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Mon, 24/09/2018 - 17:30


CRS is recruiting for the position of Finance Assistant. (x3 positions)

 If you are interested and your profile matches the requirements, please read the below job description and follow the instructions to submit your application package.



Finance Assistant


Department:      Operations        

Reports To:         TBD

Country/Location: Kabala (x1 position) Freetown (x2 positions) CRS- -Sierra Leone



For over forty years, Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in Sierra Leone has been guided by the will to promote the alleviation of human suffering, to advance full human development, and to foster charity and justice in the world.  Since 2008, CRS in line with the Millennium Development Goals # 2 and 3 and Government of Sierra Leone’s commitment to support basic education for all, has been implementing the Food for Education (FFE) Project with interventions designed to improve quality and relevance of education, encourage complete cycle of primary education for vulnerable, marginalized children, especially girls, and increase community involvement in education.  New funding has been approved for the project to be extended for another three years in five chiefdoms of Koinadugu District, in the north of Sierra Leone. The three-year project will benefit nearly 30,000 pupils in five chiefdoms in Koinadugu district namely, Sulima, Mongo, Neini, Neya and Dembelia Sinkunia. CRS/SL will distribute commodities to schools for the preparation of morning snacks and lunches to pupils, teachers and cooks, five days a week for nine months during the school year.  The project will also work with local communities, strengthen School Management Committees and foster the formation of Mothers’ Clubs and Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) groups.

Job Summary:

You will provide service in the day-to-day delivery of responsive, effective and efficient administrative activities in support of the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will provide consistent and high-quality service and contribute to the proper stewardship of resources to help ensure operational effectiveness in support of high-quality programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Complete standard financial documents (vouchers, wire transfer requests, checks, etc.) following a sample template with prescribed guidelines and circulate as needed.
  • Provide administrative and clerical support to financial transactions processing. Prepare, type, photocopy, and scan related documentation. File accounting and financial reporting documentation as instructed.
  • Compile supporting documentation (liquidation/receipt package) to support processing of financial transactions. Communicate with staff, subrecipients, partners, suppliers to follow up on required documents.
  • Perform data entry for financial transactions recording, following validation by the next-level Finance staff.
  • Keep custody of various documents (e.g. blank/undelivered checks, fuel coupons, etc.).

Agency-wide Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Treats people with dignity and respect;
  • Challenges unethical or misguided decisions;
  • Applies agency policies appropriately and consistently;
  • Establishes priorities and meets deadlines;
  • Presents information and decisions in a transparent and effective manner;
  •  Demonstrates diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness;
  • Analyzes and improves own skills to achieve goals;
  • Looks inside and outside CRS to identify innovations.

Key Working Relationships

  • Supervisory: None
  • Internal: All Finance Staff, Head of Operations
  • External:  Government Agencies


  • High School Diploma required. Professional diploma/Certificate or courses in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Business Administration a plus.
  • Minimum of two years of work experience in a similar role with some familiarity of standard accounting practices. Experience with an international organization a plus.
  • Experience using MS Office packages, particularly in Excel and Word. Hands-on experience with data entry into online databases and forms.

Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): 

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Trusting Relationship
  • Professional Growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability


Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


To apply for this position please send up-to-date CV and a supporting letter, copies of relevant certificates to Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


When applying through or Revolutum, please upload updated CV and cover letter as attachment. All applicants should attach a Labour Card to the application package


Also send a copy of your application package to the desk Officer, Ministry of Employment and Social Security, New England


Closing Date for the receipt of application packages is on Monday 24th September 2018


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