Senior International Grants Accountant

Responsible to:          Director of Finance and Operations

Key relationships:      Head of Finance, DfID Consortium Manager, Head of Projects, Head of Fundraising, Regional Finance Officers, grant budget holders

Contract:                     Permanent

Working hours:          Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Special conditions:    Occasional travel internationally

 

ABOUT US

ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured.

 

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities. 

 

ROLE SUMMARY

ARTICLE 19 has increased its restricted grant funding significantly over the last few years, in particular with a large grant from DfID and much of this role will be focused on this grant. The role is a new position to increase the capacity of the finance function and will lead on all financial aspects of budgeting, reporting, compliance and financial management of grants managed by the International Office of Article 19, including all finance-related work with grant-receiving partners. The role is a key part of improving our programme delivery by supporting grant budget holders.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. To support budgeting of new grant proposals, in particular ensuring that proposals comply with ARTICLE 19’s full cost recovery principles and policies.

2. To understand, plan and budget for any special financial reporting or other financial requirements by specific donors.

3. To lead on financial reporting, including reforecasting where required, to the donor, reporting in the format required by the donor.

4. To support and ensure compliance of grants with ARTICLE 19 financial policies where appropriate, e.g. anti-bribery and corruption, both internally and compliance by our partners.

5. To business-partner with the grant budget holder, including supporting them to understand the relationship between the activities and expenditure, the implications of under and over expenditure, the implications of compliance issues and support reforecasting where appropriate or required.

6. To proactively make suggestions for changes to the programme delivery and/ or changes to the donor budget in order to maximise donor funds, including suggestions on Value for Money, effectiveness and impact. This applies both to where the expenditure is directly by ARTICLE 19 and where it is through partners.

7.  To manage the financial relationship with new and existing grant partners, including:

a. liaising with the Head of Finance on due diligence processes (initial and annual follow-ups);

b. developing reporting procedures on grants both complying with our internal reporting requirements and donor requirements;

c. reviewing financial reports and following up key variances to budget with the partner;

d. checking expenditure against supporting documentation on a sample basis;

e. approving grant remittances;

f. following up on the implementation of any necessary compliance, audit outcomes or capacity building in conjunction with the Head of Finance;

g. supporting the Head of Finance in any audit process, both where engagement is done by Article 19 and by external donors.

8. To lead on the introduction of IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) reporting of both us and our DfID partners.

9. To contribute to the ongoing development and use of our Access Dimensions accounting system in ARTICLE 19 regional offices and the International Office, to help ensure that all involved use the system in the most effective way and facilitate the use of financial reports by project managers.

10. To liaise with the Management Accountant to improve processes and systems in regional offices where necessary to facilitate grant reporting.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL

Education and Qualification

  • Qualified accountant with a CCAB recognised qualification.
  • Understanding of accounting for restricted income and expenditure under UK charity law and guidelines.
  • Understanding of double entry and how to make corrections and adjustments in accounting systems.

 Work Experience

  • Significant experience in restricted grant reporting, ideally in an international development context.
  • Experience of business-partnering in a complex environment.
  • Experiencin producing grant budgets in compliance with donor requirements, and that recover overhead and central costs.
  • Experience of working with overseas partners and offices, understanding different cultural and regulatory environments.
  • Good understanding of compliance, external and internal audit process and internal controls.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent Excel skills, including vlookups, sumifs and ability to self-learn in this area.
  • Ability to work quickly, methodically with close attention to detail.
  • Good inter-personal skills including experience of working cross-culturally, across different time zones and with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and in high pressure situations whilst maintaining a calm and positive attitude.
  • Ability to negotiate but understanding where the ‘red lines’ are and to gain compliance with them through dialogue.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

 Other 

  • mandatory requirement is the right to work in the UK – ARTICLE 19 does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.
  • Commitment to work within ARTICLE 19's vision, mission, core values and objectives.

  • Cultural sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

DESIRABLE 

  • Experience of using reporting-writing software, for example Crystal Reports.
  • Experience of reporting to DfID, the EC and/ or US donors.
  • Experience of using Access Dimensions.
  • Experience or knowledge of IATI reporting.
  • Ability in another UN official language (in particular Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish).

 

Application deadline: 16th December 2018.