Finance Manager

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African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities.


Akagera Management Company (AMC) is looking for a Finance Manager to manage its finance operations. The position is based in the park and reports jointly to the African Parks Network (APN) CFO and Akagera National Park Park Manager. The right candidate will be passionate about the conservation work being done by African Parks in partnership with the Rwandan Government. The primary purpose of this role will be to:

Direct and control the administration of all financial, treasury, taxation and accounting activities in the park, in accordance with African Parks Network (APN) policies, compliance with fiscal, legal and statutory requirements of Rwanda, and adherence to all donor regulations, including:

  • Leadership on all finance related matters;
  • Monitoring, recording, and reconciliation of revenue collection;
  • Review and continuous improvement of internal systems.

Key Responsibilities:
1.    Accounting and Reporting


  • Supervise the recording, classifying and summarizing of the financial transactions of the park and ensuring the proper update and maintenance of the accounts to ensure that the accounting system provides the basis for an efficient financial information system for both internal and external users and that it is compliant with internationally accepted accounting principles, legal and statutory requirements of the country
  • Review and provide guidance and coaching to accounting staff ensuring accuracy, correctness, and completeness of transactions recorded
  • Ensure the timeliness of required financial reports to project managers, donors, government partners, and Board Members
  • Prepare periodic reports of financial performance and discuss with the head of departments

2.    Treasury and Cash Management 

  • Is responsible for treasury planning
  • Liaises with the banks to ensure best rates on forex, transfers, credit card charges, etc

3.    Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Reporting 

  • Assist in the planning and budgeting for the project, taking the lead in the financial plans and budgets and ensuring that the assumptions, parameters, guidelines, and policies in planning are complied with
  • Review and monitors the budget performance of the project and provide recommendations
  • Provide cost data of the various resource inputs to project personnel to prepare and update Budget
  • Assist the Park manager and other park staff by providing guidance on compliance with donors guidelines and the provisions of donor agreements

4.    Internal Control Environment 

  • Continuously review the adequacy of internal control to ensure the provision of accurate and timely financial information, protection of assets and adherence to policies, systems and procedures and the smooth and orderly implementation of plans and activities

5.    Fixed Asset Management 

  • Ensure the identification and proper inventory of fixed assets of the project through the conduct of an annual inventory to determine their location and condition of proper disposition
  • Determine the accuracy of depreciation in accordance with APN’s policy and that the assets are adequately protected
  • Prepare the request for approval to dispose of missing, lost, stolen, damaged and obsolete equipment

6.    Payroll 

  • Ensure that the systems and procedures are in place to enable accurate preparation and disbursement of the payroll in compliance with statutory requirements
  • Sign off on the monthly payroll by reviewing and checking the accuracy of amounts to be paid to the staff

7.    Due Diligence and Audit 

  • Co-ordinates with the auditors. This includes preparation of the reporting pack and necessary notes to the accounts
  • Provide draft responses to the audit management letter, including coordinating inputs from the programme, human resources, administration, and other units as necessary
  • Ensure the closure and resolution of audit findings

8.    Board and governance

  • Attending the board meeting and taking the minutes of the board
  • Provide financial information to the Board for all Board meetings

9.    General 

  • Provide leadership and guidance in all matters pertaining to finance (including taxation and other financial issues) and give advice and support to all those needing it
  • Provide training to project staff on APN financial policies and procedures, budgeting methods and compliance with donor guidelines
  • Where required, assist with writing and maintaining the local procurement policy and be a member of the procurement committee

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Qualified ACCA / CIMA / CA or equivalent
  • At least 8 years post qualification experience
  • Experience in international organizations
  • Has managed a team of at least 5 people
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated experience providing reports to Boards
  • Experience working in multi-cultural environments
  • Experience working with ERP systems
  • Excellent computer/technology skills – MS Office, social media, websites
  • Strong communication & presentation skills
  • Good commercial skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Stakeholder relationship management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong team player
  • Results oriented
  • Highly resilient
  • Adaptable

 Additional Requirements:

  • Experience in the tourism industry an advantage

 The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join our dedicated park management team and make a significant contribution to the protection and sustainable development of the Rwandan conservation landscape.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to  by 26 July 2019.

Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not been contacted by 1 August 2019.


Done at KIYONZA, on 08th July 2019.

Park Manager - Akagera Management Company Ltd