Lead Financial Management Specialist - National Position

Tags: finance Environment
  • Added Date: Monday, 11 March 2024
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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances childrenโ€™s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And itโ€™s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support childrenโ€™s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for โ€“ and respond to โ€“ crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.


Working in 54 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, with a total annual budget of approximately Euros 1 billion, Plan Internationalโ€™s stated Global Strategic Goal is to reach 200 million girls, particularly those living in fragile contexts, fighting injustice or facing crisis, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits.

The Government of Liberia, through the Liberian Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP) is implementing the Liberia Women Empowerment Project (LWEP) (P173677) with financing from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group ($44.60 million). The LWEP aims to improve social and livelihood services for women and girls in targeted communities, foster positive social norms, and strengthen the government's capacity to advance women and girlsโ€™ empowerment through a โ€œwhole communityโ€ approach targeting multiple actors and levels. The World Bank views this project as creating a platform for the empowerment of women where policy dialogue happens, evidence of what works is produced and disseminated, and partnerships are strengthened. The project will be implemented by the Liberian Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP).

Plan International is seeking to be the Lead Service Provider for components 1,2 & 3 of this project under the supervision of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the MGCSP. We are seeking someone who will oversee the financial operations of the project to ensure effective use of its financial resources. They will manage the operations support services functions, including business planning processes, accounting and treasury, financial reporting and analysis, and internal financial controls as it relates to the project. This role is instrumental in ensuring the financial sustainability and impact of the LWEP and requires strong financial acumen, leadership skills, and a commitment to empowering women and girls in Liberia.

Dimensions of the Role

Lead all financial management and reporting in at the national level, including supporting the Country Manager in maintaining efficient financial controls and budget development, management, and tracking, including donor reporting. Manage payroll and ensure LSP is meeting all related legal payroll tax requirements. Proactively engage in the budget development, implementation, and revision. Provide regular financial analysis and prepare fiscal year expenditure pipeline on each project component after each period closing in order to give recommendation for the budget holders and to track the approved fiscal year spending.


Guides and facilitates the effective use of Donor funds. Lead all financial management and reporting at the national level, including supporting the LSP Country Manager in maintaining efficient financial controls and budget development, management, and tracking, including donor reporting. Reviews cash request and ensure timely processing and requesting of monthly fund requirement of the program unit as per schedule. Refresh cash request based on actual funds received on a by-weekly basis as per schedule. Reviews accuracy of General Ledger print-outs. Reviews Project Outlines and PO modifications as to accuracy of SAP codes, WBSE and budget availability as per approved operational plans. Reviews Project Completion Reports (PCR) expenditures against SAP and SAP BI reports.

Key relationships


This role will report to the LWEP Team Leader and will have matrix management from the Country Finance Manager. Project team members sitting in Plan PUMs and team members to consult on major decisions related to finance (High Contact). CO-staff and in particular all department team (High Contact).


Partners and other officials in the specific community (High contact). County staff members Government institutions and donors (High contact).

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

General Requirements

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

Experience with financial information systems and MS office especially Excel and Word. Strong management accounting and networking skills, experience in managing teams In depth knowledge of financial systems, financial management and reporting Excellent negotiation and communication skills

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Location: Country Office, Monrovia

Type of Role: Fixed Term

Reports to: Country Finance Manager

Grade: 14

Closing Date: 25th March 2024

This position is contingent upon the pending and final ToR being published by the donor as well as contingent upon award.

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Early application is encouraged, as the advertisement may be closed upon selection of a suitable candidate

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girlsโ€™ rights and inclusion.

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