London, Greater London
£26,390 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Who we are

REDRESS is an international human rights organisation based in London and The Hague that pursues legal claims on behalf of survivors of torture in the UK and around the world to obtain justice and reparation for violations against their human rights. We empower survivors to access justice through human rights cases against governments, civil cases against individuals, and cases where we advocate for law enforcement bodies to prosecute perpetrators under the principle of universal jurisdiction. Our approach is strategic, so that as well as representing an individual we target the policy reasons that enabled the torture to take place, by building a campaign that uses advocacy, community engagement, and communications to influence change. Our 2025 Strategy identifies torture related to dissent and discriminatory torture as our two thematic priorities. We also support the anti-torture movement through our solidarity programme.

The Finance Team

The finance team provides operational support for the activities of REDRESS, including management of project related finance, and the core finances of the charity.

Position Profile

REDRESS is recruiting a Finance Assistant to support our finance operations.

The Role

Based in London, the Finance Assistant will work primarily on maintaining the financial records of projects. You will work with the finance team, project staff and international partners on ensuring the finances of the project meet with Redress and donor financial requirements. You will also support the general financial administration of the organization.

Responsibilities

The position will contribute to the work of REDRESS as follows: 

·       Respond to payment requests using national and international bank transfers as appropriate. 

·       Assist in the preparation of interim and final multi-currency financial reports to funders. 

·       Support and monitor international partner organizations by reviewing their reporting and checking transactions. 

·       Provide regular insight into project fund balances. 

·       Maintain cashflow management controls. 

·       Day-to-day book-keeping using QuickBooks Online, including transaction processing and reconciliation of accounts. 

·       Process expenses claims and expenditure requests.  

·       Assist the Head of Finance in preparing the statutory accounts. 

The position is also expected to carry out such further duties as may reasonably be required from time to time by REDRESS.

Personal Specification

This is an entry level position, and so we will consider candidates at the beginning of their career, with some relevant experience. The ideal candidate will have the following skills. 

Essential Competencies

The successful candidate will need to have the following competencies:

·       A university degree relevant to the role or a qualification in finance or at least two years’ relevant experience.

·       Relevant experience such as internships, volunteer roles, work experience, educational work placements, or other practical experience.

·       Demonstrated experience working with an accounting database.  

·       Fluency in written and oral English. 

Desirable Competencies

A strong candidate will also have other desirable competencies:

·       At least two years relevant work experience. 

·       A qualification in accounting or finance. 

·       Demonstrated proficiency in Excel and accounting database programmes. 

·       Fluency in a language other than English, in particular French, Arabic or Spanish. 

Personal Attributes

To work for Redress, the candidate should have the following personal attributes: 

·       Happy to work collaboratively as part of a small and energetic team with a wide range of personalities. 

·       Highly efficient and organised, with an ability to multi-task, show initiative, solve problems, and take a hands-on role when necessary.

·       Able to think and work strategically, creatively, and under pressure.  

·       Able to understand and support the aims, objectives and values of REDRESS and reflect them in all aspects of work. 

·       Able to work with victims of human rights abuse with a range of specific needs. 

Terms

Reporting. The position reports to the Head of Finance.

Hours. This is a full-time position at 35 hours a week. Evening and weekend work may be required from time to time. REDRESS has a flexible working policy that allows for some working from home. 

Location. The position is based at the REDRESS office in London. REDRESS has a flexible working policy which allows some working from home.

Salary. This is an entry level ‘assistant’ position, with a salary range starting at £26,390.

Duration. The contract is for an initial fixed-term of 12 months, but is expected to be extended, subject to funding.

Start date. Ideally the position would start in December 2021.

Probation. There is a six-month probationary period. 

Pension. REDRESS offers a pension contribution of 10% of salary.

Holiday.  There are 25 days of holiday per year, in addition to UK public holidays. The office is also closed between Christmas and New Year.  

Status. The candidate must have the right to live and work in the UK.

First round Interviews will take place on Wednesday 27 October.

Final round interview will take place on Friday 29 October.

In line with our Equality Policy, we particularly welcome applications from candidates from ethnic minorities who are currently under-represented at REDRESS.

How to Apply: Please upload a cover letter of no more than one page explaining (a) why you would like to work for REDRESSS, and (b) how you fulfil the personal specification for the role, together with a Curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two references (these will only be approached in final stage of the process).

Please also complete and submit the Diversity Monitoring Form (which is anonymous).

Deadline: Thursday 21 October 2021

Posted on: 28 September 2021
Closed date: 21 October 2021
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