Package: Initial One Year contract with option to extend, £50,000 pa (tax free)

Vacancy Notice - Chief Finance Officer

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Salary of £50,000 per annum (tax free)

Additional benefits package which includes free housing, travel and medical cover including on-island treatment and evacuation to Cape Town

About the role

We're looking for a CIMA-qualified accountant (or other approved body) to lead and support on strategic financial management on the island of Tristan da Cunha (TdC), and build resilience and sustainability into the island's economic future. As the financial lead for the government of a UK Overseas Territory, this position requires a background in public sector management accounting or financial accounting environment.

What you'll do

The postholder will be a key player in setting direction in management and development of government finance and the island economy. You'll support the Finance Department and help implement strategic initiatives and reforms and take responsibility for all the TdC Government's statutory accounts. You'll be responsible for leading and managing major procurements and implementing continuous improvement of financial systems across Tristan da Cunha Government.

What you'll bring

As a CIMA qualified practitioner, ideally with several years' experience in a public sector management accounting or financial accounting role, you'll be someone who is highly motivated, knowledgeable, adaptable and resilient. You'll share your skills in supporting and mentoring staff and establish successful working relationships with a range of Government, International and local stakeholders.

What we offer

In addition to an annual salary of £50,000 (tax free), the role attracts an accompanied status, initial one-year contract with option to extend and the following benefits:

  • an attractive benefits package which includes free housing; travel and medical cover including on-island treatment and evacuation to Cape Town
  • an incredible environment to live and work in
  • return flights and passage costs to and from the island

The appointment will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory employment references
  • Enhanced Criminal Records Check
  • Satisfactory Medical and Dental Clearance

What's it like to work on Tristan da Cunha?

Tristan da Cunha is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom (UKOT). It is the world's remotest inhabited island with a population of around 250 people, and lies 1500 miles west of Cape Town. The island has no airport and is only accessible by ship from Cape Town nine times a year. Opportunities to work in this unique environment and community are rare, and this particular role will offer the chance to develop a range of skills. To thrive here in this high-profile role, you must be resilient, adaptable and able to live and work in an incredibly small community with limited availability of perishable food, non-food items and internet connectivity.

Closing date: 28th July 2023

Interviews: By Microsoft Teams or Zoom in mid-late August 2023

Required start date: December 2023 or January 2024 (depending on the shipping schedule)

For more information on how you can help with Tristan da Cunha's future success and sustainability, please click on the link below for a full job description.

If you have any queries about the role, email

How to Apply:

If you would like to be considered for this key position starting December 2023 or January 2024 at the latest, please send a copy of your CV and a letter of application clearly detailing your suitability for the post and how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria to Jean Caldwell, Project Manager to the following email address:

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 28th July 2023.

Applications from individuals expressing an interest in being seconded from the public sector to the post will also be considered.

Supporting Documents for Chief Finance Officer

CFO Job Description & Personnel Spec