Finance Officer

at Slum Dwellers International
Published July 27, 2022
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Category Finance  
Job Type Full-Time  


About the Organisation

Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the leading international network representing the needs, interests, and voice of the world’s urban poor, wishes to recruit a Finance Officer based in Cape Town. Two decades of savings-driven and women-led organisations have placed SDI in a unique position to ensure that organisations representing the urban poor are recognized as a significant resource to confront global challenges such as climate change, inequality and the absence of social justice. These global challenges will not be solved without the active involvement of all citizens, especially slum dwellers.


This position is located in the Secretariat of SDI which is housed in a heritage building in Woodstock. The Secretariat Team is known for the support offered to employees and mirrors the values of the SDI Network of equality, competence, tolerance and kindness. The Secretariat has a strong mentorship ethos and provides opportunities for personal and professional development for those who wish to take responsibility for the value they add to the organization, and for those who are invested in their own knowledge and skills development. It is regarded as a privilege to work with the SDI Secretariat in this fast moving and challenging space of the urban poor. This is not ‘just a job’ but rather an opportunity to make a contribution to wider society.


About the Job

To support the Finance Manager and work closely with the Finance Administrator, other members of SDI Secretariat Team and the Finance Teams of the Affiliates. The role entails performing day to day financial accounting tasks, financial reporting, management of the payroll, audit preparation and support. This is a key role in the Finance Team of the Secretariat and is expected to offer significant financial and team support to the SDI Secretariat Staff and Affiliates.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Day to day accounting functions which include:


Preparation of monthly income and expense reports


Preparation of payments


Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual cashflow projections to monitor expenditure


Review petty cash


  1. Financial Reporting


  1. Management of the Payroll


  1. Preparation and support of audits. As an NPO, SDI is required to undertake many audits per year.


  1. Other financial duties required from time-to-time by the SDI Director and Finance Manager.



This position requires a minimum of a National diploma or Bachelors’ degree in Accounting or Finance. Experience of five years in a similar position is required.  Expertise in the financial management of donor grants is required. Expert working knowledge and skills of MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Xero system accounting package is essential.




Skills and Qualities


Strong attention to compliance to standard operating procedures and governance protocols


Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Strong analytical and problem-solving skills


Firm, stress tolerant, attention to detail, and able to work with limited supervision


Proactive and reliable team player


Able to work in a multi-cultural set-up


Mature emotional intelligence in the workplace


Self-starter and self-managing


Discipline in time-keeping and meeting deadlines


Committed to finishing the tasks required


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