Masifundise is a civil society organisation with a long track record in the small-scale fishing sector. Its aim is to promote and advance Food Sovereignty in small-scale fishing communities in South Africa, and globally. It aims to do this by empowering fishers and community-based activists to become agents of change within their own communities, organisations, and social movements, as well as facilitating and strengthening participatory governance, enabling fishing communities to secure their social, economic, and political rights and promoting principles of social, economic and environmental justice and the right to autonomy and sovereignty of civil society.

We are hiring – Expected starting date: 1 June 2022

Finance Manager

As the most senior member of the Finance Unit, the Finance Manager is expected to ensure the smooth running of all Masifundise’s financial systems, functions and ensure fiscal compliance.

This requires a person who has sound technical accounting skills, who can handle all facets of finance relating to donor funds and reporting to national and international donors. We are specifically looking for a person who has worked extensively in the Non-profit project environment, with accounting experience aligned to projects, and tied to specific reporting mechanisms. You will manage a small team and report directly to the Director.

Key Performance Areas: 

  • Leadership and Co-ordinator of the Finance Unit
  • People Management and development of the Finance Unit
  • Co- ordinate and maintain financial accounting and payroll systems
  • Payroll processing and reconciliations and salary administration
  • Co-ordination and preparation of Organisational Budgets
  • Supports the Director and prepares fundraising budgets
  • Co – ordination of the annual financial Audit

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with financial policies; donor reporting and statutory requirements.
  • Keeping abreast with and ensuring compliance of relevant statutory and donor policies and compliance requirements.
  • Preparing donor financial reports.
  • Managing relations with service providers.
  • Analysis and reporting on budget trends.
  • Managing donor relations.
  • Preparation of the audit files for the annual audit and supporting documents for the statutory and donor audits.

 Job Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree or Tertiary education with specialised certification in Accounting.
  • Ten years of professional experience with at least five of these in an NGO environment.
  • Proficient in Pastel Partner version 17, Excel, Word, SARS efiling and Pastel payroll.
  • Proven experience of managing donors and reporting requirements.
  • A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under pressure and the ability to prioritise work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Proven financial, fund raising and report writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to staff.
  • Planning, strategy, financial and budget skills. •
  • Good understanding of the organisation’s overall business and its objectives.
  • Proven experience of managing donors and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, and numeracy skills.



  • High levels of integrity and honesty.
  • Spotless financial record.

The position will be located in Cape Town, South Africa, and South African labour laws will apply.

To apply, please submit a CV with at least 2 contactable references, to using the position you applying for as the subject line.

Closing date: 6 May 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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