Girls Not Brides is looking for an additional Finance Officer to join its small and dynamic finance function during an exciting time of growth, change and development.
This role will be critical in ensuring the organisation has timely, accurate and value-adding management information to support key decision-makers.
The Finance Officer will be responsible for assisting with the production of budgeting and forecasting reports, monthly reports and accounts. They will provide key business and management expertise to the organisation’s budget holders, regional offices and global partnership, working with the Head of Finance to support the day-to-day running of the finance team, as well as developing systems to drive efficiency. The Finance Officer is the primary finance contact to support the regional office staff and consultants on all financial matters and is responsible for supporting and working with our member organisations who receive financial support.
The successful candidate will be a strong finance all-rounder with a pro-active, solution-focused and external-facing approach. They will have experience in financial and management accounting processes and a recognised accounting qualification. They will also have experience of working with non-financial colleagues to improve their understanding of finance, as well as of using computerised accounting software. An aptitude for system and process improvements and developments would be beneficial.
Girls Not Brides
Girls Not Brides is the only global partnership entirely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of more than 1,300 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, all committed to working in partnership to end child marriage. Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
Our members are diverse. They vary in size, location, and the type of work they do. They include groups focused on research and advocacy as well as programme implementers and service providers working directly in their communities. Our members address the issue of child marriage from various perspectives, including health, women’s and girls’ rights, child protection, education, economic empowerment and general development.
The global partnership is supported by the Girls Not Brides secretariat with teams in UK (London), Mexico, Kenya, India and Senegal and has an annual budget of approximately £5 million.
- Produce quarterly budget holder reports.
- Support budget holders to manage their budgets including advising on the chart of accounts and expenditure coding.
- Manage the quarterly budget review reports to help understand key variances, correct misposting errors and input into quarterly reforecasting.
- Support the Head of Finance with the quarterly and annual budgeting process.
- Support budget holders in preparing project and event budgets.
- Support on the development of budgets for grant applications.
- Support the donor engagement team with grant reports and the reconciliation of income.
- Manage Girls Not Brides’ currency card processes and procedures including the order, control and tracking of cards, cash top-ups, supporting cardholders and maintaining the relationship with the card issuer.
- Advise and support regional staff on financial policies and procedures including those relating to procurement, accounts payable, staff and member advances and credit card use.
- Undertake designated monthly balance sheet control checks and reconciliations relevant to the role, including the review and reconciliation of member expenditure reports, following up with members directly or through the relevant Girls Not Brides’ team, escalating financial control or risk issues as appropriate.
- Support and advise the donor engagement team on income and contributing to cash flow forecasts.
- Provide cover for the other Finance Officer during periods of leave.
- Update and maintain member information using the Salesforce database.
- Proactively contribute to ensuring financial processes are efficient and effective.
- Proactively contribute to ensuring financial policies are adhered to and an appropriate financial control environment is in place.
- Proactively contribute to ensuring Girls Not Brides achieves value for money.
- Proactively contribute to the development and effective use of the accounting and other financial systems.
- Manage finance projects, which are relevant to the role, as agreed with the Head of Finance.
- Maintain high quality and accessible filing systems (paper and electronic) and ensure data confidentiality.
- Maintain timely and accurate financial records and systems.
- Assist with preparations and responses to external statutory and donor audits.
- Design and produce accurate and timely finance reports that are relevant to the role.
- Prepare and input daily and monthly journals to the accounting system.
Wider responsibilities of Girls Not Brides team members
- Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting them at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
- Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners and other stakeholders.
- Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
- Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
- Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
- Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.
- Professional experience of working in a small finance team, preferably within a similar sector.
- AAT accounting qualification and/or actively studying ACCA or CIMA qualifications.
- Excellent people and relationship management skills.
- Highly organised with excellent information management skills.
- Experience of working with non-financial colleagues to improve their understanding of finance.
- Experience of creating and monitoring performance against budgets.
- Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability to appraise options and adapt plans as required.
- Excellent written and spoken English with an eye for accuracy and attention to detail.
- Excellent understanding of Excel and experience of integrating it with accounting and other external finance systems.
- Proficiency in the latest versions of MS Word, PowerPoint and use of databases.
- Willingness to work flexibly.
- Strong commitment to the mission and values of Girls Not Brides.
- Proficiency in Arabic, French or Spanish.
- Experience of using SUN accounts.
- Experience of Salesforce.
- Experience of working in the international not-for-profit sector.
At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.
Our core values
London and the southeast
Central London, with occasional international travel
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to [email protected] by 23:00 GMT on 31st January clearly stating “Finance Officer” and your name in the subject line.
First-round interviews will take place via Skype on 5th or 6th February. Final interviews will take place on 19th or 20th February in our London office.
We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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