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Organization: Nonviolent Peaceforce
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 25 Jul 2019

Job Title: Group Financial Controller

Function: Operations

Job Group: Programme Support

Duty Station: Geneva – Head Office

Administrative Line Manager: Group Operations Director

Technical Line Manager: Group Operations Director

Line management responsibility: Finance Officer


The Group Financial Controller is responsible for Nonviolent Peaceforce’s (NP) group financial planning, budgeting and reporting together with the Group’s financial policies, procedures and internal financial controls. The role also includes responsibility for the Group’s Treasury function and the financial records of NP’s Head Office in Geneva. In addition, it is responsible for the oversight and support of NP USA’s finance function.

The Group Financial Controller is a member of the Group Operations team and expected to play a constructive and pro-active role in it.

NP’s aim is that all its functions should operate according to NP’s values and best practice standards for its size and mission as defined by both the non-profit and with-profit sectors. In this role, the values of honesty, integrity and prudence are particularly important.


NP currently has a Head Office in Geneva, a fundraising and advocacy function in the USA and operates 4 country programmes: South Sudan, Iraq, Myanmar and the Philippines. The South Sudan programme accounts for 60% of Group activity. NP consists of 4 legal entities: NP Switzerland, NP France, NP Belgium and NP USA and through common Board membership constitutes a Group. Annual Group income is c. €14m. Total staff number 275 and are culturally very diverse, reflecting NP’s experience that it achieves its best outcomes when it has diverse teams. There are significant opportunities for increasing impact and extending the geographical reach of its programmes.

The Head Office finance staff additionally consist of:

  • Finance Officer (p/t). This role supports the Group Financial Controller by being responsible for maintaining the accounting records of Head Office including making payments, the reconciliation of inter-company accounts and the initial preparation of the regular Group cash flow forecasts

  • Senior Global Flying Finance Controller and the Financial Controller: Programmes. The Group Financial Controller works closely with these roles which are primarily orientated towards institutional donors and the oversight and support of country programmes. They report to the Group Operations Director.

The other roles making-up the Group Operations team are:

  • Group Human Resources Manager
  • Group Logistics and Information Systems Manager
  • Group Operations Administrator


The role is responsible for:

  • The Group’s financial policies, procedures and internal financial controls
  • The preparation of the Group’s monthly and quarterly management accounts
  • The preparation of the annual statutory accounts and the management of the audit for NP’s legal entities and the Group
  • Planning and budgeting: the Group’s annual three-year plan, an annual budget for the following year and quarterly forecasts
  • The Treasury function including the monthly short and long term cash flow forecasts
  • Oversight and support for NP USA


  1. Education, Knowledge and Experience

· Member of a well-respected international professional accounting body with a minimum of 5-10 years’ experience. This must include the experience of:

  • Auditing: particularly annual ‘statutory’ audits
  • The design and preparation of accounting and financial management reports
  • Planning, forecasting and budgeting
  • Treasury management
  • The interpretation and application of accounting concepts and practices, preferably within different GAAP regimes

· Experience of working in the international relief and development sector and with institutional donors

· Experience of the key principles and issues involved in Fundraising

· Empathy and commitment to the work of Nonviolent Peaceforce and its values

· Experience working in a multi-cultural environment

  1. Skills

Independent Judgment/Analytical:

· Ability to exercise independent judgement balanced with the flexibility required to be part of a team

· Organisation: an ability to prioritise tasks, analyse problems and then devise and execute responses

Management and Interpersonal:

· NP is culturally very diverse and a positive view of other cultures together with a proven ability to work and manage across cultures is critical

· A high level of inter-personal skills including emotional intelligence and a proven ability to build relationships

Willingness to travel:

· An ability and willingness to travel to insecure regions should the need arise


· Fluency in written and spoken English. NP’s organisational language is English and the nature of the role requires the ability to communicate concisely, clearly and with precision in English.

How to apply:

  • Qualified candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to send an application comprising a detailed CV and cover letter to
  • Please state in the subject line of the email: “Group Financial Controller”.
  • The closing date for applications is Thursday, 25 July 2019.
  • Due to the urgency of this position, interviews would be on a rolling basis. Candidates may be identified before the closing date.

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