Finance Officer

Mercy Corps, The Hague, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th March, 2021

Job Description

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The Role

The Finance Team plays a critical role in sustaining and enabling Mercy Corps Netherlands (MCNL) growth through the support it provides to Field Teams and Headquarters. All management accounting for MCNL grants is managed by the team, in addition to the financial accounting functions, payables, receivables, fixed asset reporting, uploading field ledgers, fundraising reconciliations, and banking and cash management.

The Finance Officer's responsibility is to enable prompt and accurate management accounting and donor reporting. Working with colleagues in Europe, US and Field Offices, and as a member of a relatively new team in the Netherlands, the role encompasses many areas of responsibility, being key to the establishment and building of the finance function.
This is an opportunity to be involved in finance work that is fast-paced, and to be part of a diverse, dedicated team of people who are genuinely motivated by making a difference. The Finance Officer will have a pro-active, can-do approach, and be capable of taking full ownership of the role and its responsibilities and continue to develop and improve the finance function of MCNL in line with the growth of the team and the programme portfolio. Strong communication skills are vital, as MCNL is operating in a truly international environment. Experience of accountancy packages software and strong Excel skills are key.


HQ invoices and expenses management

  • MCNL team expense claims processing and management of advances
  • Banking and cash management, including payments and bank reconciliations
  • Payroll payments and allocation
  • Interagency transaction allocation, monitoring and settlement management
  • General HQ management accounting duties
  • Accounting for grant and contract revenue recognition
  • Country offices cash management
  • Review and upload of field ledger data and partner reporting
  • Induction and on-going training to staff on all aspects of purchasing and finance processes and procedures
  • Support the audit process(es) as required
  • Manage the filing systems - electronic and hard copy
  • Adhere to and develop policies, processes and procedures
  • Update and management of IT systems, records and databases
  • As part of the department’s commitment to continuous improvement, the Finance Officer should be proactive and lead on ad hoc HQ projects aimed at streamlining processes or increasing efficiency.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


  • Ideally qualified in accounting or with a degree in a related field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in accounting and/or finance
  • Advanced understanding of accounting procedures and standards
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of computerised accountancy packages
  • Experience in SUN systems an advantage, though not a requirement
  • Proficiency with MS Excel required
  • Native Dutch speaker, Excellent spoken and written English
  • Some experience of working in or with an NGO would be preferable.


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