Business Management Consultant

Terms of Reference

RoleBusiness Management Consultant
LocationEast Africa or Asia
This is a home-based consultancy with possible national and international travel
Period of associationSeptember 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017
(Initial 3-month trial period in effect, possibility of extension)
Time commitmentFull time equivalent, according to an agreed-upon work plan.
Reports toManaging Director
Others reporting to this consultantNone at this time.
Equipment and desk expensesAll Value for Women consultants are expected to provide, and are responsible for their own laptops and cell phone equipment; as well as regular expenses required to do their work from home.


Who we are

Value for Women (VFW) is a UK-based, global social enterprise that brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, business experts and gender specialists to provide research and capacity-building that supports gender equity, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the SME/SGB sector, in business models, value chains and business operations.

Value for Women creates research, tools and training so that more women can participate in equal conditions in enterprises and value chains. We believe women are key drivers of economic and social growth. We identify and test new solutions for women’s empowerment and gender and social inclusion within income generating activities.

Value for Women has worked in over 25 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Our partners include development finance institutions, foundations, commercial banks, impact investors and INGOs. Our team operates out of London, Canada, United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Kenya, Argentina and India. Check out v4w.org, @Valueforwomen


Business Management Consultant Role and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Accounting, payments and financial management
    • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
    • Financial analysis in such areas as forecasting, budgeting, and reviewing operational performance
    • Prepare accurate bank reconciliations and deposits
    • Prepare and complete payments to suppliers regularly
    • Prepare invoices and financial statements
    • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
    • Assist with financial reports as required (Value for Women internal, for the Board, and for projects or clients)
    • Maintain banking relationships, lead on account management and usage of company credit cards
    • Compile key business metrics and report on them to management regularly
    • Review taxation reports, and ensure compliance to UK tax laws, and others as applicable
    • Ensure budgetary and financial compliance with client and donor contracts as appropriate
    • Anticipate additional Business Management needs of the rapidly growing company and bring to attention of management. Innovate on systems, current policies, practices as appropriate
    • Manage financial policies documents and their evolution/adaptation to organisational best practices
  2. Budget management
    • Manage and regularly prepare updates to the corporate budget
    • Maintain updated project budgets and share with project leads and management regularly
    • Adjust coding and reporting as per each project guideline, as needed
    • Report to management on variances from the established budget, and the reasons for those variances
    • Assist with the preparation of budgets for business development (proposals, applications, etc)
  3. Information and Technology
    • Evaluate the need for new technology to meet the organization's financial data processing, control, and reporting requirements
    • Advise on appropriate technology that meets the organization's information requirements and financial resources
    • Design and manage organizational CRM platform
    • Lead on project management systems maintenance and support (Zoho)
    • Lead on company information management (filing, coding, making accessible to team on various topics related to the content of our work), according to established procedures
  4. (Virtual) Office Administration
    • Oversee the management of contracts and other financial commitments
    • Monitor and update all legislation relevant to the organization, including operations and policy documents
    • Coordination of volunteers and pro bono experts
    • Facilitate travel, meeting and other logistical arrangements for staff
    • Active participation in internal organizational meetings, activities and processes (ongoing). This will include efficient planning and delivery on agreed upon monthly work plans each week, as well as weekly and monthly regular calls with entire global team

Qualifications and competencies:

Ideal candidates will have a combination of the following experience and qualifications:

  • University education in administration, finance, or accounting. Chartered Accountant, Certified General Accountant, or Certified Management Accountant designation is an asset.
  • 5+ years of progressive financial responsibility
  • Proficiency in the use of software for accounting, databases and spreadsheets
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the non-profit or social enterprise sector
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, in English (other languages an asset)
  • Awareness of gender and social inclusion is an asset

Ideal candidates will have the following competencies:

  • Ability to stay organized and motivated working as part of a remote international team
  • Attention to detail and a team player
  • Ability to make informed decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work
  • Use of project management tools
  • Uphold the principles of trust, equality of opportunities, transparency and collaboration
  • Engage with and grow existing and potential partner relations, and participate in capacity development and leadership building activities
  • Positive attitude and optimism about the role of small and growing businesses in generating positive social impact

A work plan will be developed within the first 3 days of every month, and agreed with Manager, and will focus on key deliverables. The associate will use project management systems (i.e., Zoho or other) to track progress each month on work plans and to report monthly progress.

The consultant will cover all costs incurred related to this role, such as computer, tablet, telephone and other regular office expenses. Previously agreed travel to carry out assignments, as well as any additional expenses agreed upon will be covered by Value for Women. The consultant is expected to contribute to any relevant taxes as per national law in their country of residence.A work plan will be developed within the first 3 days of every month, and agreed with Manager, and will focus on key deliverables. The associate will use project management systems (i.e., Zoho or other) to track progress each month on work plans and to report monthly progress. The consultant will cover all costs incurred related to this role, such as computer, tablet, telephone and other regular office expenses. Previously agreed travel to carry out assignments, as well as any additional expenses agreed upon will be covered by Value for Women. The consultant is expected to contribute to any relevant taxes as per national law in their country of residence, as a self-employed individual.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CVs will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right person is found.

In addition to your CV, please send a cover letter outlining the following:

  1. Why you are interested in working with Value for Women.
  2. What motivates you to work with an organisation focusing on gender and business.
  3. Which skills and expertise you bring to this role.
  4. What you would like to learn in this role.
  5. Your gross monthly rate expectation for remuneration.


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