Financial Controller

A healthy life.  It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty. That is why Simavi works towards a healthy life for all.  We work to ensure that disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.

We believe there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our integrated approach of these two expertise areas is reflected in our programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible for the most disadvantaged groups in Africa and Asia. Our communications, lobby and advocacy efforts aim to engage the general public and involve them in what we do.

Since 1925, we have been working with local partners, the private sector, knowledge institutes, donors, alliance partners and governments to realise our highest ambition. We are amongst others the lead NGO in the WASH SDG Consortium and the Golden Line programme. And we are member of the Get Up Speak Out Alliance and the More than Brides Alliance.

In 2017, we have restructured our organisation. We introduced an agile style of working. Moving away from a hierarchical organisation into a ‘flat’ circles based organisation instead of departments. Each employee has one or more roles, which may vary in time. The roles are grouped into eight functional circles, each with a specific purpose and its responsibilities.

Our lives, our health, our futures

Simavi is about to start a new five-year EU funded programme: “Our lives, our health, our futures”. This programme is designed to enable and support young women and adolescent girls from indigenous groups in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh to transition into adult womanhood with dignity, and bodily and sexual autonomy, without violence, coercion and/or discrimination. At the same time the programme targets key gatekeepers and service providers to foster an enabling environment. For the implementation of the programme, Simavi will provide organisational, technical and financial support to local CSOs and strengthen their capacity to address the needs and rights of young women and adolescent girls, specifically in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV). This programme has been designed from a women-centred and rights-based approach, where the needs, priorities and challenges of women are at the centre of its implementation.

The specific objectives of the programme are:

  • Local CSOs have strengthened their technical, methodological, financial and administrative capacity to effectively respond to the SRHR needs of young women and adolescent girls and foster their rights to live free from violence, coercion and discrimination;
  • Young women and adolescent girls from indigenous groups are empowered to make free and informed decisions about their SRHR (and are supported to do so), free of violence, coercion and discrimination.

 Simavi is looking for an experienced and energetic

Financial Controller

(32-36 hours per week)

The challenge

The Financial Controller is responsible for the execution of the financial control and accounting of designated programmes. Furthermore responsible for the monitoring of the utilisation of funds, made available by Simavi to the partners in the various countries for these programmes.

The Financial Controller reports to the Director Finance & Operations.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Financial control of designated projects and programmes and reporting to back donors

  1. Preparation of plans and budgets, performance reports and contractual payments to partners and back donors.
  2. Assist Programme Officers to monitor and evaluate financial plans, budgets and reports as well as audits of partner programmes and projects (including revenues, spending, cost structures and cash flow forecasts).
  3. Prepare financial aspects of funding applications according to donor requirements and procedures.
  4. Prepare financial reports to back donors and assure that all supporting documents for donor reporting are made available according to donor requirements.

  Financial organisation and control (of programmes and/or field offices)

  1. Ensures, in cooperation with the Senior Financial Controller, that adequate systems and controls are in place to ensure correct and timely management information on programmes/projects. Provides assistance and guidance to the Programme Implementation staff.
  2. Monitors and checks the correctness of payments to partners.
  3. Supports the field office(s) by the development of internal, financial processes and procedures and provides related ad hoc support.
  4. Reconciliation of the financial accounting of the field offices.
  5. Advises on the financial capacity of partner organisations and accountability systems towards different constituencies.

Financial planning, control and reporting (Simavi in general) by supporting  the Senior Financial Controller on planning, budgeting, control and in- and external reporting of Simavi as a whole.

  1. Monitoring of the effectiveness of the controls used by the accountants ensuring the integrity of the financial data.
  2. Review of the timeliness, completeness and correctness of the time registration by all staff to ensure adequate declarability of the time spent on programmes and objectives.
  3. Assistance on compiling and assessing the information required for the annual accounts and reports and the (external) audit thereof.
  4. Makes suggestions and takes initiatives for improvements of the overall performance and (financial) management and continuity of Simavi.

 Do you recognise yourself in this profile?

  • HBO+ level of education.
  • Minimum of 3 years of working experience in a similar position.
  • Experience in preparing budgets of funding applications for various donors. Experience with the EU is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in finance with a demonstrated track record on financial monitoring and (back donor) reporting of EU projects and programmes.
  • Knowledge of automated administrative, financial and monitoring systems and applications.
  • Knowledge of the fields of project management, administrative organisation and the financial requirements for partners and development cooperation projects.
  • Social skills for guiding partners in the financial management of programs and making arrangements within the circles at Simavi.
  • Excellent verbal, reading and writing skills in English.
  • Eye for detail, financial strictness and discretion.
  • You are result-driven and entrepreneurial.
  • You stand your ground and know how to provide feedback in a positive way.
  • You are a team player and are open to others opinions and ideas.
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands.

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (i.e. weekly bootcamp sessions, agile way of working and healthy lunches), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract for 1 year for 32-36 hours per week with possible extension. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 2,755.- and € 3,887.- gross per month for 36 hours per week (i.e. a fulltime contract).

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 7 November via this application link:

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Albert Klomp via

Or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).

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The procedure consists of 2 interview rounds, a case study, a reference check and a Certificate of Conduct.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

 Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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