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Senior Programme Finance Officer
Peace Direct

Job Description

Peace Direct is an international charity with a big mission: to work with local people to stop violence and build sustainable peace in some of the world's most conflict affected countries. More than that, we want to change the international system so that it better supports the role that local people and communities play in preventing violence and building and sustaining peace.

As Senior Programme Finance Officer, you will be part of the Finance and Operations team where you will be responsible for ensuring that the financial aspects of Peace Direct’s grants are well managed and aligned with wider organisational processes and systems. You will also be responsible for ensuring that programme budgets and financial reports meet high standards of transparency and accountability, as well as supporting the Peace Direct Finance team with other internal financial processes. You will be be communicating and working closely with the colleagues from the Programmes and Research team, those from the Finance and Operations team as well as Peace Direct's local partners around the world, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. We also have very demanding donors and we are responsible for some large, multi-year, multi-country, multi-partner programmes that are being implemented in some of the most volatile contexts in the world. Managing this level of complexity requires a very special skill set! Not only are we looking for someone with excellent financial management and analysis skills but we are also looking for someone with excellent problem solving skills, patience, humility and first rate organisational skills who is able to manage multiple priorities.

The successful candidate will be a part qualified or fully qualified accounts with a minimum of two years’ experience in charity finance, ideally with an international organisation and so will be familiar with managining mutiple currencies and the challenges of supporting overseas programmes. We are also looking for someone who is creative, calm and adaptable even under the most challenging of circumstances. The work we support around the world is based in some of the most volatile contexts, and things often don't go according to plan. We are looking for people who thrive under these situations.

While the post is based in our London office, we have closed our office due to Covid and do not expect to reopen it until June 2021. Therefore the successful candidate will be expected to work from home until June at the earliest. 

Peace Direct strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, with equality of opportunities regardless of personal identity, and we are committed to improving our systems and ways of working to support this, including creating a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) working group, DEI strategy and recruitment guidelines. We strongly encourage individuals from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges.

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th April; however due to the urgent need to fill this post, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered (we do not yet hold a Home Office visa sponsor license and so cannot accept applications from people who don't already have the right to work in the UK). The application form and Job Description are available on Peace Direct’s website. 

Peace Direct works hard to ensure its staff have a good work life balance and feel valued. Some of the benefits we have include:

  • 25 days annual leave not including the office closing between Christmas and New Year.
  • Stakeholder Pension with Peace Direct contributing 6%
  • An interest free season ticket loan for the purchase of a commuter season ticket
  • Flexible working hours
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave pay (12 weeks full pay, 12 weeks half pay)
  • Training budget available for all staff (we have secured ‘Investors in People’ accreditation and are committed to the development and support of all staff).
  • A warm and friendly work environment!

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