Senior Finance Officer

Reports to: Head of Finance and Administration

Deputy: Senior Finance Specialists, other Unit Heads (Band 5)


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German international organisation that advances sustainable development through four broad thematic areas: Energy and Environment, Employment Promotion, Economic Development, and Peace and Security. We are a state-owned enterprise operating in more than 120 countries worldwide, delivering business volume of approximately 3,7bio €. The Country Office (CO) is in Pretoria Hatfield, where the position is located, covering South Africa, Lesotho, and Eswatini.

The opportunity to work with us offers regional experience in a global organisation, supporting the work of our technical projects, partners, and beneficiaries.

We seek a Senior Finance Officer that will support our team in its strategic and operational tasks. Result and outcomes driven Finance practitioners passionate about compliance, organisational transformation, and digitalisation with leadership and management experience, are strongly encouraged to apply for the position “Senior Finance Officer”. Diverse applicants from all walks of life are welcomed.

RESPONSIBILITIES - see full job description download below

The Senior Finance Officer (SFO) is responsible for:

  • Operational (systems and processes) and working knowledge of cross-category finance tasks and processes in the unit.
  • Periodically assessing the operations of the finance unit in detail. (Financial processing, audits and internal control, management of unsettled items, cash flow planning, travel claims).
  • Ensuring the quality and impact of the finance activities within the CO and that that financial administration functions well in accordance with GIZ standard procedures.
  • Effectively coordinating with the staff of the finance team or the Commercial Affairs Department at GIZ Head Quarters (HQ).
  • Advising and providing transparency on HQ policies, processes, and procedures by closely monitoring and communicating new developments.
  • Financial planning, monitoring and accounting for GIZ-assisted projects.
  • Advising and providing effective services to all GIZ clusters, projects, Units, HQ, other GIZ CO, business partner and counterparts.
  • Maintaining the unit´s operational compliance in line with organisational Processes and Rules (PuR) and performing tasks independently.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of unit processes.
  • Coordination of the Finance colleagues responsible for invoice check and unsettled item management.
  • Coordination of the Finance colleagues responsible for the processing of national and international travel claims.

The Senior Finance Officer fully deputises for the second Senior Finance Officer and stands in for the Head of Finance (HoF) in all matters relating to the organisation and coordination of the Finance Unit.


Suitable candidates should apply by submitting:

  • A motivation letter (max. 1 page) stating why they should be the preferred candidate and the value added they will bring to the project.
  • A detailed CV
  • Proof of eligibility to work in South Africa (copy of SA ID).

Applications should be submitted to: with subject line “Application for Senior Finance Officer” for the attention of Head of Human Resources.

Closing date for applications: 18 March 2024.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!