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

£37,000 - 40,000
Cape Town &/or South East UK

Permanent

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 

Finance Business Partner #280

Global NGO
c. £40,000
London, UK

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.  

SUN Systems Advisor #279

Environmental NGO
London, 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.

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

c. £65,000
UK South East (or Cape Town) UK

Permanent

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

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.

Global Internal Auditor #276

International NGO
£45,000
Flexible, UK

permanent

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

Programmes Finance Officer #275

Up to £40,000
London, UK

Perm &/or 2 month FTC

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

Grants Compliance & Finance #273

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

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.

Programmes Accountant #274

Humanitarian INGO
c. £36,000
London (with travel), UK

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.

Grants & Finance Manager #260

Healthcare INGO
c. $55,000
Liberia & Rwanda, Africa

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.

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

International Development Assurance Specialists
£44,000 - 54,000
London, 40% World travel UK

permanent

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.

Consultant #272

INGO
£300-350/day
London, UK

2 Months

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.

Finance Officer #259

Charitable Foundation
£30,000 - £35,000
London (with travel), UK

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.

Programmes Analyst #231

INGO working with smallholder farmers
£40,000 depending on experience
London with 10% travel overseas UK

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.

EC Audit Consultant (German speaker) #248

Development assurance specialist
400-500 Euros pd.
Brussels, Europe

12 months

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.