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Finance Officer

Vacancy #:   6583
Unit:   European Regional Office - Corporate Services
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Senior Finance Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 July 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   01 October 2023
Under the supervision of the Regional Finance Manager Europe, the Belgium Finance Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day accounting and finance, budgeting and program financial operations for the Belgium office.

1) Accounting

• Ensure that all day-to-day financial transactions of the Belgium Office are accurately and timely recorded in the IUCN financial system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, IUCN accounting policies and Belgium legal and statutory requirements.
• Administer the IUCN financial system, including ensuring master data is updated, transactional data is correctly recorded, and standard financial processes are adhered to.
• Ensure that all balance sheet accounts are reconciled in accordance with IUCN accounting policies and procedures and timely submitted on the NAV Checklist in the IUCN financial system.

2) Project financial management

• Provide support to program staff on all areas of project financial management, including budgeting, monitoring, reporting and compliance with donor financial rules and regulations.
• Assist staff in the preparation and review of proposed agreements/ contracts with external parties.
• Maintain project financial information in IUCN systems
• Prepare financial reports to donors in compliance with contracts financial rules

3) Payroll and time management

• Ensure that systems and procedures are in place to enable accurate preparation and disbursement of the payroll by the external payroll administrator and in compliance with Belgian statutory requirements.
• Ensure timely payment of payroll related taxes and social charges.
• Support staff in time-recording processes on TMS including TMS budget allocations.

4) Financial planning, budgeting and reporting

• Coordinate the annual budgeting process as well as any other financial plans and forecasts.
• Prepare financial management reports to track performance against budget and report the results to management.
• Provide advice to the Head of Belgium Office and other staff on all financial matters, including making recommendations for improving efficiency and optimizing the use of financial resources.

5) Cash management

• Process payments as and when they fall due, ensuring compliance with contractual payment terms.
• Prepare cash flow projections and monitor the continued availability of funds to cover the requirements of the Belgium Office operations and its projects and programmes.
• Ensure the Office bank mandate is kept up-to-date as required by IUCN Finance and Belgium banking rules.

6) Financial control, risk management and compliance

• Ensure that an internal control framework is in place and that processes are in place to ensure compliance with IUCN established procedures.
• Ensure the completeness and accuracy of financial data through the establishment of checklists and monthly reviews of financial data.

7) Audit and tax

• Assist and provide information to IUCN statutory auditors and project auditors as and when required in accordance with Belgian accounting legislation.
• Assist in reconciling IUCN annual financial accounts with Belgian GAAP as applied to associations.

8) Database updates

• Maintain accurate financial data in the European Union (EU) databases and ensure online EU projects reporting

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional finance experience in Belgium, preferably in non-profit sector.

• Good knowledge of Belgium and international accounting and reporting structures

• Demonstrated skill and practice in financial planning and budgeting

• Experience with the EU funding

• Excellent analytical skills

• Good communication skills

• Hands-on mentality, results driven and team player

• Coaching skills and ability to support others to perform financial tasks

• Ability to work with minimum supervision and function in a multicultural environment

• Excellent knowledge of English

• Excellent knowledge of French or Dutch

• Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of NAV financial system
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is EUR 41'390. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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