Volunteer Opportunities

Position - FINANCE OFFICER

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Accounting finance and fundraising
Country: Ghana
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: May 22, 2022

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian international cooperation organization, advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa where women and girls face great adversity: unequal access to resources and economic opportunities, gender-based violence and limited participation in political and public life. Crossroads International works in partnership with local organizations in 9 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to draw on the skills, expertise, and resources, from the North and the South, required to enable people, particularly women and girls, to overcome poverty and defend their rights.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.

OUR VISION

ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

Project description and context:

Crossroads International’s 2020-2027 Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) entitled Championing Gender Equality Together, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), will engage Canadian women and men, Canadian stakeholders, Crossroads staff and volunteers, local partner organizations and women and men in sub-Saharan Africa to become Gender Equality Champions. Collectively these Gender Equality Champions constitute a global community of strong change agents and advocates for the advancement of gender equality both in Canada and overseas.

The Project aims to reduce gender inequalities and alleviate poverty by addressing gender-based violence, inequalities in access to resources and economic opportunities, and barriers in exercising strategic forms of choice, voice, and influence, which are the culmination of unequal and discriminatory power relations entrenched in society.  Crossroads will address the root causes of gender-based inequalities and discrimination through a multidimensional holistic approach in the VCP that will, 1) promote women’s rights; 2) advance access to justice and the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), 3) promote equal representation of women and men, and 4) target inequalities that limit women’s ability to participate in and benefit from economic activities. Crossroads applies a rights-based approach to programming, which extends to promoting, protecting, and defending women’s rights, including strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to participate in and influence policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

Description of the partner

Crossroads collaborates with WiLDAF Ghana which is part of a Pan Africa Women’s Rights network called Women in Law and Development in Africa, whose mission is to use the law as a tool for development to ensure that women’s rights are respected, promoted and protected by way of promoting and reinforcing strategies that link law and development in order to increase women’s participation and influence at the local, national and international levels. WiLDAF is operational in several African countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This volunteer mandate is needed because the volunteer will assist in the coordination of all communication activities and strategies of WiLDAF Ghana to ensure that the impact and scope of our work are captured to first keep our network members, partners and donors informed, as well as preserving institutional memory.

Description the volunteer mandate

The volunteer we are looking for should participate Immediate Superior: WiLDAF Ghana’s Finance and Administration Manager

Responsibilities and Accountabilities: (40% of total time allocated: 28.7 % time on FSTP, 12% on No-FSTP)

The Finance Officer will be responsible for the overall financial management of the project and thus the FSTP sub-granting scheme. He will provide strategic and technical advice; participate in joint reviews and mid-term/final evaluations; and she will do a quality check of quarterly and annual reports (28.7% no-FSTP). She will ultimately be responsible for financial management and oversight of FSTP, e.g., review and approve budgets and payments, monitor budget vs. actuals (12% FSTP).

Main responsibilities

  • Ensure the operation of an efficient and effective financial system for WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project
  • Ensure that all financial transactions, payments, and disbursements of funds of the WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project are recorded and documented.
  • To Provide Grant Management and Reporting tasks to support WiLDAF Ghana’s FSTP component of the project
  • Ensure the execution other WiLDAF Ghana related financial functions as may be delegated to him/her by the WiLDAF Ghana Finance and Administration Manager Activities
  • Record all payments and receipts of WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project.
  • Undertake all banking transactions relating to WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project.
  • Prepares periodic financial statements of WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project.
  • Prepares all vouchers for payments for payments in the organization.
  • Provide timely reports on grants and track expenditure of the organization.
  • Ensure that all financial accounts are up to date.
  • Compile and coordinate periodic budgets for ENOUGH! and other projects

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Degree in Business Administration (Accounting option) or equivalent, or.
  • CIMA qualification a plus
  • At least three (5) years post qualification experience in a Project finance Management position.
  • Computer literacy, ability to use spreadsheets and accounting software such as QuickBooks.

Eligibility criteria 

  • ***IMPORTANT: Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement 
  • Share the commitment of preventing and addressing sexual misconduct 
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required) 
  • The volunteer needs to bring their own computer. 
  • The volunteer must be available to attend an online pre-departure trainings: May 25th to June 1st.

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following: 

  • Daily living allowance (depending of the country of assignment)  
  • Plane ticket and local transport 
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations 
  • Pre-assignment online training. 

Crossroads International is committed to addressing gender-based violence by supporting the innovative work our partner organizations in ending violence against women and girls. 

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! 

APPLICATION 

To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads’ online application form.

Please contact our volunteer mobilization team if you have any question: volunteer@cintl.org 

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 

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