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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.

Finance Manager #281

Conservation
UK
£45,000 - £50,000

Our partner, a conservation not for profit protecting wildlife and wild spaces. They are seeking an experienced Finance Manager to support the senior leadership in budgeting, forecasting, financial strategy and annual statutory reporting.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with the SMT to create the annual and multi-year budgets, and quarterly reforecast process, reviewing and updating the templates as necessary.
  • Produce monthly management accounts with commentary on variances.
  • Produce quarterly finance report with forecasts, and present these to the SMT.
  • Preparing the statutory accounts and maintain an effecting accounting system, including oversight of income and expenditure allocations, bank accounts and bank reconciliations.
  • Maintain a sound control environment, reviewing and strengthening it as required.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the organisation is tax compliant.
  • Mentoring finance and programmes staff.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced accountant with experience in financial accounting, management accounting and strategy.
  • Willing to be hands on in oversight of the finance function, as well as offer strategic analysis and advice.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to successfully work with a variety of finance and non-finance stakeholders.
  • A good understanding of charity accounting.
  • A passion for conservation.

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Internal Auditor (Global travel 40-50%) #278

UK
£37,000 - 40,000

Our partner is looking for a highly motivated professional, who has extensive experience in operational auditing as well as riskbased approach to reviews. You will also have experience in developing and overseeing audit strategies, audit plans and programmes, as well as have experienced project management skills and be a professionally qualified auditor or accountant.

 

Key responsibilities

1. Internal Audit Responsible for the operation of the internal audit function, using a risk based approach intended to provide adequate assurance over operations.

Supports the Head: Internal Audit in providing the Senior Management Team and the Finance and Audit Committee with information on internal audit and audit follow up actions.

Working with the Head: Internal Audit

  • Prepares draft internal audit plans by reference to the risk management framework for approval by the Finance and Audit Committee.
  • Maintain an Audit Manual outlining the internal audit protocol and reporting requirements.
  • Organises internal audits including drafting terms of reference and liaising with the office / organisation / team being audited.
  • Produces internal audit reports including supporting the delivery of management responses within the specified timeframe.

2. Fraud Policy  Supports the Head of Internal Audit in response to suspected fraud and other financial concerns.

Essential

  • Accounting / Internal Audit or other relevant professional qualification (ACA/ACCA/CIPFA/CIA)
  • Proven experience of working as part of the audit function and internal audit
  • Experience of supporting investigations in allegations of fraud and other wrong doing
  • Proven experience of ensuring compliance with international donor rules and requirements
  • Excellent report writing skills and ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing

Desirable

  • Experience of working in an international organisation, and/or a charity/international NGO
  • Additional language skills, particularly French, Spanish or Portuguese 

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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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Head of Internal Audit (15% intl travel) #277

UK
c. £65,000

Our partner is looking for an inspirational manager who will bring significant experience and a track-record of delivering audit plans in large complex organisations, someone passionate about driving forward improvements in the system of internal controls, risk management and governance across the organisation.

 

With strong analytical skills and proven experience of financial leadership, you will lead and develop our response to fraud and other concerns, including training, proactive analysis, preventative control framework and reactive response to allegations. 

Internal Audit Provide strategic leadership and direction to the internal audit function, ensuring internal audit operates effectively and is properly resourced. Report to the Senior Management Team and the Finance and Audit Committee with information on internal audit issues and audit management follow-up actions.

Fraud Policy Leads response to suspected fraud and other financial concerns. Provides strategic leadership and direction to managing risks and exposures that could allow fraud or corruption. Managing allegations of fraud in line with Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy.

Team Specific Provide leadership and management support to the Senior Advisor: Internal Audit (and any consultants) in the delivery of the annual internal audit plan using a risk management framework. Design the yearly audit plan based on the analysis of risks and present it to the board of trustees for approval. Provide strategic direction in delivering the audit plan.

People & budget management Provides strong management and support to multi-functional teams through effective matrix management, performance management and the development of talent. Sets, monitors and manages the audit budget.

Essential

  • Qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience or Certified Internal Auditor.
  • Extensive experience of managing an internal audit team in a multi-national organization.
  • Experience of liaising with an Audit and Risk Committee
  • Proven experience of working with international donor rules and requirements
  • Proven experience of leading investigations of allegations of fraud and other wrong doing

Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication, negotiating and high level influencing skills and the ability to challenge at a senior level when necessary

Reports to: Finance and audit committee with operational management through the executive director

Direct reports:

  • Senior advisor: internal audit
  • Advisor: audit, risk and security
  • Works closely with the lead: risk management in the finance team

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SUN Systems Advisor #279

Environmental NGO
UK

Our partner is seeking a SUN systems advisor to support them in reviewing and making recommendations on the future of their accounting systems.

 

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will review and make recommendations on:

  1. Capacity maximisation – this is expected to take the bulk of the time, with the consultant reviewing how best the organisation can continue operating their existing system without an imminent upgrade. It will entail a review of their current processes, and offer recommendations on how to generate efficiencies through targeted process changes.

The consultant’s assessment will build on the internal priority list established by the Finance department, with a focus on recommendations to shorten month-end through automation of cost recovery, match funding and NPE recharges.

  1. Upgrade to the latest version of Sun.
  2. Consider alternatives to Sun.

Person Specification

  • Finance professional, with demonstrable experience of reviewing and supporting the capacity maximisation of SUN Systems.
  • Experience of SUN Systems is essential.
  • Experience of process review and improvements within an IT context is essential.

Day rate based on experience. Immediate start preferred.

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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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Global Internal Auditor #276

International NGO
UK
£45,000

The role supports the Internal Audit Manager with the development and delivery of the annual audit plan. The post holder will be expected to plan and undertake fieldwork audits mainly in Africa and Latin America, but also occasionally in other locations as directed by Internal Audit Manager. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that reports are clear and concise and are produced in a timely manner.

 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Global Internal Audit Manager in developing and delivering an annual programme of work to provide assurance over the risk, internal control and governance processes of global operations.
  • Plan, organise and deliver assigned internal audits, scheduling work and estimating the resource needed.
  • Make recommendations on the systems, internal controls and procedures being reviewed.
  • Review and report on the accuracy, timeliness, quality and relevance of the financial and other information provided for management. 

Experience (essential/desirable)

  • Strong internal audit experience; able to demonstrate an understanding of the approaches and objectives of a good internal audit function, particularly risk-based operational audits.  Essential.
  • Good reporting writing skills; able to demonstate competent and effective reporting writing skills in English.  Essential.
  • Experience of working in a global organisation.  Essential.
  • Experience of working in an international social enterprise/commercial organisation.  Highly desirable.
  • Willing to undertake overseas travel, for up to 50% of the time.  Essential

Qualifications and Training (essential/desirable)

  • Holds a recognised professional accountancy/audit qualification (e.g. a CA, ACA, ACCA, CIA etc).  Essential.
  • Educated to degree level.  Essential.
  • Language skills –  English and French.  Essential.
  • In-depth understanding of risk and approaches to managing risk in complex environments.  Essential.

Personal Attributes

  • Results oriented and innovative
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Strong teamworking skills
  • Assertive, diplomatic, resilience and possessing excellent judgement

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Programmes Finance Officer #275

UK
Up to £40,000

The purpose of this job is to support the work of International Programmes staff in the effective financial management of international programmes; to assess and build the financial management capacity of partner organisations.

 

Accountable for:

  • Programme & project budgeting
  • Assess, monitor and build capacity of partner organisations in financial management including support for due diligence.
  • Financial monitoring and reporting to donors on international programmes
  • Provide financial management support to colleagues
  • Monthly reconciliation of restricted and unrestricted income & expenditure accounts for international programmes
  • Upgrade and maintain financial management procedures and guidelines for international programmes

1. Budgeting and Accounting for International Programmes

  • Work with International Programmes staff and with local partners around the world to develop, monitor and analyse programme budgets, income and expenditure
  • Work with finance staff in the preparation of monthly management accounts, particularly reconciliation of income and expenditure, including review of monthly management accounts for individual programmes with International Programmes Director and Programme Managers
  • Lead the preparation of annual budget, reforecast and other cash flow projections for the international programmes department
  • Ensure adequate financial management controls, systems and processes are maintained for all international programmes and are regularly updated (e.g. Staff Admin and salary recharges tracker, staff timesheets, exchange rate tracker, transfer tracker, financial management risk matrix)
  • Prepare international programmes finance information in advance of the annual organisational audit and liaise with auditors to respond to queries as relevant.

2. Partner Financial Management Capacity Assessment and Development

  • Provide technical training (face-to-face) and ongoing technical support (remote) for staff from local partners in financial management, including reporting requirements for key institutional donors (notably DFID and EU).
  • Conduct financial assessment and monitoring visits overseas (approx. 4 per year) to assess the financial management capacity of partners and conduct audit spot-checks
  • Support financial management due diligence checks with partners prior to starting new projects, and/or every 2 years
  • Produce a range of training materials for local partners and staff to assist in the development, management and monitoring of project budgets.

3. Financial Reporting on International Programmes

  • Support regional teams to analyse programme financial reports from partners in accordance with donor contractual requirements
  • Support regional teams to review, prepare and submit accurate, timely financial reports to donors
  • Lead auditing process for international programmes in collaboration with partner staff
  • Facilitate internal training sessions with International Programmes Staff on financial management, including reporting requirements for key institutional donors (notably DFID and EU).
  • Maintain oversight for exchange rate management and monitoring of international programmes

4. Financial Administration for International Programmes

  • Process and track international funds transfers to partners through bank account and/or approved currency providers
  • Process trip expense reports for staff
  • Prepare journals with supporting documentation for salary, admin recharges and accruals for international programmes income and expenditure
  • As necessary, support staff to process invoices, expenses, card statements and update information on financial trackers
  • Monitor the use of currency requirements for staff use and trips, including currency held in safe and on currency debit cards (FairFX) and issuing currency to staff as required.
  • Ensure cash held is safe are reconciled monthly and on time.

A practical professional who is able to bridge the gap between programmes and finance, who can communicate with confidence and authority, and is who is able to operate in an organisational environment with accuracy, flexibility, and tenacity.

Knowledge

  • Professional accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA), or part-qualified, and/or member of CCAB, or equivalent experience gained in a similar role
  • Knowledge of the donor funding, regulatory context and charity governance with grasp of programme design, implementation methods – Desirable.
  • Sound management accounting expertise, experience and knowledge
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of development issues and the sector, preferably gained in an international development or youth centred organisation (desirable)

Experience & Skills

  • Demonstrable experience of directly managing the finances of programmes funded by institutional donors such as DFID and the European Commission – Desirable.
  • Sound financial management skills, with demonstrable competence for preparing budgets, analysing financial information, advising on budget variations and reporting
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and explain complex financial information and make sound recommendations for both financial and non-financial people clearly in verbal and written form, including at distance
  • Ability to provide bespoke training and coaching to a range of stakeholders, including those with limited understanding of finance and at a distance

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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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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 & Finance Manager #260

Healthcare INGO
Africa
c. $55,000

Our partner, a healthcare INGO, has a deep-rooted history in bringing healthcare to some of the world’s poorest and most remote communities. In addition to offering healthcare services, in clinics and through outreach, it is actively involved in healthcare systems strengthening. They are looking to recruit two Grants & Finance Managers, one for each of its country programmes in Liberia and Rwanda

In Liberia, our partner was invited to support in government in the immediate response to the Ebola outbreak, and subsequently has stayed on to support the government in strengthening, and in some cases rebuilding the local and national healthcare system. In Rwanda, our partner has been working to offer healthcare services to poor communities, and offers quality medical training to community healthcare workers and other medical practitioners. The successful candidates will support them in putting in place effective grant management, compliance and reporting systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the country and HQ to oversee a portfolio of grants, ensuring accurate reporting and compliance with donor regulations.
  • Leading the production of budget proposals for grants, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Develop and strengthen grant management and compliance systems, from the point of finance, HR, procurement and project deliverables.
  • Train staff in developing budgets on a full cos recovery basis, and grant compliance, management and reporting.

In Rwanda, the successful candidate, will additionally be responsible for:

  • Building and strengthening the internal control & risk management framework, and in developing accounting & financial management policies and procedures.
  • Budget monitoring, undertaking variance analysis, and reporting on actual spend.
  • Providing forecasting scenarios

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience in developing controls, management accounting & financial management, and competency developing and maintaining budgets, forecasts and reports.
  • Experienced in grant compliance & management, and budget proposal development on a full cost recovery basis, preferably within an INGO setting.
  • Excellent financial modelling and analysis skills
  • Excellent IT & systems skills
  • Able to work in a start-up environment, taking initiative and working independently.
  • Good communication skills, and ability to build effective working relationships across a diverse range of staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, problem solving and judgement.

Partner will pay for one flight, provide accommodation in a staff house, health benefits, and annual home leave stipend.

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Unfulfilled Audit Senior/ Audit Mgr in need of inspiration? #271

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

Are you unfulfilled as an Audit Senior/ Assistant Manager, Audit Manager? Are you seking 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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Consultant #272

INGO
UK
£300-350/day

Our partner is a global NGO, using an innovative approach to support young people in gaining access to education, healthcare & mental wellbeing, and developing skills for employment. Their finance function has been outsourced, and as the organisation has grown in size and complexity, they are looking to bring the finance function in-house. They are seeking a consultant to support the management in reviewing and recommending appropriate financial controls, and producing the necessary frameworks for a new finance function.

Responsibilities

  • Creating an appropriate financial control framework which follows best practice as per UK, Charity Commission and any other required regulations.
  • Review the proposed Schedule of Delegated Authority for the COE to ensure it is consistent with the finance function and associated controls.
  • Create job descriptions for a new finance function.

Person Specification

  • Senior qualified accountant, with experience in establishing and reviewing financial control frameworks within medium-large INGOs.
  • Excellent understanding of regulatory best practice, grant management, compliance & reporting.
  • Experience of creating job descriptions.
  • Strong communication skills, and a collaborative approach

Immediate start preferred.

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Finance Officer #259

Charitable Foundation
UK
£30,000 - £35,000

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.

Deadline for applications is 6 February, 2019.

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Programmes Analyst #231

INGO working with smallholder farmers
UK
£40,000 depending on experience

Our partner is a recognised INGO working with smallholder farmers. They are seeking a Programmes Accountant to work with the programmes and finance teams, focussing on budget development, project cost analysis, grant compliance and reporting.

Key Deliverables

  • Prepare budgets for inclusion on grant and investment bids, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Develop and refine budgeting tools and templates.
  • Work alongside the UK and country programmes team to translate work plans into costings, verify budget information, and complete and refine grant budgets.
  • Work alongside Finance Manager and country programmes team to review monthly reports and discuss variances.
  • Produce and review financial reports for submissions to donors.
  • Review contractual documents and ensure that the organisation is grant compliant
  • Undertake analysis of project costs as required.
  • Capacity building – mentoring staff in the country offices as required.

Person Specification

  • Part-qualified or qualified accountant, with strong budget development, compliance and analytical skills.
  • Experience in budget proposal development (full cost recovery), and grant compliance and management of institutional funds within an INGO context is essential.
  • Strong business partnering skills, and experience working successfully to bridge the gap between programmes and finance.
  • Culturally sensitive.

This is a permanent role based in London with travel to country offices, largely in Africa.

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EC Audit Consultant (German speaker) #248

Development assurance specialist
Europe
400-500 Euros pd.

Our partner is looking for a German/English speaking consultant with audit experience (including within the EU institutions) for desk based work at an EU Directorate General in Brussels office, for a period from December 2018 until December 2019 or May until December 2019.

The auditor must have: 

  • A minimum senior auditor level for work on the national system audits/EC audits/ECA audits with excellent skills in analysing and drafting in English and German
  • Good knowledge of auditing standards
  • Good knowledge of the regulatory framework related to the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund (i.e. management and control systems, eligibility rules).

The specific tasks to be performed are:

EC audit missions:

  • Participation in system and compliance audit missions at national programme authorities in Germany and Austria (audit authority, managing authority, certifying authority, intermediate bodies). This includes all stages of the audit from planning, execution to reporting.
  • To follow up on EC missions and analyse the Member State's reply to EC's audit report. An assessment of the Member State's reply to the draft audit report from EC missions has to be prepared and subsequently a position letter has to be drafted.

Desk audit work - Assistance with the analysis of the "assurance package":

  • Assistance on the legality and regularity and acceptance of accounts process and on the assessment of national systems audit reports.  
  • This includes the review of the assurance package submitted by national authorities of selected programmes. The review is to be evidenced in specific checklists and the conclusions to be reflected in letters to the national authorities.   
  • The assistance further includes the validation of the national audit authority’s sampling selection, based on the Commission’s guidance on sampling.  

The reporting languages are English and German. 

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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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Finance Business Partner at Humanitarian Org. #250

UK
£40,000 - £45,000

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 Business Partner to oversee the accounting & financial management and reporting of a portfolio of overseas programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the creation of country budgets & cashflow forecasts, and developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting, and preparing budget vs,. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Support the overseas programmes in meeting their grant reporting requirements, month-end closure of accounts, and preparing for donor and organisational audits.
  • Undertaking analysis on value for money on programmes, on leasing of assets to grants.
  • Assisting in reviewing and improving accounting & financial management controls of the overseas programmes, and ensuring that these are tax & regulatory compliant.
  • Training/mentoring overseas staff as required

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong technical & MsExcel skills. Ability to lead on budget creation & monitoring and developing tools.
  • 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.
  • Flexible and open to travelling to the overseas programmes, some of which may be in or close to fragile states.

Previous experience in international development is not essential. The role is based in Scotland with around 6-8 weeks travel overseas. This is an excellent first role for someone looking to transition to the international development sector, and open to where they are based.

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Head of Finance & Administration #258

Human Rights Organization
UK
£50,000 – 55,000

Our partner is an ambitious organisation, working to secure the rights and safety of vulnerable individuals around the world. They are seeking an experienced hands-on Head of Finance to oversee and strengthen their controls, and accounting & financial management systems, and support the SMT in analysing and developing different income streams. As part of a small, complex organisation, the successful candidate will have excellent technical skills & the ability to be hands on as required, as well an understanding and interest in the operational elements of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of the SMT, oversee the development and implementation of the financial strategy and plan for the organisation.
  • Oversee and maintain an effective finance function, ensuring a sound control environment and reviewing, improving & streamlining accounting & financial management processes as required.
  • Oversee and ensure the production of monthly management accounts, and monitor and report on variances.
  • Produce the annual organisational budget, and cashflow forecasts and re-forecasts.
  • Oversee and ensure the production of the year-end consolidates accounts and financial statements, and prepare for the annual audit.
  • Financial modelling and analysis of the income generating arm of the organisation, working closely with the CEO to explore alternate income sources.
  • Act as a finance business partner to the programmes and fundraising teams, offering them support in developing budgets for proposals on a full cost recovery basis, and in preparing for donor audits.
  • Oversight of all donor contracts, ensuring that grants are managed on a full cost recovery basis, and all reporting is donor compliant.
  • Oversight of property management, ensuring that any improvements are made in a timely manner, and that all appropriate insurances are in place.
  • Oversight of the IT & HR functions

Person Specification

  • Senior finance professional with excellent financial management and strategic experience and skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, and willing to be hands on in terms of reviewing management accounts, preparation of year-end accounts and financial statements, and ensuring that the control environment is strong and being adhered to.
  • Experience of working with a small, complex INGO, and knowledge of donor grant management & fund accounting, on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to build effective working relationships with the board, SMT & junior members of the team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of operations, including property management, IT & HR.

They are seeking someone able to make a 4 day/week commitment; they will consider a full working for the right candidate.

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Finance Manager, Child Rights & Protection #254

INGO
Sierra Leone
£45,000 - £50,000

Our partner is a leading international children's organisation. Having undergone a period of rapid expansion and with the confirmation of funding from institutional donors, they are looking to strengthen the capacity of their partners across Africa. They are seeking a Finance Manager to support them in strengthening the capacity of their partners across in West Africa.

 

The successful candidate will be based in Sierra Leone, travelling to other country offices as required; their role will be to establish the accounting & financial management structures of their partners, supporting them in creating and maintaining a sound control environment, and meeting donor & other compliance and reporting requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish a sound control environment, ensuring that proper financial systems are in place in the Freetown and field offices & monitoring these to minimise risks.
  • Establish and ensure the appropriate cash management processes are in place, training/mentoring staff in these and monitoring adherence to these.
  • Oversee Quickbooks implementation
  • Oversee and ensure accurate and timely grant compliance and donor reporting. This includes:
    • 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.
  • Update the Finance Manual with any changes to any procedures and systems.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced accountant (at least 5 years post-qualification) 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 systems skills, experience of implementing an accounting system is desirable.
  • Experience of institutional grant management and donor compliance within an INGO setting.
  • Strong business partnering skills, including experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Diplomatic and able to deal with external and internal stakeholders with tact.

This is a 6 month contract with the possibility of an extension. The role will be based in Freetown with frequent travel to Abuja. The partner will cover the cost of flights, accommodation, in-country travel and visa.

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Volunteer Graeme in Cambodia

Accountant #253

INGO
Europe
c.€36,000 - €40,000

Our partner is a well-respected advocacy INGO that is holding civil organisations and governments accountable for their actions/decisions, ensuring that their powers are used for the benefit of their citizens and beneficiaries. They are seeking an accountant to take on broad financial & management accounting and reporting responsibilities, supporting a small, close-knit team in their Brussels office.

Key Deliverables

  • Responsible for day-to-day accounting, ensuring that financial transactions are inputted in a timely manner.
  • Maintain, develop and strengthen accounting and financial management procedures
  • Project accounting, including budget creation, monitoring and donor reporting
  • Producing management accounts and reports
  • Producing year-end accounts, assisting with planning for the audit, and with the annual budgeting and planning process
  • Overseeing the office administration and HR

Person Specification

  • Accountant, qualified or QBE, with at least 2 years of experience in accounting, an understanding of accounting & finance principles and management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of project accounting, grant compliance and management is desirable.
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate financial matters to non-finance staff.
  • Motivated, willing to undertake a variety of tasks, and take initiative.
  • Flexible, able to prioritise a varied workload and meet tight deadlines.
  • Fluent in English, with excellent spoken and reporting writing skills. Working knowledge of French is also essential.

This is an excellent opportunity for an accountant looking to get all-round experience of accounting & financial management within an international not for profit. The organisation is open to considering candidates of a variety of experience, and to support those in the early stages of their career.

Some relocation costs will be covered. Closing date for applications is: Friday, 11 January.

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Senior Programmes Accountant #252

Environment INGO
UK
c. £34,000 - £36,000

Our partner is working to protect the natural environment using an innovative approach that is embedded within a strong legal framework. They have worked and positively impacted a broad range of issues ranging from climate change and pollution; protecting the oceans and the livelihoods of those who sustain themselves from it; forestry management; and wildlife conservation. They are seeking a Senior Programmes Accountant; the successful candidate will work in a business partnering capacity supporting a portfolio of programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with programmes heads to support them in identifying overall funding requirements and developing programmes budgets on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Prepare budgets for inclusion on grant bids, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis
  • Oversee the financial management of all aspects of programmes grants. This includes ensuring proper systems, procedures & controls are in place; overseeing grant allocation; monitoring spending on grants; and reporting any variances in a timely manner.
  • Oversee financial processing, maintain the integrity of financial information, and ensure that programmes and partners are aware of and adhere to the appropriate financial and grant framework.
  • Review accounting processes; make and implement process improvements; monitor these and mentor staff as appropriate.
  • Undertake due diligence process and assessments of any new partners, and work with partners to ensure that they are grant compliant.
  • Prepare financial reports for grants, and be the first point of contact with grant audits.

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant, with hands on experience in financial accounting, budget creation and monitoring, grant budget proposal development & reporting within an international not for profit organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of grant finance management and compliance, DfID and EU experience is desirable.
  • Excellent IT & systems skills
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity, French is desirable.
  • Strong business partnering skills, working respectfully with staff and colleagues from different cultures

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International NFP Assurance (Global travel c40%) #243

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£45,000 - £54,000

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic flexible individual with a keen interest in international development to join the International Development Assurance Services team of our partner providing a wide range of specialist assurance services to a range of clients.

They  work across a range of specialist sectors and would in particular welcome candidates with experience in Central Government, United Nations, NGO and similar bodies.

The role will be attached to the International Development Assurance Services team providing a wide range of assurance services including internal audit, grant audit and investigation services to clients in the UK and internationally. This position is UK based with international travel.

The team sits within the Internal Audit department within the broader Risk Assurance service line.

About the ideal candidate

You should be able to demonstrate understanding of international development though working in the UN system, Charity, NGO or similar organisations. They are seeking IIA/ CIA or ACCA, ACA, CFE qualified OR part qualified people, experience in health, education, procurement, supply chain, governance, anti-corruption or justice is a distinct advantage.

You should be adaptable, they frequently don’t work 9-5 and accommodation overseas can sometimes be basic. You should be prepared to work in challenging environments, work alone or as part of a team to deliver a range of assurance services to our clients who operate in the international development environment, including the development of our monitoring and evaluation credentials.

The work we undertake is varied and different, it is audit and assurance based and you might be involved in verifying beneficiaries in the villages of Kenya to support an audit of a cash transfer programme, advising the Auditor General and team at the National Audit Office in Malawi through a capacity support programme, undertake an internal audit at a UK overseas embassy, reviewing the funding provided to NGO in Zimbabwe or reviewing the supply chain control processes for a United Nations body.

We don’t expect you to know everything, but you should be enthusiastic, have the adaptability to grasp concepts quickly, evidence your work, project confidence and professionalism to the client and work closely with all grades and cultures in an open supportive team environment.

To enable us to support new contracts preference will be given to applicant with language skills. We will support the right candidate to complete their professional qualification.

Tasks may include

Undertaking financial and document analysis work;

Systems review and testing compliance with funders requirements?

Compile, analyse facts and circumstances to formulate, substantiate and critique various theories, evidence and conclusions

Organise and present complex information in a clear and concise manner

Research and analysis of complex information to provide a structured, logical and intelligible picture of situations

and allegations

Essential

• Self-starter, ambitious, team-player

• An adaptable problem solver

• Experience of Central Government, United Nations, NGO or similar bodies

• Be prepared to work on secondment to clients

• Prepared to undertaken security clearance

• Willing to work internationally developing economies / post conflict countries (appropriate training will be provided)

Desirable

• Experience in health, education, procurement, supply chain, governance, anti-corruption, law enforcement or justice is a distinct advantage

• A second language (French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic)

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Programmes Finance Advisor #251

Healthcare INGO
UK
£34,000

Our partner is a well-reputed organisation, working to empower local organisations addressing emerging healthcare threats and issues around the world. This role has been created to offer additional resource and support to bridge the gap between finance and programmes, and ensure that donor and internal requirements are being met appropriately and in a timely manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee programmes budgets, working alongside partners to ensure that they are appropriately preparing and monitoring budgets, managing cashflow, and recording expenditure accurately.
  • Work with partners to ensure that they are grant compliant.
  • Oversee the preparation of financial reports, working alongside the UK-based programmes team and partners overseas.
  • Coordinate and support in donor due diligence and grant audits.
  • Provide financial oversight of partners, undertaking financial monitoring and capacity building visits as required, and supporting with the due diligence process of assessing any new partners.

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant, with hands on experience in financial accounting, financial management & reporting within an international organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience of assessing and building the capacity of partners/programmes overseas.
  • Excellent IT & systems skills, knowledge of Quickbooks and PS Financials
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity, French or Spanish are desirable.
  • Strong business partnering skills, working respectfully with staff and colleagues from different cultures

Deadline for applications: 14 November. Immediate start preferred

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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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Empowering women at LAFF, Peru

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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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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Senior Manager – Institutional Donor Grants #240

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£65,000 - £72,000

Our partner a leading global specialist in NFP & Institutional Donor Assurance services. The organisation supports a number of contracts with large institutions including the European Commission and established INGOs operating globally.

This role will manage a portfolio of EC grant audit assignment/ recipients.

  • Efficiently managing your time to ensure your portfolio is properly serviced and work is completed in a timely manner;

  • Managing all stages of the audit and advising the partner on audit outcomes;

  • Anticipating significant issues based on experience and knowledge of other grant audits and sector specific knowledge; being proactive in recommending solutions to these issues;

  • Advising clients on all financial reporting issues with reference to other specialists where necessary;

  • Sub-tender preparation on our existing framework contracts as well as involvement alongside other managers and partners on new tender opportunities;

  • Beginning to take ownership of identifying business opportunities from existing clients and supporting initiatives to develop new business opportunities including attending and organising network events;

  • Managing audit teams and reviewing their work; and

  • Responsibility for training of staff as required.

Responsibilities or involvement in Management

  • You will assist with the running of the Group by working with the management team to ensure that staff resources are best used to service the clients in the department. This will involve the following:

  • Further develop the grant audits team and practice;

  • Acting as a mentor for a group of trainees;

  • Appraising your group of trainees;

  • Active involvement in the development of audit staff;

  • Contributing to the running of the Group;

  • Assisting in the motivation of staff;

  • Staff recruitment - conducting interviews with a partner; and

  • Assisting with marketing activity.

Requirements

Substantial grant audit management experience;

Proven skills in managing a portfolio of assignments;

roven skills in managing staff;

Substantial external commercial auditing experience; and 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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Grant Audit Consultant - Polish Speaker #239

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
350-450 Euros pd.

Institutional grant audit assignment on behalf of the European Commission based in Brussels for c140 days. 

A leading specilaist international accounting practice seeks experienced & qualified audit professional for 140 day assignment in Brussels supporting the EC. Applicants must be fluent in both English and Polish. Assignment will commence in October 2018.

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ChildFund, Bolivia

Senior Manager - Risk, Assurance & Consultancy #233

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£55,000-60,000

Assignments relate to projects/programmes funded and/or delivered by organisations such as the EC, World Bank, United Nations, national governments’ development bodies and NGOs.

The Manager takes responsibility for managing and/or leading assignments in the domain of risk management and internal audit, reporting to a Partner. This includes the coordination of a large-scale learning and development contract, managing the delivery of c.200 days of training a year.

The Senior Manager manages teams made up of Project Coordinators, Junior Managers, Consultants (including trainers) and Audit Seniors, including review of planning, fieldwork, reporting, training performance and project management.

Specific responsibilities include but not limited to..

Client assignments

Manage and lead risk and internal audit related assignments

Manage delivery of training courses, including liaison with clients and trainers, design and/or review of training material and delivery of training courses in the domain of risk, internal control and financial management;

Business development

Prepare proposals or tenders for specific assignments, either stand-alone or within a framework contract, reporting to a Partner.

Internal development of the International Institutions Grant Assurance Team

Provide on-the-job training, coaching and guidance to more junior team members on an ongoing basis.

Candidate Profile

  • Qualifications: A degree in a relevant discipline (2:1 or above).
  • Membership of an industry-recognized professional body (IIA, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, IRM).
  • Excellent working knowledge of audit standards, techniques and methodologies, and specifically of the international standards (IPPF) issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Experience in conducting external quality assessments against such standards an advantage.
  • A good working knowledge of a second language, especially French or Spanish, would be an advantage.
  • Passionate about international travel and international public sector. Experience working with the EC, UN or other International Organisations and/or NGOs would be an advantage.
  • Willing to work in locations outside the UK for up to 50% of the time.

At least five years of practical experience in planning, conducting and managing internal audit assignments, as part of an in-house, co-sourced or outsourced internal audit function – including conducting risk assessments, developing and implementing risk based audit plans

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Int'l Donor Assurance Mgr./ Senior Business Partner #229

(French speaker)
UK
£50,000 - £55,000

Our partner specialises in providing essential assurance services to institutional donor organisations - this specialist team carrys out audits and special assignments for internationally funded projects in Europe and worldwide.

Assignments are principally audits or special assignments of projects funded by organisations such as the European Commission, World Bank, United Nations, governmental development bodies and NGOs.

Your role is to provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the department, in particular to specialist hubs based overseas. 

Overview

The Manager takes responsibility for overseeing the development of clients across a number of specialist overseas hub offices reporting to a Partner.

The Manager will also perform a limited fieldwork role on some assignments, particularly those which are also staffed by Hub Office personnel. Accordingly, travel should be expected at a level of approximately 20%.

Business development

  • Perform reviews of tenders prepared by Hub Offices, reporting to Partner
  • Oversee coordination of tenders with support from Hub Office Support coordinator
  • Take the lead in drafting tenders reporting to a partner

Client assignments

  • Manage all aspects of a client contract involving concurrent individual audit assignments
  • Manage and deliver new and / or complex assignments including designing appropriate responses to non-conventional terms of reference, writing tailored work programmes and designing bespoke reporting formats
  • Develop a detailed understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and be able to provide expert guidance in an area of specialism
  • Manage a group of assignments under a client contract from planning to finalisation reporting to the senior manager/partner
  • Review and finalise a tailored plan for group of assignments under a contract based on an understanding of the terms of reference
  • Lead and manage assignment fieldwork teams including locally based staff
  • Critically review findings made by other team members and identify potential findings that were not made by other team members
  • Lead opening meetings and present the audit findings at closing meetings
  • Conduct assignments in a sceptical but constructive manner
  • Review and improve reports in line with client and firm expectations
  • Review the audit programme and audit file and take actions to ensure that both are completed in line with firm expectations
  • Be accountable for overall contract and individual assignment deadlines and be proactive in taking actions to ensure deadlines are met
  • Be accountable for the time spent on assignments against budget and be proactive in taking actions if budget overruns are anticipated
  • Oversee preparation of newsletters, drafting own articles and generating ideas for others and liaising with the relevant IOC for the coordination of receipt of articles from Heads of Offices 
  • Prepare and present own presentations at conferences to keep participants up-to-date on latest developments

Requirements;

  • Qualifications: (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
  • At least five years audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience
  • Ideally worked for a top 20 firm
  • Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus
  • Highly developed technical and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent reporting writing skills
  • A broad range of staff planning and supervision experience
  • Team worker
  • Adaptable and flexible in attitude
  • Public sector knowledge and interest
  • Candidate should be bilingual (English / French)
  • Third language desirable, especially Spanish, Portuguese or German
  • Passionate about international travel
  • Willing to work in international locations

EXPRESS INTEREST

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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Humanitarian Aid Field Auditor (French speaker) #207

UK
£43,000 - £48,000

Our partner is leading a consortium of European firms and was awarded contracts with a European Institutional Donor to audit grant funding awarded to various organisations within the European Community. 

The contracts include within their scope 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. Approximately 100 field trips are carried out in each year.

They are seeking an experienced, passionate individual to join their team as a Field Auditor. Your role will be to conduct field-based audits of humanitarian programmes around the world. The purpose of these audits would be to establish that what is being said by the HQ about relief/humanitarian work being undertaken by the recipient of a fund, is actually what is happening on the ground. As such, as part of this, you will be spending time at a country office of a national or international programme, followed by time at the field office, and finally on the project site itself. The broad nature of this role will mean that you are able to speak to variety of people – from HQ & field staff, to beneficiaries to understand the nature of the relief/aid they are receiving, and compare that what is being stated. You will also have the opportunity to compare the control environment and make recommendation on best practice.

The trips will last on average from 2-5 weeks; they anticipate at least 5-6 trips a year, though this is likely to be higher. The field auditor will be responsible for planning & executing the audit, and writing a report at the end.

 

Person Specification:

  • A qualified or experienced auditor with a passion for international development, specifically humanitarian work.
  • Someone who is willing to travel extensively to conflict and fragile states, or states that have suffered from natural disasters. Our partner takes safety/security very seriously and they have regular security briefings & awareness training.
  • Excellent report writing skills – the reports will be written in English, though it requires someone able to understand the complex & sometimes controversial nature of findings, and be able to present these in plain English and diplomatically.
  • French is essential, other languages (Spanish + other languages, a bonus).
  • Excellent planning, organisational & time management skills – you will be required to plan & execute audits, and write & submit reports. There is a 6 month deadline of submission of reports from the point the audit is initiated; the field auditor will be at a variety of stages for multiple audits and therefore need to be able to manage their time very well.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Int'l Development Audit Senior (German/ French speaker) #205

£44,000- £48,000, c. 50% travel
UK

This unique and rewarding opportunity would suit an experienced German or French speaking audit professional that loves diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and worthwhile causes. 

Assignments are principally audits or special assignments in connection with projects funded by organizations such as the European Commission, DFID, USAID, World Bank, United Nations, governmental development bodies and NGOs.


Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 40 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see 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 an 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. This role includes considerable travel on assignments to any part of the world.

Role purpose: to provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the Public Sector Group.

Person Specification

• Qualifications: ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent.

• Audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience.

• Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus;

• Sound technical and analytical skills; Good reporting writing skills.

• Good communication and presentation skills

• Staff planning and supervision experience.

• Team worker; adaptable and flexible in attitude.

• Public sector knowledge and interest. 

• Second language, German or French 

• Passionate about international travel.

• Willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Empowering community at Gongali, Tanzania

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