Context and Purpose of the Job
The Refugee Council’s Finance team supports our activities across England. Effective Finance systems are crucial in ensuring operational effectiveness, value for money and transparency to funders and clients. The Finance Team at the Refugee Council is a friendly, mutually supportive and highly respected function within one of the leading refugee charities in the UK.
The Refugee Council in partnership with RETAS (Refugee Employment and Training Advice Service), HCAS (Humber Community Advice Services), Path Yorkshire and the Goodwin Trust successfully applied for Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) funding to roll out a model of integration for refugees who have status based in London, Leeds and Hull, called the ‘New Roots’.
This major project aims to engage with 3568 refugees with multiple and complex needs over a period of two years and has been operating for seven months as of May 2018. The project is providing a range of holistic, intensive and enhanced support activities, adding significant value to the limited refugee integration provision in each area and improving integration outcomes.
As a result, the successful candidate will be employed on a fixed term contract of 14 months from 1st August 2019 until the end of the project in September 2020. There is a possibility of starting earlier if a candidate is immediately available.
The AMIF funding for the programme is subject to European Community funding rules and regulations; furthermore, as a major national and multi-partner project with several streams of match funding this has a high degree of complexity to the financial reporting and monitoring arrangements.
The Projects Finance Officer (PFO) will work under the direction of a Projects Finance Manager (PFM) and the rest of the finance team and the service delivery teams to ensure proper accounting, monitoring and financial reporting for this grant programme.
The post holder will lead on the production of monthly detailed reporting to the funders of the programme and have a key role in ensuring the collection and propriety of the expenditure evidence required by the funder. The PFO will assist the PFM and project administration & management to achieve maximum possible efficiencies in the reporting process; and work with Refugee Council volunteers where appropriate.