Fern is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) created in 1995. Our mission is to achieve greater practices of the European Union. We do this by coordinating NGO networks and by working withm partners to achieve change.
We believe that to be effective it is essential to understand and address the social dimension of environmental conflicts; that strong coalitions are more likely to achieve lasting change; and that presenting ways forward is more effective than highlighting problems. We are committed to tackling gender injustice and supporting women’s rights.
We have no director and strive to make decisions by consensus. Details of our work areas and campaigns can be found at www.fern.org. We currently have 19 staff, mainly working from three offices, in Brussels (Belgium), Paris (France) and Moreton-in-Marsh (UK).
We are looking for a Finance and Human Resources Officer, to provide strong and professional support to the Brussels Office and the wider organisation. The post will be 4 days per week, with the possibility of increasing this to full time (subject to securing additional funding). At times flexibility may be required based on demand and workload including occasional weekend work (to attend board meetings for instance).
As a member of Fern’s Finance, Administration & Human Resources (FAHRM) team, the Finance and Human Resources Officer (FHRO) works with colleagues to ensure that Fern’s campaigns are properly supported to achieve their aims, by providing sound financial and administrative systems, procedures and structures for the organisation.
The FHRO is responsible for the key day-to-day accounting functions of Fern. Keeping accounts for both countries (according to Belgian standards), the FHRO ensures that all expenses are processed according to Fern’s policies, paid and booked on time. The FHRO follows all payments and receipts, ensuring they are properly documented, and that Fern has up to date financial information.
The FHRO leads on Belgian administrative issues in the Brussels office, including working with the landlord and dealing with health and safety, insurance and human resources.
Specific tasks include:
(Jointly with FAHRM team colleagues)
We are looking for someone who is organised, open, efficient, flexible and personable. The successful candidate will be a good team worker, able to take initiative, a good planner, pay attention to detail, and be equally supportive and assertive.
From €3,617 to €4,367 (full time equivalent) per month – gross salary (depending on experience), plus lunch vouchers (€6 per working day) and a contribution to travel costs from home to office.
Fern offers its staff 5 extra days holiday (full time equivalent) per year on top of legal holiday, and 4 additional staff holidays granted between Christmas and New Year. Staff also earn an additional day for every two years worked at Fern, up to a maximum of 5 days.
Applications should be made in English and comprise:
II. a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this job, including what attracts you to Fern and what you could bring to Fern.
Applications without a properly prepared covering letter will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Midnight Sunday 20 October
Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in w/c 28 October.
Indicative interview date will be: Monday 18 November
Send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to discuss the job, contact Viviane Vandemeulebroucke: email@example.com
Fern values a diverse work force and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.