Finance Associate, Yemen
New York City
GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that $70B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of it on evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing cash transfers as a benchmark for foreign aid – as the index fund is a benchmark for the financial industry – and in the process accelerating the end of extreme poverty.
GD has raised over $700M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 10 countries. We’ve also supported large-scale, experimental research that indicates strong recipient impact of our programs. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.
We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our collaborative, diverse team. Joining GiveDirectly provides the opportunity to work alongside individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. We’re actively working toward an equitable and inclusive environment for all team members, and seek candidates who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organization. We recruit from organizations across all industries: our team has hailed from sectors including start-ups, government, consultancies, investment banks, and nonprofits.
Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced. We value ability, adaptability, and willingness to learn.
The finance team currently supports finance and accounting activities in ten countries around the World. As a member of the regional finance team, the Finance Associate will be supporting finance and accounting in Yemen, and as assigned, fill in other roles from time to time. He/ she will report to the Cluster Finance Manager, Humanitarian and have dotted reporting lines to the Country Director in Yemen. The Finance Associate will also work with colleagues in the finance team to deliver on pillar goals.
We are looking for someone with a good technical background, strong analytical skills, strong collaborator and communicator, an endless drive for improvement, a solutions-oriented mindset, an ability to deliver high-quality accounting on tight deadlines, and the flexibility to adapt to quickly changing needs while being highly detail-oriented. This will be an individual contributor role, so we are looking for someone who is organized and self-driven.
What you’ll do:
- Documenting transactions in accordance with GiveDirectly's global bookkeeping standards in GiveDirectly's accounting software
- Preparing and presenting budget to actual reports
- Assisting in the preparation of budgets
- Assisting on other monthly and periodic close tasks as assigned with time
- Processing and making payroll, statutory payments, vendor payments and allowances
- Implementing asset management protocols including asset verifications and reconciliations
- Implementing payment and procurement protocols, including ensuring proper documentation and adherence to controls
- Managing liquidity in country
Office security and maintenance
- Source for field office locations as needed
- Oversee steady-state office upkeep, including liaising with the landlord for maintenance fixes and grounds keeping
- Manage security guard services at GiveDirectly office and liaise with security providers to insure maximum use of their services to provide adequate security and safety
- Ensure that all office equipment is stored safely.
Risk / Compliance
- Understanding, advising, and implementing compliance requirements from tax regulators and donors
- Assisting in managing in-country audits and special reporting to donors and regulatory bodies (immigration, NGO regulator etc.)
- Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or equivalent practical experience.
- 3+ years of professional experience in accounting or finance
- Professional qualification (CPA/ ACCA level)
- Working language competence in English and Arabic.
- Competence in Excel and financial & accounting software (e.g., Intacct, QuickBooks).
- Bonus: Proven experience working in a fast-paced, start-up, or matrix work environment
- Alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies: emotional intelligence, problem solving, project management, follow-through, and fostering inclusivity. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have personal or professional experience in the low-income and/or historically marginalized communities that we serve.
About the hiring process
Format: The hiring process follows the same general outline for all open roles:
First interview (30 mins)Take home skills assignment (~2 hours)Second interview (1 hour)*Third interview (1 hour)*Final interview (1 hour)Reference checks (30 mins each)
*For some roles, second & third interviews are combined into a panel interview. If there are adjustments or variations on this process, those changes will be communicated during the first interview.
Venue: We conduct interviews over Google Meet with camera on (unless communicated otherwise).
Accessibility: Closed captioning is available during all Google Meet interviews, and interviewers will also post interview questions in the chat box throughout the call. If you need assistance accessing either of these features, please let your interviewer know at the start of your interview!
We’re committed to running an inclusive and accessible application process for all of our open roles. If there are questions or concerns you have about the accessibility of our hiring process, we warmly invite you to reach out to [email protected].
**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**