Start-date: As soon as possible

Location: Remote, with ability to work within standard CET business hours part of each day

Hours: Full-time

Deadline for application: 11:59pm CET on 19th June 2022


The New Humanitarian is an independent, non-profit newsroom that believes in journalism as a force for good. We produce fact-based journalism from the heart of conflicts and disasters to build an understanding of how to improve the lives of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world.

 

This year we have already started making important strides toward the five strategic priorities of our new 5-year strategy to become a transformative newsroom. Our strategy sets out our commitments to decolonise our journalism, centre impact in our work, strengthen our newsroom, build a more sustainable business model, and nurture an organisational culture of excitement, innovation, and well- being.

 

Our small and growing organisation consists of a diverse and dispersed global team, who work from home bases around the world to produce original on-the-ground reporting and policy analysis focused on two areas that no other news organisations cover consistently: forgotten crises, and accountability and innovation within the humanitarian sector, all while paying particular attention to imbuing stories with a diversity of voices, among those in need and those responding, and in particular those of women and local communities.

 

About the Role

 

We are seeking an ambitious and innovative finance and compliance manager to lead our efforts to strengthen our financial management systems and controls, develop truly user-friendly administrative procedures and ensure compliance with global labour practices, all with the aim of optimising our work as a dispersed team.

You will oversee TNH’s financial management, including accounting, budget planning, and donor reporting; ensure compliance with Swiss and international statutory labour requirements; and put in place more mature controls as to better manage financial risk.

You will report to the COO and supervise the daily work of the Finance and Administration Assistant.

You will regularly advise the Senior Leadership Team on budget and expenditure and work closely with our Board Sub-Committee on Finance, Audit, Risk, and Compliance.

Other key working relationships will include effective liaison with:

  • The Director of External Relations around donor reporting and proposals
  • The Head of People and Culture around technical and payroll-related aspects of HR

Main Responsibilities

Financial management

  • Provide strategic guidance and analysis to TNH’s COO on financial matters, including financial risk, budget size and structure, optimal use of resources and currency management
  • Facilitate TNH’s budget planning processes, including the annual budget preparation and mid- year review
  • Monitor income, expenditure and cash flow monthly; analyse and draw conclusions from financial data to inform organisational priorities and management decisions
  • Prepare financial updates and reports to the Management and the Board of Directors; lead a monthly finance meeting with the management team and advise on corrective action as needed
  • Oversee TNH’s financial management by enforcing internal financial controls and robust financial policies and procedures that meet our statutory requirements while providing for sufficient operational flexibility
  • Enhance financial management systems, policies, and tools, including forecast models and cash management tools as relevant
  • Ensure adherence to financial reporting requirements of donors, including on matters of procurement, allocations, and reporting. Monitor expenditure to ensure commitments and payments are within the appropriate approved budget
  • Oversee preparation of TNH’s annual audited financial statements and interaction with auditors; ensure timely completion and publication of TNH Annual Financial Statements, together with submission to the Board of Directors and inclusion in the Annual Report

Compliance

  • Oversee efficient and timely administration of payroll, taxation, social contribution, pension, and leave management
  • Stay abreast of changes in the regulatory environment, in particular accounting, financial reporting, privacy, data protection, labour law, and other statutory requirements of relevance to TNH’s work and advise the COO of necessary adjustments to TNH policies and procedures
  • Provide expert input to developing, socialising, and applying TNH’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), and take lead on the development of specific SoPs within your area of responsibility
  • Monitor and mitigate any risks of corruption, money laundering, involvement with terrorism activities or violations of international sanctions and advise COO of necessary adjustments to TNH policies and procedures
  • Oversee the Admin Assistant’s work in the processing of day-to-day expenditures and allocations, monthly payroll, and grant/membership/revenue income, and conduct regular controls to ensure that tasks are completed according to standard, on time

General Administration

  • Oversee the organisation and logistics for TNH team events
  • Actively support the COO in exploring ways to optimise the operations of the organisation

Profile Requirements

  • Demonstrable experience in non-profit financial management and oversight
  • Experience working on labour compliance issues, particularly regarding taxation, social contribution and contracting
  • Proven track record of identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies in financial and administrative processes and putting in place the right systems, policies and controls to assure accountability and transparency
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills and a drive to collaborate with and communicate effectively to senior leaders and colleagues to solve problems and continuously raise the bar for operational excellence
  • Excellent organisation skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Undaunted by multiple tasks and strict deadlines, with an ability to prioritise
  • Working with a high level of discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience working effectively and collaboratively within a remote team and take initiative within your area of responsibility
  • Proficient knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and working within Financial Systems, such as Abacus.
  • Alignment with TNH’s organisational values: You are committed, humble, candid, constructive, accountable, and you embrace diversity.

In addition, formal qualifications in accounting is considered a strong advantage. It is also considered an advantage to speak French and/or to have prior experience in the non-profit media sector or the humanitarian and development sector. We have described the qualities we are seeking in this position, but we recognise that there will be strong candidates who do not meet all the requirements listed here but have other important qualities. Thus, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

As part of our ongoing efforts to decolonise our journalism, we’re proactively encouraging applications

from candidates who represent the diverse communities our journalism serves, especially those who:

  • have lived experience of humanitarian crises
  • are a person of colour originating from and living in Africa, Asia, Central / South America, or the Middle East
  • are an immigrant, Indigenous, and/or bring language diversity to the team (particularly languages that are spoken in the locations from which we report)
  • are deeply rooted in or connected to the regions we cover, through family ties or by committing to living their lives there

About The New Humanitarian

We were founded in 1995 by the United Nations as “IRIN News”, as a result of the humanitarian information gap exposed by the Rwandan genocide, After 19 years as part of the United Nations, we spun off in 2015 to become an independent non-profit media organisation, now headquartered in Switzerland.

Since our spin-off, we have constituted a legal entity with an independent board of directors; raised millions of dollars in funding; rebranded from IRIN to The New Humanitarian; sharpened our editorial voice under the leadership of an Executive Editor from the New York Times; launched an investigations unit and a podcast; and begun a membership programme, which has already attracted hundreds of paying readers.

While the COVID-19 pandemic posed an existential threat to many newsrooms, The New Humanitarian is emerging from it stronger – thanks to our diversified funding; our decentralised staff structure; and an increased recognition of the importance of reliable information about crises.

Our new 5-year strategy places the decolonisation of our journalism at its centre. This position will help us deliver on that strategy by ensuring we are inclusive of, of service to, and guided by the communities we cover; and that we de-centre Western and colonial narratives and approaches in the way we produce our journalism.

Some 280,000 government officials, UN and NGO representatives, journalists, academics and wider audiences interested in understanding crises visit our website every month; 65,000 subscribe to our email newsletter; thousands have downloaded our new podcast, and millions more access our work through social media and syndication and citation by mainstream media, from the BBC, the Associated Press and the New York Times to regional media in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our journalism has prompted investigations into misconduct, changes in UN policy, and new aid programmes; it has inspired public petitions, donations, and charity telethons; and it has been used as evidence before the International

Criminal Court and the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee.

Amid an unprecedented number of simultaneous crises around the world and a media industry in financial crisis, our informed and independent lens is more needed than ever. Our reporting tackles many of the key issues of our time, from migration to climate change, from the war in Syria to COVID-19, from a multi-billion-dollar aid industry in the midst of soul-searching to emerging forms of solidarity.

Our value proposition has become even stronger now that Europe has experienced an influx of refugees; climate change is resonating in the public’s consciousness; and the new coronavirus has spread around the world. We believe readers will increasingly seek out the kind of content we produce. This is a unique

opportunity to work for one of the few non-profit media covering international affairs who have thrived at a time when most media are struggling.

Our $3 million USD budget is mostly funded by a mix of governments and foundations. Our team of 25 people is distributed around the world, though we onboard new staff in person and gather the whole team for an annual staff retreat.

We are registered in the canton of Geneva as a non-profit association under Swiss law. Find our latest annual report here.

How to apply

Send your CV to [email protected] subject line: 'Head of Finance, Admin and Compliance’ along with a cover letter outlining your interest in working with TNH; why your past experience is relevant for this role; and your initial thoughts on what you feel the key strategic finance and compliance issues a non-profit media organisation with a remote workforce face.

Please note: Due to the high number of applications, only those applicants selected for interviews will be notified.

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