Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) is a global network of 75 organizations campaigning on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues. The International Secretariat in Amsterdam is the recipient of a number of international development aid grants that are funding programs partially implemented by its member groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America and partially implemented by the International Secretariat. We are looking for an experienced, result-oriented candidate who will assist the Operations Manager/Financial Controller with the financial management of these grants.
Finance Officer (22,5 – 30 hrs/week)
The Finance Officer (FO) has an important role in supporting the Operations Manager/Financial Controller with respect to the financial management of FoEI’s international projects and programs. The FO will contribute to quality financial reporting on projects and programs in close collaboration with the respective program and project officers as well as member group representatives.
The FO is based at the International Secretariat in Amsterdam and positioned in the Finance Team of FoEI. The FO reports to the Operations Manager/Financial Controller and has a functional horizontal working relationship with the bookkeeper and with program/project officers.
- Review and understand contractual donor requirements and translate these into requirements in the sub-grant contract templates for our member groups
- Draft project contracts, project budgets and reporting formats for member groups
- Monitor the timely submission of reports by the member groups and work with program/project officers to ensure this
- Review financial reports and expense claims from member groups and program staff and ensure that all supporting documents for donor reporting are made available according to donor requirements
- Communicate findings to member groups
- Review program/project budgets monitored by program/project officers
- Contribute to the evaluation of financial processes and signal opportunities for improvements
- Ensure that all project-related information is (electronically) accessible in our Information Management System
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of the Information Management System
- Other tasks supporting the finance manager and bookkeeper
- At least 3 years experience in financial project management, preferably in an international NGO context
- Bachelor’s level in accounting or business administration or comparable level of skills
- Fluent in at least English and Dutch, verbally and in writing; Spanish language skills would be an advantage
- Excellent knowledge of and experience with Excel
- Pro-active, hands-on attitude with strong problem-solving skills
- Capable of setting priorities and multi-tasking
- Able to distinguish between the essential and the less important
- Strong communication and negotiation skills
- Knowledge of EU and other NGO donors and their financial reporting requirements
- Intercultural sensitivity and affinity with FoEI’s vision and mission
- Work experience abroad
What FoEI offers
We offer an opportunity to work for an inspiring international and culturally diverse network in an office with a small friendly team at a great location in Amsterdam.
Full time salary between € 2,859 and € 3,326 monthly depending on experience and qualifications.
Contract duration: 1 year, to be renewed upon positive performance evaluation.
Participation in collective pension arrangement compulsory.
This post will require a working permit for The Netherlands (granted automatically for EU
citizens), and will require being physically based in the Netherlands. Depending on the candidate’s preferences the position could be for 3 or 4 days per week.
Please send your motivation letter and CV to Brigitte Ligtvoet (FoEI Human Resources Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org before March 22 2018, 9.00am CET with ‘finance officer’ in the subject title.
Friends of the Earth International is an equal opportunities employer and committed to building a culturally diverse staff. We encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environmental justice movement, and particularly in senior positions, including: women; people of any ethnic, social and religious background; people living with disability; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.