Project Finance and Risk Advisor at Sightsavers

Location: Liberia/Senegal Contract: Fixed Term Contract two years’ Salary: Local Terms and Conditions apply

Purpose of role as Project Finance and Risk Advisor

The role requires someone with specialist knowledge in providing support and advice around project financial management and donor compliance to key stakeholders across Sightsavers. A great opportunity for someone with previous experience in a similar role within international development to showcase their skills and knowledge and provide a seamless service for the team. If you have excellent financial management and donor funding experience coupled with a detailed understanding of the rules and regulations of donors such as USAID, the EC, FCDO and SCB then this opportunity is for you.

A typical day as Project Finance and Risk Advisor could include:

  • Calling a country office finance manager to discuss pending issues in the financial report
  • Noticing an area for improvement in our review process. Making a note of it to bring up in our team meeting next week
  • Dealing with ad-hoc requests about exchange rates and budget flexibility from various country office and global contacts
  • Attending a meeting with stakeholders across the organisation to kick-start a proposal application
  • Working on a payroll journal that charges staff time to donors for this month
  • Pausing your work on the payroll journal to review and sign-off that project financial report that just came in your inbox.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Able to demonstrate finance and accountancy experience or excellent numerical skills
  • Awareness of overseas development context gained through working in the INGO sector
  • Extensive experience of institutional donor project financial management
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Good communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage a portfolio of projects, acting as a point of reference
  • Strong attention to detail with a willingness to follow issues through to resolution
  • Continuous improvement mindset, seeking ways to improve processes and mitigate risk
  • Proven experience of USAID, EC and FCDO project financial management


  • Proven experience of financial training to finance staff
  • Experience of a computer-based accounting system
  • Additional language competency such as French, Portuguese
  • Strong programmatic and financial understanding of project lifecycles
  • Able to explain financial issues and procedures to a non-financial audience

The Project Finance and Risk Advisor is an involved role, please read the full Job Description before applying.

The interview process will be in two stages, the first stage will be a written task. Successful candidates at this stage will then be invited to a virtual interview, lasting up to one hour. We intend to start the interview process from week commencing 21 May 2023 onwards.

As an equal opportunity Employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader therefore qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply

Sightsavers is an employer that does not tolerate any form of harassment and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. All potential candidates will be subjected to rigorous background checks and controls.

How to apply

Please apply via our web site using this link


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