Finance & Grants Officer Reports to: Senior Finance Manager

14 February 2024

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Position Title: Finance & Grants Officer Reports to: Senior Finance Manager
Location: Flexible

Capacity: Full time

Remuneration Range: EUR 36,000.00 – 48,000.00 per annum

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of more than 2000 civil society organisations in over 150 countries driving collective and sustainable action to fight the climate crisis and to achieve social and racial justice. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional and national climate issues. CAN has regional and national network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world. The ideal candidate will have a passion for online engagement.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) is seeking a qualified and experienced Finance & Grants Officer to manage the financial aspects of a four-year EU grant and oversee finance administration duties. The Finance & Grants Officer will play a key role in expense report processing, database and tool management, development of standard operating procedures, and receipt collection and organization. As part of this, the Finance & Grants Officer will provide direct support to partner organizations to assist them and systematically help strengthen their financial administration and reporting capacity.

The Finance & Grants Officer will work with the Senior Finance Manager and the Senior Finance and Grants Officer, as well as CAN-I’s team working on institutional network strengthening, to support the CAN Network by overseeing the administration and execution of an EU grant as well assisting with financial administration.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Grant Administration

  • Oversee the financial management of the EU grant, ensuring compliance with grant guidelines and regulations.
  • Prepare budget forecasts, financial reports, and other documentation required for grant reporting.
  • Collaborate with program managers to track and monitor project expenditures against the grant budget.
  • Guiding partner organizations in establishing internal financial systems.

Finance Administration

  • Travel expense report processing for team and internationally funded event participants.
  • Financial database and tool management – including invoice receivables, travel expenditures and reimbursements, expense management system Expensify and other tools as needed.
  • Organizational training on finance and administrative processes and procedures.
  • Developing standard operating procedures for new systems and tools.
  • Physical receipt collection and organization.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

Preferred Skills & Abilities (The following skills and abilities are preferred):

Education and professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounting, or a related field.

 

Job-related experience & knowledge:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience within civil society and NGO network structures is highly advantageous.
  • Proven experience in financial management, preferably in managing EU grants.
  • Strong knowledge of financial reporting, budgeting, and accounting principles.
  • Experience with expense report processing and familiarity with relevant tools and software.
  • Proven understanding of organizational development and institutional capacity building in particular in the area of financial & grants management, including a keen understanding of the challenges in capacity/resource constraints, and other unique circumstances found in NGOs and movements, including a keen sense of contextual and cultural differences of different geographies.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.

 

Job-related skills/abilities:

  • Passionate about developing organizational best practices.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Very strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a remote office environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in high pressure environments.
  • An understanding of climate justice and movement building, accompanied by the motivation to contribute to this through strengthening institutional capacity.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively in different socio-cultural contexts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Other:

  • Availability for work in standard European / African working hours.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English.
  • Reliable internet access.
  • Strong identification with CAN’s values including but not limited to transparency, honesty, inclusiveness, empathy, solidarity and respect.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% of the time, incl. ability to travel for 2-3 weeks at a time.

To apply:

  • Send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF file to can-jobs@climatenetwork.org, with subject line: Finance & Grants Officer.
  • Recruitment deadline: the position is open until filled – we recommend a timely application.
  • Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
  • CAN is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to make positions accessible to all regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, age, disability, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion, marital or parental status, etc.


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