Friday, June 30th. 2017

OSISA is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. It‘s vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies in which people, free from material and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life.

In pursuance of this vision, OSISA‘s mission is to initiate and support programmes working towards open society ideals and to advocate for these ideals in southern Africa. Established in 1997, OSISA works in 10 southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OSISA works differently in each of these ten countries, according to local conditions.

OSISA is part of a network of autonomous Open Society Foundations, established by George Soros, located in Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the US.

OSISA seeks to recruit for the following key position:


Role Overview

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Senior Finance Officer, the Finance Officer provides leadership in the execution of financial procedures and processes in the organisation ensuring effective and transparent utilization of financial resources and the integrity of financial reporting.

The Finance Officer works in close collaboration with all the departments in the operations unit and the finance teams in the Country Offices and OSISA HQ staff in resolving finance-related issues. The Finance Officer will be risk averse and will liaise with the Senior Finance Officer in identifying, managing and eliminating risks in the foundation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee OSISA grantees’ financial documentation and payments in the foundations grant management and finance system and process payments to grantees; 
  • Assist with the verification of the accuracy and integrity of all creditors and service providers’ information captured in the foundations and the electronic banking module.
  • Assist with the timely payment of OSISA's creditors and service providers.
  • Ensuring that all statutory payments are made both accurately and within the prescribed time limits in order to avoid penalties and interest;
  • Assist in the preparation of budget and variance reports for the Senior Finance Officer on a monthly basis. 
  • Monitor the foundations cash position to ensure sufficient funds are on hand to enable the foundation to meet its commitments within agreed terms.
  • Be involved in the foundations budgeting process including the preparation and submission of the annual budget to the budget office in New York in the prescribed format and within the agreed deadline; 
  • Produce monthly financial reports reflecting budget versus actual expenditure (including variance reports) to the OSISA executive and to the finance office in Budapest. 
  • Assist in the preparation of finance and variance reports for submission to the quarterly meeting of the OSISA board.
  • Ensure that all monthly processing and reconciliations are carried out accurately and within the monthly accounting timetable. 
  • Prepare standalone year-end financial statements and consolidated year-end financial statements which incorporate the Johannesburg, Angola and DRC offices. 
  • Provide input to the drafting of the audit time table and assist in resolving audit queries;
  • Process salary payments.
  • Reconcile monthly payroll reports 
  • Ensure that OSISA does not suffer any reputational risk as a result of any actions made or decisions taken by the  finance officer


Key competencies

  • Accounts Payments
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • General Accounting
  • Fixed Assets  
  • Financial Reporting
  • Payroll
  • Treasury


Key attributes

  • Experience in a non-profit organisation /NGO/human rights environment;
  • Excellent financial and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Strong inter-personal skills;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and other internet based application);
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task;
  • Punctuality and efficiency; and
  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment



  • B Com degree majoring in Accounting or equivalent qualification in finance.
  • The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years progressively responsible experience in the finance section of an international or regional NGO or corporate or financial services company.

For further information, please visit

Interested applicants should forward a one-page cover letter and a detailed CV to  with the relevant position as the subject heading.

Closing date for submission is 30 June 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will receive a response.

OSISA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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