Mercy Corps

Finance Officer

Mercy Corps

Job Description

Location The Hague Position Status Full-time, initially fixed for 6 months with view to permanent Salary circa €35,000 + Benefits Closing Date 15 March 2021 Candidates must have the right to work in The Netherlands at the time of appointment.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The Role

The Finance Team plays a critical role in sustaining and enabling Mercy Corps Netherlands (MCNL) growth through the support it provides to Field Teams and Headquarters. All management accounting for MCNL grants is managed by the team, in addition to the Financial Accounting functions, payables, receivables, fixed asset reporting, uploading field ledgers, Fundraising reconciliations, and Banking and Cash Management.

The Finance Officer's responsibility is to enable prompt and accurate management accounting and donor reporting. Working with colleagues in Europe, US and Field Offices, and as a member of a relatively new team in the Netherlands, the role encompasses many areas of responsibility, being key to the establishment and building of the finance function.

This is an opportunity to be involved in finance work that is fast-paced, and to be part of a diverse, dedicated team of people who are genuinely motivated by making a difference. The Finance Officer will have a pro-active, can-do approach, and be capable of taking full ownership of the role and its responsibilities and continue to develop and improve the finance function of MCNL in line with the growth of the team and the programme portfolio. Strong communication skills are vital, as MCNL is operating in a truly international environment. Experience of accountancy packages software and strong Excel skills are key.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • HQ invoices and expenses management
  • MCNL team expense claims processing and management of advances
  • Banking and cash management, including payments and bank reconciliations
  • Payroll payments and allocation
  • Interagency transaction allocation, monitoring and settlement management
  • General HQ management accounting duties
  • Accounting for grant and contract revenue recognition
  • Country offices cash management
  • Review and upload of field ledger data and partner reporting
  • Induction and on-going training to staff on all aspects of purchasing and finance processes and procedures
  • Support the audit process(es) as required
  • Manage the filing systems - electronic and hard copy
  • Adhere to and develop policies, processes and procedures
  • Update and management of IT systems, records and databases
  • As part of the department’s commitment to continuous improvement, the Finance Officer should be proactive and lead on ad hoc HQ projects aimed at streamlining processes or increasing efficiency.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding International Relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the Design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Ideally qualified in accounting or with a degree in a related field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in accounting and/or finance
  • Advanced understanding of accounting procedures and standards
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of computerised accountancy packages
  • Experience in SUN systems an advantage, though not a requirement
  • Proficiency with MS Excel required
  • Native Dutch speaker, Excellent spoken and written English
  • Some experience of working in or with an NGO would be preferable

Success Factors

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Systematic, with a strong eye for detail
  • Can work quickly, accurately and to deadlines
  • Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships
  • Strong team worker and communicator but also comfortable working independently
  • Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure
  • Proactive and solutions-based attitude
  • High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience
  • Exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with empathy for MC's mission.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

This position is based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Although we do not expect this position to travel, Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short term assignment or a trip to country offices. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate Child Abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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