Finance and Grants Officer

Work Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Requisition Number: 1182
# of Openings: 1



Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.



Freedom House seeks a Finance and Grants Officer for a five-year project in The Gambia funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The project will build the capacity of civil society and the justice sector to respond to support the country’s transition to democracy.  


The Finance and Grants Officer manages Freedom House’s administrative functions in The Gambia, maintains proper accounting records, and prepares expense reports, cash forecasts, and reports for donors and Freedom House headquarters. The Finance and Grants Officer also manages small grants to local civil society organizations and ensures compliance with U.S. government policies. The position is based in Banjul, The Gambia and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as liaison with Freedom House headquarters finance and program staff on finance and grant compliance issues, including the project’s small grants portfolio.
  • Maintain the integrity and ensure accuracy of all Freedom House project financial data including reviewing and posting entries to General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
  • Conduct financial analysis and prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports and statements.
  • Monitor cash flow and manage Freedom House’s financial status.
  • Ensure all accounting records and systems are in compliance with funder requirements as well as requirements of The Gambia government.
  • Ensure compliance with programmatic objectives, financial obligations and reporting requirements according to grant agreements.
  • Manage preparation of an annual audit required by local authorities.
  • Oversee effective functioning of the office support systems, including negotiations with vendors and other service providers, in the most cost effective manner.
  • Maintain internal controls to ensure compliance with financial policies and regulations.

Other duties as assigned by the Project Manager.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, economics, or related field.
  • Minimum 4-6 years of demonstrated, progressive experience with grants compliance monitoring and financial systems management.
  • Experience and familiarity with US government projects, grants or processes strongly preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word, and Quickbooks.
  • Prior experience working with NGO accounting in a fast-paced finance department.
  • Knowledge of accounting and financial laws in The Gambia.
  • Knowledge of all accounting principles and automated accounting systems.
  • Ability to analyze financial information efficiently and accurately.
  • Ability to effectively write reports, maintain documentation, and complete required forms
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.


Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Ethical conduct and ability to model integrity to colleagues
  • High professional standards and takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth; continuously builds knowledge and skills
  • Manage competing tasks on tight deadlines; know when to ask for assistance
  • Able to work on sensitive issues such as human rights violations, violent extremism, torture
  • Team oriented and thrives in a vibrant, collegial work atmosphere


Primary Contacts:

  • Internal: U.S. and Gambia-based employees at Freedom House
  • External: Local partners, U.S. Embassy, Government of The Gambia, consultants, other implementers and donors, media, vendors, members of the general public, etc.


Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment in Banjul, The Gambia;
  • Some evening and weekend hours to complete tasks or attend events;
  • Travel within The Gambia outside of Banjul;
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to complete assigned tasks outside the office;
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in regions under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.


Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter, with desired salary.


Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above.  


Only candidates who respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.


This vacancy is open to those candidates with relevant permits to work in The Gambia.


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