International Head of Finance

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $68,000
Maximum: $70,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



225 Peachtree Street Northwest
Suite 565
United States


About Safe Hands for Girls

Safe Hands for Girls is a 501(c)3 organization that works in the USA (Atlanta), the Gambia and Sierra Leone. Through advocacy and grassroots campaigns, Safe Hands for Girls is working to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Childhood, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) by 2030.


With under 20 employees, Safe Hands for Girls is small, but we’re growing fast, and so is our influence. We were founded in 2013, and our founder and CEO is a current Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and UN Goodwill Ambassador. Safe Hands for Girls is also part of the Big Sisters Movement, a network of organizations across Africa that are working towards the common goal of ending FGM.


We are proud that Safe Hands for Girls is led by women, the majority of whom are African, and many of whom are survivors of FGM and / or CEFM. Having said that, we’re a diverse bunch in terms of nationality, ethnicity, gender, disability, faith, background and life experience – and we know that diversity makes us stronger. Although the team is spread across Africa, Europe and North America, we work closely together and value supportive relationships.


The Role

The International Head of Finance, who will be based in the SHfG office in Atlanta, USA, is responsible for the day-to-day and overall financial management of Safe Hands for Girls. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer, and has dotted-line management of the Finance Officer in the Gambia. This is a full-time, exempt, non-union, regular position that includes occasional travel to the Gambia or elsewhere in Africa – up to 25 days per year, split into short trips.


This is the first dedicated finance position in our US office: until now, we have had a part-time CPA to manage our accounts and file reports. But as our income (and expenditure) increases and diversifies, we need an expert to create and upgrade financial systems, ensure that our reporting is accurate and timely, oversee multi-year grants and make sure our fiscal management and compliance systems are fit for purpose.


From time to time, the International Head of Finance will be asked to advise other Big Sister organizations on financial and / or compliance issues, and to support with joint or consortium funding proposals.


We believe that this role would suit someone who is eager to make their mark on a small but expanding organization. We face the usual challenges experienced by a young non-profit, such as unpredictable income, difficulties in managing cashflow, etc. There are no passengers at Safe Hands for Girls – we expect everyone to work with initiative, energy and creativity, and this role is no exception. In return, we offer competitive pay and benefits, support from a truly collaborative leadership team, and the opportunity to grow with us.

Core responsibilities

  • Direct the fiscal functions of Safe Hands for Girls in accordance with nonprofit GAAP and in keeping with the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with teams in the Gambia and elsewhere, supporting colleagues with delegated responsibilities.
  • Communicate with COO and CEO on a consistent basis to review the financial position and health of the organization, identify and resolve issues, and address priority needs.
  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors; assess any changes necessary. Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions, including filing 990s.
  • Oversee annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with other managers.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


  • BS/BA in Accounting or similar; CPA a plus.
  • Minimum of five years’ related work experience in comparable nonprofit positions.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with diverse and remote teams, preferably in one or more developing countries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. GAAP and non-profit accounting standards.
  • Acumen in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing, and operational use.
  • Experience with QuickBooks (our current accounting system) and all relevant Microsoft applications.
  • Excellent communication skills, in written and spoken English, to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritizing workflow to meet critical deadlines while paying exceptionally close attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle challenging management issues while upholding objectivity, integrity and professionalism at all times.
  • U.S. work authorization is required.


Equal opportunities

Safe Hands for Girls is committed to equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, maternity / paternity, protected veteran or disabled status.


Beyond this, we want to hire the best person for this job, whatever their circumstances. If you have caring responsibilities or other commitments that mean you need to come up with a different working pattern, let’s make it work. If life has given you a ‘non-typical’ resume, but you think you’d be great at this job, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch via the email address below.


We are currently working out the benefits package, and will update this listing as soon as we can.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent written and spoken English needed.

French would be a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send your resume and a covering letter no more than two pages long, explaining how your qualifications and experience fit the job description, to


Deadline for applications: 9th September, 11.59pm EST.

Interview dates (Atlanta): 20th and 21st September..