Specialist, Project Finance Analyst
Vienna (Zeist and Woking also considered)
Please note : full working rights for desired location required.
Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth? Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.
All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realisation that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.
Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.
What we do
We are an independent conservation organisation, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
To help WWF deliver high conservation impact through strategic financial management, effective performance assessment, programme quality assurance and risk management and cutting-edge information management.
Provides financial support for WWF programmes and projects ensuring that approved policies, procedures, and Network Standards are adhered to with the aim to increase operational efficiencies and effectiveness.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Supports Project Finance Account Managers in financial and operational management of projects and grants. This includes optimal flow of funds, budget coordination across donors, financial reporting, and foreign exchange issues.
- Proactively searches for solutions and continuous improvement of Project Finance service quality.
- Reviews and analyses individual project accounts (both incoming funds and project expenditure) in relation to approved budgets. Prepares project payment requests and ensures payment of invoices. Monitors individual project cash flows and ensures optimal flow of funds.
- Produces and reviews financial reports to management and donors, ensuring that expenditure are according to approved contractual budgets and that donor requirements are met.
- Ensures that the financial donor reports are of good quality.
- Ensures all issued agreements and payments are processed in a timely manner in accordance with policies and procedures.
- Ensures consistent application of WWF policies, procedures, and Network Standards in projects and programmes.
- Ensures adequate cost recovery on the portfolio including Project Finance cost.
- Develops and/or drafts contracts for executants and/or consultants and monitors compliance with contractual terms, particularly financial reporting, providing guidance and ensuring timely receipt.
- Monitors and reconciles funding awards and bank accounts as required for projects within the WWF International portfolio.
- Acts as an interface for project staff, program offices, consultants, and donors, responding to queries and coordinating with other staff as appropriate.
- Supports team members within the Unit on coordination, scheduling and other.
- Performs other appropriate duties upon request of the Head of Project Finance.
- Undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject (business/finance/economics/accounting).
- Minimum four years' experience within an international organization with complex donor requirements or multinational company.
- Experience working in a multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Competencies:
- Developed financial management/accounting skills are essential.
- Strong analytical skills with ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.
- Able to work with multiple demands.
- Self-starter with strong organizational skills and adaptive planning skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Advanced PC skills, particularly knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel software. ORACLE experience would also be a strong asset.
- Excellent communication skills, with fluency (spoken and written) in English. Other languages would be an asset.
- Willingness to conduct international travel and conduct assignments in the field office.
- Willingness to assist WWF International's fundraising activities in coordination with the Fundraising Department.
- An interest in conservation.
- Embraces the WWF mission and values of the organisation: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.
Internal: Directors, Practice leaders or teams, Project Supervisors and Programme Managers, Corporate Relations, WWF National Organizations, Regional Offices, Programme Offices, and project executants. Frequent contacts with Fundraising, Finance, Human Resources and Legal departments are also necessary.
External: Interacts with donors, partners, representatives, consultants, and field offices as required in fulfilment of duties.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
How to apply
Only one single document can be uploaded through our platform. Upload your covering letter and CV as one file. Please indicate your desired location. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Deadline for applications: by 9th December 2022
Work permit restrictions apply.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.