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In response to the growing number of requests from our many not-for-profit partners AfID is now supporting charities and social enterprises with their salaried recruitment needs. After placing over 1000 accountants with more than 500 NGOs across 53 countries, developing a great deal of expertise, we are keen to share this with you and our many partners.

Interim Head of Financial Accounting #388

UK
c. £65,000

Our partner is a leading global not for profit working to positively impact the lives of children and youth around the world. They are seeking an experienced individual to lead the Financial Accounting team. This is a maternity cover.
 

Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the financial accounting and transactional accounting teams (including accounts payable, accounts receivable, intercompany and balance sheet).
  • Lead on the preparation of financial statements for the global entity; this includes preparing the financial statements for the US corporate entity (USGAAP) and consolidated financial statements (IFRS).
  • Lead on the preparation for the annual audit
  • Lead in the provision of technical financial advice, and support the senior leadership in understanding the business financial position of the organisation and in ensuring that financial sustainability is maintained. Act as a fresh set of eyes on reviewing their existing processes, working with the finance transformation team on streamlining and integrating these, to reduce current workload whilst maintaining accuracy. This includes developing and improving procedures manuals, policies and guidance; transforming statutory accounting by integrating the production of all legal entity accounts within one team; and leading on training to country and regional office staff.

 

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level, holding an accounting qualification.
  • Strong demonstrable background in audit and in preparing financial statements, ideally experience working in a similar capacity within an INGO, both within an HQ as well as programme delivery countries.
  • Experience and understanding of working in a complex global entity, with varied staff and resource capabilities across the country offices, and adherence to controls & compliance.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills – able to communicate technical information and requirements to non-finance staff, and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders including senior leadership, auditors, regulatory bodies and the finance and audit committee.

This is an 18 month fixed-term contract. At present, members of the team are being encouraged to be office-based once a week. They are seeking someone able to start as soon as possible to have a handover with the current incumbent before she goes on leave.

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Programmes Accountant #389

UK
£32,000

Our partner is a Christian charity, leading the fight against treatable disease, and offering people the chance to access healthcare and live a life of dignity. They are seeking an experienced programmes accountant to lead on the financial compliance and reporting of their institutional grants.

 

Responsibilities

  • Institutional donor compliance – this includes monitoring the financial management & reporting requirements, ensuring these are understood and adhered to by overseas partners, ensuring timely review of budgets, grants reporting, preparing for grant audits, and managing correspondence with the donors.
  • Working with the programmes team to develop programme budgets, based on a full cost recovery basis, updating these as required.
  • Monitoring cashflow for each project.
  • Undertaking budget vs. actual analysis, and proactively monitoring expenditure to maximise funds.
  • Business partnering with the overseas offices – improving and streamlining processes; supporting them in adhering to best practice in budgeting and monitoring expenditure, financial controls, and donor compliance and reporting; and supporting them with any capacity building support, including software upgrades.
  • Carrying our financial monitoring visits (these are being conducted remotely at the moment), an supporting them in implementing recommendations.

 

Requirements

  • Part qualified or qualified experience with at least 3 years of demonstrable understanding of institutional donor compliance and reporting requirements. The organisation is open to considering candidates with longstanding charity finance backgrounds, or those looking to transition into the sector, as long as they are well-versed with institutional grants management.
  • Excellent management accounting, analysis and reporting skills.
  • Strong IT skills; this includes intermediate/advanced Excel skills
  • Strong and culturally sensitive business partner, able to work with colleagues in the UK, as well as partners overseas. Some of them operate in fragile states, so an understanding of the practicalities of working in this context is essential.
  • Good written and communication skills, able to communicate and negotiate with donors confidently, and to communicate financial information to non-finance staff.
  • Thrives working in a small, close-knit team.
  • Passionate about the work of the organisation, and empathy with the Christian ethos of the organisation.

The organisation is offering hybrid working arrangements; however, it will be essential to spend 3 days in their office in Cambridgeshire.

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Project Accountant #390

Europe
c. €40,000 - €45,000

Our partner is a well-respected advocacy INGO. They are seeking to recruit two Project Accountants to provide financial management support to project managers and the broader programmes teams.
 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare project budgets, monitor expenditure and cashflows, and prepare management accounts, including variance analyses and supporting narrative reports.
  • Grant management, compliance and reporting – preparing financial reports to donors, ensuring that these meet their requirements.
  • Ensure the integrity and operational effectiveness of project accounting procedures, developing, and maintaining these as required.
  • Finance business partner to project teams and partners, helping them understand variances in their budgets and expenditures, identifying material issues and proposing solutions and implementing recommendations in a timely manner.
  • Supporting the broader finance team in any ad hoc analysis, reporting and project work as required

Person Specification

  • Accountant, qualified or QBE, with at least 5 years of experience in accounting, an understanding of accounting & finance principles and management accounting & reporting.
  • Experience of project accounting, grant compliance & management is desirable; an understanding of the grant compliance & reporting requirements of the EU and German government grants is desirable.
  • Strong IT skills, including advanced MSExcel skills.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate financial matters to non-finance staff.
  • Quick learner, organised and flexible, able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Fluent in English, with excellent spoken and reporting writing skills. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Culturally sensitive

This is an excellent opportunity for an accountant looking to get good grounding in project accounting & grant management within a large, complex INGO. This role is open to candidates with the right to work in the EU. For those candidates outside of Germany, some relocation costs, including the cost of obtaining a permit (if required) will be covered.

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Assistant Project Administrator (French speaking) #A100

Development Specialists
UK
£20,000 - £23,000

Our close partner is providing financial services guidance to a number of large institutions around the world, the International Development team works closely with global clients – such as UNICEF, The World Bank and the Gates Foundation

The Assistant Project Administrator has to assist in providing project coordination for the full life cycle of any assignment offered to our clients; from the proposal process, contract management with the client, assignment planning, through to assisting with the report writing, and ultimately billing the client.

Contract Responsibilities

·Assist with proposal and tender submission, including preparing project budgets and schedules, liaising with prospective staff and ensuring all proposals are submitted within the respective deadlines

·Ensure that contracts are as per the issued proposals, that all terms agreed are in best interests of org and support the Managers/Partners in any contract administration required

·Assist with planning the fieldwork of the project, including agreeing dates with the beneficiary, liaising with internal and external staff to ensure they can perform the required service on the agreed dates and that all parties have the necessary information to ensure the project fieldwork runs smoothly

·Assist with  the drawing of contracts

·Monitor and track project progress and on our ‘Control Schedule’ to ensure all stakeholders are kept up to date with any project developments

·Act as the point of contact for all stakeholders (including the client, the beneficiary, internal/external teams and management)

·Assist the manager in any report-writing tasks that may be required & deliver final product to client

·Monitor internal staff working hours & expenses incurred, to ensure project budgets are adhered to

·Check and process external suppliers’ invoices, making sure all days worked and expenses incurred are within the agreed budget, liaising with finance as and when issues arise

·Assist in client billing, ensuring that all bills issued are as per the contractual terms between the firm and the client, that all costs are accounted for, and that bills are paid by the client in a timely manner

·Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation for future use, ensuring that all projects are properly logged and can be used in future proposals/tenders

·General: translate documents, maintain filing system of documentation by client and by assignment, archive files when necessary

Requirements

Essential

·Fluent English in both verbal and written with excellent communication skills

·Second language, French

·Competent using MS Office

·Strong organisational and time management skills with ability to prioritise and multi-task

·Able to meet deadlines

·Good numeracy skills

·Able to work under pressure with accuracy and focus

·Good eye for detail and the ability to follow through tasks

·Able to be a self-starter and work on own initiative

·Able to demonstrate problem solving skills

·Comfortable within a changing and developing environment

·Able to apply relevant skills to new scenarios

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Head of Technical Accounting & Compliance #387

Europe
c. £65,000

Our partner is a leading global not for profit working to positively impact the lives of children and youth around the world. They are seeking a Head of Financial Accounting & Compliance to lead in the provision of accounting, tax and regulatory advice. This is a newly created position.
 

Responsibilities

  • Develop guidance and operational procedures, and training for colleagues especially around understanding and adhering to accounting standards (IFRS & USGAAP).
  • Reviewing potential impacts of new accounting standards/regulations and tax regulations, assess options and risks, recommend solutions to manage these changes and ensure that the accounting system is geared up to accommodate these changes.
  • Work with the legal team to assess individual country tax regulations, ensure that appropriate procedures are created and implemented, and provide technical assistance.
  • Provide technical accounting and tax guidance to the leadership team, working with the accounting, risk and legal teams to offer advice on major corporate issues and provide integrated solutions.
  • Lead on the timely completion of key regulatory and compliance returns, and undertake a technical review of the IFRS and USGAPP financial statements prior to their submission and review by external auditors.

 

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level, holding an accounting qualification
  • Strong demonstrable background in audit, with knowledge of accounting standards (including IFRS & USGAAP), and understanding of compliance and tax regulations with an international/global charity.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing control environments, developing business processes, policies and standards, and risk management.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills – able to communicate technical information and requirements to non-finance staff, and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders including senior leadership, auditors, regulatory bodies and the finance and audit committee.
  • Able to work in a changing and ambiguous environment.

This is a permanent role. They are open to where the individual is based. If the individual is UK-based, they do hope that they will be able to be in the office on a part-time basis; they are quite flexible regarding this requirement.

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Children at Camara Education, Zambia

Financial Accountant #384

UK
£35,000 - £40,000

Our partner, a ground-breaking healthcare organisation, looking to inform & educate communities and influence changes in behaviour to improve health & wellbeing outcomes. They are seeking a Financial Accountant to join their close-knit team in London.
 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate accounting records for the UK office, review the transactions from the overseas offices to ensure that they are coded properly, and input them into the software.
  • Manage the monthly payroll process for both the UK and international offices, prepare VAT returns, and ensure that the accounting software is updated in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that the organisation is legally compliant with requirements in the UK and in the countries it operates.
  • Assist with the banking, including setting up accounts, making payments and reconciling accounts.
  • Support in preparing the consolidated accounts, statutory returns (Companies House & HMRC), and in preparing for the annual audit.
  • Supporting the preparation of donor/funder reports.
  • Finance business partner to the UK & overseas offices, to answer any queries, provide support as required and ensure that controls, policies and procedures are upheld.

Person Specification

  • Accounting professional with at least 3 years of experience in a similar charity finance role, specifically with an understanding of controls & processes in an organisation with multi-country operations, and knowledge and experience of UK taxation, Accounting qualification is desirable.
  • Grants finance knowledge in a donor funded environment is strongly desirably.
  • Strong IT skills, including advanced MSExcel skills and experience using other software.
  • Business partner, with proven experience of successfully working with colleagues in the UK and in overseas offices. Excellent communication and people skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task and prioritise a varied workload.
  • Additional language (Spanish, Portuguese, French) is desirable.

At present, this role is home-based, however from September, the individual will be required to be office-based. This role is only open to candidates with the right to work in the UK. Candidates are being considered on a rolling basis, and so early applications are strongly recommended.

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Programmes Finance Manager #386

UK
c. £45,000

Our partner is a young, but leading and growing human rights organisation with programmes in Asia and Africa. They are seeking an experienced senior grants accountant to act as the interface between the finance and programmes team, responsible for the financial management of grants.
 

Responsibilities

  • Support in the preparation of the annual budget and forecasts, and assist with the preparation of monthly management accounts, including variance analysis and commentary.
  • Undertake due diligence assessments of new partners and financial assessment of new grant proposals from new and existing partners, and lead on partner investigations.
  • Review financial reports from partners, and offer support and capacity building in financial and grants management.
  • Work with the institutional donor team to ensure to monitor grants expenditure and meet grants compliance requirements.

Requirements

  • Experienced grants accountant, educated at least to degree level. An accounting qualification is highly desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of financial and grants management within an international charity. Knowledge of institutional grants, including DfID, EU, US government grants.
  • Experience of working with implementing partners or grantees – undertaking due diligence and supporting with capacity building. Experience of working in a grant making organisation is desirable.
  • Strong management accounting, reporting and analytical skills.
  • Strong IT skills, including advanced MSExcel skills

This is a 6 month contract, with an immediate start preferred. The role is only open to those candidates with the right to work in the UK. The successful individual will be expected to be in the London office 2 days/week.

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Finance Consultant and Fraud Investigator #380 & 381

Africa
£400 + VAT (day rate)

Our partner is an international humanitarian and development organisation. In fragile contexts, they work with local communities and service providers in creating food security, and frontline aid workers in offering healthcare, education, and assuring security and justice. They are seeking urgent support in the Central African Republic, where they have been working in 7 provinces for just under 15 years.
 

They had considerable challenges in their CAR offices, and as a result had to let go of the Country Director and senior management. A combination of the audit & investigative reports, as well as a needs analysis undertaken by the incoming Country Director, offer an indication on the extent of support required. They have a Finance Manager in country, however, is overwhelmed and needs support. They are seeking the support of a Finance Consultant and Fraud Investigator, details below:

Finance Consultant #380

The purpose of this consultancy will be to support in:

  • Reviewing the investigative audit & assessing the control environment, and strengthening the systems and communications between the HQ and satellite offices, and implementing recommendations of the audit;
  • Looking to strengthen processes and controls around cash transactions
  • Looking at the structure of the finance function, reviewing role descriptions and segregation of duties.
  • Strengthen the procurement process to eliminate/minimise risk of fraud
  • Reviewing and updating the finance procedures manual, and training all staff in its use
  • Creating an internal audit function
  • Creating an integrity policy and training staff in its use.

It is anticipated that the consultany will take 6 months, with the possibility of an extension. The individual will largely be based in Bangui, travelling to the satellite offices depending on security. The organisation will cover the cost of travel, accommodation and food in country. They are looking to offer a day rate. 

Fraud Investigator #381

The purpose of this role will be to investigate financial fraud. We are awaiting details of this, but it is likely to be conducted remotely, with perhaps a short trip to the CAR. They will be looking to pay a day rate for this too.

For both roles, they are seeking experienced finance professionals, fluent French speakers, with a background ideally in special investigations (including fraud) and controls/finance systems strengthening, and experience working in a fragile context. They are seeking a quick tournaround on both roles, and therefore early applications are encouraged. 

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Programmes Finance Accountant #375

UK
£38,000 - £42,000

Our partner is a global charitable foundation with programmes spanning across different areas including education, health & nutrition, empowering agricultural communities and establishing sustainable livelihoods.
 

The UK office is responsible for raising funds from institutional donors and governments across Europe, and works with partner organisations around the world to identify, apply for and manage these grants. This role has been newly created to support the Programmes Finance Manager during a period of growth and expansion within the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the Programmes Finance Manager in designing and strengthening financial systems, procedures and controls on grant management and compliance, regularly reviewing and updating these; and training staff as required
  • Monitoring programmatic activity and spend, and maintaining the grants management tracker tool.
  • Preparing financial information for internal reporting, and assisting in the preparation of the programmes finance elements on statutory financial statements
  • Overseeing the financial administration of programmes grants. This includes reviewing concept notes and proposals, preparing donor and other grant agreements, setting up grant codes, and preparing donor reports.
  • Supporting on budget proposal development and refinement for new grant proposals; and ensuring that donor and the foundation rules on accounting, procurement and project implementation are adhered to.
  • Supporting in reviewing and approving due diligence assessments on potential partners, and carrying out monitoring visits and audits of projects.

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with a background in grants audit, or of  grant budget proposal development, compliance, monitoring and reporting; this includes experience of institutional grants including DfID, EU, ECHO, German government, Swedish government, and USAID funding.
  • Excellent numeracy & financial analysis skills
  • Intermediate/advanced knowledge of MSOffice, especially MSExcel
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity.
  • Strong business partnering skills, experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting in a remunerated or paid capacity is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for a grants auditor looking to transition from practice to the charity sector, or for someone working in a UK-focussed charity looking to transition into an international development charity. At present, the role is home-based. Once restrictions list, the role will be based in London. This role is only open to those with the right to work in the UK without requiring sponsorship. 

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Grant Audit Consultant (Mandarin-speaking) #362

International Development Assurance Specialists
UK
Competitive day rate

AfID are seeking experienced auditors with Mandarin language skills for rewarding international assignments (1-3 weeks) undertaking development grant audits for donor institutions such as the UN, across the China region. Individuals must be qualified with experience working in this area. These are freelance opportunities but perment opportunities may be available to those with the right to work in the UK.
 

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Fuel efficient technologies, Maeve, Malawi

International Grant Audit: Manager - Senior Manager #340

International Development Assurance Specialists
UK
£55,000 - £70,000

Highly rewarding leadership role in an organisation respected across the institutional donor community.

This long-established and highly-skilled dept's work includes the audit of grants awarded to various organisations, both private companies, governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations, in various fields including humanitarian aid, civil protection, culture, research, energy etc. Working with the partners and SMT your role wil be to ensure that staff resources are best used to service the diverse portfolio of international clients.

For full specification - click apply or email jobs@afid.org.uk

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be skilled in the following areas; • Substantial grant audit management experience; • Proven skills in managing a portfolio of assignments; • Proven skills in managing staff; • Substantial external commercial auditing experience; and • A keen interest in specialising in the Not For Profit and Grant Auditing sector.

Qualifications ACA or ACCA, or equivalent, qualified.

Language skills Fluent English; ideally written and spoken French or Spanish to intermediate level. Any other European language skills would be considered beneficial.

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UN Grant Auditor #491

UN Grant Assurance Specialists
UK
£47,000 - 55,000

Are you an experienced audit professional seeking a more rewarding career, supporting truly worthwhile causes?

 

Our partner, sector specialists in International Grant Audit are seeking auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of NGOs & donors, such as the UN & The World Bank operating globally (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling post pandemic 25-40% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length in small teams.

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced audit professionals that love diverse travel and supporting inspiring people and worthwhile causes.

Overseas assignments post pandemic could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see, work with lovely people and pick up extremely relevant institutional donor and fieldwork experience; vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector.

Role overview

Yoiu will complete expenditure audits of a extremely diverse range of projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process.

The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UN country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UN, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the end of the fieldwork, you will draft at aide-memoire document and discuss your findings with both the UN and its local partner. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London.

Requirements

Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent (Finalists considered)

Experience, insight &/or exposure to grant funding, reporting or audit. 

Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries

A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

'Ideally' fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin and Arabic.

Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

Team worker

Resilience and adaptability

Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​Personal attributes:

At least two-three years of audit experience

Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills

Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for 30% plus of the time (post pandemic)

Candidates for permanent London based roles must have the right to work in the UK.

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Senior Internal Auditor - International Risk & Advisory #323

International PFM Specialists
UK
£45,000 - £53,000

Fancy something a bit different? There is not much room for boredom if you work in this international assurance team they love what they do and are passionate about how our work improves the life’s of those they audit.

About the Role

The International Assurance Services team are a small but committed team delivering to international governments, donors, public sector bodies, charities and INGOs. They also work closely with our public sector internal audit teams delivering work for the UK Government.

They are looking for qualified internal & external auditors to join their team. Ideally Institute of Internal Auditors qualified, the role involves working with our public-sector clients both in the UK and overseas.

Our work is diverse, so you need to be adaptable, proactive and a self-starter, you could be seconded to a UK government department auditing major change programmes or assigned to audit beneficiary data on a cash transfer programme for the ultra-poor in Zambia; supporting an emerging nations National Audit Office undertake their first forensic assignment or working with the United Nations. Rarely are two weeks the same.

We are looking for adaptable people with a ‘can do’ problem solving attitude. You should be prepared to work away from home occasionally in conflict/post conflict environments or in countries where 5-star comfort comes second to life experiences. Full training will be provided. Ideally, we would like a second language, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic. You will be required to undertake security clearance.

To match our continued growth across Africa we are particularly interested in candidates with experience of / interested in long term overseas posting and those with experience delivering training or mentoring. We are also interested in those who joined internal audit later in their careers where their prior experiences would add real benefits to our clients.

Essential

  • IIA/ACA qualification

Desirable

  • Masters degree
  • 5 years post qualified
  • Experience of central government public sector
  • Fluent in a second language
  • Experience of delivering training or mentoring
  • Experience working in developing economies
  • Experience in the health sector

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Consultant - International Aid Assurance #305

Development Specialists
UK
Competitive

An exciting consulting role within a team focused on assignments in developing nations and emerging markets, working principally for multi-lateral agencies. Projects include public financial management and public sector governance, internal and external audit.
 

At the heart of the team's work is Aid Oversight: improving the ways in which developing country government’s mange aid spending, track, and monitor use of donor funds to ensure that projects are properly delivered. Other areas include anti-corruption, fiduciary risk, and capacity building. 

This role suits someone looking for: progressive responsibility in international development project management; experience in writing high-quality, innovative proposals for agencies such as DFID, the Foreign Office, and the World Bank; and exposure to financial management and internal control reviews

The Consultant will perform a key role in supporting the management of existing projects, including projects in Asia and Africa, and significant travel to these and other locations.

You will also work with us in the identification and development of relevant prospects and technical and financial proposals. Our intention is that you will progress to fully managing several of our projects in terms of budgetary control and financial reporting, recruitment and staffing, client management, strategic oversight, and technical quality assurance, as well as continuing to play an important role in business development and bidding.

Over time, we will support you to develop expertise on the following:
• Project management and oversight;
• Managing complex delivery tasks and project risks;
• Leading technical and financial proposals;
• Understanding local delivery contexts and political economies;

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, innovative, energetic, committed to excellence in all their work, and wants to develop or kick-start a career in international development consulting. You may be a newly qualified accountant or with a number of years’ experience post qualification.

We are looking for someone who is keen to take ownership of projects and will seek to maximise their projects’ impact in every way.

• A degree in a relevant field from an internationally recognised university or alternatively a professional accountancy qualification;
• Outstanding English communication skills, both written and oral (essential) 
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to produce persuasive, succinct inputs to proposals
• Excellent inter-personal skills and team-work;
• Good numerical ability with a focus on financial awareness and ability;
• Ability to research and put together information needed for proposals.

Required Experience
• Experience in either external audit or internal audit/controls;
• Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in the world of international development or consultancy sector;
• Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation, delivery to timelines, and working in complex and pressured contexts 
• Experience of working in developing countries.

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Audit Manager (VFM / Performance Audit) #308

International Development Assurance Specialists
UK
£53,000 - £65,000

The Manager manages and/or leads assignments in the domain of value-for-money (VFM) / performance audit and evaluation - with a particular focus on international organisations such as the UN & DFID & EC

 

The Manager oversees teams made up of Junior Managers, Analysts, Consultants and Audit Seniors, including review of planning, fieldwork and reporting.

Manage and lead VFM / evaluation-related consultancy assignments, either desk-based out of office or at client or beneficiary sites - usually outside the UK (for up to 30% of the time).
Utilise your detailed knowledge of public-sector VFM, performance audit and evaluation issues and techniques, and provide expert guidance to clients and colleagues.
Utilise your detailed understanding of international public sector programme implementation and evaluation, and provide expert guidance in associated technical and policy matters.
Manage the assignment process from the planning stage to presentation of the final report to the Director / Partner.
Review and finalise tailored plans for assignments, based on a sound understanding of the Terms of Reference.
Lead and manage assignment fieldwork teams including external consultants.
Critically review findings made by other team members, including working-level responsibility for quality control and review.
Lead on-site meetings with clients and beneficiaries.
Write reports, and review and improve reports written by others, in line with the client’s and the firm’s expectations and to agreed quality standards. Feedback constructively to others to ensure improvement of their report-writing skills.
Prepare proposals for specific assignments, either stand-alone or within a framework contract, reporting to a Director / Partner.
Identify potential opportunities for obtaining new work from existing clients or assignment subjects. Take action to follow up such opportunities with a Director / Partner.
Develop internal contacts and an awareness of the services offered by other departments in the firm, and alert relevant parties to potential opportunities if appropriate.
Provide on-the-job training, coaching and guidance to more junior team members on an ongoing basis.

Requirements

A post-graduate degree or equivalent in evaluation methods, public policy, social science or other relevant discipline.
Membership of an industry-recognized professional body would be an advantage.
Proven experience and technical expertise in performance / value for money audit and/or policy evaluation.
Demonstrable in-depth and current knowledge of at least two of the following sectors: Health, Education, Ecology, Energy, Employment or Media, including knowledge of issues relating to project/programme management and delivery in these sectors.
Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus, prioritize tasks and meet multiple deadlines in a complex environment.
Ability to act with professionalism, integrity and diplomacy at all times.
Excellent written and spoken English, including a very strong command of grammar, syntax, punctuation and style.
Ability to critically review, edit and polish reports produced by others and give constructive feedback on key reasons for amendments, to help others improve and develop their report-writing skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to present findings and communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
Previous experience of project and team management, and of staff planning, development and supervision.
Proven ability to contribute with your own work to the team’s objectives, to lead your own team, as well as support other team members at all levels (junior, senior and peer) in order to achieve wider departmental and organisational objectives.
A good working knowledge of a second language, especially French, Spanish or German, would be an advantage.
Passionate about international travel and willing to be out of the UK up to 30% of the time.

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Performing Life, Bolivia

Not for Profit - Auditor #303

International NFP Practice
UK
Approx. £46k + Excellent benefits

Our partners are a leading firm of chartered accountants with in-depth expertise in many fields including Not for Profit organisations. The Not for Profit Dept has extensive experience in providing audit and advisory services - committed to working with NfP entities both in the UK and overseas and act for a wide range of clients including registered charities and international donor agencies.

Our clients include a number of well-known organisations in the sector undertaking a wide range of activities from working to protect endangered species to undertaking scientific research to providing grants & support to social entrepreneurs.

The division is led by partners who have extensive first-hand experience in the not for profit sector. This enables us to understand the challenging environment these organisations face, which is heightened by an increasing demand for services with greatly constrained resources. Our people have a passion for the sector. Many of the team have worked directly in the not for profit sector before returning to practice, and everyone shares a passion for delivering strong social outcomes as well as financial sustainability – we describe ourselves as sector people who happen to be in practice.

You will be responsible for the planning, on-site running and completion of a portfolio of audit assignments to a range of clients in the not for profit sector. This will include providing on-the-job training to more junior members of the team. The team is also one of the largest providers of international grant verification audit work, through which we work with some of the largest internationally-recognised charities and humanitarian organisations. The role will provide the opportunity for involvement in these which can include global travel opportunities.

Specific responsibilities 

• Attend the pre-assignment discussions with the audit team. • Complete the planning sections of the audit file and draft the Audit Planning Report. • Input into our audit risk assessment, test design and budgeting procedures. • Take ownership for the completion of the audit testing across the file to a high quality. • Allocate work appropriately to junior members of the audit team. • Provide coaching to junior members of the team, review their work and provide feedback. • Ensure that the work undertaken on site is in accordance with the approved plan and time budget. • Communicate effectively, pro-actively advising the manager of any issues or developments that may impact on the timeline or result in adjustments being raised. • Develop an effective working relationship with key client contacts, which could be at FC / FD level. • Respond to all client queries and concerns in an efficient and professional manner, often dealing directly with senior management. • Suggest practical solutions to any issues or problems arising. • Maintain a complete log of outstanding issues and queries. • Clear any manager and partner review points raised, and follow up any outstanding queries. • Provide sound advice to clients and demonstrate knowledge of business issues. After the completion of the on-site audit visit, the senior will be expected to: • Assist with the drafting of the Audit Findings Report issued to the client, in particular regards to control issues and recommendations identified during the audit visit. • Assist with the completion and close-down of the audit file.

Person Specification Skills and Qualifications • A passion for the Not for Profit sector and in developing wider knowledge of the issues affecting our clients. • Accountancy training - audit based. • ACCA or ACA, or equivalent, qualified. • Proven skills in external audit. • Proven skills in audit planning, fieldwork and file completion. • Proven skills in supervising and managing staff. • Enthusiasm to assist with departmental responsibilities beyond the audits, for example business development activities or training of juniors.

Travel opportunities

Geographical location of clients typically London with some work for the European based Donor institutions - so there is scope to travel internationally, the extent to which is largely dependent on the individual. 

 

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Aid & Development Grant Auditor - Turkish OR German speaker #346

International Practice (Freelance)
UK
€330 - 500 per day.
These unique and rewarding freelance audit opportunities would suit experienced multilingual qualified audit professionals that are flexible, love diverse travel experiences, meeting inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes.
AfID is recruiting on behalf of a leading specialist in assurance services for international institutional donors such as the EC, UN, World Bank, DFID . These unique and rewarding audit assignments would suit experienced qualified audit professionals with grant audit experience that love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. 

Role overview

Complete international grant expenditure &/or VFM audits for an extremely diverse range of projects (grant recipients) funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the developing world. These are offered on an assignment by assignment basis, one to two months in advance. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on the European mainland but must be able to work in the EU. 

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • Grant management and audit and reporting experience with international institutions

  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries

  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

  • Fluency in a second language German or Turkish

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 8-10 years of audit experience

  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills

  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations

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Looking to develop a career in International Development?

The AfID Workshop is a good first step..
UK
One Moorgate, London

A practical insight for accountants looking to volunteer or work in international development. A fun, informative and interactive day designed both for accountants looking to volunteer overseas and those considering a career move into the sector. 

 
It’s a great way to learn about development, the varied roles for finance professionals, our assignments and the needs our many non-profit partners. The day is very relaxed and carefully designed to provide detailed insight into the different challenges, stakeholders and environments you will encounter; mixing real case studies and volunteer feedback with John and Neil's wealth of experience.

Career Changers

If you are thinking of a career change understanding the context of the accountant's role and effective ways of partnering with diverse stakeholders is essential; the insight you will gain from workshop will strengthen your candidacy and hopefully give you the edge you need to stand out in a popular sector. On our Career Changers page we feature true stories from accountants who have forged new and rewarding careers in the charity sector after volunteering.

Each workshop is delivered by John Cammack, a very experienced independent consultant in the non-profit sector. John is a qualified CIPFA accountant, consultant and university lecturer. John has been involved with international development work for over 30 years, previously as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and then Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. Neil Jennings, the founder of Accounting for International Development, will also be in attendance to answer any volunteering or AfID partner related questions.

The workshop runs from 8.30am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.15am-8.30am) and is followed by a Past Volunteer presentation and Q&A 5.00pm - 5.30pm. For more click https://www.afid.org.uk/workshops

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+44 (0) 208 741 7000
info@afid.org.uk