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JOB DESCRIPTION

Management Accountant- AmplifyChange

Date posted: 30th March 2017

Closing date for applications: 21st April 2017

COMPANY OVERVIEW

The MannionDaniels Group works for a more healthy, equitable, inclusive, safe and sustainable world.  With companies in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria, we provide advice and support in policy, strategic planning, governance and programme management, with a particular focus on international health and social care. The company is developing as a recognized international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states (see www.manniondaniels.com).

MannionDaniels has a portfolio of international development programmes as well as fund management responsibilities. We are Fund Manager for UK Aid Direct – The Department for International Development’s (DFID) central funding mechanism for awarding grants to small and medium sized UK and international civil society organisations working to reduce poverty overseas and achieve the Global Development Goals. We also manage the AmplifyChange fund; a multi-donor fund supporting advocacy in Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights across Africa and South Asia.

JOB CONTEXT

As part of our expansion, we are looking to strengthen our finance team by recruiting a management accountant with specific responsibility for the AmplifyChange fund. The position is key to undertaking management accounting tasks and providing financial management reports for Amplify Change, our multi Donor / Client Grants Fund, focusing on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) predominantly across sub Saharan Africa and South Asia

The post holder will report directly to the Senior Finance Manager and work closely with the corporate Finance Team, and also with key management stakeholders across AmplifyChange inclusive of its international Donor/Clients and Grantees. Ideally, candidates will have experience of working in various currencies with good knowledge of foreign exchange. Strong communication and presentation skills are also highly desirable.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

Management & Financial Accounting Tasks – Preparation of Management & Financial Accounts

  1. Revenue recognition (to include where applicable preparation of revenue bills and work in progress)
  2. Cost recognition
    1. apportionment of staff labour costs
    2. accruals and prepayments
  3. Review of nominal ledger postings for errors
  4. Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts
  5. Reconciliation of project ledger activity to nominal ledger direct costs
  6. Reconciliation of subsidiary inter-company accounts
  7. Posting of all journals relative to the above
  8. Responding to queries from Finance Officers in relation to transactional postings

 Budget Development & Preparation – Assistance in development of:

  1. Financial modelling for grants funding rounds and overall donor / client funding
  2. Management Fee and Grant commitment, disbursement and spend budgeting, including rolling budgets
  3. Pricing & budget proposals for clients / donors’ contracts bids and existing contracts amendments
  4. Overall Amplify change entity budgeting profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow

 Management Accounting Reporting – Preparation and or assistance of:

  1. Management & Financial Accounts including variance analysis, and reporting in foreign currencies
  2. Management and Financial Accounts using allocation and absorption methods to report on pooled and donors / clients share
  3. Financial management and information reports to clients & donors on a regular basis both formal and ad hoc
  4. Design and formatting of reports templates
  5. Providing commentary and direct assistance to stakeholders in interpretation of financial management reports

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Essential:

  • Qualified Accountant or qualified by experience
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working in accounting and finance, preferably in a consultancy and or professional services environment
  • Considerable experience of preparing and presenting periodic management accounts to deadlines using foreign exchange in various currencies
  • Ability to work autonomously and problem solve using initiative
  • Essential IT skills inclusive of MS Office and desired MS Projects (or similar) & Sage Accounting Software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially dealing with people from multi-cultural backgrounds
  • Interest in international public health and international development
  • Proven ability to operate in a team environment liaising with diverse teams.
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Experience of using own initiative, with a proactive and problem solving attitude.

Desirable

  • Advantageous experience in accounting for Grants and particular focus on pooled funds and using allocation and absorption methods
  • Advantageous experience in financial processing and reporting in the context of foreign companies, finance operations inclusive of contracts / projects being delivered outside the UK

 REPORTING AND ORGANISATION

This is a UK based position reporting to the Finance Manager and is based in Bath. Occasional national and international travel may be required.  This is a full-time position and requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered.

Salary and package

Basic salary range:                           £40,000 – £45,000

Holiday:                                              25 days per annum + public holidays

Pension:                                              6% employer contribution

Life insurance:                                   Company life insurance scheme

Benefits:                                              Access to childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, health care plan and a staff discount scheme

To apply

Please send CV and covering letter to recruitment@manniondaniels.com by close of

business on the closing date above. Please use the job title in the subject line.

To view this job description as a PDF please click here.


International Women’s Day 2017 | #BeBoldForChange

 

AmplifyChange Opportunity grantee Think Young Women, Gambia - Haddy Jonga

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to #BeBoldForChange, to call on everyone to help forge a better and more gender-inclusive world.

To celebrate the campaign, AmplifyChange grantees have shown their support by sharing pictures and quotes for the ‘#BeBoldForChange’ photo story.

Pictured here is Haddy Jonga, Programme Officer for Opportunity grantee Think Young Women, The Gambia, with Fatima Gomez, one of 60 mentees under the Girl’s Mentorship Programme.

Haddy describes how she is mentoring young girls to be bold for change:

“By being a sister and helping create a safe space to discuss the challenges they face, especially as teenagers.

I believe they will be the change we seek in this world.”

You can find out how more grantees are being bold for change by visiting amplifychange.exposure.co/beboldforchange

Thank you to all AmplifyChange grantees who contributed photos and quotes.


Job Description

Fiduciary Risk Manager

Date posted: 8th March 2017
Closing date for applications: 25th March 2017

COMPANY OVERVIEW
The MannionDaniels Group works for a more healthy, equitable, inclusive, safe and sustainable world. With companies in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria, we provide advice and support in policy, strategic planning, governance and programme management, with a particular focus on international health and social care. The company is developing as a recognized international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states.

MannionDaniels has a portfolio of international development programmes as well as fund management responsibilities. We are Fund Manager for UK Aid Direct – The Department for International Development’s (DFID) central funding mechanism for awarding grants to small and medium sized UK and international civil society organisations working to reduce poverty overseas and achieve the Global Development Goals. We also manage the AmplifyChange fund; a multi-donor fund supporting advocacy in Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights across Africa and South Asia.

JOB CONTEXT
As part of our expansion, we are looking to strengthen our Fiduciary Risk team by recruiting a new Fiduciary Risk Manager to work on the multi-donor funded AmplifyChange Fund. The Fiduciary Risk Manager (FRM) will provide leadership and oversight across the grant portfolio ensuring the Fiduciary Risk Management Strategy is implemented, that fiduciary risk and due diligence work streams are proactively managed and that the financial management of grants is in keeping with acceptable standards. The FRM will be supported by a Fiduciary Risk Officer and will work alongside another Fiduciary Risk Manager. Since AmplifyChange supports grant from both English and French speaking countries, French language skills are essential.

Future opportunities to bid to manage other funds and to partake in in consultancy projects will require a core team of PFM and fiduciary risk management specialists and the FRM will perform an important role in managing this expertise alongside other key staff. To this end the FRM will have the opportunity to undertake some business development work and international consultancy.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Design and implementation of processes aligned to the AmplifyChange fiduciary risk strategy and identify areas of improvement or shortcoming
  2. Lead on the resourcing and planning of fiduciary risk requirements of new grant applications, including due diligence assessment, including the management of contractors/consultants assigned to due diligence deliverable tasks
  3. Provide expertise and oversight of communication and storage of due diligence documentation
  4. Provide a senior point of escalation of technical financial queries arising from Financial Management Assessments and/or Integrity Due Diligence work
  5. Carry out regular audit-style financial management checks on grant holders including verification of claims made by grant holders against budgeted workplans, assessment of annual financial reports and regular reporting on status of ongoing activity to the donor and to the fund managers.
  6. Identify fiduciary and other risks using the SMILE system, and negotiate and implement important mitigating measures and safeguards as and when needed
  7. Provide expertise and support to new business development in the areas of fund management and international PFM consultancy, assisting with the identification of new business opportunities and maintaining and developing any existing and potential relationships to develop on-going and new business opportunities internationally
  8. Provide technical support for Finance/Fiduciary Risk Officers, Performance & Risk Managers and externally sourced sub-contractors and consultants by acting as the expert point of contact for all financial and fiduciary risk related issues arising on grants.
  9. Providing technical guidance to the grant holders directly or to the grant management team.
  10. Provide international consultancy on on-going projects and any new opportunities that emerge in fiduciary risk management or Public Financial Management at country level

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in a related subject.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of managing people and sub-contractors in professional services environment (i.e. audit team leader, practice manager).
  • Financial background and preferably, but not necessarily, a qualified accountant but including fiduciary risk management experience (i.e. due diligence, audit, claims management)
  • Fluency in written and spoken French language
  • Experience in planning, procuring and managing resources
  • Experience in proposal writing and working as a team under tight deadlines to develop proposals
  • Essential IT skills inclusive of MS Office and in particular Excel at a high level
  • Ability to work flexibly and to undertake international travel
  • Proven ability to operate in a team environment liaising with diverse teams.
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Experience of using own initiative, with a proactive and problem solving attitude.

Desirable:
Experience working within a CSO/NGO grant awarding mechanism

REPORTING AND ORGANISATION

This is a UK based position reporting to the Senior Fiduciary Risk Manager and is based in Bath. Occasional national and international travel will be required. This is a full-time position but requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered

Salary and package

Basic salary range: £35,000 – £45,000
Holiday: 25 days per annum
Pension: 6% employer contribution
Life insurance: Company life insurance scheme
Benefits: Access to a flexible benefits and discounts scheme

To apply
Please send CV and covering letter to recruitment@manniondaniels.com by close of
business on the closing date above. Please use the job title in the subject line.

Please click here to download a PDF of the job description.


MannionDaniels has been contracted by Mott MacDonald to undertake two critical reviews for the DFID-funded Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa Programme.

The reviews focus on HIV prevention for adolescents with the aim of producing two discussion papers that will contribute to and broaden regional debates on issues affecting policy and programming on HIV prevention for adolescents in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

The topics of the discussion papers are:

  • The future of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in an era of combination prevention; and
  • The impact and value of a more nuanced and disaggregated definition of ‘adolescents’ for HIV prevention programming

The two discussion papers are in the final stages of development. The preliminary findings have been presented at a Technical Forum, hosted by EHPSA in Cape Town in September, with Alex le May present. Participants included researchers, multilaterals, donors, civil society organisations and representatives of national ministries of health and education, national AIDS commissions, and regional bodies.

Further information on the event can be found here on the EHPSA website.


The UK Department for International Development (DFID) published the Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR) earlier today, alongside the launch of the next UK Aid Direct funding round, which opens for applications on 14 November.

cspr-and-funding-round-launchedThe CSPR defines DFID’s future objectives, approach and instruments for a partnership with civil society in order to deliver more to the world’s poorest.

The CSPR sets out how DFID will use its partnerships with civil society to support delivery of the UK Aid Strategy.

A healthy, vibrant and effective civil society sector is a crucial part of Britain’s soft power and leadership around the world. The Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR), developed with extensive CSO engagement, considered DFID’s current civil society funding portfolio alongside the changing global context and civil society operating environment.

Factors that are driving fundamental changes in the international development sector include:

  • a rise in the economic and political power of emerging countries
  • rapid urbanisation
  • demographic and climate change
  • changing geographies of conflict and poverty and technology

These changes are having a profound and increasingly rapid impact on the CSO operating environment, and presenting new opportunities and challenges.

Taking account of these changes, the CSPR will lead to a relationship between DFID and civil society organisations (CSOs) that is fit for the future, more strategic and effective; with opportunities for a broad range of CSOs including those in developing countries, a focus on innovation, partnership and increasingly high standards on efficiency, transparency and accountability. This will ultimately deliver more for the world’s poorest and for British taxpayers.

In addition to publishing the review outcomes, funding rounds for two central DFID CSO programmes (UK Aid Match and UK Aid Direct) opened today.

Applications for funding from UK Aid Direct can be submitted from Monday 14 November via ukaiddirect.org.

To find out more about how to apply for this funding round, visit the How to apply section of ukaiddirect.org.