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Contracts Finance Manager [#261]

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


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.

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

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


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.


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.


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.

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.

Consultant [#272]

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.To support them with this endeavour, 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.


  • 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. 

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.

Closing date for applications: 8 January

Finance Business Partner at Humanitarian Org. [#250]

£40,000 - £45,000
Scotland with overseas travel, UK

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking a Finance Business Partner to oversee the accounting & financial management and reporting of a portfolio of overseas programmes.

Key Responsibilities

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


  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong technical & MsExcel skills. Ability to lead on budget creation & monitoring and developing tools.
  • Analytical & financial modelling skills, able to critically review complex financial data
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of working effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Flexible and open to travelling to the overseas programmes, some of which may be in or close to fragile states.

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

Head of Finance & Administration [#258]

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

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

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

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

Finance Manager, Child Rights & Protection [#254]

c £40,000
Sierra Leone

Our partner works to protect and support children affected by conflict and violence, finding them safe houses and the opportunity to receive an education. Having undergone a period of rapid expansion and with the confirmation of funding from institutional funders, they are looking to strengthen the capacity of their partners across Africa and have a preference for a full-time candidate, starting with a 6 month term in Sierra Leone and moving on to other country offices as required. Alternately, they would be open to recruiting for this role just as a 6 month consultancy.

In Sierra Leone, the successful candidate will be working with one key partner, supporting the Finance Director in building and strengthening all aspects of financial management, budgeting and reporting. They are seeking a Finance Manage to establish the accounting & financial management structures of their partners, supporting them in establishing and maintaining a sound control environment, and meeting donor & other compliance and reporting requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish a sound control environment, ensuring that proper financial systems are in place in the Freetown and field offices & monitoring these to minimise risks.
  • Establish and ensure the appropriate cash management processes are in place, training/mentoring staff in these and monitoring adherence to these.
  • Oversee Quickbooks implementation
  • Oversee and ensure accurate and timely grant compliance and donor reporting. This includes:
    • Overseeing proper documentation of spending
    • Preparing monthly management accounts for individual grants, and the organisation as a whole.
    • Implementing proper cost allocation of donor grants.
  • Update the Finance Manual with any changes to any procedures and systems.

Person Specification

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

Salary c. £40,000. Additionally, the partner will cover the cost of one return flight, accommodation & in-country travel.

Accountant [#253]

c.€36,000 - €40,000
Brussels, Europe

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

Key Deliverables

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

Person Specification

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

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

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

Senior Programmes Accountant [252]

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


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

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

International NFP Assurance (Global travel c40%) #243

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
£45,000 - £54,000
London, Leeds, B'ham UK

Permanent contract

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

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

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

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

About the ideal candidate

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

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

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

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

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

Tasks may include

Undertaking financial and document analysis work;

Systems review and testing compliance with funders requirements?

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

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

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

and allegations


• Self-starter, ambitious, team-player

• An adaptable problem solver

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

• Be prepared to work on secondment to clients

• Prepared to undertaken security clearance

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


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

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

Programmes Finance Advisor [#251]

Healthcare INGO
Brighton & Hove, UK

9 months

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

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

Deadline for applications: 14 November. Immediate start preferred