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Finance Officer
Standing Voice
  • Salary £30,000-£40,000 pro rata (based on a full-time working week of 40 hours)
  • Location Hackney, London, Greater London
  • Job Type Part-time
  • Category Finance , Business Development
  • Sectors Human Rights
  • Job Reference : Finance Officer

Job Description

Standing Voice is looking for a dynamic and driven person to join our team as Finance Officer for the charity, with the potential to grow into SV’s Finance Manager in future. This is an exciting and challenging role in a creative and focused working environment, in a young and fast-paced organisation with multiple programmes and funding streams.

Whilst team members have defined tasks at SV, we highly encourage collaborative working. This role therefore suits candidates who are able to demonstrate: an interest in engaging with SV’s other team members and work more broadly; excellent communication skills and ability to communicate financial details clearly and concisely when required; an ability to communicate professionally with high-level global funders and partners; and a genuine interest in using their financial skills to impact positively on the lives of the individuals we work with. Though travel commitments will not be highly frequent, occasional travel to Africa - and to funder offices around the world - will be required.

The successful candidate will be tasked with further developing Standing Voice’s financial management capacity and tools, as well as playing a key role in developing relationships with global partners and funders including the World Bank and United Nations. This position is part-time (3 days a week) with a realistic potential of developing into a full-time role within the coming months, though any changes to working hours would be a decision taken with the successful candidate. As well as developing and handling SV UK’s accounts and financial planning, the successful candidate will correspond regularly with our Tanzanian team to develop their capacity for financial management and planning. Correspondence with partners and funders is a key element of this role. Excellent communication skills are therefore a must-have.

Standing Voice is the leading force for change promoting people with albinism’s right to full participation in society and protected well-being across Africa. Joining our team as Finance Officer offers a chance to become involved in this cause as a key person with direct impact on SV’s work and beneficiary lives more broadly. In contrast to many finance officer roles, the successful candidate would have the opportunity to travel and meet with beneficiaries, our Tanzanian team, funders and partners. As the charity continues to grow, this position offers very realistic potentials for both career development in finance and international development. This position should appeal to those with finance expertise and a commitment to using that expertise to achieve a positive and lasting social impact.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead on all aspects of Standing Voice’s accounts reconciliation and financial planning within the administration team
  • Monthly financial reporting and forecasting for the Executive Director and Board of Trustees (e.g. generation of Management Accounts)
  • Provide financial analysis, information and guidance to colleagues across all departments
  • Lead on the compilation of SV’s annual budgets
  • Contribute to organisational strategy through leading the financial planning process
  • Play a leading role in the development of Standing Voice’s Tanzanian Finance Team, including through training on site in Tanzania
  • Present to SV’s global funders and attend meetings with prospective funders
  • Recruit volunteers and staff where necessary to assist with specific tasks, as and when agreed on by the Executive Director
  • Reconcile all Standing Voice project bank accounts and ledgers within agreed Financial Procedures
  • Ensure all reconciling items are resolved within a suitable timeframe
  • Conduct bank and cash transactions within required timeframes
  • Keep abreast of Standing Voice Tanzania’s funding requirements
  • Conduct international bank transactions as and when necessary
  • Ensure book-keeping and record keeping is up to date
  • Process staff payments and work with SV’s accounting firm to oversee payroll
  • Process all payments due to HMRC, including Employer’s National Insurance Contributions, within the required timeframe
  • Deal with internal and external accounting queries when required
  • Generate Standing Voice’s annual accounts for submission to the Charity Commission
  • Compile budgets and finance reports for funders
  • Provide assistance to programme staff generating budgets for project activities and funding, and conduct the final check of those budgets
  • Complete and submit Gift Aid claims to HMRC
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Development to inform the approval of key organisational decisions
  • Pay in cheques when required in a timely manner
  • Record and account for unrestricted/restricted income and expenditure
  • Lead on all financially-oriented communication with funders, including the generation of grant receipts
  • Lead on the introduction of new accounting software at Standing Voice, when required
  • Liaise with Standing Voice’s accountant on appropriate accounting matters, such as the generation of payslips and instructions for payments due to HMRC
  • Retrieve delayed payments from third parties Standing Voice has invoiced
  • Other finance duties delegated by the Executive Director or Director of Development

Other responsibilities will consist of:

  • Alerting SV management of foreseen shocks highlighted in financial projections
  • Recommend methods to respond to such shocks
  • Acting at all times with complete transparency and integrity
  • Staying abreast of Standing Voice project activity
  • Staying abreast of the issues Standing Voice tackles.


If you wish to apply for this position, please send the following to SV's Director of Development Mr Jon Beale by midnight on Sunday 1st July 2018:

1. CV

2. Contact details for 2 referees (your referees must have known you for more than 6 months and either be a former employer, lecturer or qualified teacher)

3. Cover letter (1 page maximum) demonstrating:

- why you are interested in this position

- why you consider yourself to be a suitable candidate, with reference to previous experience

- your future aspirations


First round – by phone

Thursday 5th July – Friday 13th July

Second round – held at the SV office (London Fields, Hackney, London)

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.