Project Finance Manager


Company School For Li...
Category Finance
Location Tamale
Job Status Full-time
Salary GH¢ 
Education Bachelor̵...
Experience 4 years
Job Expires May 31, 2023
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Company Profile

School for Life (SfL) is a results driven national non-governmental organization committed to promoting access to relevant quality education. SfL supports civil society playing a strong role in pushing for equitable access to quality education, thus contributing to SDG 4 and SDG 5. School for Life engages in evidence-based advocacy and collaborates closely with civil society education actors and education authorities at district, regional and national level. School for Life strives to be a center of excellence that inspires breakthroughs in education.

As a pioneer of the Complementary Basic Education Program, SfL functions as a lead organization in delivering, demonstrating, and advocating for mother tongue based complementary basic education in underserved areas of Ghana and provides complementary educational services to out-of-school children.

Job Description

School for Life is seeking candidates for the role of Partner Finance Manager for the SAGES project in the Northern and North-East Regions. 

School for Life within the framework of a consortium led by CARE International in Ghana is implementing the USAID funded Strengthening Accountability in Ghana’s Education System (SAGES) project in selected districts of the Northern and North-East Regions. The SAGES will contribute to improve primary education service delivery through institutionalizing accountability in the Ghanaian primary education system.

The activity will support efforts led by the Government of Ghana (GOG), the Ministry of Education (MOE) and its agencies/affiliates, to strengthen the enabling environment for education accountability and increase the performance of the education system.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Role Summary
The Finance Manager will provide overall financial and accounting Leadership to the SAGEs project in School for Life. His/her responsibilities include monitoring project finances, preparing weekly cash requests, reviewing, and posting transactions, preparing project budgets, managing financial reporting to donor and partners, ensuring adherence to funder rules and regulations, coordinating with CARE Ghana Finance on financial information required on the project, and acting as a resource for project staff on finance-related issues. Provides leadership and technical guidance for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP).

This position will be based in Tamale.

Some Key Responsibilities for this role:

  • Provides leadership and support for all project financial management areas including, accounting, payments, reporting systems and procedures.
  • Directs and manages the SAGEs Activity project budget in accordance with the approved annual budget and monitors the expenditures on an on-going basis.
  • Oversees the timely completion and accuracy of monthly financial reports and other reports required by USAID and CARE Ghana.
  • Review all financial transactions and reports before escalation to the next level.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of adequate financial resources to support monthly project operations.
  • Ensures all activities related to financial management are carried out in conformance with policies and procedures established by USAID.
  • Coordinates with related staff to ensure that project budgets, accounting, and fiscal control procedures are implemented effectively.
  • Review and approve the termination payment for all Field Office staff.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with regulatory institutions, consultants, management, and staff.
  • Provides support to the internal and external audit functions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Skills or Experience


  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field is required
  • A Master’s degree will be an added advantage


  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting, budgeting, and fiscal control principles
  • Good knowledge of Contract management, Administrative systems and practice, policies and procedures.


  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, including overseeing the finance and operations of equally large and complex projects.
  • Familiarity with USG rules and regulations is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in developing and managing large budgets.
  • Experience building capacity in financial management of community-based organizations and implementing partners.
  • Previous experience working with an INGO or USAID Funded Project a plus


  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with NGO partners, community-based organizations and international donor agencies.
  • Good budgeting and financial management skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities in financial management expertise
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow.
  • Relevant skills in automated accounting software systems and database spreadsheets.
  • Relevant computer software skills and familiarity with accounting software (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office)
  • Ability to multitask and work within deadlines; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience establishing and maintaining good relationships with a wide variety of professionals and organizations.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, operational, and coordinating abilities,

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