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Finance Officer CSSP2, Ethiopia
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Addis Ababa
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/ Duration: Seven Months (Maternity cover) The post is on local terms, all applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Ethiopia. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits/ Deadline for application: 24 February 2020 (23:59 UK Time)

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.   We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. 

Geopolitical/SBU/Function overview:

The British Council has had a permanent presence in Ethiopia for over 70 years and has been engaged in delivering and managing civil society, governance and accountability programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of major bilateral and multilateral donors. The British Council is leading a consortium for an anticipated DFID-funded programme to manage the delivery of grant support and capacity building activities to enable development of a professional civil society base, able to collaborate with government to meet the needs of the most marginalised people in Ethiopia.

Role purpose

Finance Officer- Ethiopia


This role is responsible for providing financial management support to the Civil Society Support Programme 2 (CSSP2) in line with requirements of the programme, the British Council, the client and donors.

 will be a critical interface between a geographically dispersed and multi-disciplinary team and the British Council functional units, policies and procedures in Ethiopia and elsewhere that support programme delivery.

The scope of the role is diverse, providing financial management capacity to support the essential programme platform, grant management functions and external grant recipients; You will need to work flexibly in collaboration with other workstreams if challenging payment linked deliverables are met.

The programme management footprint is necessarily small; the post holder will need to work independently to apply or adapt standard processes to ambiguous circumstances in ways that control and manage programme risk.  This will require strong business judgement and the ability to work confidently without constant supervision. 


Role Requirements:

  • Experience of supporting financial management and reporting operations within a donor funded project context
  • Experience of SAP or similar ERP financial management system
  • Experience of supporting and mentoring financial process and procedural compliance amongst non-financial staff and managers
  • Minimum of three  years’ experience in a key finance role


Please refer to the role profile for more information on the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification, by clicking on the links for relevant document to support your application: 

CSSP2 - Finance Officer Role Profile.pdf

British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf

Note that you should only fill out the application after thoroughly reading through the ROLE PROFILE & GUIDANCE NOTES.


Further details:
If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 24 February 2020 (23:59 UK Time) 

Our Equality Commitment:


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks.


Child Protection

The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.