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Programmes and Grants Finance Officer (UK)

Proforest is seeking a highly motivated finance professional with practical experience in the charity/NGO/non-profit sector to quickly take on a leading role in our programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to join Proforest’s growing team and play a significant part in the areas of financial management, accounting, audit, planning and reporting.

About Proforest 

Proforest is a not-for-profit, mission-driven organisation that works with producers and other private sector partners, as well as governments, civil society organisations and NGOs, throughout agricultural and forest product supply chains. Proforest is now an established world leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and responsible sourcing with a global presence. Our head office is in the UK with regional offices in Malaysia, Ghana, Colombia and Brazil. We are working across agricultural and forest product supply chains, with particular focus on palm oil, soy, sugar cane, cattle and cocoa, helping companies, governments, non-governmental and civil society organisations to achieve sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
Proforest provides practical advisory support to producers, processors and purchasers to help them work in environmentally and socially responsible ways. We also implement donor-funded programmes, which aim to create the enabling environment, and build the capacity required, to deliver agriculture and forest commodities sustainably at scale. We work at all levels throughout agricultural commodity supply chains – from international policy and legislation to practical operations on the ground – to support the implementation of responsible sourcing mechanisms and achieve positive sustainability impacts. Sample clients include Nestlé, Unilever, Wilmar, Cargill, PepsiCo, Bunge, AAK, and Mondelez.

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Senior Finance Manager, this person will take responsibility for the financial and grant funding management of our programmes, ensuring due diligence is carried out and accounting procedures, rules and regulations are followed, will support budget development and lead on monitoring of actuals against budgets, will be responsible for internal and external financial reporting and will work closely with sub grantees and partners to ensure timely submission of reports and supporting documents to facilitate accurate completion of funding arrangements within agreed time frames.

Education and qualifications

Qualified AAT or Part Qualified ACCA / CIMA

Skills, knowledge and experience


  • 3-5 years’ experience working on financial accounting and reporting in a charity/ NGO/ non-profit entity
  • Proven computer literacy in financial accounting information systems (including project/programme modules/systems) with advance IT skills (Proficient use MS Office – especially strong working knowledge of Excel, Skype for Business, Teleconferencing etc)
  • Strong numerical aptitude and analytical abilities with experience of generating and reconciling financial, management, and related performance reports
  • Experience of reporting to Grant funding donors/institutions and working in a multi-currency, multi-country and multi-stakeholder/group environment
  • Good understanding of contractual and accountability/compliance terms in a non-profit environment including experience with audits and reviews, with systems and familiarity with the terms of due diligence and best practice, to enable a robust risk-controlled environment
  • Ability to support financial management and coordination of partners/sub-grantees
  • Experience supporting business periods and contract closing processes


  • Experience in improving existing financial and reporting systems and their implementation

Personal qualities

  • Good organisational skills to efficiently manage and prioritise multiple and competing tasks and deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to foster positive working relationships with diverse internal and external individuals
  • Ability to work well and accurately under pressure – especially time pressure
  • Ability to resolve problems and queries quickly and efficiently, and demonstrating initiative and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Fluency in English (essential) with excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills


  • Fluency in another language (desirably Portuguese, Spanish, French)

Salary and practical details

  • Salary range: £30 - £35,000 (depending on experience)
  • Location: Oxford, UK
  • Full time position

To apply 

Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK to or by post to:

Human Resources | Proforest |South Suite | Frewin Chambers |Frewin Court | Oxford OX1 3HZ |UK


Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.

Posting Summary

Download the job description for the Programmes and Grants Finance Officer here


To Apply

Send your CV, a cover letter, and your salary history to  by 6th August 2019