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9 Mar 2017



LEAD Finance Officer Somalia (Open to Somali nationals only)


Hargeisa, Somalia

Application Deadline:

23 March 2017


Full-time for 12 months with possibility for extension

Start Date:


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their conflict affected society into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing not-for-profit development organization with 80 staff members which supports young entrepreneurs to start or grow their own businesses. SPARK provides displaced youth with access to higher education in fragile areas. Moreover, SPARK assists post-secondary education institutions to reform their curricula to better meet the needs of the labour markets. Based in Amsterdam, SPARK has offices in among others Abidjan, Amman, Beirut, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Gaziantep, Erbil, Hargeisa, Juba, Kigali, Mitrovica, Monrovia, Ramallah, Sanaa and Tunis.

SPARK is currently looking to fill the position of:

LEAD Finance Officer Somalia

SPARK as consortium leader, together with its partners Shaqodoon (Somalia), TAMSS (Tunisia) and IACE (Tunisia), has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NLMFA) to implement a programme on Local Employment in Africa for Development (LEAD). The SPARK/Shaqodoon/IACE/TAMSS proposal focuses on improving the social-economic position of youth in Libya, Somalia and Tunisia, with a heavy focus on youth job creation through entrepreneurship development and SME growth.

Implementation of the programme commenced on 1 January 2016.

We are looking for a Finance Officer to manage and oversee all finances related to the SPARK Somalia office and activities conducted in country and oversee local partner finance activities Somalia under supervision of the LEAD Programme Manager.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

· Overall (financial) administration for the office and project activities;

· Monitoring and data entry of M&E systems;

· Monitoring of all financial agreements and activities with local partners;

· Input of all Somalia related financial records (including local partner reports) into Spark financial systems

· Prepare monthly office instalment requests

· Prepare monthly payroll sheets for Spark staff

· Managing the office budget;

· Other tasks as required.

Requirements and Skills:

· Somali National

· Educational background or relevant experience in Financial Management, Project management and/or Education Sector

· Minimum 3-5 years of experience in administrative and financial management in projects

· Proven working experience in Somalia in similar field of work

· Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting.

· Accurate, structured and precise;

· Fluent command of the Somali and English languages are a prerequisite for selection.

· Strong writing and reporting skills.

SPARK Offers:

· Remuneration according to relevant work experience;

· International and dynamic working environment;

· Full-time for 12 months with possibility for extension

· We are looking for candidates who can start as soon as possible. Nationals of the country are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send your letter of motivation and your CV (in English) by 23rd March 2017 to with Reference: LEAD Finance Officer Somalia **This vacancy is open to Somali nationals only For questions about the vacancy, send an email to with Reference: LEAD Finance Officer Somalia Due to a large volume of applications, we cannot respond to every applicant. After the deadline for application we will screen all applications and will invite selected applicants for the first round of interviews. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants

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