ARTICLE 19 - Grants Accounts Assistant

ARTICLE 19 has increased its restricted grant funding significantly over the last few years, in particular with a large grant from DfID. The role is a new position to increase the capacity of the finance function and will support 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: 

  • Produce financial reporting in the format required by the donor for all grants managed by the International Office (IO), with support and as directed by the Senior International Grant Accountant (SIGA).

  • Receive, process and account for expenditure by grant partners, including reviewing supporting documentation.

  • Produce reforecasts where required by the donor, with input from grant budget holders.

  • Support the budgeting process for new grant proposals, in particular ensuring that proposals comply with ARTICLE 19’s full cost recovery principles and policies.

  • Review and understand variances to budget, with input from grant budget holders. Consider and follow through as appropriate with any actions necessary to correct or manage these variances, with support from the SIGA.

  • Support compliance of grants with ARTICLE 19 financial policies where appropriate, e.g. anti-bribery and corruption, both internally and compliance by our partners, raising any concerns with the SIGA.

  • Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of ARTICLE 19’s finance function by considering how improvements can be made to procedures for processing transactions, reporting and any other issues.

PERSON SPECIFICATION: 

ESSENTIAL

Education and Qualification

  • Part qualified accountant studying for a CCAB recognised qualification, or qualified by experience;

  • Sound 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

  • Experience in restricted grant reporting, ideally in an international development context;

  • Experience of working with overseas partners and offices, understanding different cultural and regulatory environments;

  • Understanding of compliance, external and internal audit process and internal controls;

  • Experience of working with medium or large company accounting systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • 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;

  • Strong 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 

  • A mandatory requirement is the right to work in the UK – ARTICLE 19 does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position. Please do not apply for this position unless you already have the right to work in the UK;

  • 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 in producing grant budgets in compliance with donor requirements, and that recover overhead and central costs;

  • Experince of using reporting-writing software, for example Crystal Reports;

  • Experience of business-partnering in a complex environment;

  • Experience of reporting to DfID, the EC and/ or US donors;

  • Experience of using Access Dimensions;

  • Ability in another ARTICLE 19 language (Arabic, Bangla, Burmese, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish).