Climate Action Network Job Vacancy: Finance Officer - Berlin, Germany

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 110 countries, wo... thumbnail 1 summary
The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 110 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

The Finance Officer will work with the Director, the Operations Manager, and the Senior Management Team to ensure routine financial management tasks are carried out in an accurate and timely manner following internal financial management procedures, accounting is up-to-date, and all grant reporting and audits are completed and accurate.

This is a full-time remote position, based in Germany, starting in February 2016. 

  • Follows current financial management system to implement daily routine financial management; 
  • Works with accountant to maintain accounts in QuickBooks software and regularly updates staff;
  • Liaises with the CAN bank accounts manager in Germany to keep bank account up-to-date and accurate;
  • Liaises with the CAN lawyers in Germany on tax-exempt status and annual reporting to German government;
  • Recommends revisions of financial management system as a result of research and best practices;
  • Provides excellent service to department leads, other staff and interns, as well as other vendors;
  • Maintains electronic filing systems;
  • Diligently checks invoices to be paid and supporting documentation to be aligned with internal policies and procedures, best financial management practices, and department budgets;
  • Assists with implementation of department budgets;
  • Meets grant and contract financial reporting in coordination with Operations Manager and other staff.
  • Passion for accuracy, organizing and civil society climate change advocacy; 
  • Experience working in Germany managing finances for tax-exempt non-profit associations;
  • University degree, preferably in financial management related field;
  • Minimum five years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Proficient in QuickBooks software;
  • Proven experience in successful organizational online banking;
  • Experience managing finances in multi-currency system;
  • Extremely detail-oriented;
  • Highly experienced in Excel, electronic filing, and electronic systems development;
  • Experience implementing and managing budgets;
  • Experience coordinating financial and narrative reporting to donors on contracts and grants;
  • Understanding of best international accounting practices;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English and German;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in a remote office environment;
  • Comfortable communicating over email, Skype and using other online organizing tools;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, very loyal and trustworthy;
  • Reliable internet access.
To ApplySend a cover letter and resume to administration (at), with subject: “Finance Officer” by 24 January 2016. Applications are requested as soon as possible, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. 

Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. CAN is an equal opportunity employer.
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