Finance Consultant (Pro Bono)
ABOUT SILVERLEAF ACADEMY
Silverleaf believes that quality education should be accessible to every child. We know education levels the playing field. We are Tanzania's first chain of affordable pre-primary and primary schools, educating children aged 3-14. Our mission is to provide lower-middle income urban families with the highest quality education possible at the most affordable price. Silverleaf schools deploy a tablet-based curriculum inside every classroom,and adopt an innovative team teaching and in-service training approach.
Our schools are designed to combat widespread student under performance typically seen within highly resource constrained Tanzanian schools. It is our promise to our students and their parents that Silverleaf students will not leave without full mastery of the basic skills of writing, reading and counting, whilst also being prepared for a world where critical thinking, team collaboration, and entrepreneurship are paramount.
Silverleaf currently has 2 fully operational Academies with over 300+ students between them. Silverleaf aims at operating 50+ schools in the next decade that will support over 40,000 students across Tanzania.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Position: Finance Consultant (pro bono)
Reporting to: Finance Manager (direct)
Location: In person, Arusha, Tanzania or Zanzibar
Contract: Full-time, Unpaid, Volunteer position
Term: 3 - 6 months
SUMMARY OF POSITION
Silverleaf Academy is looking for a Finance Consultant who will work closely with the Finance Manager and the CEO. The purpose of this Consultancy is to build knowledge and capacities of the finance department, as well as contribute to the strategic design of the business model. As Silverleaf is looking to expand in the future, financial processes and procedures have to be developed and improved to support future growth. Depending on the length of the placement, the consultant will also work with other department managers to improve processes in line with his or her experience. Furthermore, Silverleaf would like to develop different subsidiaries along the educational value chain to compliment the continued growth of the enterprise, as such the consultant will support in the feasibility studies, business modelling and financial modelling of such additional entities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Depending on the length of the placement, the consultant will focus on the following topics.
Work closely with the finance manager, finance team and CEO to:
Develop, improve and implement financial processes by making smart use of technology;
Improve the monthly finance reporting, analysis and management meetings;
Streamline financial processes of managing budgets and finding efficiencies within existing systems
Prepare multi-year forecasts depending on different expansion scenarios;
Further refine and analyse unit economics of various school models and products within a school eg boarding packages, transport packages etc;
Prepare different analysis depending on (potential) investor needs;
Engage with funders and investors on understanding strategic financial model and projections;
Work closely with the department managers to:
Improve company processes, this applies to marketing, operations, HR, technology or education, depending on your experience;
Work on financial capacity building;
Mentor and train Finance manager and hold regular PD for rest of finance team (2 people)
Degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics, accounting certification;
+2 years of accounting experience, preferably in an international environment;
Experience with bookkeeping software, knowledge of Quickbooks is a plus;
Affinity with technology, including Google Suite, Slack, Advanced Excel, Asana;
Experience or willingness to work in an often changing, start-up environment.
Preference given to professionals with work experience in an international setting/team