The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

 

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests  and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

 

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

 

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


Why

 

To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.

 

How

 

Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.


 

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.


Position summary:

 

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and results oriented Finance Manager to join the Finance team. The Finance Manager will be responsible for the financial management and budgeting of RA’s Departments. They will work with global, regional and country leadership to monitor, analyze, forecast and report the financial performance of their department programs and projects. They will develop and oversee the budgeting process for internal and external stakeholders. This position works closely with department heads, project managers and finance, administrative and/or accounting staff in the countries where RA operates. This role reports to the Director of Finance.

 

Responsibilities: 

Strategy and Financial Performance Management

  • Ensure that the organization meets its revenue and expense targets;
  • Assure compliance with budget and contract requirements in accordance with Rainforest Alliance policies and procedures;
  • Produce monthly budget to actuals reports, forecasts and dashboards at the department, project, country and regional level;
  • Analyze and track financial indicators;
  • Ensure cost recoverability and track leverage requirements;
  • Track available funding to cover fixed costs;
  • Support integrated regional performance management, by operationalizing internal management processes, tools and metrics to continuously improve financial performance;
  • Provide ‘surge capacity’ to field teams to help them with the start-up or close-out of strategic initiatives or projects, as well as help them more effectively address and resolve critical issues and risks, with a focus on finance-related challenges;

 

Planning and Budgeting

  • Responsible for accurate and timely reporting and analysis of the department’s performance, based on board approved budgets, for both program management and HQ-Finance;
  • Manage the annual budgeting and financial planning process (including mid-year forecast) for the department in collaboration with Country Leads, Project Managers, Supervisors, and other department staff;
  • Coordinate with Human Resources the submission of job descriptions/position announcements and new hire requests in accordance with HR processes, and monitor these for conformance with approved budgets;
  • Coordinate proposal budget development with program, fundraising and HQ finance staff;
  • Ensure effective back-up systems and procedures in place for Finance coordination and maintenance of all key documents in an easily accessible location;

 

Monitoring & Reporting

  • Monitor all financial activities, and keep Management and HQ-Finance advised of situations which have potential negative impact on financial performance;
  • Monitor expenses and revenues to ensure that the region spends according to the available revenue and that restricted funds are used according to donor requirements;
  • Maintain and track project codes in accounting system and provide needed access to staff;
  • Ensure that implementation of funded activities is in conformity and on schedule with the provisions and requirements of the funding sources.
  • Produce and/or review financial reports submitted to funders; ensure that submitted reports and invoices are reviewed for accuracy and include proper support documentation;

 

Communication & Training

  • Proactively participate in, and/or convene, cross-functional communication spaces at the country, regional and/or global level, to promote excellence in financial management;
  • Serve as a key communication conduit to and from HQ-Finance, Management and other staff, ensuring the timely and accurate dissemination of information;
  • Explain the process and guidelines for financial monitoring, budget development and reporting to all internal stakeholders; 
  • Ensure general compliance across country offices of finance processes, policies and procedures;
  • Coach local finance specialists, project managers and country leaders to improve their financial management and budget negotiation skills;
  • Interview, hire, train, assign work to and supervise junior finance staff as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Accounting or Finance; 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in financial analysis, reporting and budgeting;
  • Demonstrated work experience with both Excel and computerized accounting systems;
  • Strong math, analytical and technical skills; highly organized and customer service oriented;
  • Experience managing government grants with sub-recipient grant programs preferred;
  • Experience working in an international non-government organization preferred;
  • Excellent organizational skills with emphasis on project and financial management;
  • Outstanding communication skills;
  • Ability to operate with considerable independence and as a member of a team, show good judgment, and take initiative;
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% of the time, nationally and internationally.

 

Salary:

Commensurate with experience and paid per the local currency.

 

Deadline: August 31, 2022

 

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in Netherlands, UK, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria or Cameroon will be considered.

 

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org

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