We are looking for a professional to support our regional financial management and impact investment goals in Central America, Mexico and Caribbean. This is a hybrid role with both internal and externally facing tasks: on the one hand it leads the (internal) financial management of the regional office; on the other hand it provides business and financial analysis support to SMEs within the regional programme portfolio. The position will work closely with our regional supply chain-focused programme managers as well as with our specialists in impact investment, development, sustainable landscapes and climate, ICT, monitoring and evaluation and communications to deliver ground-breaking solutions that can accelerate and scale the transition to a sustainable and just economy.
The financial controller and business finance analyst will ideally work from our Guatemala City office, and report to the regional director, with linkages to the impact investment specialist and development manager. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2018.
Solidaridad Central America, Mexico and Caribbean is part of Solidaridad Network, an international civil society organization present in 37 countries, with focus on sustainable supply chains. Solidaridad Central America, Mexico and Caribbean has experienced significant growth in recent years and has a robust regional portfolio that works across entire supply chains, from smallholder producers to large agroindustry actors and brands. We are engaged with the following supply chains: palm oil, sugarcane, livestock, cocoa, coffee, aquaculture, fruits & vegetables, and gold, and also work on integrated landscape management. Our team of professionals manage projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti and Dominican Republic, with possible expansion to other countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
The financial controller (50% estimated time) & business finance analyst (50% estimated time) will report to the managing director and focus on the following:
Maintain a dedicated responsibility for the financial integrity of the organization and for legitimate, effective and efficient use of budgets throughout the region, in line with the approved financial procedures .
Advise the managing director (MD) and the continental supervisory board (CSB) on the financial interpretation of strategic objectives, including results of audited consolidated financial statements.
Participate in the network finance team and deliver input regarding the development of effective and consistent financial internal control systems.
Support the regional finance team by coaching and building financial management capacity
Actively support development of project and operational budgets and financial reports, the annual consolidated regional budget and financial statements.
Assure the development of effective and consistent financial control systems throughout the region in alignment with the network quality systems.
Develop and ensure implementation of financial policies & procedures, for e.g. procurement, budgeting, and reporting.
Support the development of inclusive and commercially viable business cases and models at farm and enterprise level as a core input to proposals supporting sustainable growth based on blended support models (grants, investment, technical assistance) and impact investment.
Support impact investment pipeline development including enterprise identification, (financial) analysis and support to SMEs and regional staff to achieve bankable business plans.
Identify, analyze and prioritize the financial needs of stakeholders in commodity and landscape portfolios, providing targeted business and financial management support as part of broader investment readiness packages and grant programming.
Develop financial models at farm and enterprise level which include payments for ecosystem services
Develop business and financial models for the long-term financial sustainability of the region.
The ideal candidate will fulfill the following requirements:
Minimum master’s degree in a relevant discipline(s) with proven track record
Knowledge of and experience with administrative and financial processes
Deep understanding and experience in the principles and practice of commercial enterprises in the context of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Extensive experience in preparing and analyzing management accounts and financial reporting
Experience in working with senior management and producing management reports.
Knowledge of relevant financial applications and software systems.
Advanced Microsoft Excel skills for preparation and analysis of financial reports and projections.
Professional spoken and written fluency in both English and Spanish essential
High ethical standards on financial accountability and management. Full understanding of checks and balances and quality requirements of financial management
Accuracy in processing large and diverse quantities of data
Integrity in dealing with confidential information
Proactive in signalling financial and administrative trends and developments
Knowledge of financial engineering of projects in the agricultural sector
Knowledge of business development; commodity expertise desirable
Strong research and analytical skills; strategic thinker
Experience in working in partnerships with businesses, NGOs, public and private foundations, donors and governments
Minimum of seven years verifiable work experience in financial management & business analysis in an international development setting
5 years of professional experience in Central America
Experience working in multicultural settings
Service-oriented, pragmatic, flexible
Planning and organizational skills
Must be able to travel regularly in the region, and occasionally to other regions
Must be able to work in Guatemala (preference) or in another country in the region
Affinity with the vision and mission of Solidaridad
Willingness to take on new challenges as the organization evolves and opportunities emerge
Ability to work proactively and collaboratively in a complex and demanding environment
What we offer
Competitive NGO salary and benefits
High flexibility and liberty to operate
A fast-paced and exciting work environment, in a small but highly motivated and growing team
Continuous learning within an innovative organization; significant professional growth and the opportunity to make a real difference in the world
Opportunity to engage in multiple regional and global networks of high professional relevance
High preference for Guatemala City, but other locations in Mexico and Central America can be considered.
Send your English language CV, motivation letter and salary history or expectations to the attention of regional director Michaelyn Baur at email@example.com by 30 June 2018. Mention the position title “Financial Controller and Business Finance Analyst” in the subject line. CVs without motivation letters or Spanish language submissions will not be considered. Please note, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Solidaridad Network is an international civil society organization, present in 37 countries, that focuses on sustainable supply chains and poverty alleviation through inclusive economies. We focus on the development of value chains of global importance where changes have significant impact: coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits & vegetables, textiles, cotton, soy, palm oil, sugarcane, gold and livestock. We leverage our supply chain expertise and multi-stakeholder approach to develop and implement interventions for integrated landscape management.
Solidaridad Central America, Mexico and Caribbean has offices in Guatemala City (GT), San Cristóbal de las Casas and Tampico (MX), La Ceiba (HN), and Managua and El Rama (NI). We also work in El Salvador, Haiti and Dominican Republic.
For more information on our vision, mission and programs please see www.solidaridadnetwork.org.