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Director of Finance and Operations at War Child Alliance (WCA

Closing date: 19 Apr 2024


As a member of the War Child Alliance (WCA) leadership team, you, the Director of Finance and Operations will play an important role in overseeing the financial health of our organisation, leading and managing information technology, governance processes, risk and auditing to support short- and long-term strategic goals. You promote a collaborative and inclusive culture and foster a great place to work for all colleagues in our Finance, IT and risk management department,

You lead the ongoing development of processes and systems needed to support effective programme operations and future scaling. You provide strategic influence and high-level expertise to support the necessary functions and related legal matters. You promote collaboration across War Child Alliance members in the areas of IT, finance, governance and risk management and you support their teams to set up the mechanisms to do this effectively.

The role can be based anywhere where War Child has an office. The eligible candidate needs to have the right to work in this country, War Child does not support with visa sponsorship.

Your Team

As the Director of Finance and Operations you are part of the WCA leadership team and you report directly to the WCA CEO. You lead the Global Head of Finance, Head of IT, Lead Auditor, Company Secretary, Organisational Design Advisor and the Operations Support Officer.

Your Challenge

  • Supporting, in collaboration with the CEO and leadership team, the development, implementation and monitoring of the global Alliance strategy and governance processes
  • Delivering the overall vision and principles for the areas of Finance, IT & Risk Management, including procurement and legal compliance
  • Leading the teams within the department to ensure successful delivery according to overall planning and control principles, guidelines & procedures, and monitor compliance and execution organization wide
  • Influencing at senior management and board level to ensure sufficient resources are applied to developing systems, platform and controls for strategic & operational risks
  • Leading on the development of long-term financial strategies for WCA including objectives for financial performance
  • Being accountable for the execution and monitoring of the planning and control cycle and the system of accounting & internal control across the entire organisation
  • Using insights gained from financial results to inform deeper discussions about how the organisation can adapt to increase impact
  • Leading & supporting the development, delivery and monitoring of WCA’s ICT strategy across all areas of the organisation
  • Providing vision and influence to help ensure WCA make effective use of its current IT systems & processes, plus also emerging trends and technologies
  • Ensuring delivery of a capable data platform technology along with other requirements necessary for organisational scaling and programming
  • Being accountable for the effective design and operation of risk management processes at strategic and operational level
  • Ensuring stakeholders; WCA CEO and the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board are informed about critical risks and incidents of fraud
  • Overseeing the development and mapping of operational processes and procedures organization-wide, the identification of the risks therein and mitigation measures
  • Supporting the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, ensuring the necessary secretariat functions are carried out to enable to committee to scrutinize and hold the organisation accountable for financial and risk management
  • Providing direct support and ongoing review of work performance for staff under direct report including regular opportunities for two-way feedback
  • Being a role model excellent relationship building and accountability skills
  • Providing inspirational leadership across matrix management

Your Profile

  • Previous leadership roles spanning finance, IT & Risk and governance
  • Significant general management experience in preferable in the international development sector and or humanitarian context
  • Experience of successfully scaling operations into new geographical areas
  • Significant experience of recruitment & retention of capable key staff, financial & budget management, working in consortia and/or on the integration of programming, strong people management and team building skills and reporting skills
  • Experience and established relations with relevant external networks
  • Experience with development of business and funding allocation models
  • Experience with change management and being able to naturally innovate in a dynamic environment whilst retaining a handle on inclusivity to take others along
  • Outstanding relationship and negotiation skills
  • Comfortable liaising at board level; understand and meet the needs of supervisory board
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills for effective policy development and risk management
  • Result-based management: demonstrated capacity to plan and deliver results in a structured manner
  • Understanding of legal implications and risks, ICT, procurement policies and procedures
  • Strong leadership skills: demonstrated capacity to take decisions regarding strategic, tactical, and operational and personnel matters
  • Leadership of organisational development in a rapidly changing organisation
  • Strategic & annual business planning processes
  • Monitoring and reporting against core business aim.
  • A thorough knowledge of the legal and accounting context for INGO’s
  • High levels of energy and personal resilience
  • Ability to involve others whilst also making decisions in a timely manner
  • Strong social and communication skills, able to deal effectively in a variety of cultural and political contexts
  • An appetite to really make a difference, have impact and inspire others
  • University degree in general management, MBA, development studies or related fields would be preferred
  • Fluent in English and preferably any of the other WCA country languages (Dutch, French, Spanish and/or Arabic)
  • You must have the right to work in one of the locations where War Child has an office, War Child does not offer visa sponsorship
  • Available for 40 hours per week

Our Offer

The following offer is based on a Dutch employment contract, please note that the actual Terms & Conditions of the offer will depend on the local package of the hiring office. Details on package will be discussed in a later stage in the recruitment procedure.

  • An employment contract for 40 hours per week
  • Salary range from € 6331 – € 7871 gross per month, based on 40 hours per week (the exact step determined by the years of relevant working experience).
  • 28 vacation days on full time basis (consisting of 26 vacation days plus 2 additional fixed free days, based on 40 hours work week).
  • A pension scheme fully paid by War Child.
  • Compensation for travel and work from home costs.
  • Laptop to work from any location and monthly mobile phone contribution of € 25.
  • Possibility to follow training and/or courses where relevant.
  • Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

Our Organisation

War Child is a young and dynamic organisation. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by forwarding their CV and a short cover letter, in English, before the 19th of April 2024.

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