Associate Director Finance at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the 9 countries we operate.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.


The Associate Director of Finance manages the functional activities and personnel for all aspects of finance area at the Africa business unit and provides high-level financial analysis to senior business unit and organizational leadership. Reporting to the Director Finance and Operations and working closely with Business unit leadership and functions in Worldwide Office Finance and with other departments and organizational units as necessary for the effective functioning of the Finance area, the position will be based at the TNC Regional office in Nairobi Kenya.


The Associate Director of Finance is a subject matter expert and serves as a resource to the Africa business unit, including as an advisor to senior level staff. They are responsible for managing the day-to-day functional activities and personnel in Accounting, Treasury, Audit and Compliance, budgeting, and reporting areas of the Business Unit, and providing financial analysis to senior management. Generally responsible for the management, maintenance and reporting of financial data, monitoring of management controls and processes to ensure compliance with TNC policies and procedures, relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, and financial/management best practice. They co-lead the fiscal year budgeting process , ensuring the accuracy of budgets and their completion within set deadlines with a focus on development of budget templates, alignment to proposed activities, and staffing plans as well as ensuring requisite cost recovery. They cross function with other business development activities which includes tracking business forecast, and budgets performance to ensure alignment with annual strategic plans.


  • Manages overall financial activities to achieve Africa program’s strategic goals.
  • Works toward meeting the strategic priorities of the program by developing and coordinating plans and related tactics and overseeing day-to-day tasks in the various areas of the finance function.
  • Lead and support budget development for proposals, private award management, cost assignments, award modifications and ensure proposal compliance check, adequate coverage of operational costs and alignment to donor requirements and TNC policies.
  • Provides high-level financial analysis to senior organizational leadership, on budgets, financial performance, and other specific areas.
  • Supports finance team in periodic financial reporting and annual key tasks – Council, Leadership reports and annual revenue allocations – to ensures their accuracy, completeness, and timeliness.
  • Co-leads the fiscal year budgeting process with the Conservation Director by overseeing preparation and maintenance of BU multiyear operating budget; ensures cost coverage for operating costs and oversee updates to the operating budget actions, and changes regularly
  • Highlight any key challenges or opportunities influencing the BU’s performance against goals
  • Decisions may bind organization financially and legally.
  • Manage, support, and monitor new financial initiatives in the Africa Business unit.
  • Generally, supervises professional and finance staff and build their capacity.
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • Reinforces consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provides support related to relevant field.
  • May manage or participate in complex negotiations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 7 years of related work experience.
  • MBA and CPA(K) or ACCA qualification.
  • Experience working with computer and information management systems, Excel spreadsheets, and databases for financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports.
  • Experience recruiting, supervising, and developing staff.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and implementing multiple projects.
  • Experience managing a large finance department in not-for-profit organizations.
  • Experience working in complex contexts and dealing with complex situations.
  • Experience developing budgets, performing high-level financial analysis, and recommending corrective action as appropriate.
  • Experience acting as an advisor to senior executives.
  • Experience with GAAP and not-for-profit accounting principles, practices, and regulations, including government grants accounting and reporting.
  • Experience working with U.S. Federal government circulars (OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133) and state and local regulations.


  • 7-10 years’ work experience in large international not-for-profit organizations.
  • Highly skilled in analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data, developing, reporting, and implementing solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment and build relationships with diverse departments, collaborators, and field staff.
  • Technical expert on complex accounting/financial issues.
  • Advanced excel modeling skills and proficient in other Microsoft Office Suite applications including power BI, PowerPoint, word and Outlook.
  • Ability to model and synthesize complex financial information, operating and KPI data into appealing presentations (to a nonfinancial audience) to facilitate understanding of operational results and drive performance improvement decisions.
  • Ability to manage finances or budgets of multiple projects concurrently. Ability to quickly come up to speed on new concepts by synthesizing research for deeper analysis.
  • Service oriented. Courteous, personable, tactful, and experienced dealing effectively with all levels of staff.
  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.



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