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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.

Head of Financial Accounting #291

Global INGO
UK
c. £60,000 - £65,000

Our partner is a well-known and respected global INGO. They are seeking an experienced, senior member of the finance team to lead the financial year-end and external audit processes and oversee the monthly balance sheet controls and reporting.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial year-end financial accounting close process, and in the preparation for year-end financial reporting for the UK, country and regional offices.
  • Lead on key risk areas, identifying potential weaknesses, making recommendations and developing plans to address these before year-end.
  • Lead on the annual statutory audit process, including agreeing on the audit scope, reviewing the audit findings and management responses, and following up on agreed action plans.
  • Ensure that there is an appropriate control framework across all offices, responsible for driving improvements in efficiency, and in updating the country office Finance Manuals.
  • Lead on monthly global balance sheet reporting.
  • Lead on financial accounting services to the UK office.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience of operating in a complex, global organisation. Strong technical skills and knowledge of UK SORP and UK/International GAPP and legal requirements, UK VAT, PAYE and other tax issues.
  • Experience of leading year-end and external audit processes.
  • Proven ability of managing a cross-cultural team – remotely and in-person
  • Excellent business partnering and negotiating skills, the ability to influence and liaise and work with a wide range of colleagues and other internal and external stakeholders. 

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Project Accountant #294

UN Agency
UK
c. £42,000 - £44,000

Our partner is a UN agency working on a range of human rights issues. They are seeking a project accountant, to support them in providing financial oversight, guidance, monitoring and reporting for projects funded by institutional donors, specifically DfID and the EU.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with programmes managers to review and monitor programmes finance, ensuring expenses are properly accounted for.
  • Responsible for grant compliance & reporting, including ensuring integrity of supporting documentation, monitoring the system for accuracy of records, responding to donor & audit queries, and undertaking grants close-outs as required.
  • Carrying out month-end closures

Person Specification

  • University degree in accounting, business or finance, with 5 years of experience in an accounting/finance role; part-qualified and qualified candidates considered.
  • Experienced in project accounting and grants compliance, monitoring and reporting (specifically DfID & EU), within an INGO.
  • Business partner with strong communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Able to demonstrate the UN Agency’s values of inclusion, integrity and professionalism
  • Excellent command of the English language; French and/or Spanish desirable. 

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Treasury Consultant #293

Food Security & Environmental Agency
Africa
Day rate of £300-£400

Our partner works to address global environmental challenges, and enhance food and water security. They are seeking a consultant to review and support them in strengthening their treasury management. The scope of this consultancy is very wide and ranges from policy to very operational matters; the Director of Finance is open to considering this as one complete piece of work, or two separate pieces (one focussing on the policy, and the other on operations).

 

Scope of Work

  • Review and undertake a risk assessment of the treasury function, identifying an initial set of areas for improvement/clarification and key mitigating actions that should exist within the organisation.
  • Review banking arrangements in country offices, confirming existing banking arrangements, review how credit cards are managed, and drafting a document that can be used to select new banks in country offices.
  • Working with country managers to understand current challenges of transferring funds, and identify the time taken for reach country offices under the current system.
  • Develop a new systems for transferring funds, including, drafting guidelines on which payments are made by the HQ and country offices, and training country accountants.
  • Review petty cash management and how payments in cash are made.

 

Person Specification

  • Degree in accountancy, commerce or business administration with 5 years of experience working in a treasury function in an international organisation. Experience of this within an INGO, working in challenging environments.
  • Effective team player, able to build relationships and communicate well with internal stakeholders, in person and remotely.
  • Culturally sensitive, experience of training/coaching staff.
  • Experienced MsExcel user; additionally, experience in using an ERP and project management system.

 

Day rate of £300-£400 depending on experience.

The client will additionally cover the cost of flights, accommodation, visa and in-country travel.

Immediate starts preferred.

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Country Finance Manager #292

Humanitarian INGO
Asia
c. £37,000

Our partner, a humanitarian organisation, working to offer safety to communities affected by conflict, and offering them the opportunity to rebuild their lives. They are seeking a Country Finance Manager to oversee their programme in Iraq; this is one of their largest country programmes.

 

In addition to strong technical accounting, finance and grants management experience, the successful candidate will have excellent communication and business partnering skills, and demonstrate the ability to influence and negotiate with tact.

Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the accounting & finance function, including the day-to-day accounting processes, month-end processes, management accounting and analysis, and reporting, ensuring that these are statutorily, regulatory and tax compliant.
  • Review and developing the control environment, implementing tools as appropriate.
  • Financial management, including managing the cash position and cashflow requirements, oversight of annual budget preparation, forecasts and re-forecasts, and treasury (managing exchange rate fluctuations).
  • Working with the SMT to monitor the performance of projects, and analysing, forecasting and reporting on the inputs, linking these to deliverables.
  • Oversight of the delivery of partner contracts, ensuring that they comply with the organisation’s contractual obligations.
  • Oversight of annual audit and donor audits

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant, with experience working in an INGO, preferably within a complex or humanitarian context.
  • Excellent technical accounting & financial management skills, with a developed understanding of risk management and cash management in complex environments.
  • Experience in creating and managing budgets for projects, and producing high quality reports for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and business partnering skills
  • Experience working in a developing context (minimum 2 years).

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Project Accountant #290

INGO
Europe
c. €40,000 - €45,000

Our partner is a well-respected advocacy INGO. They are seeking a Project Accountant for a fixed-term contract to provide financial management support to project managers.

 

Key Deliverables

  • Prepare project budgets, monitor expenditure and cashflows, including variance analyses and supporting narrative and explanations.
  • Grant management, compliance and reporting – preparing financial reports to donors, ensuring that these meet their requirements.
  • Support in the preparation of monthly management accounts.
  • Ensure the integrity and operational effectiveness of project accounting procedures.
  • 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.

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 organisational and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate financial matters to non-finance staff.
  • Quick learner 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.

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 will be covered.

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Volunteer Graeme in Cambodia

International Programmes Accountant #289

Human Rights INGO
UK
c. £42,000

Our partner is leading human rights organisation, supporting people in understanding their rights, influencing positive outcomes in health & nutrition, and increasing their ability to secure food & water and maintain economic livelihoods in conflict and humanitarian situations. They are seeking a Finance Business partner to oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes for their country and regional programmes.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with Project Managers on budget creation & management; understanding the financial reporting requirements of new and existing donors.
  • Gathering monthly financial information from country offices, and producing monthly project reconciliations.
  • Oversight of data recording, ensuring it is accurate; identifying and resolving any issues as these arise.
  • Preparing regular and ad hoc financial reports, analyses and forecasts.
  • Preparing quarterly project expenditure forecasts.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with a strong technical background, and experience in budget creation, management, preparing monthly management accounts, analyses, and forecasts.
  • Strong business partner with demonstrable experience of successfully working with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Experience working in an INGO, specifically a familiarity with institutional grant management (DfID, FCO, EU and USAID) is highly desirable. 

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Finance Business Partner #288

Healthcare INGO
UK
c. £45,000

Our partner, a leading INGO, has been working to improve health outcomes and strengthen healthcare infrastructure for a number of years. What started off as an initiative to reach, improve health outcomes and offer treatment to remote communities, has grown to an organisation that is focussed on community health development.

 

Their approach is multiple-pronged, training local healthcare workers and community representatives on issues related to hygiene, sanitation, basic healthcare and maternal healthcare, to working with health ministries, strengthening national systems to take into account needs of the communities.

They are seeking a Finance Business Partner to act as a bridge between the programmes and finance teams, supporting the country teams in understanding and meeting the compliance requirements of the organisation and its donors. This is a newly created position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support in developing programme budgets for proposals and commercial bids, ensuring these are done on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Responsible for budget preparation, budget monitoring, preparing monthly variance analysis, budget reforecasting, and cashflow forecasting.
  • Review and update budget monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Ensuring appropriate grant allocation, and oversight of country office and partner expenses.
  • Grant compliance – ensuring that country offices and partners understand and are properly implementing the financial rules and regulations stipulated by institutional donors and commercial grant makers.
  • Grant reporting – ensuring that financial reports are made in a timely manner as per donor requirements.
  • Conduct financial reconciliations of all projects.
  • Support in the preparation of all grant audits.
  • Coaching staff as required

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong grants compliance, management and donor reporting. Experience in managing institutional grants is essential.
  • Experience of working in an organisation with a complex grant portfolio, including grants from commercial as well as donor agencies. Experience of accounting within an INGO is essential.
  • Excellent finance business partner, able to build effrectiv relationship with peers remotely, developing tools and coaching them as required, but also being able to question figures.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to review and analyse expenditure.
  • Good IT skills
  • Flexible, approachable and a good communicator
  • Able to prioritise a varied workload effectively.

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Regional Finance Manager #287

UK
c.£50,000 - £60,000

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an experienced finance professional and exceptional finance business partner to oversee and support the operations of a portfolio of countries.

 

Working closely with the country teams, the successful candidate will be responsible for strengthening internal, assurance & risk management processes, supporting the budget creating & management process, and targeted capacity building. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Review, strengthen and develop internal controls, ensuring that these are compliant with local, organisational and donor regulations and requirements.
  • Oversee day to day accounting activities, including transactions & reconciliations.
  • Support in the annual budget process.
  • Develop monthly management accounting & reporting
  • Oversee and ensure accurate and timely grant compliance and donor reporting. This includes:
    • Supporting in developing budgets for proposals
    • Overseeing proper documentation of spending
    • Preparing monthly management accounts for individual grants, and the organisation as a whole.
    • Implementing proper cost allocation of donor grants.
  • Working with the global finance function to develop and implement assurance and risk management tools, and supporting the country offices in ensuring that they understand and are able to meet donor & organisational audit requirements.
  • Identify challenges and issues affecting the country finance functions, and supporting them in finding solutions to these. This includes providing accounting & financial training and capacity building.

 

Person Specification

  • Accountant, with experience in developing internal controls, systems and processes, and financial management within a large INGO. Experience of working in a humanitarian organisation is desirable.
  • Strong grants finance experience, including experience in managing DfID, ECHO, USAID and UN grants.
  • Exceptional business partner, with strong cultural awareness and able to build effective relationship with a variety of staff and stakeholders remotely and in person.
  • Experience of coaching and capacity building of staff
  • Analytical, with experience in developing and manging budgets on a full cost recovery basis, and analysing operations.
  • Strong IT and systems skills, ERP systems experience in highly desirable
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to manage a complex workload.
  • French is desirable

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Finance Manager #286

Somaliland
c. £30,000

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking a finance manager to oversee and maintain the integrity of their programme in the Horn of Africa.

 

This is a leadership position within an influential organisation, and will offer a rewarding opportunity to an individual who is open to working in a challenging environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial planning for the programme; in the preparation of project-specific and programme-wide budgets; developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting; and preparing budget vs,. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Manage the cashflow requirements and forecasts.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • Oversight of the finance function, including supervising and reviewing work of the finance team, providing guidance as required.
  • Ensure that the programme office meets all statutory, regulatory and grant compliance requirements, and the financial policies and procedures are followed as per the organisational guidelines and expectations.
  • Support the Regional Finance Manager in developing budgets for proposals, and in monitoring the regional business plan.
  • Work with the logistics function, ensuring that procurement policies and procedures are adhered to an internally audited on a regular basis; and the transfer and delivery of goods is monitored accurately.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, reporting & MsExcel skills.
  • Analytical & financial modelling skills, able to critically review complex financial data
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of working effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Experience of working in a management position, and overseeing staff in person and remotely.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to live and work in a challenging environment.
  • Previous experience of working in a finance role in a humanitarian context is highly desirable.

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International UN Grant Assurance – Audit Senior / Assistant Manager - Global travel #271

International Development Assurance Specialists
UK
£44,000 - 54,000

Are you unfulfilled as an Audit Senior/ Assistant Manager, Audit Manager? Seeking a more inspiring role, maybe a new and rewarding career with exotic travel, supporting truly worthwhile cause - perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills?

 

Our partner, specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the United Nations & the World Bank stakeholders worldwide (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling 40-50% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length.

These unique and extremely rewarding opportunities would suit experienced audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes.

Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and 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

Complete expenditure &/or VFM 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.; 330-480 Euros pd. + per diem and associated expenses.

For qualified multi-lingual auditor professionals with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in audit, in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience with ideally a 2nd language (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin) flexible-contract options may be available. Mandarin language skills are also a benefit for some posts. That is, 1-3 week assignments across the European mainland and the developing world offered on an assignment by assignment basis. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on European mainland but must be able to work in the EU.

Details

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, explaining your reasoning and being prepared to defend your position. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, we will offer internal training to maximise your personal and technical skills.

Requirements

Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent(Finalists considered)

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, German 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 50% plus of the time

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

About Us

AfID are leading specialists in supporting NGOs operating globally with their financial management capacity & recruitment needs, on both a 'pro-bono' & ,commercial' basis. For more opportunities in the international development sector (International & UK) or to find out more about how we can assist your non-profit organisation please visit the AfID website.

Developing a Career in International Development

We know it can be frustrating trying to develop a career in this much sought after sector, especially when organisations require prior experience; be it institutional donor management, fieldwork or capacity building of overseas recipients. Please don't let this put you off, we would strongly recommend considering a volunteer assignment as a way to gain this highly relevant experience. It’s no coincidence that 22% of AfID volunteers now work full-time in the charity sector, as even a short 2-3 week assignment will catch the eye and reassure these employers of your commitment and ability to navigate the diverse stakeholder contexts.  It’s worth noting all AfID's assignments are individually tailored to the volunteers own preferences, skills and availability. For FAQs please visit the afid website
 
Attending one of the AfID Workshops also offers invaluable insights, explaining sector jargon and demonstrating the ways accountants can navigate complex environments, in a fun and informative way. It also presents a great networking opportunity with 25 other like-minded accountants AfID’s founder and ex-Oxfam FD in attendance.

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Performing Life, Bolivia

Regional Accountant, French speaker #285

UK
£40,000 - £45,000

Our partner is a women’s health and empowerment organisation. They are seeking an experienced finance professional to oversee the accounting, financial and grant management of their country programmes in West Africa. This is a really broad role and will offer the successful candidate a good all-round grounding in programmes finance.

 

Responsibilities

  • Supporting the country programmes in identifying challenges and weaknesses in their accounting, financial management and grants management systems, and supporting them in addressing these and building the capacity of local staff.
  • Reviewing budgets & forecasts, financial and statistical performance, and balance sheet reconciliations of country programmes, following up with discrepancies.
  • Ensure that country programmes meet their statutory and regulatory compliance, and that they are fully compliant with the group accounting requirements.
  • Review and strengthen the internal controls & accounting processes of the country programmes.
  • Support country teams in budget proposal development, and understanding grant compliance & reporting requirements, ensuring that grants are correctly set up and closed down.
  • Review training needs of country teams, and help facilitate training and capacity building as required.
  • Undertake interim projects or provide short-term cover in the country offices as required.

 

Person Specification

  • Accountant with a university degree and a formal accounting qualification (essential)
  • Strong technical accounting, financial management and reporting experience, preferably within a complex INGO.
  • An analytical mind with advanced Excel skills (essential)
  • Bilingual, speaking French and English fluently (essential)
  • Strong communication skills, ability to work with staff and colleagues remotely, and build effective working relationships.
  • Willingness to travel to West Africa, often to conflict or fragile states. This role is London based with around 30% travel overseas.
  • Strong affinity and support of the partner’s work.

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Finance Officer #282

Charitable Foundation
UK
c. £35,000 - £38,000

Our partner is a global charitable foundation, investing in technology, building and strengthening local institutions, and advocating and influencing local policy. Their programmes span across different areas including education, health & nutrition, empowering agricultural communities and establishing sustainable livelihoods.

 

The UK offices is responsible for raising funds from institutional donors and governments across Europe, and work with partner organisations around the world to identify, apply for and manage these grants. This role has been created to support the Programmes Finance Manager in bridging the gap between finance and programmes. You will be part of a small, close-knit team, joining the organisation at an interesting time when they have recently restructured and moved to a new location.

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

  • Accountant with experience in programmes financial accounting & reporting.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience of institutional grant budget proposal development, compliance, monitoring and reporting; this includes experience in managing DfID, EU, ECHO, German government, Swedish government, and USAID funding.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity.
  • Strong business partnering skills, including experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.

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Finance Business Partner #280

Global NGO
UK
c. £40,000

Our partner is seeking to recruit a finance business partner to support their programmes team, providing them with strategic and financial decision making support, enabling them to maximise their impact whilst being underpinned by strong financial performance.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the programmes team and other stakeholders, prepare monthly business reviews and reporting.
  • Prepare, consolidate and prepare reports on financial plans.
  • Support budget holders in taking ownership of their budgets, and developing their understanding of finance.
  • Support the fundraising & programmes teams in developing proposals for donor budgets, ensuring these are done on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Ensure proper management and reporting on grant funding
  • Work with the finance team to understand the finance requirements of the business, and business model, and to develop and refine the internal control framework.

Requirements

  • Qualified or exception part-qualified accountant with strong technical skills, and experience in management accounting & reporting.
  • Experience of working with an ERP system is highly desirable.
  • Experience in finance business partnering within a complex organisation, and able to demonstrate agility in working in an environment with changing requirements and priorities.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills, able to work with a range of UK-based and international stakeholders, and with differing financial acumen and understanding.
  • A strong interest in international development, and demonstrated passion for the work being done by the partner.
  • Self-motivated, solution-focused individual with excellent time management skills.  

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Contracts Finance Manager #261

INGO, Children's education and care
UK
£40,000
Our partner has a longstanding history in supporting children to improve their lives and their communities around the globe. They are seeking a Contracts Finance Manager to manage the financial and commercial acquisition of large-scale, multi-million pound commercial contracts. 
The role requires leading and preparing high quality financial proposals, including risk evaluation; provide and clearly communicate appropriate technical support and advice, guidance and expertise to the organisation regarding contractual requirements; and support successful contracting opportunities with their financial and risk management. 

Key Responsabilities: 

  • Tender process management: in collaboration with the Contracts Manager (and any Consortium partners) lead on the development of the financial aspects of commercial opportunities in particular and other acquisition type funding mechanisms such as Trusts and Foundations for development/ humanitarian programmes through the development of commercially sound, competitive budgets and narrative proposals.

  • Financial oversight: provide tailored support, advise and review, plus negotiate, with National Offices (NO) and consortium partners in the development and delivery of appropriately structured budgets and narratives including cost gathering and verifying, budget development and ensuring the alignment of the budget to technical proposals.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience of working in financial management, audit or compliance-related work;

  • Proven experience of Commercial Contracts and Payment by Results approaches and their financial requirements ideally with DFID and European contractors.

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage the financial and commercial aspects of acquiring contracts from different contractors, while liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders, and communicating and negotiating with donors, partners and field offices both verbally and in written form.

  • Excellent understanding of budgets under commercial contracts and the ability to effectively present competitive pricing options and models.

  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills to work cross-organisationally and with different cultures.

Permanent role, based in the UK, with 20% international travel including to fragile contexts to support the development of major bids.

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Grants Compliance & Finance #273

Healthcare INGO
Uganda
c. $40,000 - $45,000

Our partner, an international INGO, working to support the Ugandan government in monitoring the prevalence of infectious diseases, and sale up their interventions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these. As a result of a growth in their portfolio of funding from a number of institutional donors, they are seeking an experienced accountant to support them with grants compliance, management and reporting.

Responsibilities

  • Support departments to develop budgets for proposals, department budgets, and recommend budget adjustments and other cost improvements
  • Develop and maintain budget monitoring models
  • Coordinate with departments to prepare the annual operating plans, quarterly re-forecasts and to develop multi-year strategic plans
  • Support the Finance and Administration Manager with monitoring of organisation’s expenditures and revenues on a monthly basis;
  • Coordinate production of monthly monitoring report, assist in the preparation and maintenance of relevant financial reports for internal and external stakeholders and ensure all fund activities are in compliance with the organisation and donor requirements
  • Analyse complex financial data, extract relevant information, and interpret data for the purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project a financial probability
  • Review costs and perform cost benefit analysis related to projects and/or programs
  • Prepare financial forecasting, trending, and results analysis

Person Specification

  • Experienced management accountant, familiar with budget creation, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Experience of managing a large, complex grant portfolio within an INGO, and well-versed in grant compliance and management and budget proposal development. Experience of managing government grants is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong business partner, able to work successfully with finance and non-finance staff
  • Self-motivated, able to prioritise tasks and work successfully in an environment with a limited structure.

The organisation will offer a flight and other benefits as per company policy.

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One Acre Fund, Rwanda

Programmes Accountant #274

Humanitarian INGO
UK
c. £36,000

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an international programmes accountant to oversee and support the accounting, financial management and grant compliance of their programmes in Africa.

Key Deliverables

  • Oversee financial processing, maintain the integrity of financial information, and ensure country finance staff are aware of and adhere to the financial and grant framework of the organisation.
  • Review accounting processes and undertake risk assessments; make and implement process improvements; monitor these and mentor staff as appropriate.
  • Review and process grant agreements, grant transfers and office cashflow requests for the region
  • Maintain oversight of the programmes finances, and ensure expenditure remains in line with budgets.
  • Provide support to programmes teams with budget and forecast preparation, and ensure donor financial reporting is accurate and delivered on time.
  • Provide analysis and insight on financial performance
  • Oversee and mentor country finance staff

Person Specification

  • Experienced management accountant, with familiarity of budget preparation and monitoring, and grant compliance, management and reporting.
  • Knowledge of developing internal controls and financial management systems, and risk management experience.
  • Strong business partner experience, working with multiple stakeholders in the UK and overseas, and able to deal with them with tact.
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to pick things up quickly.
  • Willing to travel to the Middle East & North Africa as required.

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Grants Accountant, Poverty Alleviation INGO #255

UK
£35,000 - £37,000

Our partner is a well-known humanitarian and development INGO, working around the world on poverty alleviation and empowerment projects. They are seeking an experienced accountant to support a portfolio of countries and partners in every aspect of grant finance, compliance and reporting. This role will offer a good balance of technical skills, understanding of complex grants and systems, and extensive business partnering, largely with internal stakeholders in the UK and overseas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare budgets for inclusion on grant and investment bids, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Work alongside the UK and country programmes team to translate work plans into costings, verify budget information, and complete and refine grant budgets.
  • Review month-end processes ensuring these meet donor requirements, and produce and review monthly reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and refine budgeting tools and templates, and monitor budgets.
  • Review contractual documents and ensure that country offices and partners are grant compliant
  • Undertake analysis of project costs as required.
  • Capacity building – responding and resolving queries, and offering support and mentoring staff in the country offices as required.

 

Person Specification

  • Part-qualified or qualified accountant with experience working in an organisation with complex systems and processes.
  • Experience in budget proposal development (full cost recovery), and grant compliance, management and monitoring of institutional funds (EU, ECHO, DfID and USAID) within an INGO context is essential.
  • Strong business partnering skills, and experience working successfully to bridge the gap between programmes and finance.
  • Good systems and IT skills
  • Culturally sensitive.

Closing date for applications: 8 January

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International Programmes Accountant

UK
£36,000

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an international programmes accountant to oversee and support the accounting, financial management and grant compliance of their programmes in Middle East and Africa.

Key Deliverables

  • Oversee financial processing, maintain the integrity of financial information, and ensure country finance staff are aware of and adhere to the financial and grant framework of the organisation.
  • Review accounting processes and undertake risk assessments; make and implement process improvements; monitor these and mentor staff as appropriate.
  • Review and process grant agreements, grant transfers and office cashflow requests for the region
  • Maintain oversight of the programmes finances, and ensure expenditure remains in line with budgets.
  • Provide support to programmes teams with budget and forecast preparation, and ensure donor financial reporting is accurate and delivered on time.
  • Provide analysis and insight on financial performance
  • Oversee and mentor country finance staff

Person Specification

  • Experienced management accountant, with familiarity of budget preparation and monitoring, and grant compliance, management and reporting.
  • Knowledge of developing internal controls and financial management systems, and risk management experience.
  • Strong business partner experience, working with multiple stakeholders in the UK and overseas, and able to deal with them with tact.
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to pick things up quickly.
  • Willing to travel to the Middle East & North Africa as required.

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Performance Improvement Specialist (fluent in French) #247

Wildlife Conservation
DRC
$4500/month

Our partner, a fast growing wildlife and environmental conversation organisation, is seeking a Performance Improvement Specialist to support them in ensuring that the finance department keeps pace with its growth.

The ecological, cultural and political context in which they are operating is one of the most challenging yet rewarding in conservation.

The succesful candidate will work alongside the CFO and the Head of Internal Control and will have the authority to direct the finance department on a daily basis.

Key responsibilities

  • Oversee and support in improving the day-to-day, month-end and year-end processes. This includes identifying all tasks, allocating these to individual accountants, and monitoring their completion.
  • Review the inter-department and intercompany transactions, and define their process and accounting treatment.
  • Develop a monthly reporting pack, including I&E, balance sheet, project budget vs. actuals, and cashflow forecast.
  • Oversee the development of the 2019 budget
  • Manage the finalisation of the Sage implementation.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced accountant with significant experience in management of finance teams/departments, implementation of process changes and staff reorganisations, development and monitoring of complex budgets, and donor funding and reporting.
  • Business level French
  • Excellent systems skills, including advanced Sage ERP and Excel skills.

The role will be split across Goma and Rumagabo. The organisation will cover the cost of one return flight, accommodation, visas and a salary equivalent to $4500/month.

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International Freelance Auditor #245

Assurance services for int'l institutional donors (EC, UN, WB, DFID)
UK
€330-500 per day.
These unique and rewarding freelance audit opportunities would suit experienced 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 UN, World Bank, DFID and the EC. These unique and rewarding audit opportunities would suit experienced qualified audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories.

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. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process.

Freelancers

For qualified, multi-lingual audit professionals with a minimum of 5-10 years post-qualified-audit-experience within a diverse international setting &/or INGO financial/ grant management experience, freelance contract options may be available. Applicants must be fluent in English, with strong report writing skills and a second language that includes either French, German, Dutch, Spanish, or Mandarin.

Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the entire 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. 

Details

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 UNICEF 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 UNICEF, 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, explaining your reasoning and being prepared to defend your position. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, we will offer internal training to maximise your personal and technical skills.

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • 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 is preferable, especially in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 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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Working in the light, SolarAid Malawi

Finance Manager, International Healthcare Grants #242

UK
£45,000

Our partner is spearheading research and innovation in healthcare, by making grants to a portfolio of research programmes and infrastructure investments. They have recently been awarded ODA funding to expand their programmes internationally; the aim is to support research initiatives for the preventions of ill health and optimal disease management globally. They are seeking a Finance Manager to oversee the management of the ODA grant.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake analysis of grant applications to ensure that they qualify for ODA funding, and develop appropriate measures to capture relevant information at the application stage.
  • Offer grant application financial guidance, and support them in developing the appropriate controls and systems to report back on any grant made.
  • Design and develop appropriate forms to be used by grant awardees to report back on their grant spend.
  • Monitor returns and reports from the grant awardees, ensuring these meet ODA regulations, and flag any compliance concerns.
  • Production of reports as required by the ODA, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain a 5-year forecast of ODA spend.
  • Represent the organisation on any ODA-related matters.

Person Specification

  • An all-round finance professional, with experience in designing and developing controls and reporting tools, and undertaking due diligence and monitoring the finances of partner organisations / grant recipients.
  • Knowledge of ODA rules & regulations is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communicator, able to represent the organisation internally and externally.
  • Flexible, able to work with minimal supervision and manage a varied workload effectively

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Looking to develop a career in International Development?

The AfID Workshop is a good first step..
UK
ICAEW HQ, 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