Finance Portfolio Manager



Finance Portfolio Manager


Canada, Ottawa preferred, remote/hybrid


Director of Finance




MGT 1 (81,000-95,000 CAD)


Until filled


Fluency in both English and French is required

Are you an experienced Finance Manager? WUSC is currently looking for a Finance Portfolio Manager to supervise a team of financial analysts who support the delivery of international development projects.


WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.


The Finance Portfolio Manager is a supervisory position within the finance team that requires the incumbent to both directly manage their assigned projects/programs and supervise financial staff assigned to a given portfolio of projects. The Finance Manager is expected to strengthen leadership and management within the finance team, and to achieve better efficiency, effectiveness, accuracy, financial control and compliance of all finance and accounting activities associated with WUSC programs.

Financial Management:

  • Reviews and supports financial analysts in the preparation of financial analysis and donor financial reporting
  • Develops and produces internal financial management reports and supports country teams in the production of local financial reports
  • In conjunctions with project financial analysts and country finance staff develops project budgets and forecasts
  • Ensures strong financial management of overseas projects with international and local partners
  • Develops, implements and maintains up-to-date financial controls, procedures and tools for WUSC and its partners
  • Supports financial analysts in month-end and year-end closings, account reconciliations, exchange rate calculations, preparation of month-end journal entries, and maintaining the chart of accounts for projects
  • Ensures implementation of necessary financial controls and due diligence (review of periodical reports, monitoring visits and internal audits) and suggest improvements if needed
  • Communicates with donors on issues related to the financial management of projects
  • Supports and guides the set-up of projects in financial systems.
  • Assist in developing and reviewing of consultants and partners contracts
  • Design and develop financial reports and reporting tools and templates
  • Support donor audits and compliance activities
  • Assists in the development and implementation of standardized, integrated financial management systems, policies, procedures and internal controls for financial operations, including on-site or off-site office set-up for new country offices, closing projects and country offices and development and delivery of financial training sessions

Team Management:

  • Supervises a team of financial analysts by determining priorities, assigning work tasks, coordinating processes, providing advice, direction and coaching, ensuring quality of deliverables, and managing performance
  • Provides ongoing financial advice and support to Program Managers concerning the conduct of financial management reviews, the revision of financial reports, the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, and the conduct of internal audits
  • Supports and advises the programs team and country teams in the financial oversight of projects including budgeting, financial reporting, analysis and cash flow management
  • Provides training and guidance to country finance in terms of accounting, preparation of their country/project budgets, donor requirements, and allocation of expenditures etc.

Work environment

  • Promote and maintain an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, and fosters trust, respect and safety.
  • Create a working environment is free from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH)
  • Ensure high standards of prevention and response measures for SEAH are in place consistent with the WUSC’s safeguarding policies and WUSC’s Code of Conduct.
  • Other duties as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; Master’s degree an asset.
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA) or equivalent education and experience is required.

Experience & Competencies

  • Minimum seven years of progressive experience, with at least two years in a supervisory position;
  • Experience in project administration (preferably international development projects) is preferred;
  • Negotiating skills and ability to deal at senior levels with bank officials, auditors, funding agencies and contract partners is essential;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • In-depth knowledge of not-for-profit accounting and regulations governing charities and government funded organizations;
  • In-depth knowledge of ERP and accounting software (Microsoft Dynamics GP, SAGE50 an asset) and reporting tools (Management Reporter, MS Cubes, SSRS and asset)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Curious, enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.


Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and rewarding. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility.

WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

Here’s some of what you can expect working with us in Canada:

  • 35-hour workweek, ability to work flexible hours
  • Remote-friendly workplace, with free access to our Ottawa office
  • 4 weeks annual leave, plus the week between Christmas and New Year
  • Paid sick days (10) and special leave days (5)
  • Extensive health and dental coverage for you and your dependents, 100% covered by us
  • Group RRSP contributions, from day 1
  • 300$ reimbursement for home office equipment
  • Parental leave top-up
  • Being part of a friendly, caring and enthusiastic team!


WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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