We’re hiring! Part-time Finance Director

15 Mar 2022

Job title: Part-time Finance Director

Responsible to: GFCF Executive Director

Type: Part-time (one day per week)

Salary: £55,000 – £60,000 per annum

Location: Remote


We are recruiting a part-time Finance Director. The ideal candidate will be someone who is keen to play a critical role in a small, virtual, global team and to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the organization’s operations. The GFCF is a grassroots grantmaker working to promote and support institutions of community philanthropy around the world. We have a small office in Johannesburg, South Africa with additional staff in Belgium, Nigeria and Uganda. As an organization, we have found that staying nimble, lean and as low on bureaucracy as possible has enabled us to be an effective network weaver, and an accessible and responsive grantmaker.

The Finance Director role is pivotal to the GFCF’s success, ensuring all project, statutory and budget holder reporting is carried out to a high level of accuracy and timeliness. The Finance Director will report directly to the Executive Director. The postholder will have responsibility for strategic financial planning and for ensuring that the GFCF has robust financial management and oversight at all levels of the operation.


Key responsibilities

  1. Oversight of the organization’s daily financial operations and line-management of the Operations and Finance Assistant and part-time bookkeeper.
  2. To keep abreast of all the charity accounting requirements in the UK and South Africa, and provide sound and timely financial advice and information to the Executive Director and board, including quarterly management information.
  3. To ensure that key financial processes, systems and policies are in place to ensure robust financial decision-making, budget setting, and financial performance monitoring. Regular review and update of financial systems and processes.
  4. To advise the Executive Director and board on financial risk and to ensure that financial risk is mitigated through having robust financial practices and contingencies in place.
  5. Organization and preparation of information for the charity’s statutory and donor audits, and liaising with the charity’s appointed auditors.
  6. Oversight of income and expenditure to ensure correct use of funds and ease of reporting back to funders, and correct allocation between restricted and unrestricted funds.
  7. Oversight of financial information and controls in QuickBooks and related financial systems.
  8. To ensure that internal and external financial reporting requirements are met by the GFCF. This includes cash flow forecasting, donor reporting and routine financial monitoring and reporting.
  9. To manage external relationships with finance-related partners including banks, auditors, payroll providers, donors and relevant others.
  10. To inform the financial aspects of grant and funding applications.
  11. To work in accordance with GFCF’s policies, procedures and values.
  12. To undertake such other duties as may be required that are commensurate with the scope and level of responsibilities of this post.


Generic competency requirements for the role include:

  • Demonstrable experience of working at a strategic level and being responsive to change.
  • Experience of developing finance practice and making improvements to systems and processes.
  • Proven team management capability.
  • Good written and verbal command of the English language.
  • Accurate and attentive to detail.


Technical competency requirements for the role include:

  • Computer proficiency – Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (intermediate level).
  • QuickBooks and database skills.


Applicants must have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Qualified finance professional: ACCA, ACA or CIMA (or equivalent).
  • Three to five years of previous experience in international philanthropy and development aid, whether as funder and / or grant-seeker.
  • Experience of project accounting, grant compliance and management, and an understanding of the grant compliance and reporting requirements for private foundations and multilateral / bilateral donors.
  • Experience of preparation of accounts using Charities SORP.


Other requirements:

  • Ideal candidates will be:
    • Ready to work as part of a small global, virtual team.
    • Comfortable working remotely through databases, Skype, Zoom etc.
    • Culturally sensitive given the global nature of the GFCF’s work, and able to communicate clearly by phone/email to non-native English speakers.
    • Prepared to work additional and/or unsociable hours, if required. Current GFCF staff all work in the UTC time zone, or within two hours difference of this. Ideally, the selected candidate will be able to organize their work day so that a good proportion of their working hours overlap with other staff.
    • Able to start as soon as possible.
  • Applicants based in the Global South are especially encouraged to apply.


How to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 22 April. Please sent a short cover letter, outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, along with a CV to GFCF Executive Director Jenny Hodgson (

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