The ERRC Needs a Finance Officer – is it you?

What is the ERRC?

The ERRC is a Roma-led international NGO defending the rights of millions of people across Europe. Roma are the continent’s largest ethnic minority. We face forms of discrimination unimaginable in the lives of most Europeans. The ERRC supports us to fight antigypsyism in and out of court, relying on our rights. The ERRC’s leadership knows that making the organisation a great place to work in is a priority, and that is what they have done over the past few years. The results have been clear: the organisation has never been more productive and last year won three prestigious global awards for its work. 

What is the reason the ERRC is recruiting?

The ERRC is in the middle of a big step – the biggest in its 22-year history. The organisation is moving its registration from Hungary to Belgium and is transitioning to a virtual office, with colleagues based across Europe. They need a finance officer to finish this transition and take forward financial operations. 

Who is the ERRC looking for?

The ERRC needs an experienced financial professional who is excited about helping complete the transition from a Hungarian to a Belgian entity and to carry on operations across Europe. The ERRC is looking for someone who can run the finances of an international non-profit in close cooperation with a committed group of people dedicated to bringing about social change. That is more important than knowing the specifics of the Belgian or Hungarian systems, which you and the ERRC can get advice on if needed. The successful candidate will have:

  • a degree in finance and/or accounting;
  • at least three years of relevant experience (this is flexible – you should explain to the ERRC why your experience is relevant);
  • advanced English;
  • advanced knowledge of Excel.

The following is desirable:

  • knowledge of languages spoken by many Roma;
  • significant experience living and working in a Romani community.

What will the tasks be?

Here are some of the tasks the finance officer will have to perform:

  • preparing project budgets in close cooperation with senior management;
  • ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting on projects;
  • assessing project expenditure against budgets on an ongoing basis; 
  • preparing quarterly forecasts;
  • maintaining regular communication with project partners concerning finances;
  • providing project reports for auditing procedures and liaising with auditors;
  • supporting external accountants;
  • helping colleagues understand their budgets and make payments;
  • maintaining a filing system with contracts and related documents (invoices, tax-residence certificates);
  • contributing to the preparation for the annual audit.

And, for the first six months or year, you will be working closely with senior management to complete the transition to Belgium. 

Where will the job be based?

The ERRC operates a virtual office. So they are flexible about where you are based, as long as it is possible to hire you and work with you. This is something for you to discuss with them at the interview stage.

How do I get to the interview stage?

First, send a CV and a covering letter. Please state clearly in the covering letter how you meet the essential (and, if applicable, desirable) criteria. While you’re at it, also tell the ERRC what makes you want the job. But try to keep the covering letter to one page. Everything should be in English. Send it to adam.weiss@errc.org by Monday, 15 April 2019, 23:59:59 CET. 

Salary?

To be discussed. 

Should I apply?

If you are asking yourself that question, the answer is definitely “yes”. Please don’t hesitate. If you think you know someone who might/maybe/should/could/would apply, please send it to them and tell them definitely to apply. The ERRC is looking to attract as many potentially suitable candidates as possible. 

While actual recruitment to all ERRC jobs is strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin in its staff and therefore specifically encourages Romani candidates to apply.

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