Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) | Contract

Finance and Reporting Manager

Closing date: Jul 28 ,2023


Supporting Inclusive Dialogue and Gender Sensitive Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia

Call for National Consultant for Finance and Reporting Manager (BGR 03-2023)

Terms of Reference for Finance and Reporting Manager

Overview of the Consultancy assignment

·         Working hours: Full-time (minimum 40hr per week)

·         Duration: 34 months

·         Starting date: August 15, 2023

·         Salary/benefits: Negotiable

Duty station- Addis Ababa at CDRC H.Q., with occasional travel to Benishangul Gumuz

1.       Project Description

The Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Berghof Foundation, and through the support of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia will implement a three-year project in Metekel Zone, Benishangul Gumuz in order to consolidate dialogue and reconciliation efforts. Government and community peace efforts have led to an improvement in security in the past year, especially in Metekel Zone, but the situation remains fragile. The project intends to reinforce these efforts through inclusive dialogue and reconciliation activities. In this regard, the project will include a significant capacity building component to ensure sustainability through the establishment and support to a network of local peacebuilders to lead and facilitate community dialogues and peacebuilding throughout Metekel. Strengthening social cohesion and inter-ethnic relations will be a key objective through reconciliation efforts and gender-sensitive and inclusive community dialogues. Peacebuilding projects identified by the communities will also be implemented to address root causes and rebuild relations. Close coordination and cooperation with peacebuilding, humanitarian and development actors through the Benishangul Gumuz Peacebuilding Network will contribute to synergies and increase impact. The Finance and Reporting Manager will work closely with a project team based in Metekel Zone.

2.        Main Tasks and Responsibilities

In close coordination with the Project Coordinator in Addis and the Berghof Foundation’s Finance Manager in Berlin, the Finance and Reporting Manager tasks may include but are not limited to:

-          Overall responsibility for the financial management of the project, including preparation and authorization of payments and compilation of monthly expense reports, including all required supporting documentation;

-          Timely implementation and control of financial accounting, reporting and record keeping as well as procurement regulations and guidelines in line with the Berghof Foundation’s and the donor’s standards;

-          Establish appropriate internal controls and project governance including coordination of project reporting for all activities implemented in the framework of the project;

-          Supervision role for finance team members in BGR; to ensure staff awareness and compliance with the necessary accounting procedures and practices, as well as providing on the job training and mentoring as required,

-          Support to budget planning and supervision in relation to project funds, including budget monitoring, regular forecasting, and calls for funds, in collaboration with the project team;

-          Supervision of compliance with relevant policies by the Berghof Foundation and donor, and related risk management;

-          Collaboration and facilitation with external auditors in project or institutional auditing processes;

-          Coordination with other financial and administrative processes under the partnership between the Berghof Foundation and CDRC, collaboration in the development of streamlined procedures. 

In addition to the above list, the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation reserves the right to request deliverables not explicitly mentioned in the above list of tasks, but related to the scope of the present framework service contract.

3.       Qualifications

Applicants shall demonstrate that they fulfil the following criteria (to be assessed on the basis of all supporting documents listed in Section 4):

-          Master’s degree in finance and accounting or in a relevant field, a specialized certificate on project financial management will be an asset

-          Eight years of relevant work experience in project financial management out of which 2-3 years of recent experiences on projects with EU grants and/or other donors is a plus

-          Familiar with standard office programs/software (project management and financial software)

-          Strong organizational and communication skills

-          Verbal and written English language skills

Applicants should bring the following additional skills:

-          Strong ability to work as part of a team as well as independently

-          Strong empathetic skills

-          Ability to work under time pressure

-          Curiosity, passion and perseverance


4.       Evaluation and Awarding Criteria                                                                                  

The overall evaluation procedure of potential applicants involves the following:

a.       Assessments to be made on the quality of information in the submitted application

b.       Personal interviews will be held with a minimum 3-4 short listed candidates

c.       Selected candidates will be requested to submit written financial offers

Awarding criteria-

a.       The quality of the application will be evaluated based on the following criteria (40%)


Quality Assessment

Maximum Points

Relevant work experience managing donor grants; (balance of financial expertise and project management capability


Previous work experience implementing projects financial and procurement procedures;


Knowledge and experience with reporting (financial and narrative reporting)


Additional skills (project management/financial software, language)





b.       The total weight of interviews will be 30%.

c.       As part of the interview process shortlisted candidates will include a binding financial offer in writing in ETB or EUR. The weight of the financial offer is 30%, which corresponds to 30 points (maximum). The offer with the lowest price will receive the maximum number of points.


5.       Application Procedures

a.       The Consultant must submit a motivational letter, curriculum vitae and copies of credentials including a track record of previous experiences and professional capacity, directly to CDRC office or through email at the following address.

Kirkos Sub-city, Kebele 02

Ethio-China Friendship Road

Medina Tower, 5th floor

Email:    "Sitrallah Mohammed" <sitrallahm@gmail.com>

Phone: +251-931-141763 or +251-929-189635

b.       Application period: July 17- 28, 2023

c.       For more information and questions, please call or write using above addresses during office hours.


Required Person: 1

Employment Type: Contract

Salary: Negotiable

Work Experience: 8 years