Senior Asia Finance Officer

Responsible to: Head of Asia-Pacific Programme
Key relationships: Asia-Pacific programme country teams, Finance Team, Business and Development Team, Projects team.
Contract: One-year renewable
Working hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Salary: USD 36,500 per year
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear or discrimination. Our mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects.

In the previous five years, one of the key achievements of ARTICLE 19 has been expanding and strengthening our international reach by consolidating our presence outside the UK, recruiting national or regional staff, and establishing strong and operationally autonomous national or regional offices. Being based in the countries and regions in which we work, we believe we have a better understanding of regional and national realities and local needs and thus have greater impact on freedom of expression developments. We are able to respond more swiftly to opportunities or crises. We are closer to our partners, and thus more capable to respond to their demands and strengthen interactions and capacities.

The Asia Finance Officer will be a key member of ARTICLE 19’s Asia-Pacific Programme, helping to manage the finances of the Asia-Pacific Programme. The Asia Finance Officer will be primarily responsible for the accounting and grants managing of projects in the Region. This role requires proven experience dealing with the US Bureau of

Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).

The Asia Finance Officer will also support sub-grantees with financial reports according to ARTICLE 19 internal procedure and donor’s requirements.


● To record all financial transactions by the Asia-Pacific Programme in the accounting system utilised by ARTICLE 19.
● To monitor cash flow in the Asia-Pacific region and ensure that payment requests are made on time.
● To ensure that payments to partners, staff, suppliers and others are made in accordance with policies and procedures and in a timely manner.
● To facilitate external financial audits of projects and offices in the region, ensuring compliance with the requirements of donors where necessary.
● To liaise with the International Office finance team and ensure the timely and accurate transmission of Asia-Pacific Programme financial data and records to the London office, as per a month end checklist of procedures.
● To ensure that the balance sheets of the country programmes and the Asia-Pacific office are accurate and reconciled, including intercompany balances with the International Office on a monthly basis.
Grant management
● To provide the Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and country teams with accurate and timely actual-to-budget reports relating to both grant budgets and approved institutional budgets.
● To support the development of budgets for new proposals, including by ensuring that proposals comply with ARTICLE 19’s full cost recovery principles and policies.
● To develop financial reports in line with the requirements of donors funding Asia-Pacific Programme projects, including by explaining budget variances and re-forecasting where required.
● To proactively make suggestions for changes to programme delivery or donor budgets in order to maximise the value donor funds.
● To carry out due diligence reviews of ARTICLE 19 partners in Asia-Pacific in line with ARTICLE 19’s internal policies and procedures.

● To ensure and monitor compliance by Asia-Pacific Programme staff members with ARTICLE 19’s financial policies and procedures, including the Anti-Corruption & Bribery Policy.
● To train new Asia-Pacific Programme staff members on ARTICLE 19 financial policies and procedures and ensure as far as possible strong systems and financial controls.
● To assist the Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and the wider finance team with other financial and administrative activities, as appropriate.

● Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
● At least 5+ years of experience in financial analyses, accounting, or experience in working with projects founded by DRL.
● Proficiency in MS Office especially Excel SUMIF and VLOOKUP formula
● Proven ability to communicate in the English language in written and spoken; another Country language may desire Thai, Mandarin Chinese language.
● Strong ability to communicate complex financial and accounting information.
● Proactive in improving and checking large spreadsheets and documents for mathematical and operational inaccuracies.
● Ability to multitask, remain calm and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
● Strong attention to details and good problem-solving skills.
● Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal with diverse types of people.
● Willingness to learn and develop new skills

Deadline applications: Sunday, 28th May 2023

Please note candidates must demonstrate ability to work in Thailand. Article 19 cannot support a visa for this position. 

Early applications are encouraged and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to move forward with the application's deadline if the best candidate is identified.