Financial Officer - The Gambia


Position Description

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is looking for a qualified Financial Officer for its work in The Gambia. The main responsibility for this position is the book-keeping, accounting, management of finance and budgets and the administration of grants.

This position is based in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. This is a three-month temporary contract with the possibility of extension, depending on performance and availability of funds.

About the Gambia

The recent democratic transition in The Gambia presents an opportunity to pursue accountability and help solidify a democratic civic culture. Over the last year, the International Center for Transitional Justice has supported the Gambian state and citizen groups in devising and implementing a national transitional justice process. We aim to help ensure the transitional justice process is credible and inclusive.  ICTJ works with state actors, civil society, victims’ groups, and other sectors of Gambian society to increase their knowledge of transitional justice processes as well as their capacity to meaningfully participate. Our work includes a special focus on ensuring that transitional justice is fully inclusive, with particular attention to the inclusion of women and youth organizations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of ICTJ’s Head of Program in The Gambia, or his delegate, the Financial Officer - The Gambia will:

  • Oversee all financial aspects of ICTJ’s activities in The Gambia in coordination with the Program Assistant, and Finance and Human Resources departments at Headquarters.
  • Support the Head of Program and program staff to prepare and monitor project and activity budgets.
  • Record and account for daily transactions, ensuring authorized disbursements, accuracy and completeness of required codes, and supporting receipts and documentation to validate transactions.
  • Process disbursements and staff reimbursements in accordance with fiscal policies and procedures and established approval levels.
  • Prepare monthly expense reports and submit to Headquarters on or before the designated submission date to ensure timely recording of transactions and preparation of financial statements.
  • Track spending on grant budgets and prepare monthly Budget versus Actuals reports for each grant.
  • Prepare requests for funds for submission to HQ.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports comparing actual against budget and develop annual and monthly operating budgets in coordination with the Head of Program and program staff.
  • Reconcile expense reports.
  • In collaboration with the Head of Program and Program staff, prepare budgets and estimates for fundraising proposals and prepare financial grant reports for review and approval of Headquarters.
  • Coordinate travel and international mission arrangements.
  • Perform other duties as necessary and required.



  • At least a university degree in book-keeping, accounting or finance, business administration or equivalent.
  • Minimum of at least 4 years of relevant work experience, preference being given to experience in an international organization.
  • Experience with grants and budgeting for programs and grants from various Embassies, Foundations or other donors.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Grants and Procedures management rules of the European Commission and other donors and foundations.
  • Solid understanding of basic bookkeeping and accounting payable/receivable principles
  • Proven ability to calculate, post and manage accounting figures and financial records
  • Data entry skills along with a knack for numbers
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the Gambian tax system is an advantage.
  • Excel: High level of proficiency required (@functions, sumif, vlookup, pivot).
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Computer literacy, familiar with Internet search tools, Skype, Microsoft Office.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Ability to speak French will be a strong asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • High level of professionalism, patience and thoroughness.
  • Flexible and committed to teamwork; Experience working in a team with people from different countries preferred.

How to Apply

Candidates must be based in The Gambia. Preference will be given to Gambian nationals.

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to (include FINANCIAL OFFICER THE GAMBIA in the subject line) by April 29, 2019.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience.

The ICTJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.

Only preselected candidates will be contacted.