ARASA Internal Finance Controller

Vacancy: Internal Finance Controller

Established in 2003, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of over 100 non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights-based response to HIV and TB in 18 countries in Southern and East Africa through capacity strengthening and advocacy. The Regional Office of ARASA is located in Windhoek, Namibia.

ARASA seeks to appoint a committed and dynamic individual to assume the position of Internal Finance Controller. This position is based in Windhoek, Namibia.

The Internal Finance Controller acts as Accounting Officer, in accordance with the Statutes of Namibia. The incumbent analyses financial information and reports utilizing appropriate accounting control procedures according to the financial regulations. The Internal Finance Controller is also responsible for assessing the suitability and effectiveness of internal management systems and the performance of departments in implementing rules, procedures and processes by reference to the risks associated with them.

Reporting to the Director:

Reporting to the Director the incumbent will lead the Director, the Internal Controller is responsible for validating compliance of administrative procedures and for revising internal rules and regulations, providing recommendations for improvements.

  • Formulate policies and procedures to improve internal controls, compliance and efficiency
  • Lays down in accordance with Title VII of financial regulations or related regulations, the accounting rules and methods and the chart of accounts.
  • Lays down and validates the accounting systems and where appropriate validating systems laid down by the authorizing officer to supply or justify accounting information; is empowered to verify that validation criteria are respected.
  • Is empowered to check the information received as well as to carry out any further checks he deems necessary in order to sign off the accounts.
  • Signs off the annual accounts together with the Director and sends them to and for the Finance Committee, and for the decision-making authority of ARASA.
  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of long-range internal control planning, introduction of new rules, procedures, processes, and regulatory interactions.
  • Reviews existing internal and financial controls – ensure all processes are mapped accurately assesses weaknesses.
  • Advises the Director on dealing with risks, by issuing opinions on the quality of management and control systems and by issuing recommendations for improving the conditions of implementation of operations and promoting sound financial management.
  • Establishes and maintains guidelines for a system of internal control in general.
  • Reports to the Director and the Finance Committee findings and recommendations.
  • Submits to the Director an annual internal audit report indicating the number and type of internal audits carried out, the recommendations made and the action taken on those recommendations.
  • Actively seek standardization and automation, apply and implement best practices for managing internal controls and deploy innovative technology where possible to enhance and continuously improve the design and operating effectiveness of the controls, documentation, assessment and review procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Relevant Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Finance/Accounting or Business Administration, Economics,
  • equivalent academic or professional training.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in a similar position relevant to the duties described above, preferably (above two-years) in NGO settings.
  • Relevant professional certification is a plus
  • Strong experience and interest for how technology and systems can support internal control effectiveness and efficiency
  • Solid understanding and experience with internal control frameworks
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to spot, assess and address risk, materiality and interdependencies and translate it into impact analysis for the financial reporting and recommendations for improvement
  • Strong communication skills presenting internal control and risk matters in an understandable way across various forums and levels of the organization with the right level of detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including sound presentational skills
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a multigeographic  team.
  • Adaptable to working in a fast paced, ever-changing environment
  • Striving for continuous improvement and optimization
  • Ability to work well independently as well as the ability to work well with stakeholders and
  • communicate effectively.
  • Flexibility in resolving issues and addressing changing priorities
  • Previous experience and knowledge of CA Regulations and procedures in Finance and Accounting.
  • Experience in Budgeting, and Cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections.
  • International experience, particularly in multi-national and international organizations (desirable).

ARASA offers an attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience. Interested and qualified candidates who match the profile are invited to submit their CV and letter of interest, to  with the title “Internal Finance Controller” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is midnight (SAST) on the 15th of January 2023.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.