Chief Financial and Operating Officer

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Organization: Global Rights Compliance
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: Netherlands
Experience: Mid Career (3-5 years)
Languages: English
Category: Administration/Finance
Topic: Human Rights
Application Deadline: 15. May 2021

Job Description

Global Rights Compliance (GRC) is a small but growing organisation of lawyers and international development practitioners, committed to enhancing compliance with international law, particularly international humanitarian law (‘IHL’) and human rights for the purpose of confronting and mitigating acute and urgent humanitarian crises.

Recent growth has created demand for a new role to be created leading GRC’s financial growth strategy, financial management and day-to-day operations. Accordingly, we are looking for a finance and operations professional to lead and monitor the finance and operations functions of the organisation, working with the management team to strengthen the current systems and advise on matters relating to finance, HR, IT/data security and risk management.

GRC operates as both a registered limited liability partnership in the UK and a not-for-profit Foundation (‘Stichting’) registered in the Netherlands. We are headquartered in The Hague with field offices in various locations around the world.

Expected scope of work:


  • Oversee financial functions across the organisation, ensuring controls and policies are robust and meet donor requirements.
  • Support the development and implementation of GRC’s financial growth strategy.
  • Strengthen systems to support accounting, budgetary and finance reporting that meet donor/client, contractual, and regulatory requirements including overseeing the introduction of an organisation-wide timesheet system and procurement of relevant cost-effective software.
  • Support the delivery of accurate financial, project and grant reporting, with particular focus on compliance with the financial terms of grant awards and full utilisation of funds.
  • Work with project managers/directors to ensure grants and project funds are used, tracked and reported according to agreed budgets, grant conditions and donor requirements.
  • Work with the Management team to review and strengthen GRC’s target financial operating model
  • Work with GRC’s accountant and external auditors to prepare final accounts for project auditing.
  • Work with GRC’s accountant and project support manager to prepare organisational budgets, cash-flow forecast and preparation of project and organisation wide financial management reports monthly and as needed.
  • Support partners in negotiating donor/grant contracts
  • Work with the Business Development team to review bid budgets with a focus on ensuring full cost recovery and value for money
  • Regular benchmarking of project staff fee rates and services for project proposal budgets
  • Monitor procurement, travel planning and project expenditure to support project managers in ensuring that financial transactions are in compliance with regulations, rules, policies and procedures.


  • Ensure GRC is operating in compliance with relevant legislation, including GDPR requirements.
  • Develop policy and guidelines for project staff and subcontractors/partners which meet international standards of best practice on safeguarding and do-no-harm.
  • Strengthening and oversight of systems and policies relating to risk management, IT and data protection, HR and safeguarding that meet the needs of the organisation and comply with relevant standards, laws and best practice.
  • Strengthen and oversee risk management processes and ensure relevant security measures are in place for all project operations, ensuring that risks are identified, and mitigations and controls put in place at both project and HQ level.
  • Work with our developers to strengthen IT and data security and protection systems and monitor the implementation policies across the organisation and projects.
  • Work with project managers to ensure project/grant related tools and templates meet donor regulations.
  • Advising the management team on relevant employment law and HR best practice.
  • Developing, managing and/or overseeing other new essential business processes.

Required experience

  • Qualified accountant or 5+ years’ experience working in a Senior finance role.
  • Demonstratable experience in non-profit accounting and challenges faced by grant funded organisations, including full cost recovery, overhead calculation and building unrestricted fund balances.
  • Experience in grant accounting and donor reporting; experience in grant audit is a bonus.
  • Experience in financial and operational policy development and implementation.
  • Ability to work independently/remotely, solve problems and take ownership
  • Understanding of operational and financial challenges/risks of working in conflict zones
  • Experience with issuing contracts/highly organized
  • Some management experience of more junior staff and the ability to work cross-culturally and as part of a team.

Reporting and management

  • This role will be situated at the top of the company, reporting directly to the managing partner and joining regular partnership meetings for strategic discussion as to the direction of the company. However, the successful candidate will need to show a non-hierarchical style of management working in an egalitarian way with interns through to partners.
  • It is anticipated the role will be able to draw on the dedicated skills of at least one (1) additional staff member and be responsible for the professional growth of those individuals.

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