Right To Play International Job Vacancy: Program Finance Officer - Toronto, Ontario - Canada

Job Posting – Program Finance Officer - HQ

Closing Date: August 3, 2016
Organization: Right To Play International
Department/Division: Headquarters
Work location: Toronto, Ontario
Authorized to Work in: Canada

Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The Program Finance team at Right To Play’s International Headquarters develops the policies and procedures to support financial management, budgeting, reporting and compliance, both internally for management and operational purposes and externally for donor compliance. The team also provides direct budgeting and financial reporting support to the Global Program Partnerships team in HQ for their grant management responsibilities.

The Program Finance Officer reports directly to the Manager, Program Finance. The incumbent supports the Global Program Partnerships team with the budgeting and financial reporting against a portfolio of program grants and contracts, in compliance with both donor and Right To Play policies and procedures. He/she provides the financial insights that accompany the programmatic and operational reporting on the grant provided by the Global Program Partnerships team. The incumbent also provides input to the Manager, Program Finance in the development of policies and procedures that better support budgeting, financial reporting and compliance for the entire organization.

Job Responsibility #1: Financial Monitoring And Reporting (30% of Time):
  • Designs, generates and analyzes financial reports for the donor and internal management
  • Provides program financial analysis and recommendations on spending rates, over and under-spending and pattern of expenditure
  • Reviews the monthly financial reports and follows-up on issues related to coding; follows-up with the Regional Finance Team on reallocate/recode expenses and other charges
  • Prepares financial reports for donors for the assigned grants with narratives, explaining any variances to project budgets
  • Coordinates closely with the Program team and the Finance team to contribute to the annual revenue recognition and audit process
  • Supports and facilitates donor audits 
Job Responsibility #2: Budget Development And Technical Support (25% of Time): 
  • Contributes to the development of project budgets, notes and narratives for funding proposals; participates in proposal development for major grants
  • Provides technical guidance on budget development for new grant proposals
  • Ensures that proposal budget aligns with donor requirements and RTP reporting requirements
  • Assists with the annual RTP budget development and upload process; coordinates timely submission of budgets from assigned regions/countries
  • Works with the Global Program Partnership team to ensure RTP activity based budgets are aligned with approved grant budgets
  • Notifies program team of any significant budget changes that require donor approval and recommends necessary communications
  • Submits revised budgets received from Country Offices to the Finance HQ team
  • Maintains accurate and accessible records of uploaded budget for assigned regions/countries 
Job Responsibility #3: Grant Contract Review (20% of Time):
  • Reviews draft contracts and provides advice on financial compliance; supports negotiations with donors, as required
  • Ensures that financial contract requirements are fully understood and met by the relevant stakeholders. For large and complex grants, conducts briefings for relevant staff across the organization on financial compliance
  • Maintains archive of grant contracts and amendments, for all assigned grants, both electronic and hard copy
  • Maintains information on related sub-contract agreements with partners, for all assigned grants
 Job Responsibility #4: Capacity Building On Grant Compliance And Financial Reporting (20% of Time):
  • Provides training and support as needed to different stakeholders in areas of proposal budget development, financial reporting, and compliance
  • Contributes to the development of RTP financial policies, procedures and systems 
Job Responsibility #5: Performs Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time):


  • University degree in any of the following areas; accounting, business, management, finance or related discipline 
  • 5 years of experience in a grants finance role preferably in a large or international NGO
  • Direct experience with government international development agencies such as USAID, GAC, NORAD or other European agencies
  • Experience building sophisticated financial tracking and reporting systems 
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Team player and strong interpersonal skills
  • Works effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good time management and ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities 
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, especially in Excel
  • Financial analysis, budgeting, and financial reporting 
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Accounting designation such as CPA, CMA, CA or related experience and qualifications
  • Understanding of the international development sector
  • Understanding of institutional donors, including GAC, NORAD, USAID, UN Agencies
  • Understanding of accounting software, specifically Sage 300
  • A second language of countries of operations such as French or Arabic 
  • Ability to travel internationally is required 
Compensation: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date:Immediately

Contract Duration: Indefinite Term

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: hr1@righttoplay.comandkindlyinclude “Program Finance Officer”and your name in the subjectline. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check as a condition of employment.

All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests.

Right To Play - Human Resources Philosophy

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses the power of sport and play to improve the lives of children in the disadvantaged areas of the world. We believe that all children have the right to play.

Right To Play’s human resources philosophy reflects the spirit that drives the organization. The philosophy influences the kind of people who are interested in working for us, the kind of people we recruit and how we treat our people.

Right To Play’s culture is entrepreneurial, where employees are encouraged and empowered to perform in the context of rapid international growth, and to aim for the highest quality and adopt global best practices in delivering our programs.

Our employees are global citizens who are passionate about improving the world we live in through value-based grassroots activities. We work on the ground with and through people in the communities we serve to improve the lives of their children. By having a constant presence in these communities and helping them develop the resources and skills they need to help themselves, we aim for sustainable, long-term development.

To translate our vision into action, our philosophy for delivering our programs is “LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER”. Our employees are the backbone of this delivery, and the philosophy supports them by defining the desired outcomes of our human resources philosophy. This means that we pay competitive salaries, provide comprehensive benefits, encourage employee social events, provide development opportunities and a great work environment.

We measure the success of this philosophy by indicators such as employee satisfaction surveys and staff turnover rate, as well as the overall success of Right To Play.