Chief Financial Officer

Nairobi, Kenya
400,001 - 450,000
22 Mar 2019
22 Mar 2019
Job role
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have overall responsibility for managing and reporting FSDA's finances, including Development Capital (DevCap) investments made through its subsidiary, FSDA(I).
  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description

GRADE: 6; reports to FSD Africa Director
SALARY: Competitive


Created in 2012, FSD Africa is a non-profit company which aims to increase prosperity, create jobs and reduce poverty by bringing about a transformation in financial markets in sub-Saharan Africa and in the economies they serve. It provides know-how and capital to champions of change whose ideas, influence and actions will make finance more useful to African businesses and households.

Through access to finance initiatives, it seeks to build financial inclusion. Through capital markets development, it looks to promote economic growth and increase investment. As a regional programme, it seeks to encourage collaboration, knowledge transfer and market-building activities - especially in fragile states.

Where there are opportunities to drive financial market transformation more quickly and intensively through capital investment, FSD Africa will deploy equity, loans or guarantees as the situation requires. This is done through its wholly-owned subsidiary FSDA(Investments) Ltd ("FSDA(I)") which is the vehicle for Development Capital ("DevCap") funding.

FSD Africa is funded with UK aid from the UK government (Department for International Development ("DFID")) which, in March 2017, agreed to a £60m programme extension for a further three years. While it enjoys a good relationship with DFID Kenya and other UK government departments based at the British High Commission in Nairobi, FSD Africa is a centrally managed programme, funded from London.

FSD Africa's work focuses on five main areas organised in organisational Pillars:
  • Financial Institutions: Direct interventions with financial institutions in the banking, insurance and fintech sectors to support implementation of strategies that enables reaching target beneficiaries at scale,especially through technology-led innovation;
  • Financial Markets: Interventions designed to spur poverty reduction through economic growth and job creation by increasing the availability of long term finance for investment through capital markets development;
  • Financial Systems: Interventions in priority sectors, designed to increase access to finance to empower and reduce the vulnerability of the poor;
  • Development Capital: Investment of concessional capital (equity, loans etc.) into financial companies, funds or other structures (e.g. guarantee schemes) where the investment is expected to contribute meaningfully to financial market development;
  • Fragile states: Interventions targeting a group of fragile states (Sierra Leone, DRC and Zimbabwe) and refugees to push the boundaries of the market development into more difficult environments.


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have overall responsibility for managing and reporting FSDA's finances, including Development Capital (DevCap) investments made through its subsidiary, FSDA(I). The CFO will develop financial and tax strategies, managing capital requests and budgeting processes, while using financial performance measures and monitoring systems that support the company's strategic direction. The CFO will oversee all financial matters related to audit and statutory returns, including tax and reporting of financial results to DFID and the Board of Directors.


  • Direct and oversee all aspects of the Finance & Accounting functions of the organisation
  • Oversee the financial operations of subsidiary companies and foreign operations
  • Manage the capital request and budgeting processes
  • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  • Maintain banking and deposit relationships and manage any third parties to which accounting or finance functions have been outsourced
  • Assist in formulating the company's future direction and supporting tactical initiatives
  • Develop financial and tax strategies, together with performance measures and monitoring systems that support the company's strategic direction
  • Oversee the company's transaction processing systems, monitoring cash balances, developing cash projection processes, and providing timely financial information and reports
  • Review and approval of all statutory financial returns made to appropriate Government agencies to ensure compliance
  • Assist the DevCap team with the investment and management of funds

  • Develop credibility of the finance team by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Director FSDA, the Board and other senior executives in performing their responsibilities, and ensuring that all tax, audit and compliance aspects are addressed in timely manner
  • Provide leadership in continuous evaluation and achievement of short and long-term strategic financial objectives
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with the senior management team to identify needs in advance and provide comprehensive reporting and business support
  • Provide executive management with advice on the financial implications of all pillar activities
  • Manage processes for forecasting, budgets, consolidation and reporting of Group financial activities
  • Provide recommendations to enhance financial performance and business opportunities
  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with IFRS and all applicable laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
  • Provide advice from a financial perspective on service contracts and grant agreements
  • Carry out any other duties or special assignments as assigned by the FSDA Board and Director.



Qualifications and Education
  • Professional qualification and relevant accreditations (e.g. CPA, MBA, Bachelor's degree in finance)Experience, Knowledge and Skills

Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • A master's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience and 10+ years of progressively responsible experience within an investment environment across multiple countries, institutions and programmatic areas.
  • Experience in partnering with an executive team, and a high level of written and oral communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and CPA or CMA designations.
  • Significant experience and expertise in investment management (e.g. from the private equity industry) and/or investment or development banking, good commercial judgment and a willingness to play a central role in making the strategic objectives of DevCap become a reality.
  • A successful track record as a senior financial management accountant prior to becoming a CFO with at least five years' experience in Africa will be preferred
  • Experience of the impact investing industry and familiarity with current thinking around the measurement of non-financial investment performance (i.e. impact)
  • Experience of financial reporting of investments, including developing and applying protocols for impairment and provision calculations under IFRS9 Knowledge of donor reporting processes (ideally DFID)
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English
  • Financial sector knowledge/experience
  • Experience of financial risk management and an understanding of the growing financial risks that a
  • significant increase in FSDA's Development Capital operation would entail
  • Knowledge of institutional management of investment strategies across various types of asset classes,trading approaches and techniques, and of factors affecting price trends
  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory frameworks and bodies, as well as policies and guidelines affecting business practices
  • Knowledge of and the ability to use methods, processes and tools for creating and maintaining accurate and thorough investment reports
  • Able to build relationships and gain commitment from others
  • Able to focus on and deliver on multiple projects at any one time
  • Reliable with an ability to take responsibility and exercise it well
  • A flexible and "hands on" approach, prerequisite for a senior member of a small team
  • Strong communication skills; the ability to present ideas and financial processes with conviction
  • An ability to think independently and form individual opinions on investments and grants

Qualities and attributes

  • A strong work ethic with a high standard of attention to detail and quality; comfortable with working in a demanding and highly intellectually environment
  • An active and demonstrable interest in economic development and developing countries
  • Responsive to new ideas and innovations, adaptable to system and process improvements, open to change and able to adapt established methods for new uses
  • Acts professionally and upholds the good reputation of the organisation, abides by FSDA Code of Conduct
  • Communicates clearly, expresses ideas in simple terms, listens to the views of others and changes tone and style to match the needs of people listening
  • Self-motivated and keen to take initiative, seeking clarification when necessary and taking responsibility for own actions
  • Impact-oriented with a focus on completing projects and delivering results
  • Rigorous with respect for good governance and procedures, intolerant of poor quality
  • Demonstrates integrity, is fair, honest and trustworthy with respect for confidentiality


  • Creates a strong vision for the team; inspires others to greater performance, professional standards and results
  • Develops others and creates understanding through role clarity and supportive leadership
  • A team player who is supportive of other's ideas and innovations, collaborates in a culture of knowledge sharing and team learning to strengthen the organisation's work
  • Presents new challenges and opportunities to the team to enable them to demonstrate and achieve their full potential; encourages and inspires team learning
  • Encourages a high-performing culture in the team


  • Exposure to multiple functions and products in investment banking
  • First-hand experience of working in/with a market building programme
  • Familiarity with major African players in the field of impact investing
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Languages: French, local African languages

Candidates are invited to submit a one-page cover letter, together with maximum two-page curriculum vitae giving details of your qualifications and experience to with "FSD Africa Chief Financial Officer" in the subject line.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1200 EAT on22 Monday 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.