Director Finance (Re-advertisement)

Do you have the desire to utilize your expertise to a leadership role in a large finance portfolio? If so, this is the position you might be interested in. You can be part of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent organization for children. In Bangladesh, we have been working for more than 50 years with strong presence and reputation. We invite applications from potential candidates who have long experience in finance and have spent a substantial time in a leadership role. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum requirements will be flexible for the potential female candidates. 

This position is for Bangladeshi Nationals only.

The Opportunity:

The Director of Finance is based in Dhaka (20-30% field visit) and reports to the Country Director. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Director-Finance is responsible for leading, ensuring the strategic direction and effective operation of Bangladesh Country Office Finance. The Director-Finance in her/his capacity is responsible for finance management, budget administration, financial governance & compliance, financial reporting and forecasting – in both emergency and development programming contexts.

The key responsibilities include but not limited to:

Strategic Direction: Be responsible for strategic direction and leadership of Save the Children Bangladesh Finance. Identify and effectively manage all key risks, especially financial, related to delivering the Country Office programme and develop mitigation plans.  

Financial Performance and Standards: Be responsible for long term financial planning in line with Child Safeguarding Policy, coordination of annual budget exercise, revision and update of in-country financial policy, analyze financial performance of the country operation, undertake capacity building initiatives for the field office-based finance staff, set financial performance standards and re-engineer processes within Finance for smooth operation.

Treasury and Payables: Ensure that there is an effective fund accounting and fund management function.

Financial Governance/Compliance: Be responsible for ensuring country operation is fully complied with NGOAB and grants audit requirements, relevant TAX and VAT laws, compliance with GAAP and relevant Save the Children International and donor policies and procedures

Financial Management Systems: Ensure that proper recording accounting transactions into the accounting system (Aggreso), maintenance of Financial Management System (FMS) master data, compiling master budget for the Country Office, forecasting the funding grid (member allocations), and management reporting etc.

Program Design and Development: Assist the Director Program Development and Quality, Deputy Country Director-Programme Operations and Country Director in designing and developing project proposals and help develop Bangladesh Country Office’s CAP (Country Annual Plan).

Representation and Role as Senior Management Team member: Establish and maintain good relationship with relevant government ministries and departments, UN agencies, donors and NGOs, in order to strengthen coordination and collaboration and to generate interest and funding for Bangladesh Country Office programs.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum 10 (Ten) years of relevant work experience with at least 5 (five) years in a senior management position.
  • Previous INGO experience is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent understanding of business and financial planning including strategic modelling
  • Excellent experience of budgeting and budget management
  • Practical experience on managing any accounting system (Agresso is preferred)
  • Excellent understanding of financial systems and procedures
  • Excellent analytical skills–the ability to analyse complex financial data and produce effective management information
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to contribute to strategic decisions
  • Excellent experience of computerised office packages, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage a complex and diverse workload and to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage a large and proactive team from diverse background
  • Motivating staff and working collaboratively with colleagues and providing support and advice as necessary
  • A full appreciation of the value of co-operation, both internationally and within a team environment
  • Understanding of Save the Children’s vision and mission and a commitment to its values
  • Written and verbal fluency in English
  • FCMA/FCA/CPA preferred, postgraduation degree from reputed University, preferably in Finance or Business Administration or similar relevant area

Contract length: Regular
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The Organisation:

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations

For a detailed job description and to apply online, please visit:

Application Deadline: 28 January 2024

Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview
‘Save the Children promotes diversity in its workforce’

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.