Sayara International is hiring an experienced Financial Controller to join its global team. This role is full-time and based remotely. Please read the full Terms of Reference below and guidelines on how to apply for this role. We look forward to hearing from you.

Position Description:

We are looking for a results-driven and confident Financial Controller to manage and improve our organization’s financial performance and direct our accounting operations.

The Financial Controller will lead a busy finance team which supports the activities of global development company Sayara International. Candidates should be qualified accountants (ACCA or equivalent), with at least two years of demonstrable experience managing a transactional finance department. Candidates must have excellent communication skills in English.

Duties for the Financial Controller will include managing accounting records, evaluating and managing risk, ensuring compliance with regulations, publishing financial statements, overseeing accounting operations, analyzing financial data, monitoring expenditure, forecasting revenue, coordinating auditing processes, and ensuring accuracy of financial information.

Your strategic planning and exceptional numerical proficiency as a Financial Controller will aid our organization in maintaining positive revenue and financial growth, formulating sound financial strategies, implementing proper internal controls, achieving organizational targets, and developing financial plans that support organizational strategy.

The ideal candidate should possess strong analytical skills, exceptional problem-solving skills, be highly organized, and have excellent leadership skills. The Financial Controller will streamline our accounting functions and operations, provide financial analysis and reports, train staff on business finance issues, promote regulatory compliance, and drive profitability.

The Financial Controller will report to Sayara’s President.

The Financial Controller will contribute to the work Sayara does to build positive change in societies that most need it. You will be working as part of a welcoming and diverse international team of experienced professionals.

About Sayara International:

Sayara International is a social enterprise combining rigorous research and communication to create positive change in fragile and conflict-affected societies.

Sayara provides complex monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the most challenging environments. We work on countering disinformation, measuring social cohesion, and assessing education, migration, inclusive governance, climate change, and health.

Diverse perspectives and an emphasis on equity bring strength to Sayara. Gender, inclusion, and intersectional identities are cross-cutting themes across all our internal practices and our programs for governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions.

Sayara has evolved across unstable contexts. Our decentralized structure – with a global leadership network and investment in local talent – enables agility and rapid start-up, while equipping us with unique values and competencies.

Founded in 2003, Sayara operates in 30 countries across Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Our teams of professionals are based in field offices in Khartoum, Kyiv (until recently), and Nairobi, with support from our offices in Dubai, London, Marseille, and Warsaw.


  • Prepare financial reports.
  • Analyze financial data.
  • Monitor internal controls.
  • Oversee and prepare management accounts
  • Participate in budgeting processes.
  • Manage financial transactions.
  • Streamline accounting functions and operations.
  • Develop plans for financial growth.
  • Evaluate and manage risk.
  • Coordinate audit processes.
  • Manage Sayara’s finance team, all based remotely.
  • Other ad hoc tasks, as required.


Desired Qualifications/ Skills:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACCA or equivalent).
  • 2+ years’ experience managing a transactional finance department.
  • International Development industry experience considered a plus.
  • Proven experience in finance management.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural team.
  • Sound knowledge of accounting fundamentals.
  • Auditing experience.
  • Compliance oriented.
  • Proficiency in accounting software.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Good IT skills (Office 365).
  • Strong commitment to high-quality work and integrity in all interactions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


Location & Travel:

Remote work. Open to applicants based in the UK or Washington D.C. only.

We highly encourage applications from women and people originating from minority groups.


Annual salary of $75,000 (£65,000 equivalent), negotiable according to experience.

Job Type:

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week), Monday-Friday.


The Financial Controller will be offered a one (1) year employment contract, with a four (4) month probation period and the option for renewal, based on the discretion of, and mutual agreement between Sayara and the Financial Controller.

Application Process:

Please submit your detailed CV with up-to-date contact information via email to Please use “Financial Controller” as the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2022. Note that CVs will be screened on a rolling basis and Sayara will offer the position to the candidate who meets the requirements – even if it is before the deadline.

Equal Opportunities: 

Sayara International is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, political views or activity, or other applicable characteristics. This also applies to all employment practices within our organization. 

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