Room to Read India
Manager- Accounting and Finance
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Jul 01 2021




Position:      Manager- Accounting and Finance

Location:      New Delhi

Start Date:      2- June- 2021


End Date:        1-July-2021



Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently have programs in 9 states- Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Our Literacy Program has been implemented in 15642 government schools, training 25,741 teachers trained in library management and reading activities. Over the same period our Girls’ Education & Gender Equality Program has benefitted over 62,457 girls.


Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. With its, global headquarters in San Fransisco, Room to Read has benefited 18 million children across over 30,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. Room to Read India has received several awards and recognition over the years including recognition as one of the top ten NGOs to work for during the past six years by the Great Places to Work Institute., and Zambia.


Position Overview:


The Manager- Accounting and Finance will be based at India Country Office and will report to the Finance Director. Finance Officer and Senior Accounting Associates will report to the Manager- Accounting and Finance. S/he will be responsible for the core accounting functions. Additionally, M-FA will be required to make significant contributions in the areas of budgeting process, developing local fund-raising processes and capacity building of CO and SO finance team.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Finance Director to formulate, implement and track financial budgets and forecasts, ensuring alignment with programmatic strategies. Also lead the periodic budget revisions.

  • Coordinate with Program and Operations team to flag concern areas and enable close to 100% budget spending.

  • Lead the Payroll Process.

  • Lead the cash forecasting Process.

  • Develop SOPs and revise internal policies, as applicable, in the areas of Core Accounting and Local Fund Management.

  • Guide Finance Officer in developing robust systems to ensure efficient management of local funds.

  • Guide the Finance Officer in formulation of budget proposals and preparation of Donor reports in timely manner.

  • Manage various audits- Statutory Audit, Donor Audits, FCRA Audit and any other special audit, if any.

  • Periodic review of financial and other systems both at Country & Field Offices.

  • Mentor and develop the capacities of accounting team through delegation and review of work.

  • Provide constant feedback and develop empowered accounting team. Build flexibility by introducing rotation of work.

  • Keep abreast of latest applicable legislations and manage all such legal compliances and regulations- FCRA, Income Tax, PF, Gratuity and other labour laws. 

  • Work with Tax consultant to manage Income Tax assessments.

  • Assist Finance Director in performing Trust Board responsibilities.

  • Facilitate the due diligence carried out by various donors.

  • Focus on timelines and quality of deliverables.

  • Manage investments, balancing risk, return and liquidity.

  • Ensure that the INCO has adequate internal financial controls and establish additional controls as necessary.

Qualification & Experience

  • Qualified Postgraduate (Finance/ Commerce) degree, with at least 10 years of relevant, professional experience

  • 5 years’ experience in accounting and finance in an international NGO environment

  • In depth knowledge of financial and accounting systems, financial reporting as per local legal compliances

  • Exhaustive knowledge of legal landscape appliable to NGOs.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications specially Excel.

  • Fluency in Written and spoken English

  • Training/capacity building and management skills and experience

  • Results oriented; commitment to quality and efficiency

  • Willing and able to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment

  • Flexible attitude towards changing priorities and ability to multi-task

  • Strong initiative and leadership skills

  • Team player

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills

To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic non-profit organization

  • Be an innovative and creative thinker- not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so

  • Have a solution oriented approach

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction

  • Work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Room to Read has zero tolerance when it comes to child abuse and exploitation and believes that all children have equal rights to protection. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to the child protection policy, code of conduct and standards and will undergo rigorous reference and background check through third party. Background check will include the verification of employment history and criminal check. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include thirteenth month bonus, health insurance and a retirement plan. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries on literacy and gender equality in education.


Application Procedure:


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Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Room to Read. Regret the inconvenience. Room to Read is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We always encourage women to apply.