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Director, Program Finance - HQ

Results Canada


Closing Date:   4 August 2017
Organization:   Right To Play International
Department/Division:   Program Finance/Headquarters
Work location:   Toronto, Canada


Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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Reporting to the Vice-President Strategy, Planning and Systems, the Director, Program Finance is
responsible for the overall strategic leadership of the program finance portfolio. The Director has a team of three direct reports who prepare specific proposal budgets and financial reports for grants that are assigned to Right To Play Headquarters. The team also supports in building the program financial capacity of the various other units in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

The Director will also be responsible for tracking organization wide program funding information, assuring that the right systems are in place to disseminate this information and championing the use of technology to support this. The Director has a critical role in annual budgeting, forecasting, revenue recognition and planning processes, as well as managing financial risk. The Director will be instrumental in developing the systems (Microsoft D365 Financials), policies and procedures to assure high quality grant budgeting and financial reporting across the organization.

The position will be based in Toronto with up to 5% of time travelling to Right To Play program countries.


Job Responsibility #1: Manage Grant Budgeting and Financial Reporting (20% of Time):

  • Liaise closely with both the responsible HQ Global Program Partnerships team and the related Field teams in developing grant budgets and financial reporting for secured contracts
  • Provide technical guidance and support on budget development for new grant proposals, as well as contract negotiations
  • Ensure that proposal budgets align with donor requirements and RTP reporting requirements
  • Conduct analysis on the effect of foreign exchange rates on grant implementation rates and financial implications and recommend necessary actions
  • Compile or assist in the compilation of grant and donor financial reports
  • Coordinate the audit of grants as required
  • Ensure that donor financial compliance requirements are fully understood by HQ, Regional and Country program teams; for large and complex grants, conducts briefings for relevant staff across the organization
  • Provide overall organizational expertise on grant budgeting and financial reporting best practices

Job Responsibility #2: Manage Annual Field Program Budgeting and Forecasting Cycles (15% of Time):

  • Support RTP annual budget planning, work in collaboration with the Regional team to set the annual Field offices’ envelopes and support the budgeting process
  • Coordinate the collection of budgets from the Field and ensure budget upload process is completed by Finance
  • Contribute and participate in Field planning meetings
  • Lead the preparation of the annual mid-year Field program forecast
  • Lead the global annual revenue recognition processes for the Field programs

Job Responsibility #3: Oversee Global Program Revenue and Expense Scenarios (15% of Time):

  • Manage, maintain and disseminate RTP’s program funding status to various stakeholders
  • Provide input into the global budgeting, forecasting and planning processes
  • Maintain a multi-year overview of grant revenue and expenses, in order to articulate risk and to inform prioritization
  • Coordinate the flow of information between various units related to program budgets

Job Responsibility #4: Program Finance Training and Capacity Building (15% of Time):

  • Support the design and implementation of tools and processes as a means to provide support to different stakeholders globally
  • Coordinate and facilitate program finance trainings that focus on grant budget development, financial reporting and compliance

Job Responsibility #5: Team Leadership and Management (15% of Time):

  • Lead the development of the program finance team’s annual and quarterly work plans. Ensure key deliverables are planned, that the team’s work is well coordinated within the broader organization, and clearly communicated to key organizational stakeholders
  • Supervise, mentor, and support each team member, helping each individual to set and achieve appropriate professional development goals
  • Manage department budget

Job Responsibility #6: Program Finance Policy and Communications Management (15% of Time):

  • Develop a comprehensive set of program finance policies and procedures and assure that systems and workflows are aligned with that policy architecture
  • Assess current program finance policies and procedures and work jointly with the Finance team and other teams to introduce new policies and procedures
  • Assess and report on regional and country compliance regarding program finance policies and procedures
  • Develop manuals and trainings to support the dissemination of program finance policies and procedures
  • Make recommendations for changes to the ERP system (Microsoft D365 Financials) or to the chart of accounts in order to improve grant budgeting and financial reporting
  • Apprise Global Leadership Team of new strategic directions in program finance and advances in policies and procedures
  • Connect with the broader INGO community to share and gather best practices

Job Responsibility #7: Perform Other Duties (5% of Time):

Perform other duties as assigned




  • University degree in accounting, commerce, business, finance or a related Field


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in accounting, grant management and finance in a not-for- profit grant focused environment
  • Experience with government international development agencies such as USAID, GAC, NORAD or other European agencies
  • Experience building sophisticated financial tracking and reporting systems
  • Experience developing policies, procedures, manuals and documentation
  • Experience leading change in a complex multi-site environment
  • Experience working with executive-level teams in project-based environment


  • Strong knowledge of grant budgeting processes
  • Knowledge of a variety of government and foundation funding mechanisms
  • Project Management skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook


  • Ability to lead, guide, coordinate, and facilitate grant budgeting and financial reporting processes and establish short and long-term goals
  • Diplomatic interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to communicate ideas and technical concepts in both technical and user-friendly language
  • Good judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail
  • Aptitude to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, multi-project environment
  • Capability to create a positive work environment to motivate and drive the work of others


  • Fluency in oral and written English


  • Other relevant certificates such as CPA/CGA/CA/CMA or other
  • Master’s degree in accounting, business or management
  • Understanding of accounting software, particularly Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience or SAGE 300
  • Fluency in French, Arabic, and/or one of Right To Play’s other country languages


  • Ability to travel internationally is required

Compensation:   We offer a competitive salary and benefits package
Employment Start Date:   September 11, 2017
Contract Duration:   Full Time, Indefinite


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: and kindly include “Director, Program Finance” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check as a condition of employment.

All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests. Please note that Right To Play does not assist with relocation.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at


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