Hours and status: 80%-100%, open-ended contract 

Start date: as soon as possible

Location: Geneva, Switzerland


The New Humanitarian puts independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. Our on-the-ground reporting informs humanitarian need and response, amplifies the voices of those at the center of crises, and acts as a watchdog to hold the sector accountable to itself, its funders, and the communities it serves. 

We were founded as IRIN News by the United Nations in 1995, in the wake of the Rwandan genocide, out of the conviction that objective on-the-ground reporting of humanitarian crises could help mitigate or even prevent future disasters of that magnitude. In 2015, we spun off from the UN to become a fully independent nonprofit newsroom, headquartered in Switzerland. 

In March 2019, we changed our name from IRIN and re-launched as The New Humanitarian, part of our goal to bring our unique reporting to wider audiences at a time when humanitarian crises have never been so global in their repercussions. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our work even more relevant and important. 

TNH is now undergoing a period of consolidation and growth. The Finance Officer will enhance our capacity to shift from “start-up” mode to more durable approaches that can help build a robust organisation for the future. 

We are looking for a versatile self-starter, who is sharp and meticulous with numbers, very organised, and always keen to find solutions to problems. Reporting to the Finance Director, the Finance Officer will be responsible for managing TNH’s day-to-day finances and thus will be an integral part of our small, passionate team. You will be joining us at an exciting time of change in both the media industry and the humanitarian aid sector.  

Responsibilities: 

Accounting:

  • Handle day-to-day accounting, process invoices and reimburse expenses
  • Process the monthly payroll and associated social security and pension contributions
  • Input data into the accounting system with speed and accuracy 
  • Interact with the bank and ensure all accounts are regularly reconciled
  • Prepare and implement TNH’s shift towards a higher accounting standard: RPC21

Financial management and reporting:

  • Prepare financial portions of donor proposals and reporting 
  • Manage incoming funding, and provide required information to donors to process contracts
  • Monitor online donations and record in accounting system
  • Prepare monthly cash forecast, management reporting, and other financial statements
  • Monitor and update the budget; ensure all expenditures are within approved limits and allocated to appropriate budget lines and earmarked funding is spent
  • appropriately 
  • Support the preparation of annual accounts and liaise with auditors as required 
  • Securely maintain financial records and documentation

Other:

  • Manage relationship with outsourced IT provider as appropriate 
  • Support other administrative or governance matters, as required 

Skills and Experience: 

  • Recognised accounting diploma or qualification
  • 3-5 years of experience working with finance in an international environment
  • Experience working in a grant-funded organisation and with donor reporting practices
  • Advanced IT skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office, data manipulation, and accounting software (experience with Abacus accounting software is an advantage)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French
  • Strong interest in humanitarian action
  • A problem-solving, hands-on and solutions-oriented personality 
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinking 
  • Ability to deliver under pressure
  • High level of organisation; ability to multi-task and prioritise amid competing demands 
  • Ability to work independently in a remote, decentralised team
  • Adherence to TNH’s organisational values: commitment, candor, effectiveness, agility, empathy, ethics
  • Commitment to TNH’s editorial values: independence, courage, humanity, authenticity, excellence, diversity, constructiveness and trustworthiness

How to Apply 

Send your CV to [email protected] (subject line: Finance Officer), along with a cover letter outlining your experience and interest in working with The new Humanitarian. 

Application deadline: 21st June 2020.

Due to restrictions imposed by local authorities to secure work permits, TNH will only consider applications from candidates who are EU citizens or legally resident in Switzerland. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The applications will be treated confidentially.

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