Chief Financial Officer
Auditing, Taxation, Financial accounting/Operations, Payroll officer
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jul 08 2021


About Peepul


Peepul is an education-focused non-profit. We dream and work towards creating an education system in India that enables ‘every child to realize their potential.’


We work closely with governments at the national, state, and local levels to transform government schools and government systems. The poorest children in India study in government schools and too many of them are falling through the cracks. We are determined to ensure that they receive a high-quality education to help them succeed in life.


We are restless, resilient, and reflective. We aim high, we innovate, we work smart, we work as a team and we use rigorous research to inform our work. We run systemic education programmes that, together, ensure that we adopt a holistic view towards improving state education systems. We are a fast-paced organisation that aims high.

Towards creating exemplar education ecosystems, some of what we do includes:


Run Exemplar Schools: we run exemplar schools in partnership with the government to show what ‘great’ looks like. Starting with one school with 9 children in 2015, we now have a network of 3 schools that directly impact 1,000 children.


Systemic Interventions: we create systemic influence through large-scale interventions such as teacher training, capacity building of government education officials, working with district and state-level training institutes and advising on policy reform.


Government Policy and Advisory:  we advise state governments on improving governance and accountability structures through our work on quality assurance, levers for school improvement and knowledge as practitioners of quality improvement.


Thought Leadership:  we recognize the criticality of institutionalizing and codifying our best practices, content, and processes so that they can be standardized, scaled, and can be adopted by government systems to improve government schools as well as shared more widely with the education ecosystem in India.



Job Description: Chief Financial Officer


Reports to:    CEO


Location:      New Delhi, India


Start date:    Immediate


Salary:         Commensurate with experience


We are a looking for a Chief Financial Officer who will carry out all duties related to Strategic Financial Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, FCRA and related compliance and Financial Operations for the organization.


Key Responsibilities (include but not limited to):



  • Work closely with the Board and leadership team to develop a forward-looking view of the budget, forecast accurately and plan for multiple growth scenarios for the organisation.

  • Manage ongoing budgeting and forecasting processes

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial statements, as required, to be able to assess organisational performance and course correct on budgets, if required

  • Present regular finance updates to the Board and leadership team with a thorough analysis of any potential risks to the organisation

  • Liaise with Donors and other funders for fund transfers and timely submission of regular utilization reports.


  • Supervise the maintenance of books of accounts i.e., Cash Book, Petty Cash, inter-company, including recording of transactions.

  • Effective management of cash flow ensuring adequate liquidity to make timely payments to suppliers and other parties.

  • Judicious tracking of expenses monthly with requisite reporting, flagging any concerns, timely reporting of funds spent.

  • Draw up the final accounts as required by Indian laws and ensuring completion of audits with internal and external auditors.

  • Manage various audits and due diligence process by Statutory Audit, Donor Audits, FCRA Audit and any other special audits.

  • Submit Monthly, Quarterly and Annual reports, challans & other documentations as per statutory compliances for FCRA, Income Tax, Provident Fund, and other related departments.

  • Ensure compliance with FCRA, Taxation and other charity-related laws of Society and Section 8 company by acting as the link between the lawyers, tax consultants, FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulations Act) advisors.

  • Custodian of the assets (money and others) within the Organization.

  • Create and process monthly payrolls (with finance team) for both staff on payrolls and consultants hired for programmes.

  • Line management of office support staff (1-2) and oversight of their logistical and administrative activities

  • Ensure statutory deductions of TDS, Provident Fund and Professional Tax of the vendors and staff and timely reporting to government.

  • Undertake monthly and quarterly planning and reviews (administrative and programme-finance).

Person Specification


Experience and Skills:   

  • Minimum 10 years of working experience at senior managerial level and engaged in financial management, and administration in the NGO sector.

  • Candidates having additional professional qualifications Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / MBA are encouraged to apply.

  • Proven ability at Senior Manager level, overseeing financial management and management of complex projects with tight deadlines and ambitious targets.

  • Proven ability in interfacing with donors and ensuring compliance with statutory, FCRA, MCA and Society requirements.

  • Proven ability and skills in managing large procurements.

  • Proven ability and skills in managing HR of a large team and administration

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and working knowledge of Hindi.

  • Proven skills in program-finance variance analysis, preparation of budgets and forecasts.

  • Sound computer skills, including use of Internet and MS Office™ software and Tally accounting package (ERP version).

  • Strong analytical capabilities and experience in generating monthly and quarterly status reports and projections.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team player in a complex, multicultural environment.

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong alignment with Peepul's mission of providing quality education and building stronger education ecosystems in India

  • Ability to negotiate and achieve consensus with key stakeholders

  • Self-starter who will thrive in a start-up setting by taking ownership and initiative

  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues based in different geographies and time zones

  • Openness to listen, learn and contribute beyond the confines of this role

  • Hard working, detail orientated, tenacious and systematic

  • Enthusiastic to do whatever it takes willing to take personal accountability for delivery

  • Enjoys working under pressure: flexible, highly organized and able to prioritize work to meet deadlines

Recruitment Process


Application Process


To apply, please send a copy of your resume along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in applying for the role, to with a cc to, ensuring you specify the role you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include the details of at least two referees within your application.




The selection process will involve written tests/assignments and interviews with the senior management team of the organization.


Reference checking & Probation

This role will be subject to enhanced background checks. Additionally, all new staff will be subject to a probation period of three months.


More about Peepul

Who we are and how we work:


One principle unites us in all our endeavors: we put children first.


We believe that all children should have choices in life. And we must fight to make this happen. Sometimes that means making difficult decisions – we will have to say or do things that are hard for us and for other people.


All our actions are driven by what is best for the children we work for.


We are:


We are proud of our achievements but know that there is so much still to do. So, we never stop striving, and we are ready for new challenges. We will work on new projects, in new communities, wherever we think we can make a difference. We are never complacent.


We are self-critical. If we think we could have worked in a better or smarter way, we acknowledge that and learn from it.


We know that our task is not an easy one. But we are determined to transform children’s lives, despite setbacks. When we encounter obstacles, we do not give up. We are tenacious and will see things through.


When we work, we:


Aim high

We have the highest expectations. We ask everyone to give their best in everything they do. The children at our schools are expected to aim high, and the staff at Peepul does the same. We do not accept excuses, and we do not make excuses.


Use rigorous research

We use the latest research and data in all our work, and we scrutinize our results. Our approach is evidence-based, and we direct our resources to those projects that we are sure will make a difference.


Work smart

We work hard to achieve our aims. But, more important, we work smart.


We are systematic, seeking models that are already successful and finding ways of building on that success. We share our expertise – between teams, between schools, across the world. This way, we maximize our results.


Work as a team

Tough challenges take grit and determination, and teamwork too. None of us can succeed on our own. We need to support and learn from each other, and we work best when we work as a team.

Together, we make the biggest difference. 

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