Reports to: Head of Finance
Direct reports: N/A
Start date: ASAP
Term: Fixed term, full time, contract until 25 Nov 2022 (maternity cover) – the successful applicant can work for DMI under an employment contract or work on a ‘contract for services’ basis if they prefer
Based in: London (N1) with some potential for occasional travel (All DMI UK staff are currently 100% remote working due to the COVID pandemic, we are anticipating a return to office working after March 22, if circumstances allow. It is likely that a hybrid working arrangement will be offered after returning to the office, although the details of this arrangement are yet to be decided)
Salary and benefits: As an employee: £45-50,000 per annum (pro rata), dependent on experience, plus 5% pension contribution, 25 days annual leave (pro rata) and private health insurance. As a contractor: Reasonable day rates (to be negotiated) broadly commensurate with the value of the salary and benefits offered under employment terms
Application deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. We will assess applicants on a rolling basis
Development Media International (DMI) creates evidence-based behaviour change campaigns to improve health and save lives. We deliver at scale to maximise impact and cost-effectiveness. We are the first organisation to scientifically demonstrate that mass media can increase life-saving behaviours. In 2018 DMI published the results of its 5-year, £7m randomised controlled trial (RCT) in West Africa which showed that 56% more children were taken for treatment for malaria, 73% more for diarrhoea and 39% more for pneumonia following exposure to our campaign. Modelling indicates that over 3000 lives were saved during the campaign and that our approach is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving children’s lives. We have subsequently undertaken a second RCT which showed that the modern contraceptive prevalence rate was 20% higher in areas exposed to DMI’s messaging compared to areas that were not.
DMI has two priorities: first, to continue to generate ground-breaking research, second, to take our proven strategies to scale, saving as many lives as possible and improving health. We work across a range of health issues, including child survival, reproductive health, nutrition, hygiene, and early childhood development. DMI works in close partnership with leading experts in health, including WHO, UNICEF and LSHTM and has been funded by some of the world’s most prestigious organisations including the Wellcome Trust, DFID, Comic Relief, the Global Innovation Fund, Unorthodox Philanthropy and the Mulago Foundation.
We are an innovative and rapidly growing organisation, working at the nexus between science and creativity. DMI has demonstrated that knowledge is not only a human right but is also the key to saving lives in a cost-effective way. Our intellectual rigour, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from both our successes and mistakes, makes us distinct. Our ethos is non-hierarchical: all our staff are intellectually high-powered, and we have a “best idea wins” culture. By working at DMI you will have a genuine, measurable impact on improving lives in low-income countries.
DMI has a permanent presence in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Tanzania and has recently expanded to Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. Our headquarters is currently in Hoxton, London (although we may be moving in mid-2022 to the Kings Cross area) and provides the strategic direction for the whole organisation.
DMI is ranked as a ‘Best Charity’ by The Life You Can Save and was the first organisation to receive the maximum rating from charity assessors Impact Matters. It is also endorsed by the Centre for Effective Altruism.
Find out more on our website.
DMI is looking for a Finance Manager to join our small, friendly, and dynamic London team. We are open to candidates from both the international development sector and the private sector who have the appropriate experience in managing multiple and complex budgets.
Working with the Head of Finance and the three other members of DMI’s finance team in the UK, and liaising with relevant staff in DMI’s international offices, the successful candidate will play an important part in ensuring that DMI’s finances are managed and reported effectively and in line with internal policies and statutory requirements.
As Finance Manager you will be responsible for budgeting & forecasting our projects, and HQ costs, and the delivery of high-quality management accounts. More specifically, the Finance Manager role will include the following responsibilities:
- Preparing and consolidating project and HQ budgets, cash flow forecasts, management accounts, and other reports as appropriate to provide decision makers at operational and strategic levels with accurate, timely, and useful financial information
- Liaising and effectively communicating with DMI’s staff in international offices to review monthly financial performance and plan for future periods
- Preparing donor reports, ensuring that expenditure is incurred and reported in line with donor stipulations
- Leading on the maintenance and creation of existing and new complex financial models in Excel.
- Supporting the Head of Finance in the provision of technical support and advice on the development of accurate budgets for inclusion in project proposals, as well as contributing advice on other financial aspects of proposals or contracts
- Supporting the Head of Finance in ensuring that DMI complies with all relevant financial legislation in the UK and any relevant legislation in the countries where DMI works. This includes providing support for the year-end financial accounts and year-end audit processes across the DMI group (including audits of DMI’s non-UK entities where required). This also includes UK and non-UK payroll and VAT (or equivalent) reporting
- Working effectively with, and mentoring, other members of the team in the UK, and staff based in DMI’s international offices (including staff with financial and non-financial backgrounds) to improve their understanding of financial management and financial processes
- Other duties as required by DMI
Required knowledge, skills and experience
- Fully qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CA or equivalent) with at least 5 year’s post qualification
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to develop awareness of commercial issues and expertise in relevant departments’ specific issues
- Strong intellectual ability, self-motivated with good time-management skills, an ability to plan, manage and prioritise a varied workload and to take responsibility for queries until fully resolved
- Significant experience in the management of budgets of a large and complex nature. Ability to understand accounts and supervise a project’s budget effectively
- Experience of standard business procedures around procurement and other financial controls
- Excellent IT skills with experience of operating computer-based financial management systems (DMI uses QuickBooks). Advanced level in Microsoft Excel
- Willingness and ability to take the initiative not only in identifying problems but also in suggesting and implementing solutions
- An eye for detail and a concern for accuracy, together with the ability to keep sight of the broader picture
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience
- Language ability in French or Portuguese or other major global language, both written and spoken
- Experience of working with geographically displaced colleagues (ideally in different countries)
- Experience of working in the NGO/international development sector and ensuring compliance with international donors’ requirements
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.