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Assistant Regional Controller

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Fundraising, Admin, IT
Town/City This position is based in the Temperate Asia* or Greater Mekong** Regions
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Wildlife Conservation Society
Contact Name Recruitment - Global
Telephone 718-220-5886
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Directory Entry : The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe.
Also Listing:

*Temperate Asia Region is Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Russia, Bangladesh

**Greater Mekong Region is Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Organization Background:


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Position Summary:

The main purpose of this role is to support the Regional Controller to ensure the financial integrity of the Temperate Asia and Greater Mekong regions and to be the lead on financial compliance, policy and procedures for WCS. The role assists the Regional Controller in the audit and compliance function, as well as building the capacity of the country finance teams by providing appropriate financial management training where necessary. S/he also provides financial assessment and reports for management in the region and headquarters.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Finance: Responsible for key financial management accountabilities in the region.  For example: 

-          Review of country office balance sheet activity, e.g. bank account reconciliations, grants receivables, severance payable, field advances, etc.

-          Review with country office the timely collection and reporting of receivables, grant, project and travel activities.

-          Serve as the back up to a country program when there is a vacancy at the country offices lead financial position.

-          Review with country offices exchange gain/loss effects on balance sheet accounts, revenue and expenses.

-          Review and advise on cash flow management.

-          Review the country offices finance and administration structure with respect to size, competence, and internal controls.

  • Audit and Compliance: assist the Regional Controller to perform an annual operational audit of each office assigned to the position. Provide a written report to the relevant Country Director, Regional Director and Regional Business Manager on the results along with a recommended plan for improvements, where applicable. The audit should review compliance at the country and regional level with:

-          Internal and external financial policies/procedures

-          Local HR policies and statutory requirements

-          Insurance coverage

-          Internal and external Purchasing policies

-          Flight Operations Compliance (where applicable), both for owned and chartered aircraft/drones.

-          Grant Compliance both financial and operational

-          Review the completeness and timely updating of the institutional budget.

  • Capacity building: Motivate, coach and develop country finance teams, For example:

-          This role will be integral in assisting the local offices in the recruitment and annual reviews for financial staff in the country offices within the region.

-          Training field staff on WCS financial policies and procedures, SAP functionality, troubleshooting issues related to ECC, and Citrix etc.

-          Balancing gaps in related functions within the region and country offices, including providing coverage as needed for Country Finance Managers, Grant reporting, Budget support, Proposal support

  • Perform other duties as determined by the Regional Controller.

Minimal Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related area. 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, CPA or equivalent preferred 
  • SAP experience is highly preferred 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and technical accounting skills 
  • Experience in consolidation accounting, external reporting skills, process/control documentation 
  • Advanced experience with the Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and collaboratively; ability to work with others within the department and company; must be able to interact effectively with the leadership team 
  • Troubleshooting skills and must be an objective, fact-based decision-maker 
  • Can make recommendations for business process improvements to further support the Finance & Business Solutions Team 
  • Can handle multiple tasks with different (tight) deadlines and stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and interpersonal) & strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills 

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by sending an application letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references at the soonest possible time through one of the following links:


WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations.


Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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