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International Programmes Accountant #297

£36,000-£40,000
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 Middle East and Africa.

 

Key Deliverables

  • 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 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.
  • Oversee and mentor country finance staff

 

Person Specification

  • Experienced management accountant, with familiarity of budget proposal development, budget preparation and monitoring, and grant compliance, management and reporting.
  • Experience of working within INGOs and a familiarity in managing complex grants from institutional donors (DfID, ECHO & EU).
  • 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 as required.

Interim Head of Finance #298

Healthcare INGO
c. £60,000
London, UK

6 months

Our partner, a leading INGO, has been working to improve health outcomes and strengthen healthcare infrastructure for a number of years. They are seeking a Interim Head of Finance to offer strategic oversight and management of their global finances, and importantly to help them prepare for the year-end (financial statements and audit).

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility and oversight of the finance function in the UK and in the overseas offices – ensuring proper administration and a robust control environment, and managing financial risks
  • Oversight of all strategic finance, including budgeting, financial planning, cashflow management & forecasting, and provide strategic advice to the senior management team and board of trustees.
  • Oversight and responsibility for the financial management and reporting on all grants, especially institutional grants and commercial contracts.
  • Lead in preparing the annual consolidated financial statements, audit and budgeting process.
  • Management of finance staff in the UK.

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience leading the finance function of a small international NGO; experience of advising on financial strategy, and leading on budget preparation.
  • Experience of working in an organisation with a complex grant portfolio, including grants from commercial as well as donor agencies is essential. Experience in managing institutional grants is essential.
  • Strong technical skills, including preparing consolidated year-end accounts and preparing for the annual audit.
  • Strong analytical & IT skills.
  • Excellent finance business partner, able to build effective relationship with peers remotely, developing tools and coaching them as required, but also being able to question figures.
  • Flexible, approachable and a good communicator

This is a 6 month contract [4 days/week], paying c. £60,000 on a pro rate basis depending on experience.

International Programmes Accountant #296

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

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

 

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

Key Deliverables

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

 

Person Specification

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

Audit Manager - International Grants (Global travel) #295

International Development Assurance Specialists
London, 40% World travel UK

permanent

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

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

Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see, work with lovely people and pick up extremely relevant institutional donor and fieldwork experience; vital for anyone seeking to establish a career in the international development NGO sector.

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Requirements

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

Project Accountant #294

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

1 year FTC

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

 

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

Head of Financial Accounting #291

Global INGO
c. £60,000 - £65,000
London, UK

Our partner is a well-known and respected global INGO. They are seeking an experienced, senior member of the finance team to lead the financial year-end and external audit processes and oversee the monthly balance sheet controls and reporting.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial year-end financial accounting close process, and in the preparation for year-end financial reporting for the UK, country and regional offices.
  • Lead on key risk areas, identifying potential weaknesses, making recommendations and developing plans to address these before year-end.
  • Lead on the annual statutory audit process, including agreeing on the audit scope, reviewing the audit findings and management responses, and following up on agreed action plans.
  • Ensure that there is an appropriate control framework across all offices, responsible for driving improvements in efficiency, and in updating the country office Finance Manuals.
  • Lead on monthly global balance sheet reporting.
  • Lead on financial accounting services to the UK office.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience of operating in a complex, global organisation. Strong technical skills and knowledge of UK SORP and UK/International GAPP and legal requirements, UK VAT, PAYE and other tax issues.
  • Experience of leading year-end and external audit processes.
  • Proven ability of managing a cross-cultural team – remotely and in-person
  • Excellent business partnering and negotiating skills, the ability to influence and liaise and work with a wide range of colleagues and other internal and external stakeholders. 

Treasury Consultant #293

Food Security & Environmental Agency
Day rate of £300-£400
Egypt, Africa

4-8 weeks

Our partner works to address global environmental challenges, and enhance food and water security. They are seeking a consultant to review and support them in strengthening their treasury management. The scope of this consultancy is very wide and ranges from policy to very operational matters; the Director of Finance is open to considering this as one complete piece of work, or two separate pieces (one focussing on the policy, and the other on operations).

 

Scope of Work

  • Review and undertake a risk assessment of the treasury function, identifying an initial set of areas for improvement/clarification and key mitigating actions that should exist within the organisation.
  • Review banking arrangements in country offices, confirming existing banking arrangements, review how credit cards are managed, and drafting a document that can be used to select new banks in country offices.
  • Working with country managers to understand current challenges of transferring funds, and identify the time taken for reach country offices under the current system.
  • Develop a new systems for transferring funds, including, drafting guidelines on which payments are made by the HQ and country offices, and training country accountants.
  • Review petty cash management and how payments in cash are made.

 

Person Specification

  • Degree in accountancy, commerce or business administration with 5 years of experience working in a treasury function in an international organisation. Experience of this within an INGO, working in challenging environments.
  • Effective team player, able to build relationships and communicate well with internal stakeholders, in person and remotely.
  • Culturally sensitive, experience of training/coaching staff.
  • Experienced MsExcel user; additionally, experience in using an ERP and project management system.

 

Day rate of £300-£400 depending on experience.

The client will additionally cover the cost of flights, accommodation, visa and in-country travel.

Immediate starts preferred.

Country Finance Manager #292

Humanitarian INGO
c. £37,000
Iraq, Asia

Our partner, a humanitarian organisation, working to offer safety to communities affected by conflict, and offering them the opportunity to rebuild their lives. They are seeking a Country Finance Manager to oversee their programme in Iraq; this is one of their largest country programmes.

 

In addition to strong technical accounting, finance and grants management experience, the successful candidate will have excellent communication and business partnering skills, and demonstrate the ability to influence and negotiate with tact.

Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the accounting & finance function, including the day-to-day accounting processes, month-end processes, management accounting and analysis, and reporting, ensuring that these are statutorily, regulatory and tax compliant.
  • Review and developing the control environment, implementing tools as appropriate.
  • Financial management, including managing the cash position and cashflow requirements, oversight of annual budget preparation, forecasts and re-forecasts, and treasury (managing exchange rate fluctuations).
  • Working with the SMT to monitor the performance of projects, and analysing, forecasting and reporting on the inputs, linking these to deliverables.
  • Oversight of the delivery of partner contracts, ensuring that they comply with the organisation’s contractual obligations.
  • Oversight of annual audit and donor audits

 

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant, with experience working in an INGO, preferably within a complex or humanitarian context.
  • Excellent technical accounting & financial management skills, with a developed understanding of risk management and cash management in complex environments.
  • Experience in creating and managing budgets for projects, and producing high quality reports for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and business partnering skills
  • Experience working in a developing context (minimum 2 years).

Project Accountant #290

INGO
c. €40,000 - €45,000
Berlin, Europe

1 Year Contract

Our partner is a well-respected advocacy INGO. They are seeking a Project Accountant for a fixed-term contract to provide financial management support to project managers.

 

Key Deliverables

  • Prepare project budgets, monitor expenditure and cashflows, including variance analyses and supporting narrative and explanations.
  • Grant management, compliance and reporting – preparing financial reports to donors, ensuring that these meet their requirements.
  • Support in the preparation of monthly management accounts.
  • Ensure the integrity and operational effectiveness of project accounting procedures.
  • Finance business partner to project teams and partners, helping them understand variances in their budgets and expenditures.
  • Identifying material issues and proposing solutions and implementing recommendations in a timely manner.

Person Specification

  • Accountant, qualified or QBE, with at least 5 years of experience in accounting, an understanding of accounting & finance principles and management accounting & reporting.
  • Experience of project accounting, grant compliance & management is desirable; an understanding of the grant compliance & reporting requirements of the EU and German government grants is desirable.
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate financial matters to non-finance staff.
  • Quick learner and flexible, able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Fluent in English, with excellent spoken and reporting writing skills. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is highly desirable.

This is an excellent opportunity for an accountant looking to get good grounding in project accounting & grant management within a large, complex INGO.

This role is open to candidates with the right to work in the EU. For those candidates outside of Germany, some relocation costs will be covered.

International Programmes Accountant #289

Human Rights INGO
c. £42,000
London (with travel), UK

Our partner is leading human rights organisation, supporting people in understanding their rights, influencing positive outcomes in health & nutrition, and increasing their ability to secure food & water and maintain economic livelihoods in conflict and humanitarian situations. They are seeking a Finance Business partner to oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes for their country and regional programmes.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with Project Managers on budget creation & management; understanding the financial reporting requirements of new and existing donors.
  • Gathering monthly financial information from country offices, and producing monthly project reconciliations.
  • Oversight of data recording, ensuring it is accurate; identifying and resolving any issues as these arise.
  • Preparing regular and ad hoc financial reports, analyses and forecasts.
  • Preparing quarterly project expenditure forecasts.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with a strong technical background, and experience in budget creation, management, preparing monthly management accounts, analyses, and forecasts.
  • Strong business partner with demonstrable experience of successfully working with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Experience working in an INGO, specifically a familiarity with institutional grant management (DfID, FCO, EU and USAID) is highly desirable. 

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

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

permanent

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

Our partner, sector specialists in International Grant Assurance are seeking outgoing auditors for a critical role; navigating a diverse group of grant recipients & donors, such as the United Nations & the World Bank operating globally (Malawi, Peru, Vietnam, Belgium, Oxford, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Fiji, Cameroon). You'll be London-based travelling 40-50% per annum on assignments 1 to 2 weeks in length in small teams.

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

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

Role overview

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

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

Requirements

Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent (Finalists considered)

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

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

A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

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

Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

Team worker

Resilience and adaptability

Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​Personal attributes:

At least two-three years of audit experience

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

Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

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

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

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

For qualified multi-lingual auditor professionals with a minimum of 5+ years post-qualified-experience in grant audit, in diverse international settings &/or INGO financial management experience flexible-contract options may be available. That is, 1-3 week assignments across the European mainland and the developing world offered on an assignment by assignment basis. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract. Contractors can be based outside the UK on European mainland but must be able to work in the EU.

Finance Business Partner #288

Healthcare INGO
c. £45,000
London, UK

4 months contract

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

 

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

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

Key Responsibilities

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

Person Specification

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

Regional Finance Manager #287

c.£50,000 - £60,000
London with significant travel UK

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an experienced finance professional and exceptional finance business partner to oversee and support the operations of a portfolio of countries.

 

Working closely with the country teams, the successful candidate will be responsible for strengthening internal, assurance & risk management processes, supporting the budget creating & management process, and targeted capacity building. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Review, strengthen and develop internal controls, ensuring that these are compliant with local, organisational and donor regulations and requirements.
  • Oversee day to day accounting activities, including transactions & reconciliations.
  • Support in the annual budget process.
  • Develop monthly management accounting & reporting
  • Oversee and ensure accurate and timely grant compliance and donor reporting. This includes:
    • Supporting in developing budgets for proposals
    • 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.
  • Working with the global finance function to develop and implement assurance and risk management tools, and supporting the country offices in ensuring that they understand and are able to meet donor & organisational audit requirements.
  • Identify challenges and issues affecting the country finance functions, and supporting them in finding solutions to these. This includes providing accounting & financial training and capacity building.

 

Person Specification

  • Accountant, with experience in developing internal controls, systems and processes, and financial management within a large INGO. Experience of working in a humanitarian organisation is desirable.
  • Strong grants finance experience, including experience in managing DfID, ECHO, USAID and UN grants.
  • Exceptional business partner, with strong cultural awareness and able to build effective relationship with a variety of staff and stakeholders remotely and in person.
  • Experience of coaching and capacity building of staff
  • Analytical, with experience in developing and manging budgets on a full cost recovery basis, and analysing operations.
  • Strong IT and systems skills, ERP systems experience in highly desirable
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to manage a complex workload.
  • French is desirable

Finance Manager #286

c. £30,000
Somalia & Somaliland

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 manager to oversee and maintain the integrity of their programme in the Horn of Africa.

 

This is a leadership position within an influential organisation, and will offer a rewarding opportunity to an individual who is open to working in a challenging environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on the financial planning for the programme; in the preparation of project-specific and programme-wide budgets; developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting; and preparing budget vs,. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Manage the cashflow requirements and forecasts.
  • Lead in the preparation of financial statements, donor reports, and in preparing for external and internal audits.
  • Oversight of the finance function, including supervising and reviewing work of the finance team, providing guidance as required.
  • Ensure that the programme office meets all statutory, regulatory and grant compliance requirements, and the financial policies and procedures are followed as per the organisational guidelines and expectations.
  • Support the Regional Finance Manager in developing budgets for proposals, and in monitoring the regional business plan.
  • Work with the logistics function, ensuring that procurement policies and procedures are adhered to an internally audited on a regular basis; and the transfer and delivery of goods is monitored accurately.

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong accounting, financial management, reporting & MsExcel skills.
  • 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.
  • Experience of working in a management position, and overseeing staff in person and remotely.
  • Resilient and culturally sensitive, willing to live and work in a challenging environment.
  • Previous experience of working in a finance role in a humanitarian context is highly desirable.

Regional Accountant, French speaker #285

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

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

 

Responsibilities

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

 

Person Specification

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