Protection International (PI), Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsHR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th November, 2016

Job Description

Protection International (PI) is recruiting a Head of Financial Management & Administration based in Brussels, Belgium.

PI is an international not-for-profit organization (aisbl) under
Belgium law. PI sees Human Rights Defenders as agents of change who form
a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts of the world the
defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats and attacks from state
and non-state actors. PI works with the local human rights movement to
develop strategies and programmes prevent and counter such counter
pressure. It researches strategies and security management tools that
protect human rights defenders, and shares its expertise in this area
with people at risk due to their human rights work.

PI’s mission is three-fold:

  • empowering Human Rights Defenders to protect themselves;
  • urging state authorities to fulfil their responsibility to protect Human Rights Defenders;
  • encouraging other stakeholders to contribute to Human Rights
    Defenders’ protection, or at least to respect their right to defend
    human rights.

PI tailors its approach to local context and profile. It works in
Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, with presences in Thailand,
Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium
(head-office) and staff force of 50 people.

The team
The Head of the Finances & Administration reports to PI’s Executive
Director and supervises a team of six people: s/he is part of PI’s
Management Team and works in close collaboration with all thematic units
in head office and with PI country representatives in the field.

The role
The Head of Financial Management & Administration Unit is
responsible for budgetary planning and providing financial oversight of
all financial operations, while supporting the Management Team and field
offices in the financial implications of their programming. Together
with the team, the Head of Unit is also responsible for human resources,
administration and the collection and preparation of the accounts.
Envisaged tasks are as follows:


  • participating in PI’s Management Team by contributing with a
    financial perspective to the organisation’s strategic plan and
    decision-making processes;
  • producing accurate financial reports to Management and Board at specific deadlines;
  • signing authority as one of the Legal Representatives of the aisbl;
  • supervising staff and work plan of the unit.


  • managing the aisbl financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems;
  • overseeing budgeting process in relation to PI global budget and project budgets;
  • developing financial management mechanisms to minimise financial risks and increase overall financial performance;
  • managing bank accounts, payments / treasury and monitoring cash flow;
  • analysing major financial trends and advising accordingly;
  • reporting on factors influencing financial performance and seeking cost-reduction opportunities;
  • liaising with auditors to ensure annual verification of balance and for projects is carried out;
  • developing external relationships with appropriate contacts, e.g.
    auditors, solicitors, bank manager and statutory organisations such as
    the Chamber of Commerce, BNB, Public Ministries;
  • keeping abreast of changes in financial regulations and legislation;
  • contributing to the preparation of donor report


  • providing strategic advice regarding the setup and maintenance of
    PI’s legal entity aisbl and in the field (PI branches and local
  • overseeing staff administration in head office and in collaboration with PI country representatives in the field;
  • overseeing logistics and administration (i.e. insurances).


  • University degree in accountancy and finance, business/management, economics or related studies is required.
  • Minimum seven years of relevant work experience, including at least
    five years in finance management, preferably with an INGO. Previous
    experience in financial management with a Belgian INGO and EU funding an
  • Experience working on human rights issues is an asset.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • financial and business awareness in the not-for-profit sector;
  • excellent communication skills, written and verbal in both English
    and French or Dutch. Being able to communicate effectively Spanish is an
  • high numeracy and sound technical skills;
  • problem-solving skills and initiative;
  • negotiation skills and the ability to influence others;
  • strong attention to detail and an investigative nature;
  • good time management skills and the ability to prioritise;
  • ability to work as part of a multicultural team and to build strong working relationships;
  • ability to lead and motivate others;
  • ability to build consensus and sound decision-making in line with functions;
  • ability to work under pressure and against deadlines;
  • ability to travel overseas;
  • IT security management skills are an asset.

The offer

One-year, renewable employment contract, governed by Belgian law.
Competitive benefits and gross annual salary is in line with the sector,
commensurate with skills and experience.

The position is full-time (38 hrs/week under flexible arrangement) and based in Brussels.

Candidates need to qualify for a work-permit in Belgium.

How to apply:
PI promotes gender equality and strongly encourages women applicants to apply for this position.
Send your resume, cover letter and names and contact details of 3 references by 6 November 2016 to the following email: recruitment@protectioninternational.org, making mention of ‘Head of Financial Management & Administration’ in the subject line.
Please also include your name in the file name of your application
documents, e.g. John_Smith_CV.doc. Do not attach any certificates or
references at this stage of the recruitment process.
Application will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Interviews planned for third week of November 2016. Desired start date: ASAP

Further information about the activities of Protection International can be obtained from www.protectioninternational.org or by contacting ChKlotz@protectioninternational.org.


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