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Project Controller

Closing Date: 23-December-2023

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment Type: Regular – Fixed term

Salary: As per the organization scale

Reference number: Rec/019/23


CORDAID is a Dutch, international non-governmental organization which combines 100 years of experience and expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication. CORDAID believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities. We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed. Together with more than 600 partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations – the bottom billion.

Purpose of the position/Job’s aim

The Project Controller will provide support to a diverse portfolio of projects as may be assigned within Cordaid Ethiopia. The Project Controller will work closely with colleagues based in the office and Financial Officers of partner organisations. This position ensures that all projects complies with not only Cordaid policies, donor policies and procedures but with all Government requirements in line with applicable registration instruments on contractual compliance. S/he ensures that financial reports are of high quality, accurate and submitted timely to donors and Cordaid GO. S/he prepares for any (external) audits and ensures all required information is available on time and is prepared to a high standard.

Responsibilities and Accountability Budgeting, Control and Monitoring

  • Develops project budgets and ensures that cost recovery is guaranteed and the correct Cordaid tools, data and forms are being used.
  • Monitor the revision of programme budgets and coordinate any proposed revisions. Supports cost extension requests as and when needed in collaboration with the relevant Programme leads and the Finance and Operations Director.
  • Provides technical advice and input on implementation in relation to finance, close out procedures for respective projects.
  • Prepare for and represent the assigned projects in the monthly project control meetings
  • Reviews the expenditures on shared cost budget % allocated to the programme and ensure that this cost is budgeted for. Consolidates and reviews the budgeted versus actual expenditure reports, and ensure adherence to restrictions on line item expenditure. Ensures that all identified discrepancies and/or ineligible expenditures and/ or misallocation and/or payment of unauthorized amounts are clarified and timely addressed.

Financial Planning

  • Recording and maintain the projects commitments. Facilitates the use and submission of monthly, quarterly workplans and budget forecast to support a controlled finance utilization.
  • Prepare quarterly project cash expenditure forecasts alongside respective field offices for action while keeping the cash planning up to date
  • Develop liquidity requests in coordination with project lead for presentations to donors and the Senior Management Team.

Financial Analysis

  • Ensure that partner’s report their expenditure on time and get paid eligible cost claims on time
  • Analyse and review the project staff costs, impact of vacancies on project progress and the financial results
  • Conducts budget analysis and submits financial reports of projects assigned to him/her.


  • Ensure that all project expenditure is appropriately documented, archived and ready for any external or internal audit with relevant staff.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Project Controller, supports audit preparation and ensure that relevant information is transmitted timely to the auditors and assist on post- audit activities such as audit trail and implementation of audit recommendation through an action plan


  • Maintain the project risk register and translate results into a risk analysis report. Reports on progress of corresponding action and ensures compliance with the contractual agreements.
  • In collaboration with the Compliance Officer, Senior Project Controller and Finance and Operations Director ensures that project reporting requirements are met along all project milestones;
  • Ensure that the project expenditure adheres to the donor’s and Cordaid’s regulations
  • Prepare the summary of analysis of key project risk versus actual project results and in close collaboration with the Compliance Officer engage with relevant colleagues for action

Administrative Oversight and Management

  • Provides technical and administrative support to field offices regarding the finance and administrative activities by conducting field visits, among others.
  • Identifies and addresses knowledge and skills gap realized at field level and support the staff through coaching and training.
  • Support partner organizations with project control knowledge and financial expertise as required. Contribute to partner risk assessments and ensure that agreed actions are implemented
  • Ensure that the Project leads and the Finance and Operation Director are kept informed of any major developments in a timely manner so that issues are anticipated, addressed and do not materialize
  • Support the project lead with all financial communication to the donor and internally within Cordaid

Job Requirements

Qualification and experience required

  1. Degree in Accounting, Finance or any other relevant field;
  2. Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience at NGOs in financial management functions;
  3. Experience managing grants under a EU, USAID and other donors required;
  4. Good computer skills, including advanced knowhow of Microsoft Excel required;
  5. Ability to interpret complex grant funding requirements, submissions, and budget projections;
  6. Experience in building capacity of organizations required;
  7. Demonstrated capacity of working under pressure in a multitasking position;
  8. Demonstrated capacity to accommodate a flexible schedule;
  9. A self-starter who is able to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision; and
  10. Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  1. Maintain Integrity;
  2. Team player;
  3. Analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  4. Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision;
  5. Organizational development skills;
  6. Negotiating skills;
  7. Verbal and written communication skills;
  8. Problem solving skills;
  9. Conflict management skills; and
  10. Ability to coach subordinates.

How to Apply

Interested and qualifying applicants can submit their application letter and CV in English, with both phone and email contact details of at least 3 professional references, to the following email [email protected]. The vacancy reference number along with the title of the post needs to be written in the subject of the email.

CORDAID is an equal opportunity employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applications submitted cannot be returned.

An integrity screening will be part of the application procedure.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest to join us. Please visit our website to learn more about our interventions in Ethiopia.