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Head of Internal Audit #304

Wildlife and environmental conservation
c. €45,000
DRC, Africa

Our partner is seeking an experienced internal auditor. The ecological, cultural and political context is one of the most challenging yet rewarding in wildlife conservation. The organisation are focussing on an ambitious programme of projects to ensure the financial sustainability of the park and to remove reliance on park resources by those living around it. They are aiming to create a sustainable funding model with diversified sources of financing including grants, revenue from business initiatives and other loans and investments. 

 

The Head of Internal Audit will be tasked with reviewing and strengthening their control system and to ensure that they are compliant with all relevant legislation, regulations and best practice.

Key Responsibilities

· Review on an ongoing basis, organisational controls, operations procedures and regulatory compliance.

· Review controls within their ERP system, and make recommendations to improve controls and functionality

· Undertake risk assessment and risk management reviews on an ongoing basis.

· Write reports detailing conclusions, and providing recommendations for improving controls and the organisation’s operations.

· Identifies employment training required, and engages in staff development around best practice.

· Conduct pre-audit reviews for individual grants and the organisation overall.

 

Person Specification

  • Degree in Economics, Finance, Business/Qualified CPA, CA CGMA, CIMA, ACCA
  • At least 10 years of internal audit, process review & improvement, and risk management experience
  • Experience in developing internal policies and procedures in a complex and rapidly growing organisation.
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent report writing skills in French,
  • Strong communicator, able to address issues and effect change, and work with and coach a range of finance and non-finance staff.
  • Organised, able to prioritise a varied workload, and manage this in a complex environment.

Our partner will pay the cost of a return flight, accommodation in the park, and offer a salary c. €45,000 annually. Please note, this role is only open to experienced internal auditors who are bilingual. Candidates are being considered on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply early.

Not for Profit - Audit Senior #303

International Practice
Approx. £46k + Excellent benefits
CE London, some European travel. UK

permanent

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

 

Finance Director, Empowering Smallholder Farmers #302

General salary
Lagos, Nigeria

Permanent

Our partner is an agricultural social enterprise working with smallholder farmers in the northern region of the country to increase their productivity and improve their livelihoods. They are seeking a Finance Director to oversee the integrity of their accounting & finance function, leading their corporate finance function, and offer strategic analysis and advice, supporting the leadership in scaling their operations.

 

They provide a range of key services to the farmers:

  • Provide inputs (seeds, fertilizers and herbicides) to the smallholder farmers on a credit basis at competitive rates at the planting season. These inputs are financed through debt raise by the organisation.
  • Agronomy training & support, covering good farming practices which minimize the negative environmental impact.
  • Offer access to storage facilities, and access to market, maximising their profits.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight to the corporate finance, financial control, audit, treasury and FPA functions.
  • Ensure the integrity of the accounting and financial management systems, oversight of the transaction processes, preparation of the year-end financial statements and the annual audit, and ensuring that the organisation meets all its statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Review and strengthen the control environment, ensuring that accounting processes are understood and adhered to across the organisation.
  • Lead on organisational budget creation, developing and strengthening of budget monitoring, reporting and cashflow forecasting tools and reports.
  • Responsible for the management of short-term cash requirements, and long-term planning; oversight of the treasury; and provide leadership to optimise the financial performance of the organisation
  • Drive on financial planning, offering the senior leadership analysis and advice on expansion – both in terms of regions and crops covered.
  • Work with senior leadership in designing the fundraising strategy (grants and investments), prepare the financial models and support presentations made to funders/investors.
  • Business partnering and management of external stakeholder relationships – including investors, banks, suppliers and auditors.
  • Support with the new systems implementation, and ensure that all their systems (accounting & inventory management) are working efficiently.
  • Oversight of the finance staff, responsible for hiring and retaining a qualified team.

Person Specification

  • Senior finance professional, with an accounting qualification, and 10+ years of experience in progressively responsible finance roles.
  • Demonstrable experience of running the finance function of a small- to medium-sized enterprise (preferably in a start-up environment), including of developing controls, accounting processes and financial management tools, and systems implementation.
  • Strong experience of corporate finance (fundraising from investors), financial planning and risk management.
  • Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English
  • Strong problem solver, flexible and able to handle a large and varied volume of work and responsibilities maturely
  • Excellent relationship management skills, and ability to deal with stakeholders diplomatically and with tact.
  • Interest in agribusiness in a developing context.

Whilst this role is being advertised as a permanent role, they are also open to candidates able to make a minimum 6 month commitment. For the right candidate, they will cover the cost of one return flight, cover the cost of accommodation for 3 months, and offer a generous salary. Candidates are being considered on a rolling basis, and early applications are encouraged.

Systems Accountant #299

INGO
£40,000 - £45,000
London, UK

4-6 month contract

Our partner is a young, but leading and growing human rights organisation with programmes in Asia and Africa. They are going through a period of expansion; this includes establishing new country programmes, bringing their finance function in-house, and preparing themselves to receive a large institutional grant.

 

They are seeking a Systems Accountant to support the Head of Finance in the implementation and integration of their new cloud-based system; reviewing and ensuring that their processes meet their statutory, regulatory and grants compliance requirements; and documenting any changes and new processes and policies.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the implementation of the new system, including liaising with internal stakeholders to continually ensure that the system is capturing the business requirements; liaising with the software provider and contractor on system configuration; and facilitating data migration.
  • Support in developing tools to monitor grant income and expenditure.
  • Undertaking testing of the new system, leading on the roll out and facilitating training for all relevant members of staff.
  • Review existing accounting & financial management processes and policies, ensuring these meet grant compliance requirements and making recommendations on any improvements in line with best practice.
  • Update Finance Procedures & Policies Manual, ensuring it reflects changes in processes and the system.

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with experience in project management of a new systems implementation from the scoping to the delivery stage within an INGO with multi-country and multi-currency operations.
  • Experience of charity finance and accounting processes, including cost allocation and cost recovery.
  • A good understanding MSDyanmics and advanced MSExcel skills
  • Experience of reviewing and documenting financial and accounting systems and processes.
  • Excellent communication, business partnering and report writing skills.
  • Experience of training finance and non-finance staff.

International Programmes Accountant #296

Humanitarian & Emergencies Team
£40,000 - £44,000
London (with travel), UK

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an international programmes accountant to act as a finance business partner to their Humanitarian & Emergencies team.

 

The purpose of this role is to support programmes staff in this team in establishing appropriate accounting, financial management and grant reporting & monitoring systems during humanitarian and other emergencies, and leading on financial training to both finance and non-finance staff.

Key Deliverables

  • Finance Business partner, supporting the team through planning, budgeting and forecasting – ensuring these processes are completed within agreed timeline; analysing and reporting on consolidated budgets; managing monthly cashflow and funding tools; and identifying risks that might impact the budget outcome.
  • Ensure that managers have a clear understanding of the financial framework, their responsibilities and targets and the financial performance of their team.
  • Maintain integrity of the financial information; review grant agreements, transfers and international invoice payments; review accounting processes & controls, and propose actions to mitigate any risks and implement process improvements as appropriate.
  • Provide finance support and financial management surge support to international regionals in the aftermath of a large and complex emergency as required.
  • Carry out due diligence reviews of partner national societies, identifying any risks and making recommendations on these, and ensure all internal audit actions are understood and followed up on.
  • To design, develop and deliver programmatic financial training to the international directorate staff and delegates.
  • To roll out training supporting directorate change initiatives, including a systems upgrade.

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience of working in a large, complex INGO. Strong technical skills, including audit, risk assessment & management, project accounting, management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of developing financial systems to support international operations
  • Experience in institutional grants (DfID, ECHO, EU, USAID), including budget proposal development, budget management, grants compliance & reporting.
  • Experience in delivering training to finance and non-finance staff.
  • Understanding of working within a humanitarian context.
  • Flexible, able to adapt to workload and changing priorities as required
  • Excellent communication skills – able to communicate to finance and non-finance staff.

Audit Manager - International Grants (Global travel) #295

International Development Assurance Specialists
London, 40% World travel UK

permanent

An exciting career opportunity for an experienced audit professional keen to travel and support established International Development stakeholders. 

Are you seeking an inspiring role, a new and rewarding career with diverse travel, supporting truly worthwhile causes. Perhaps even the chance to use your 2nd language skills in a critical setting? Our partner, specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for this management position; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the United Nations & the World Bank. You'll be London-based travelling 40-50% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length. Locations such as Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon, France)

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 to establish a career in the international development NGO sector.

This specialist team is wholly dedicated to the provision of financial management solutions to international institutions, particularly those involved in grant-making and the implementation of grant-funded programmes in the public sector.

Youre role will provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the department.

Responsibilities

- Prepare to be out of office at client sites for 50% plus of the time conducting audits or special assignments globally;
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of public sector audit issues and techniques and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of public sector client structures and the legal and contractual frameworks in which the assignments are performed and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and provide guidance to other team members based on previous experience;
- Prepare a tailored plan for large or complex assignments based on an understanding of the terms of reference;
- Lead assignment fieldwork teams including locally based staff for large or complex assignments;
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the findings on an assignment and write them up in a detailed, precise and clear way in the assignment report;
- Lead opening meetings and present the audit findings at closing meetings;
- Draft a report for each assignment on a timely basis;
- Prepare proposals for specific assignments within a framework contract;
- Provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process;
- Develop an good understanding of the firm’s billing procedures, including charge out rates, budgeting and calculation of recovery rates;
- Take on at least one formal internal responsibility in the following areas: training; recruitment; technical development; business development; IT; social.

Requirements

Qualifications: (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent);
- At least four years audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience;
- Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus;
- Sound technical and analytical skills;
- Good communication and presentation skills;
- Good reporting writing skills;
- Staff planning and supervision experience;
- Team worker;
- Adaptable and flexible in attitude;
- Public sector knowledge and interest;
- Passionate about international travel;
- Ideally worked for a top 20 firm;
- Second language, especially French, Spanish or German is highly desirable;
- Willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time.

Project Accountant #294

UN Agency
c. £42,000 - £44,000
London, UK

1 year FTC

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

 

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

International Funders Grant Assurance – Audit Senior / Ass Mgr (Global travel) #271

Development Assurance Specialists
£44,000 - 50,000
London, 50% World travel UK

permanent

Are you an experienced audit professional seeking a more inspiring role, maybe a rewarding career with exotic travel, 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 40-50% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length in small teams.

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

Overseas assignments 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, Poertuguese, 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

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

Freelance Grant Auditors: 350-500 Euros pd. + Associated expenses.

For qualified multi-lingual auditor professionals with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in grant audit, in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience flexible-contract options may be available. 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.

Finance Business Partner #288

Healthcare INGO
c. £45,000
London, UK

4 months contract

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

 

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

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

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

Regional Accountant, French speaker #285

£40,000 - £45,000
London with 30% travel UK

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

 

Responsibilities

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

 

Person Specification

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

Finance Officer #282

Charitable Foundation
c. £35,000 - £38,000
London (with travel), UK

Permanent

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.

Contracts Finance Manager #261

INGO, Children's education and care
£40,000
Milton Keynes, with 20% travel UK

Permanent

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.

Grants Accountant, Poverty Alleviation INGO #255

£35,000 - £37,000
London based with 4 weeks of travel UK

Permanent Contract

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.

 

International Freelance Auditor #245

Assurance services for int'l institutional donors (EC, UN, WB, DFID)
€330-500 per day.
UK & Europe UK

Freelance

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

Looking to develop a career in International Development?

The AfID Workshop is a good first step..
One Moorgate, London
Next dates 31 Jan, 29 May, 09 Oct 2020 UK

8.30am - 5.00pm

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