Job: Finance Officer (Georgetown Univ gui2de)

gui2de-East Africa | Finance Officer

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Office Director of gui2de-East Africa, the Finance Officer is responsible for accurate and timely financial reporting across the organization, for delivering insightful and comprehensive planning and decision-support, and for demonstrating fiscal responsibility and accountability. This position will be responsible for providing financial analyses and is an integral part of the development of annual budgets and financial projections through technical financial and analytical skills and expertise in accounting knowledge. The Finance Officer is also charged with promoting the efficient use and stewardship of University and all external resources and for monitoring the compliance with laws, regulations and reporting requirements.

The Finance Officer is responsible for accounting activities relating to the maintenance of a complete and accurate general ledger in accordance with accounting policies and procedures.  Specific duties and responsibilities include…

Account Reconciliation

  • Ensure that accounting entries are posted timely and accurately to the general ledger and prepare account analysis and reconciliations in time as part of the month end close;
  • Ensure accurate allocation of project expenses and compliance with project requirements;
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations and researches and resolves cash reconciling items in a timely manner;
  • Prepare correcting journal entries if needed in compliance with US GAAP and IFRS guidelines and ensure adherence to internal controls by authenticating journal entries and reconciliations with proper documentation and approvals.  


  • Interface with the external payroll company to process local staff payments;
  • Review and approve payroll reports;
  • Research payroll errors/discrepancies and resolving questions or problems to ensure accurate accounting;
  • Issuing staff per diems.

Audit Support

  • Manage annual audits and work closely with internal and external auditors to ensure timely and efficient audits and compliance with audit requirements.

Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Develop management reporting metrics and structures to assist department managers with critical financial decisions;
  • Coordinate the revenue budgeting/forecasting processes across the entire organization;
  • Plan and execute project budgets and manage monthly cash flows;
  • Provide regular budget information and analytical support to research staff, program directors and other stakeholders;
  • Assist with ad-hoc inquiries and analyses.


  • Reviewing financial data for accuracy and allowability of charges in compliance with Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200);
  • Monitoring ongoing compliance with local laws and regulations.
  • Support senior management on all relevant other operating analyses/special projects.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years related financial or accounting experience or equivalent combination;
  • Strong understanding of generally accepted accounting principles;
  • Experience generating financial reports, and analyzing and interpreting budget, expenditure, and other financial data;
  • Ability to ensure compliance with government requirements;
  • Highly analytical with strong spreadsheet skills and experience with database management;
  • CPA or equivalent preferred.

To apply, send resumes to sarah.baran at

About gui2de-East Africa

Georgetown University, founded in 1789 in Washington DC in the USA, is a Jesuit university committed to both teaching and research at the highest levels.  Consistent with these traditions and its commitment to global development, it intends to open a research office in Nairobi, Kenya.  The office will host research activities undertaken under the auspices of the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, or gui2de, which conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of interventions and policies aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of the poor.   The Initiative, jointly convened by the Economics Department and the McCourt School of Public Policy provides timely, relevant, and insightful analysis to inform development policy and practice.  The Nairobi office will be known as gui2de-East Africa, and will serve as a hub for research activities in the region.

gui2de-East Africa will administer a broad variety of research projects, in areas as diverse as road safety, mobile money and financial inclusion, education reform, agricultural financie, and maternal health.  The office will attract funding from partners such as the US Agency for International Development, the UK’s Department for International Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, as well as other sources.

Until now, gui2de’s field research has been conducted through third party partners in-country, under the ultimate supervision of Georgetown faculty members in the US.  The new office will allow closer oversight of the research activities, more direct involvement of the principal investigators in project management and decisions, and higher quality research output. The new office will consist of a small core team that provides strategic leadership and the administrative infrastructure needed to conduct our work, along with a team of project managers and project assistants.

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