among the communities we serve. Developing our thematic expertise and the capacity of our staff in correspondence with the evolving needs of the country, international best practice, and opportunities for innovation, Afghanaid’s work has never been more important, as Afghanistan continues to face a severe humanitarian crisis. Through a wide range of development and humanitarian programming, we supported over 1.5 million Afghans in 2023. In 2022, Afghanaid’s year-end income was £18 million, having employed 775 people across the year, 97% of whom were Afghan nationals.

Afghanaid’s head office is located in Kabul, and through a network of field offices and partners we currently implement programmes in 10 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, implementing directly in four of the most remote and food insecure provinces: Badakhshan, Samangan, Ghor and Daykundi. We also have a small and dynamic fundraising and communications team based in London.

The Role

We are seeking a Finance professional who can work with the utmost accountability and accuracy as part of our senior financial management team. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in streamlining processes and implementing systems. They should plan to work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to maintain robust internal controls, ensure compliance with IFRS, Charity SORP and other statutory/ regulatory requirements and provide robust accounting advice to internal stakeholders. The post-holder should be able to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and pay close attention to detail. It is essential that the candidate can communicate effectively across the organisation at all levels, using language and terminology that is both accessible and empowering.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist Head Office (Kabul) finance with month end procedures and preparation of timely, accurate and complete monthly/quarterly and annual financial accounts (in accordance with UK GAAP and Charities’ SORP), and donor reporting, providing technical guidance as needed. 
  • Assist in preparation of the annual budget and work plans; monitor the effective implementation of the budget and work plan. 
  • Participate in finance meetings to ensure quality and compliance and address any financial questions. 
  • Lead in developing and implementing new accounting techniques and systems or in modifying existing methods and procedures suitable for the UK office (also with Kabul and Provincial Offices as agreed). 
  • Generate narrative reports detailing findings from analysis and proposed solutions for system improvements. 
  • Manage daily activities of accounting and finance functions including timely recording of transactions, cash management, banking, payroll, assets, receivables, and payables. 
  • Ensure financial transactions are fully supported, complete, accurate and consistent with organisational and donor standards. 
  • Reconcile the inter-branch account to ensure that all transactions have been identified and captured in the corresponding branch at the end of each month. 
  • Ensure the proper management of bank accounts and maintain regular communication with bankers. 
  • Facilitate in external and internal audits and compilation of annual audit file. 
  • Assist with periodic reviews of exchange movements and make recommendations to minimise the organisational foreign currency losses and maximise gains. 
  • Ensure safe custody of cash, documentation and other valuables in the UK Office finance section and coordinate weekly and monthly cash counts, including spot counts. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate AI and other new technologies into finance operations, streamlining processes and increasing efficiency. 
  • Provide training and support to team members on utilising new technologies and systems to improve financial operations. 
  • Visit Afghanaid’s Head Office in Kabul generally once per quarter, and Provincial Offices as required, to better understand the working environment and support and train team members. 
  • Undertake any other duties as and when required by the line manager and/or overview manager. 

Person Specification

Professional Skills, Competencies, Values and Attitudes

Afghanaid seeks an excellent accountant, with strong financial management and reporting acumen; combined with curiosity and initiative, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and sound judgement and decision-making skills. 

Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following: 

  • Native fluency in written English, with a demonstrable ability to write and lay out high quality documents and reports for diverse audiences. 
  • Proficient in budget development, monitoring & control as well as financial reporting and analysis.  
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills able to distil key ideas with clarity and precision. 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas. 
  • Ability to lead and influence others with diplomacy and tact. 
  • High-level proficiency in relevant ERP software packages and office applications, including spreadsheets, word processing, PowerPoint and Outlook. 
  • Personal integrity with initiative and drive to get things done and achieve results in a fast-paced and challenging environment. 
  • An outgoing and engaging personality, with an awareness of cultural and gender sensitivities and a sense of humour; able to build trust, work and live collaboratively with others and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a diverse multicultural environment. 
  • Strong organisational and coordination skills, able to work with significant levels of autonomy, manage personal priorities and meet tight deadlines. 
  • Business-oriented, with a commitment to build Afghanaid’s agility and strengthen its reputation. 
  • Flexible and dynamic, with the ability to deal with difficult, often ambiguous, and unprecedented situations and creatively solve problems. 
  • Resilience to travel and work in isolated and possibly insecure locations. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development. 
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of Afghanaid 

Other Information

Afghanaid’s core values are creativity, fairness, and honesty. Our staff are passionate about our work and proud of our organisation. Teamwork is fundamental to our standards and demonstrated by taking initiative, assisting others, and taking on additional responsibilities and tasks if necessary. We are results driven, committed and motivated to achieve targets and take accountability for our own actions.

Education & Professional Qualification

  • CCAB Recognised ACCA/ CIMA/ACA qualified / Diploma in Charity Accounting / CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance & Accounting or substantial equivalent experience.

Job Features

Job CategoryHumanitarian
LocationLondon, United Kingdom. Afghanaid’s London Office employs a hybrid work model, with 1-2 days per week in the organisation’s office in North London. Remote working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate
Salary£45,000 per annum
Closing Date21 April 2024
Contract typeFull-time, permanent contract
Travel RequirementsAnnually, 20 to 25% of the year in Afghanistan
Reporting toDirector of Finance and Operations

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Job Features

Job CategoryHumanitarian
LocationLondon, United Kingdom. Afghanaid’s London Office employs a hybrid work model, with 1-2 days per week in the organisation’s office in North London. Remote working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate
Salary£45,000 per annum
Closing Date21 April 2024
Contract typeFull-time, permanent contract
Travel RequirementsAnnually, 20 to 25% of the year in Afghanistan
Reporting toDirector of Finance and Operations

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Dominic Bond
Dominic Bond

Head of Education, Philanthropy & Foundations

afghanaid-management-accountant@oxfordhr.com