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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.

Country Finance Manager (Libya & Afghanistan) #353

Africa
c. £31,000 (net of local taxes) + generous local allowances

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities. They are seeking two Country Finance Managers to oversee and maintain the integrity of their programme in Libya and Afghanistan.
 

These are leadership positions within an influential organisation, and will offer a rewarding opportunity to individuals who are 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 tools & processes for better budget management and reporting; financial monitoring and reviewing of grants; and managing financial risk in the programme.
  • Support in creating the annual business plan.
  • Provide financial oversight and support to all programme locations, covering accounting, financial management, cost allocation, payroll, grants compliance, monitoring and reporting, and supervising and reviewing work of the finance team, providing guidance as required.
  • Ensure adequate banking and cash provisions are in place, and manage the cashflow requirements of the programme.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • 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.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, financial planning, reporting & MsExcel skills.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a financial management role overseas, with experience in a humanitarian context highly desirable.
  • Experience of developing controls, policies and procedures and risk management in a complex environment.
  • Experience of interpreting and implementing donor/grants requirements.
  • Excellent analytical and IT skills, able to critically review complex financial data.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of managing a team, and working effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to live and work in a challenging environment.

Salary c. £31,000 (net of local taxes) + generous living allowances.

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International Finance Manager #354

Sri Lanka
c. £31,000 (net of local taxes) + generous local allowances

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer people in conflict-affected regions the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking an International Finance Manager to oversee and maintain the integrity of their programmes in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial planning for the programme; in the preparation of project-specific and programme-wide budgets; developing tools & processes for better budget management and reporting; financial monitoring and reviewing of grants; and managing financial risk in the programme.
  • Support in creating the annual business plan.
  • Provide financial oversight and support to all programme locations, covering accounting, financial management, cost allocation, payroll, grants compliance, monitoring and reporting, and supervising and reviewing work of the finance team, providing guidance as required.
  • Ensure adequate banking and cash provisions are in place, and manage the cashflow requirements of the programme.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • 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.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, financial planning, reporting & MsExcel skills.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a financial management role overseas, with experience in a humanitarian context highly desirable.
  • Experience of developing controls, policies and procedures and risk management in a complex environment.
  • Experience of interpreting and implementing donor/grants requirements.
  • Excellent analytical and IT skills, able to critically review complex financial data.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of managing a team, and working effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to live and work in a challenging environment.

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Finance Business Partner #352

UK
£45,000 -£50,000 [pro rata]

Our partner has played a key role in supporting the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK. They are seeking an experienced finance business partner to support them to manage a substantial new grant received.

As a result of an increase in the demand for the crucial services they provide, they have grown rapidly and are at an interesting phase in the development of their finance function. Specifically for this role, they are seeking a candidate to offer full financial management of a substantial new grant received, and additionally support them through the current phase of growth, increased volume and complexity of activity. 

Responsibilities

  • Lead on the full cycle management of the grant, including designing and strengthening processes and controls, providing oversight of coding and entering transactions, making corrections as required, and reconciling data.
  • Supporting budget holders in all aspects of grants compliance, monitoring and reporting. 
  • Undertake programmes finance analysis and support in the development of reports for internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Support in the preparation of the donor audit.
  • Act as a business partner to the programmes team, providing accounting & financial support, analysis and identifying risks in order to better assist resource allocation and decision making within the organisation.

Requirements

  • An experienced accountant (qualified or finalist) with experience in a finace role delivering a large, complex project.
  • A commercial background, ideally within logistics or retail, and a strong understanding of charity finance, including grants compliance and monitoring.
  • Good systems experience, intermediate/advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work successfully with finance and non-finance staff, and engage a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Immediate start preferred. They are ideally seeking someone who is able to start latest by early January 2021.

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International Grant Audit: Manager - Senior Manager #340

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

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

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

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

Skills and Qualifications

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

Qualifications ACA or ACCA, or equivalent, qualified.

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

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Senior Internal Auditor - International Risk & Advisory #323

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

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

About the Role

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

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

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

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

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

Essential

  • IIA/ACA qualification

Desirable

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

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Int. Development Grant Assurance: Senior - AM #351

EC/ UN Assurance Specialists
UK
£47,000 - 53,000

Are you an experienced audit professional seeking a more inspiring role, maybe a rewarding career with exotic travel (post pandemic), supporting truly worthwhile causes - perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills?

 

Our partner, sector 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 operating globally (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling post pandemic 25-40% per annum on assignments 1 to 3 weeks in length in small teams.

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

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

Role overview

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

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

Requirements

Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent (Finalists considered)

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

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

A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

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

Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

Team worker

Resilience and adaptability

Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​Personal attributes:

At least two-three years of audit experience

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

Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time (post pandemic)

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

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Audit Manager (VFM / Performance Audit) #308

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

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

 

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

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

Requirements

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

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Not for Profit - Auditor #303

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

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

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

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

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

Specific responsibilities 

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

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

Travel opportunities

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

 

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

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

Role overview

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

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • Grant management and audit and reporting experience with international institutions

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

  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

  • Fluency in a second language German or Turkish

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 8-10 years of audit experience

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

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

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

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Looking to develop a career in International Development?

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

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

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

Career Changers

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

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

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

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