Chief Financial Officer at Village Health Works

Kigutu, Burundi




Village Health Works (VHW) is a 501(c)(3) corporation. It is a social justice organization founded on

the belief that global health equity is not a commodity but a right. Currently we are operating in

Burundi, East Africa, with offices in New York and Burundi. Founded in 2006, VHW’s mission is to

sustainably end extreme, multigenerational poverty in a way that uplifts and engages communities

with dignity and in their own context.

Our core values are as follows:

● Every member of VHW’s team must value the dignity inherent in each individual, aspire to

excellence in all we do, proceed with boldness and perseverance.

● Compassion and justice must be at the heart of our organization.

● To accomplish the mission of our organization we must be accountable to each other and to

our community.

VHW was founded in partnership with the community we serve. We believe that the lack of access to

quality healthcare and education based on critical thinking is the biggest threat to development and

world peace. The organization uses a holistic model (see our Strategic Plan) to strengthen

communities by removing barriers to human dignity and restoring hope, focusing first on treating and

preventing illness through primary health care services. We have integrated into and alongside our

healthcare programs education, food security program, music, arts and culture, and economic

development programs working closely with a strong community engagement program. VHW has

built an extensive campus in Kigutu (99 km from the City of Bujumbura) that is nestled amongst lush

mountains and overlooks beautiful Lake Tanganyika. With over 500 full-time and part-time

employees in Burundi, as well as a small team in the United States, VHW delivers a wide array of

programs in a catchment area of 200,000 people within the southern provinces of Burundi.

VHW has invested in two new initiatives that will extend its impact across Burundi and serve as a

model for the country and region. VHW has completed construction of the Kigutu Hospital and

Women’s Health Pavilion, an 85,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art teaching hospital with surgical capacity,

opening in June of 2023. Additionally, VHW has established the Kigutu International Academy, a

grade 9-12 boarding school to equip young minds with an education based on critical thinking to

prepare them to become the leaders we wish their country and the continent to have.

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Position Summary

VHW is recruiting a talented finance professional to oversee all financial operations and management

as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the organization. The CFO will work as part of a team with

the leadership group, manage relationships with the board to ensure transparency for the fiduciary

responsibility held by the board, and lead the finance team both in New York and Kigutu. The CFO

will also ensure that organizational risk is assessed by ensuring the right compliance around internal

controls is being followed. The CFO will support the overall organization’s strategy while conforming

with applicable policies, requirements, and regulations.



● Provides overall leadership of finance and accounting operations, including, but not limited to:

revenue, expenses and payables, budgets, external and management reporting, analysis and


● Plans, organizes and oversees the annual Financial Statement Audit, Federal tax filings

● Reviews management reporting, including financial statements and variance analysis

● Assists in preparing Board and Board Committee materials

● Supports the annual budgeting and planning process

● Ensures effective cash forecasting and management while collaborating with the leadership

team to ensure strategic goals are being met in a sustainable way

● Develops strong working relationship across the organization to better understand business

needs, and to provide finance support

● Monitors and analyzes expenses, connecting them to program operating metrics to ensure

funds are used effectively and efficiently

Organization Process Improvement

● Leads process improvement efforts; demonstrates a continuous improvement mindset by

proactively identifying, recommending, and implementing solutions

● Develops, revises, and maintains financial policies, procedures, internal controls and

accounting standards; ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles


● Manages and leads team through the migration to an Enterprise Financial Systems (system

selected Odoo); ensures process workflows are properly tested and reflected in the system

Team Leadership

● Actively leads, motivates, develops and provides support to team members

● Builds and maintains a learning and professional growth culture that strongly values

collaboration and inclusion


● Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Accounting, Finance or a related field

● CPA Strongly Encouraged, MBA or related Advanced Degree a plus

● 10+ years’ experience in an accounting/audit role, including leadership positions; nonprofit

experience a plus

● Proven leadership skills - demonstrated ability to hire, retain, and develop strong inclusive


● Understanding of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); experience with

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) a plus

● Data and Technology Savvy: able to evaluate new ways to leverage technology to improve

processes, and to leverage and model data to inform decision making

● Experience leading a business process transformation effort

● Experience working with an international office(s) a plus

● Is someone who takes ownership, is detailed oriented, a hard worker, and compassionate

Salary and Benefits

Salary range: $130,000 to $160,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits include 401(k) Plan and company-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to immediately submit a CV and a thoughtful cover letter

outlining why this position is of interest, exactly how your experience matches the qualifications

stated and what you believe differentiates you from other candidates. Submissions should be sent to: ( Please include “Chief Financial

Officer” in the subject line of your email.

Village Health Works considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, color,

religion, gender, age, national origin, disability,