Programme Financial Lead

“all round financial expert to run financial management and internal control of the award-winning programme ‘Can’t Wait to Learn'”

Your Challenge

You are a seasoned financial professional eager to take on the financial management and internal control of War Child’s award-winning global programme ‘Can’t Wait to Learn’, that strives to improve the educational achievement and psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by armed conflict. The programme utilises custom gaming technology to deliver quality education in Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan and Uganda and is planning to expand to other countries, including Chad.

As Programme Financial Lead you provide strategic financial advice as well as hands-on financial management and practical support to the program with the annual budget of €7 Million - you are a thinker as well as a doer! You perform and monitor financial administrative activities to ensure timely and accurate processing in accordance with accounting rules and donor requirements. You make financial information and reports available so that stakeholders have timely access to qualitative financial management information. You implement and continuously improve policies and processes, give trainings and instructions so that procedures are known and enforced. You prepare and update long-term financial forecasts in collaboration with senior programme management and the management team, so that the programme is optimally geared towards the future.

You report hierarchically to the director of Finance and Operations Support and functionally to the Can’t Wait to Learn Programme Director. This is a local contract position for 7 months (extension is possible), based in War Child’s Home Office in Amsterdam.

Your Responsibilities

  • Oversee the financial bookkeeping of the programme
  • Ensure appropriate filing of the relevant documentation and availability of specifications and justifications
  • Ensure accurate, timely and comprehensive plans, budgets and forecasts
  • Diligently prepare for grant audits and perform controls
  • Prepare internal and external reports, including donor reports
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements by War Child as well as by its implementing partners
  • Provide management information for decision making purposes
  • Implement Administrative Organisation and Internal Control (AO/IC) processes and contribute to their improvement
  • Provide training, advice, capacity building and support on financial matters and systems to Finance Officers and management of War Child and its implementing partners.

Your profile

  • Academic degree in the relevant field (eg., Economics, Finance, Accounting or Control)
  • Min. 5 years’ experience with financial administration and reporting (preferably in an (international) NGO).
  • Experience with working with multi-donor projects spread over various countries
  • Experience with compliance and grant management/audit
  • Knowledge and understanding of internal control processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with French or Arabic a benefit
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Microsoft Excel has no secrets for you
  • Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission
  • Available for 32-40 hours per week
  • EU resident or in possession of EU work permit.

Our offer

  • Salary range from €3425 to €4519 gross per month, based on 40 hours week (the exact step determined by the years of your relevant working experience)
  • 26 vacation days (based on 40 hours per week), plus 2 additional free days
  • Pension contributions fully covered by the employer
  • Possibility to follow training and/or courses and attend War Child’s events
  • Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

The organisation

War Child is a young and dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam. War Child aims to help as many war-affected children as possible. Therefore War Child has a low cost policy in place resulting in salaries below market standard.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 18 August 2019. Make sure to upload your English CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter.

Please mention where you found this vacancy. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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