Finance and Tax Specialist | Plan International

By | February 19, 2020

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

role PURPOSE

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The purpose of the role is to implement Plan Tanzania financial action plan and solidify the financial processes and systems in the Country Office and Program Units to enable Plan Tanzania to deliver on its program strategy and accountabilities to children, communities and donors.

Dimensions of the Role

  • The role manages in a matrix management relationship and is him/herself managed in this way. This places a requirement for the development of excellent working relationships and communication that is greater than in more regular management relationships
  • The role requires the ability to analyse data, qualitative indicators and reported issues to determine key risks, adverse trends and the appropriate corrective measures
  • An ability to arbitrate between parties and to find solutions to difficult financial issues in an evolving development/emergency context is necessary
  • The post holder must be ready to support the financial management of response programs during emergency.

Accountabilities

Management of tax liabilities and commitments FY20

  • Based on the December 2018 Tax Health Check develop and implement an action plan to address all outstanding liabilities and penalties
  • Work in partnership with an external Tax Advisor, including providing supporting documents as required, supporting the preparation of correspondence for the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and other government offices, and monitoring progress on the remediation efforts
  • Follow up with the TRA and other relevant government authorities on waivers/ exemptions related to tax and other fees/ deductions.
  • Regular (at least monthly) review of amounts owed to the TRA and other authorities, and communication of this to the Head of Finance and Country Director

 

System strengthening for tax and other government fee payments

  • Review of Plan International Tanzania local policies and systems related to the management and payment of tax and other fees/deductions to local authorities
  • In partnership with the Tax Advisor, HR Manager (in regards to payroll and consultants’ tax), Awards Specialist and Director of Operations, develop local policies and systems that enable on time, accurate payment of all tax and other fee/deductions obligations to the TRA and other authorities.
  • Provide training to finance and other teams on new or revised local policies and systems (including in field offices as needed).
  • Review calculation of unit costs and ensure taxes and other fees are included.
  • Review local policies and systems of Partners working with Plan International Tanzania related to the management and payment of tax and other fees/ deductions to local authorities
  • Engage on Partnership Due Diligence exercises for all new partnership contracts
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships

  • Reports to the Head of Finance.
  • Responsible for supporting the external Tax Advisor.

 

 

 

 

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Knowledge

  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or related subjects with 7 years of practical experience in similar position.
  • Professional Financial/Accounting qualification (CPA or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of taxation and the financial management issues
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, Control standards and the reporting requirements of major international grant donors

 

Skills

  • Excellent financial analytical skills
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office packages and with SAP

 

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

We are inclusive and empowering

 

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

Physical Environment

  • It requires travel to program unit operations, which may account for up to 50% of working time.
  • Program unit visits may be to locations which are remote, provide rudimentary facilities or be physically challenging in other ways.

Level of contact with children

 

Low contact: No contact or very low frequency of interaction

 

Location: Dar es Salaam

Reports to: Head of Finance

Closing Date: 27th February, 2020
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

 

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