Finance Assistant

About Geneva Global

Geneva Global is an international philanthropy advising company that provides strategic advice, independent research, active program and grant management, as well as impact measurement to individuals, foundations, companies, and other organizations.  The company is a subsidiary of Global Impact, a trusted advisor, intermediary, and implementing partner in the international development sphere supporting organizations across the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Geneva Global has 16 years of experience working in various countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. On behalf of clients, we have managed over US $120 million in grants, working with government, civil society organizations, and other development actors to improve the lives of over 38 million people in the region. We have partnered with over 650 local organizations to implement innovative, effective interventions across 14 sectors, including community health, anti-human trafficking, literacy, infant and maternal health, disaster relief, water and sanitation, and education.

Geneva Global has operated in Ethiopia since 2007. We are now officially registered there and operate as Geneva Global Ethiopia.  Since 2011, Geneva Global Ethiopia has implemented the Speed School program. This is an accelerated education initiative that has brought over 200,000 formerly out-of-school children aged 9 to 14 back into the government school system, where they routinely succeed.  The program allows the students to cover the first three years of primary education in one year, using highly effective instructional methods. These combine with support to the students’ mothers to enable them to support their children’s continued schooling both economically and with social and household interventions.  To date, the program has operated in close partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Regional Education Bureaus and the decentralized education structures of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions. The implementation of the Speed School program has fallen to regional and local civil society partners.

Drawn to the strong evidence of the program’s success, these four regions and two others, Afar and Somali, are now working closely with Geneva Global Ethiopia and the Ministry of Education to incorporate the Speed School model and methods officially into their formal plans and programs, aiming to scale and sustain the model. In addition, the program has attracted the interest and resources of new funding partners, including most notably UNICEF and Education Cannot Wait. These new partners have recently signed agreements with Geneva Global Ethiopia to deliver high quality primary and pre-primary schooling in both accelerated Speed School and conventional primary classrooms with children from returned internally displaced populations (IDP) and their host communities in emergency-affected woredas of Oromia.

Job Summary: Finance Assistant

Geneva Global seeks to hire a full-time Finance Assistant to join the Geneva Global Ethiopia team. The Finance Assistant will join as a member of a multidisciplinary team based in Addis Ababa.   She/he will be reporting to the Finance Officer and will contribute meaningfully to Geneva Global Ethiopia programs in the following ways:

Assist the proper documentation for all financial transactions

  • Track and reconcile bank and petty cash balance every day
  • Ensure all taxes are withheld and remitted as per Ethiopian tax law
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly and quarterly financial reports
  • Support Finance Officer in the preparation of regular internal and external audits
  • Ensure that adequate internal controls are implemented and followed regarding cash, per diem payment, fuel coupons, mobile prepaid cards, advances, and other expenses and coordinate proper procedures and documentation for all financial transactions.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Finance Officer in the planning, forecasting, and fiscal allocation of GG-Eth programs
  • Check bank reconciliations and cash on hand balances are aligned with quarterly financial reports, both to HQ and from collaborating partners.
  • Prepare Payment vouchers and cash receipt vouchers and later provide it authorized persons for validation prior to payments. Vouchers will be coded and recorded in QuickBooks for reporting purposes.
  • Maintain and report the status of partners’ accounts receivables, accounts payable, trial balances, balance sheets and income statements
  • Regularly monitor Collaborating Partners in their handling of financial documents, cash and bank book registration, expenditure ledgers, financial transactions and Budget Vs Expenditure reporting.
  • Provide technical support and capacity strengthening for Collaborating Partners in their financial reporting, communicating with these partners to clarify any questions, request any missing information and/or documentation, and make any necessary corrections.
  • Undertake visits to Speed School implementation sites as needed
  • Willingness to take any other duties as needed to support the implementation of the Speed School program and other GG-Eth Projects.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related fields.
  • Minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible, professional experience in accounting and finance. Experience working with international organizations and/or federal funding of non-profit organizations is preferred.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in English and Amharic with the ability to explain financial matters in ways that are accessible to personnel with minimal experience in finance.
  • Strong level of technical knowledge, skills, and experience with financial planning, reporting and analysis.
  • Proven ability to support the management of complex financial donor funded grants and awards portfolios.
  • Knowledge of federal grant rules and regulations and experience using Accounting/IFRS and IPSAS systems.
  • Professional demeanour and ability to communicate and interface with all levels of management and staff, with an emphasis on customer service.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and collaboratively using analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Willingness to work closely with a culturally and globally diverse team, building and maintaining relationships both in the office and digitally.

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