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Regional Finance Officer #341

Competitive salary, with excellent allowances & benefits
Amman, Jordan

Permanent

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking a Regional Finance Officer to support in the provision of financial leadership to their programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. This is a newly created role, and is an excellent opportunity for a charity finance professional looking to move to a field-based position.
 

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Regional Finance Manager in the financial monitoring the portfolio of grants and contracts across the region, supporting in the development of appropriate controls, processes and tools to ensure effective management of these.
  • Support in the production of timely donor reports, and in monitoring project costs to completion.
  • Provide support in developing donor budgets, and country budgets.
  • Support in the day-to-day programmes finance – entering monthly journals, reviewing and reconciling country cashbooks, and reviewing and reconciling payment requests and reports from implementing partners.
  • Assist in monitoring of compliance against donor regulations, the organisational requirements, and overseas statutory regulations.
  • Assist in preparing for grant and external audits.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, and risk management skills.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to coordinate and review information from country offices and implementing partners.
  • Grants compliance, management and reporting experience, specifically experience of managing DfID, ECHO and UN funds.
  • Astute & succinct, with excellent communication skills, and demonstrable experience of working with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to work in a challenging environment.
  • Previous experience of working in a finance role in a humanitarian context is highly desirable.

This role is based in Amman, Jordan with travel to other countries in the region. Competitive salary, based on experience, & generous benefits.

International Grant Audit: Manager - Senior Manager #340

International Development Assurance Specialists
£55,000 - £70,000
London, some world travel. UK

permanent

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.

Country Finance Manager (Ukraine) #339

Competitive salary, with excellent allowances & benefits
Europe

Permanent

Our partner, a humanitarian organisation, supporting people the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war, seeks a finance manager for their programmes in Ukraine; there is scope to spuport other country programmes in Europe & the Caucuses.
 

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the finance function across all programme locations, including that of delivery partners. This includes, but is not limited to financial accounting, payroll & tax, ensuring that all statutory, regulatory and grant compliance requirements are met, and the financial policies and procedures are followed as per the organisational guidelines and expectations.
  • Lead on the financial planning for the programme; in the preparation of project-specific and programme-wide budgets; developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting; and preparing budget vs. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Ensure proper cost allocation across projects, ensuring any shortfalls are identified and met; manage cashflow requirements and forecasts.
  • Support the Country Director in identifying and managing financial & other emerging risks.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • Support the Regional Finance Manager in developing budgets for proposals, and in monitoring the regional business plan.
  • Staff management and development – developing the capacity of finance staff.

 

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, and reporting writing skills.
  • Analytical & financial modelling skills, able to critically review complex financial data.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to coordinate and review information from implementing partners.
  • Grants compliance, management and reporting experience, specifically experience of managing DfID, ECHO and UN funds.
  • Astute & succinct, with excellent communication skills, and demonstrable experience of working with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Experience of working in a management position, and overseeing staff in person and remotely.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to work in a challenging environment.
  • Spoken Russian is highly desirable

The role is based in Kiev, Ukraine with travel. 

Grants Finance Business Partner #338

£45,000
London, UK

Permanent

Our partner is women’s health and empowerment organisation. They are seeking an exceptional business partner to manage the portfolio of grant funding from institutional donors in the UK and Europe.

The role is quite broad in its scope – providing financial management support through the full project cycle, and acting as a business partner to country office teams, implementing partners, and donors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support in developing budget for donor proposals (including payment by results), working with country offices and implementing partners, that these are developed on a full-cost recovery basis.
  • Responsible for grants compliance – ensuring that new projects are set-up accurately, invoices are submitted on time & in the correct format – and reporting – ensuring that reports are submitted in a timely manner, any changes in financial guidelines are understood and adhered to, and projects are closed out in a timely manner.
  • Provide analysis & information to ensure accurate cashflow forecasting, and on the life of a project.
  • Act a business partner to the programmes team, country offices & implementing partners, providing advice and training on donor reporting & compliance issues.
  • Responsible for programme accounting.
  • Lead in the preparation for donor audits, and support the year-end audit process.

Requirements

  • Qualified accountant, or finalist, with experience in project accounting & the financial management of complex institutional grants that cover multiple regions & partners.
  • Experience of grants compliance, management and reporting of UK & European institutional donors including DfID, EU, Danish, German & the Dutch government. This includes experience of PBR grants.
  • Exceptional business partner, able to work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in working in an INGO across cultures.
  • Fluency in French is desirable.

Head of Finance #337

£60,000
London, UK

Permanent

Our partner, a well-respected charity working to support & empower people to live their lives fully; and adovating for inclusiveness, seeks a Head of Finance to ensure that the charity is able to deliver on its strategy and programmes in the UK.

Responsibilities

  • Lead on the production of the annual budget, working with department heads to maximise income, recover costs as fully as possible, and ensure that programmes are being delivered on a value for money basis.
  • Act as a strategic business partner to department heads, providing financial advice and supporting them in delivering strategic objectives.
  • Working with the broader finance team to develop & strengthen reporting and performance; ensure that annual financial statements are produced in a timely manner, and that the charity remains compliant to statutory requirements; and ensure risk management is embedded in individual departments and the organisation overall.
  • Support the CFO in preparing the annual report & accounts, and in providing an appraisal of the financial health of the charity

 

Requirements

  • Qualified accountant with demonstrable experience heading up the finance function of charity, and experience of offering strategic analysis and advice to Board of Trustees and Finance & Audit Committees.
  • Strong experience and skills in technical financial accounting (including an awareness of UK GAAP and charity SORP requirements), management accounting (developing budgets on a full cost recovery basis for the organisation as well as for individual grant proposals), and analysis (advising on business cases for proposals and fundraising).
  • Experience of developing and strengthening internal controls, and of risk management.
  • Experience of managing a complex grant portfolio within a charity setting.
  • Strong communicator, with developed presentation and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work with a range of stakeholders, both within the organisation and externally.
  • Advanced Excel skills

Finance Director, Education Social Enterprise, Ghana #334

c $65,000 + benefits
Ghana, Africa

Permanent

Our partner offers children and youth from low income families, access to quality, affordable education. As they look to move from a start-up to a growth stage social enterprise, they are seeking a dynamic Finance Director to develop a resilient, multi-country finance function. This is a newly created role, and will be an interesting position for someone willing to be hands on, whilst offering strategic oversight and support.
 

Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Establish finance systems and teams in new locations.
  • Lead on organisational budget creation, developing and strengthening of budget monitoring, reporting and cashflow forecasting and reports.
  • Drive on financial planning, offering the senior leadership analysis and advice on new business and growth opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Oversight of the finance staff, responsible for hiring and retaining a qualified team.

 

Person Specification

  • Senior finance professional, with an undergraduate degree and accounting qualification, and demonstrable experience of running the finance function of a fast growing small- to medium-sized enterprise (preferably in a start-up environment), including of developing controls, accounting processes and financial management tools.
  • Experience of corporate finance & fund accounting.
  • 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.
  • Passion for the education sector.
  • Experience of working in Africa is desirable.

Salary c. $65,000, depending on experience.

Senior Internal Auditor - International Risk & Advisory #323

International PFM Specialists
£45,000 - £53,000
London, 50%+ world travel UK

permanent

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

Int. Development Grant Assurance: Audit Senior-Asst Mgr #351

EC/ UN Assurance Specialists
£46,000 - 50,000
London, 25-40% 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 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, 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.

EU Audit - Senior Manager #324

Int'l PFM & Assurance Specialists
£60,000 - 72,000
Brussels (Overseas travel) Europe

permanent

The department carry out contract audit work for the EC and other International Institutions. The role is based in Brussels to oversee the completion of assignments on this and other European contracts, as well as to identify new business opportunities.

• The post holder will assist in management and supervision of the individual batch contracts allocated  

• Assist the Partner in charge of the Co-ordination Office in supervising and directing the other office personnel

• Act as deputy to the Partner as necessary

• Aid in the development of new business, including identifying opportunities, and preparation of tender submissions

• Review audit reports to ensure quality, consistency and clarity

• Supervise and manage on a day-to-day basis the activities and workload of the other Brussels office team members (typically 2 – 4 persons at any one time)

Duties and responsibilities

Planning, monitoring and review

• Batch planning which will include staff planning, detailed planning at an individual assignment level including liaising with the beneficiary

• Managing batches, including liaising with the assignment leader during and post the audit, ensuring that the assignment leader works to our strict reporting deadlines with the EC, keeping our Brussels team informed of any problems, ensuring queries from our Brussels team and the EC are responded to promptly and ensuring that we complete our assignments within the contractual deadlines

• File and report reviews – detailed quality assurance reviews of individual assignment audit reports to ensure: compliant with relevant contractual terms, presentational compliance with prescribed report template, general satisfies the prevailing in-house quality and consistency standards and otherwise work has been completed in accordance with prescribed work programmes, properly documented and signed-off

• Other duties including managing FP7 certification work and managing a small portfolio of non-EC clients who are beneficiaries of EU funding, etc

Staff management

• Supervision of administrator

Technical and research

• Focal point for technical advice/expertise, including producing relevant guidance

• Ensuring up to date knowledge of applicable rules, procedures, guidance and accounting standards (IAS)

• Producing Technical Bulletins and other information to aid audit firms in their work; developing working papers, report templates and other tools

• Maintaining key resources in a central folder

  • Support to Partner in Charge

• Replacing or standing in for partner-in-charge at meetings with EC officials or in other communications (e.g., contentious reports, review comments; discussions over late completion / penalty charges, etc)

• Negotiating with audit firms over technical, administrative or contractual matters issues as necessary

• Developing new business contacts and opportunities both with EU institutions and beneficiaries of EU funding (including tender preparation)

• Aiding in the preparation of periodic tenders / proposals for EU institutions and other prospective clients

Experience

• External audit experience, ideally with previous exposure to working with or for International Institutions with a grant audit perspective and / or internal audit work

• Excellent report writing and communication skills in English

Qualifications

• Qualified ACA or ACCA, or equivalent

Language skills

• Fluent English

Written and ideally spoken French to intermediate (B2) or advanced (C1) level or another mainstream EU (e.g., German, Spanish or Italian) language would be advantageous

Audit Manager (VFM / Performance Audit) #308

International Development Assurance Specialists
£53,000 - £65,000
London base, 20-30% world travel UK

permanent

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.

Consultant - International Aid Assurance #305

Development Specialists
London base, 30% world travel UK

permanent

An exciting consulting role within a team focused on assignments in developing nations and emerging markets, working principally for multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank & DFID. Projects include public financial management and public sector governance, internal and external audit.
 

At the heart of the team's work is Aid Oversight: improving the ways in which developing country government’s mange aid spending, track, and monitor use of donor funds to ensure that projects are properly delivered. Other areas include anti-corruption, fiduciary risk, and capacity building. 

This role suits someone looking for: progressive responsibility in international development project management; experience in writing high-quality, innovative proposals for agencies such as DFID, the Foreign Office, and the World Bank; and exposure to financial management and internal control reviews

The Consultant will perform a key role in supporting the management of existing projects, including projects in Asia and Africa, and significant travel to these and other locations.

You will also work with us in the identification and development of relevant prospects and technical and financial proposals. Our intention is that you will progress to fully managing several of our projects in terms of budgetary control and financial reporting, recruitment and staffing, client management, strategic oversight, and technical quality assurance, as well as continuing to play an important role in business development and bidding.

Over time, we will support you to develop expertise on the following:
• Project management and oversight;
• Managing complex delivery tasks and project risks;
• Leading technical and financial proposals;
• Understanding local delivery contexts and political economies;

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, innovative, energetic, committed to excellence in all their work, and wants to develop or kick-start a career in international development consulting. You may be a newly qualified accountant or with a number of years’ experience post qualification.

We are looking for someone who is keen to take ownership of projects and will seek to maximise their projects’ impact in every way.
• A degree in a relevant field from an internationally recognised university or alternatively a professional accountancy qualification;
• Qualified Accountant;
• Outstanding English communication skills, both written and oral (essential) and additional languages preferred;
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to produce persuasive, succinct inputs to proposals
• Excellent inter-personal skills and team-work;
• Good numerical ability with a focus on financial awareness and ability;
• Ability to research and put together information needed for proposals.

Required Experience
• Experience in either external audit or internal audit/controls;
• Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in the world of international development or consultancy sector;
• Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation, delivery to timelines, and working in complex and pressured contexts• 
• Experience of working in developing countries.

Not for Profit - Auditor #303

International NFP 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. 

 

Audit Manager - International Grants (Global travel) #295

International Development Assurance Specialists
£53,000 - £65,000
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 30-50% 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.

Grant Assurance Auditor - Freelance #245

International Practice
€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 date: 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