Careers

  • JOB TITLE: Advocacy and Policy Officer for Conflict and Humanitarian Aid
    HOURS: Full Time (40 hours per week)
    SALARY: £28-32k (includes London weighting)
    LOCATION: London
    REPORTING TO: Head of London Office

    Terms of Employment:

    Permanent post, with a three month probationary period. Please note: This post is subject to advanced security checks, namely Accuity check; which will be required prior to any job confirmation.

    Overview of the Organisation

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a. The Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming its
    position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation. The Organisation’s vision and strategies are set by the Board of Trustees, and the operational management is led by the Chief Executive Officer.

    Overview of the Role

    The Policy and Advocacy Officer is part of the Syria Relief London Office. The role requires someone with a good track record in policy development and research and experience of this in relation to front-line services and public campaigns. You will also have a good awareness of UK Government policies in relation to Syria and the region. His/her role will be to lead all advocacy activities outlined in Syria Relief’s advocacy strategy, under the supervision of the London’s Head of Office. S/he will also monitor the implementation of that strategy, identify and document successes and challenges alike and ensure that corrections and change of tactics are undertaken, in order to achieve
    set objectives and goals. S/he will support the development and delivery of Syria Relief’s campaigns and wider public engagement by providing written and verbal briefings. S/he will be invited to attend relevant meetings with peer organisations, advocacy stakeholders, public events and policy presentations. The Postholder will represent Syria Relief in discussion panels in a variety of forums, for example: round table and media outlets, making sure to display professionalism, competence and clearly deliver Syria Relief’s values, mission and ethics. S/he will be in charge of developing and managing quantitative and qualitative research to underpin our campaigns, prepare analysis and position notes upon consultation with relevant Syria Relief staff, in particular colleagues operating in the field.

    Responsibilities

    • To act as an ambassador for Syria Relief.
    • Maintain an overview of all current Syria Relief policy positions and lead or delegate the development of new
      policy positions as needed.
    • Support the development and delivery of Syria Relief’s campaigns and wider public engagement by providing
      written and verbal briefings.
    • Develop and manage quantitative and qualitative research to underpin some of our campaigns.
    • Write reports and briefings based on Syria Relief’s data, case studies and research.
    • Maintain and develop partnerships with all stakeholders.
    • Carry out sustained advocacy efforts with clarity, about achievable objectives, which impact on the population of
      concern to Syria Relief.
    • Demonstrate expertise in advocacy and a proven knowledge of the humanitarian landscape and humanitarian
      policy issues at a national and international level.
    • Policy co-ordination or policy management.

    Personal Skills

    • Display strong negotiation ability, influencing and networking skills; in depth, expert understanding of key
      concepts relating to conflict, relief, development (e.g. international humanitarian law, refugee and human rights
      law, early social and recovery, peace building and social cohesion, conflict and cultural sensitivity, reconstruction
      etc.) and an understanding of principles of participation and active contribution of affected population.
    • Proven ability to produce policy lines and statements as well as high-quality and compelling written materials
      adequate to different policy and public audiences;
    • Proven network of contacts in the UK advocacy sector;
    • Commitment to sensitivity / confidentiality when handling information;
    • First-class verbal communication skills, appropriate for high-level external representation (for example, lobbying
      ministerial offices, presenting to a Select Committee or talking to the Media);
    • Strong strategic-thinking and analytical skills and the ability quickly to absorb, make sense of and communicate
      new information and ideas.

    Leadership Skills

    • To promote Syria Relief’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and
      delivery of services.
    • Take business accountability for the delivery of shared business responsibilities e.g. relevant contribution to the
      Charity’s Objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
    • To ensure that Syria Relief develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you
      provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and
      procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in Syria Relief related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is
      required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:

      • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the Syria Relief risk assessment process;
      • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the Syria Relief’s reporting
        arrangements/system
      • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
      • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
    Person Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    Degree level or equivalent to in Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Law or Political Studies X
    Willingness to undertake training and actively seek out personal development opportunities X
    Experience
    From 3 to 5 years’ experience in advocacy and policy in the humanitarian sector X
    Working in the voluntary sector X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Strong understanding of the humanitarian advocacy and policy sector at UK and international level X
    Extensive network in the humanitarian advocacy context in the UK X
    Very good understanding of the Syrian crisis and humanitarian context X
    Strong IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint X
    Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills X
    Meticulous attention to detail X
    Knowledge of UK voluntary sector X
    The flexibility to work in a small team and across departments X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects. X
    Strong verbal and written communication skills. X
    A willingness to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work and to travel within the UK and abroad X

    Application procedure

    To apply please email london@syriarelief.org.uk with the Job Title in the subject line, or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Sunday, 26th February 2017 23:59 which should consist of the following:

    • CV
    • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    • How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.

    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

  • JOB TITLE: Programmes and Institutional Partnerships Development Officer
    HOURS: Full Time (40 hours per week)
    SALARY: £30,000 to £34,000 (includes London Weighting)
    LOCATION: London
    REPORTING TO: Head of London Office

    Terms of Employment: Permanent post, with a three month probationary period. Please note: This post is subject to advanced security checks, namely Accuity check; which will be required prior to any job confirmation.

    Overview of the Organisation:

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a. Our Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming Syria
    Relief’s position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation.

    Overview of the Role:

    This position requires experience of developing successful humanitarian funding applications, for institutional donors, INGOs, trusts and foundations and capacity of designing international projects, within the NGO sector. The post-holder will work closely with colleagues across Syria Relief, which will require frequent travel to our offices in Turkey and other international offices as necessary; to turn project needs identified from our experience of delivering assistance on the ground in Syria into a reality. The role requires strong communications skills and the ability to leverage relationships with Government agencies, Trusts & Foundations, Official Donors and corporate CSR opportunities with the aim of strategising, channelling and generating resources.

    They will be supported by Syria Relief’s Head of Programmes in Turkey and the Head of London Office. The post holder will have a key role in the delivery of Syria Relief’s current fundraising strategy and will help develop future funding strategies. The post-holder will work closely with Syria Relief’s Programme team, MEAL Department, and offices in Manchester and Turkey to develop new projectstrategies appropriate to the needs and context of the charity’s work. The post-holder will be highly organised with effective administrative and record keeping abilities. Capable of building up a database of updated proposals, archive all relevant project specific documentation and be able to maintain
    good records of all the activities carried out and all the donors contacted.

    Main Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Collaborate with the Head of Programmes in Turkey to develop and write effective funding proposals
      appropriately designed for institutional donors, INGOs, foundations and trusts;
    • Implement Syria Relief’s fundraising strategy and be participate in developing future strategies;
    • Review and research new funding opportunities and develop new programmes with institutional donors which
      may arise as relevant to Syria Relief; be familiar with websites and other sources of information about fund
      availability for NGOs from governments and other institutions;
    • Identify and develop networks and contacts including via networking, internet and knowledge-sharing forums;
    • Identify and develop strategic relationships and partnerships with key NGOs and INGOs to collaborate/ partner
      in the implementation of Syria Relief’s programmes;
    • Work closely with colleagues across Syria Relief’s UK and international offices to develop new strategies and
      projects aligned with Syria Relief’s needs led approach;
    • Negotiate donor contracts and analyse the results to ensure that agreements put in place are cost effective and
      beneficial to Syria Relief and do not expose the charity to unnecessary risks or unfavourable conditions;
    • Develop a network of contacts in London in particular with Government agencies, Official Donors, Trusts &
      Foundations and CSR teams.
    • Travel locally and internationally required.

    Other Duties:

    • When the Head of London Office and other members of staff are absent, provide routine administrative backup
      answering general and media enquiries by phone and email and opening and sending post; and
    • other tasks as delegated by the Head of London Office to contribute to the work of Syria Relief.

    Leadership Skills

    • To promote SR’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and delivery of
      services.
    • Take business accountability for the delivery of shared business responsibilities e.g. relevant contribution to the
      Charity’s Objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
    • To ensure that SR develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you
      provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and
      procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in SR related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is
      required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:

      • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the SR risk assessment process;
      • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the SR’s reporting arrangements/system
      • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
      • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role
    Person Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    Degree level or equivalent experience (ideally in Marketing or business discipline) X
    Willingness to undertake training and actively seek out personal development opportunities X
    Experience
    Minimum 2 years’ experience developing projects or programmes X
    Working in the voluntary sector, particularly in the international development or humanitarian aid sectors X
    Proven experience of writing successful applications to government, trusts, foundation and other institutional funders X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Fluent in English with excellent spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills, inter-cultural sensitivity and confidence in dealing with a wide range of partners X
    Ability to provide regular written and verbal reports to a variety of audiences, internal and external X
    Understanding and experience of writing and negotiating successful proposals especially for institutional donors and foundations X
    Knowledge of the humanitarian crisis and current situation in Syria X
    Meticulous attention to detail X
    Understanding of relevant UK and international legislation/charity law affecting fundraising practice X
    Ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload independently whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines X
    The ability to work in a small team and across departments with colleagues in the UK and international offices X
    The ability to perform other duties as required X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects X
    Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint and experience of using/developing databases X
    Willingness to work variable hours with occasional weekend and evening work and the ability to travel within the UK and abroad if required X

    Application procedure

    To apply please email london@syriarelief.org.uk with the Job Title in the subject line, or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Sunday, 26th February 2017 23:59 which should consist of the following:

    • CV
    • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    • How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.

    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

  • JOB TITLE: Fundraising Officer
    HOURS: Full Time (40 hours per week)
    SALARY: £22,000 – £26,000 (including London weighting)
    LOCATION: London
    REPORTING TO: Head of London Office

    Job Description

    Terms of Employment:

    Permanent post, with a three month probationary period. Please note: This post is subject to advanced security checks, namely Accuity check; which will be required prior to any job confirmation.

    Overview of the Organisation

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a., and the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming its position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation.

    The Organisation’s vision and strategies are set by the Board of Trustees, and the operational management is led by the Chief Executive Officer.

    Overview of the Role

    Syria Relief is looking for an experienced community Fundraising Officer with a creative approach to generating income. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in a similar role and enjoy working in an organisation where creativity and innovation are valued. He /she will have excellent communication skills and an ability to motivate and inspire others. The successful candidate will work alongside the Head of Office in London and the fundraising team in Manchester to implement Syria Relief’s community fundraising strategy for in London. As this is a new role, the postholder will contribute to the development of a local community fundraising plan, within the national fundraising strategy through the organisation of events, launch of campaigns and collections. They will also raise awareness of the work of Syria Relief through building and developing contacts, networks and delivering presentations and talks to a variety of audiences including faith-based organisations, schools, community groups etc.

    The postholder will also have experience of stewarding donors and supporters as well as supporting volunteers.

    Main Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Contributing to the development and implementation Syria Relief’s fundraising plan in London;
    • Initiating new relationships and researching new fundraising opportunities from a wide range of community sources including faith-based organisations, community groups and the general public;
    • Complying with organisational and regulatory standards and best practice for fundraising
    • Exploring opportunities to obtain gifts in kind e.g. with retailers, the public;
    • Raising awareness of Syria Relief’s work through local media, events, networks and presentations;
    • Working closely with colleagues in the Communications team to explore new media opportunities;
    • Developing relationships with prominent supporters;
    • Developing a range of media formats to support local community fundraising initiatives in line with organisational communications guidelines;
    • Supporting social media campaigns, initiatives and assist the development of Syria Relief’s online presence;
    • Maintaining accurate records;
    • Working co-operatively with colleagues across Syria Relief’s teams in the UK and international offices.

    Other Duties:

    • When the Head of London Office and other members of staff are absent, provide routine administrative backup answering general and media enquiries by phone and email and opening and sending post; and
    • other tasks as delegated by the Head of London Office to contribute to the work of Syria Relief.

    Leadership Skills:

    • To promote SR’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and delivery of services.
    • Take business accountability for the delivery of shared business responsibilities e.g. relevant contribution to the Charity’s Objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
    • To ensure that SR develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in SR related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:
      • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the SR risk assessment process;
      • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the SR’s reporting arrangements/system
      • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
      • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
    PPerson Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    GCSEs X
    Willingness to undertake training and actively seek out personal development opportunities X
    Experience
    Minimum of 2 years’ experience of fundraising within the community/voluntary sector; X
    Experience of using social media and other marketing tools X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint X
    Excellent spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills, inter-cultural sensitivity and confidence in dealing with a wide range of partners; X
    Meticulous attention to detail X
    Understanding of relevant legislation/charity law affecting fundraising practice and event management; X
    Good understanding of the Humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and the region. X
    Ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload independently whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines. X
    The ability to perform other duties as required; X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects. X
    Ability to use digital and non-digital marketing and communication techniques; X
    The ability to develop engaging content for use across all digital and mobile platforms; X
    Ability to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work and to travel within the UK and abroad as required. X

    Application procedure

    To apply please email london@syriarelief.org.uk with the Job Title in the subject line,or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Sunday, 26th February 2017 23:59 which should consist of the following:

    • CV
    • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    • How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.

    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

  • JOB TITLE: Fundraising Officer
    HOURS: Full Time (40 hours per week)
    SALARY: £18,000 to £22,000
    LOCATION: Manchester
    REPORTING TO: UK Fundraising Manager

    Job Description

    Terms of Employment:

    Permanent post, with a three month probationary period. Please note: This post is subject to advanced security checks, namely Accuity check; which will be required prior to any job confirmation.

    Overview of the Organisation

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a., and the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming its position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation.

    The Organisation’s vision and strategies are set by the Board of Trustees, and the operational management is led by the Chief Executive Officer.

    Overview of the Role

    Syria Relief is looking for an experienced community Fundraising Officer with a creative approach to generating income. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in a similar role and enjoy working in an organisation where creativity and innovation are valued. S/he will have excellent communication skills and an ability to motivate and inspire others. The successful candidate will work within the fundraising team in Manchester to implement Syria Relief’s community fundraising strategy. The postholder will participate in the development of local community fundraising plans within the national fundraising strategy through the organisation of events, launch of campaigns and collections. They will also raise awareness of the work of Syria Relief through building and developing contacts, networks and delivering presentations and talks to a variety of audiences including faith-based organisations, schools, community groups etc. Arabic language skills would be an advantage.

    The postholder will also have experience of stewarding donors and supporters as well as supporting volunteers.

    Main Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Contributing to the development and implementation of Syria Relief’s community fundraising plan.
    • Initiating new relationships and researching new fundraising opportunities from a wide range of community sources including faith-based organisations, community groups and the general public.
    • Complying with organisational and regulatory standards and best practice for fundraising.
    • Exploring opportunities to obtain gifts in kind e.g. with retailers, the public.
    • Raising awareness of Syria Relief’s work through local media, events, networks and presentations.
    • Working closely with colleagues in the Communications team to explore new media opportunities.
    • Developing relationships with prominent supporter.
    • Developing a range of media formats to support local community fundraising initiatives in line with organisational communications guidelines.
    • Supporting social media campaigns, initiatives and assist the development of Syria Relief’s online presence.
    • Maintaining accurate records.
    • Working co-operatively with colleagues including volunteers across Syria Relief’s teams in the UK and international offices.

    Leadership Skills:

    • To promote SR’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and delivery of services.
    • Take business accountability for the delivery of shared business responsibilities e.g. relevant contribution to the Charity’s Objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
    • To ensure that SR develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in SR related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:-
      • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the SR risk assessment process;
      • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the SR’s reporting arrangements/system
      • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
      • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
    PPerson Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    GCSEs X
    Willingness to undertake training and actively seek out personal development opportunities X
    Experience
    Minimum of 1 year experience of fundraising within the community/voluntary sector; X
    Social media and other marketing tools X
    Supporting volunteers X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint X
    Excellent spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills, inter-cultural sensitivity and confidence in dealing with a wide range of partners; X
    Arabic speaking and writing skills X
    Meticulous attention to detail X
    Understanding of relevant legislation/charity law affecting fundraising practice and event management; X
    Good understanding of the Humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and the region. X
    Ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload independently whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines. X
    The ability to perform other duties as required; X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects. X
    Ability to use digital and non-digital marketing and communication techniques; X
    The ability to develop engaging content for use across all digital and mobile platforms; X
    Ability to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work and to travel within the UK and abroad as required. X

    Application procedure

    To apply please email london@syriarelief.org.uk with the Job Title in the subject line,or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Sunday, 26th February 2017 23:59 which should consist of the following:

    • CV
    • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    • How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.

    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

    Please be advised we are planning to move to Tameside in the next few months.

  • JOB TITLE: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    HOURS: Full time (40 hours per week)
    SALARY: £36,000 -£40,000
    LOCATION: Manchester
    REPORTING TO: Chief Executive Officer

    Job Description

     

    Overview of the Organisation

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a., and the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming its position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation.

    Overview of the Role

    The CFO will play a critical role in developing and implementing, national and international accountability and compliance with all relevant legislation; Statements of recommended practice (SORP) and other aspects of Charity finances and legislation. The post-holder will work closely with colleagues across Syria Relief, which will require frequent travel to our offices in Turkey and other international offices as necessary; to turn project needs identified from our experience of delivering assistance on the ground in Syria into a reality.

    Key Responsibilities to include:-

    • Management of Syria Relief’s finance departments, management accounting, financial accounting, tax, processes and control systems.
    • To manage and co-ordinate, ensuring effective productivity, visibility, transparency and accountability in all financial dealings with compliance to all relevant national and international legislation.
    • Preparation of monthly management accounts
    • Preparation of forecasts, budgets and all necessary financial reporting
    • Regular cash flow forecasts
    • Advise the finance, audit and investment committees on issues, trends, and changes in the operating model(s) and operational delivery.
    • Assist in establishing yearly objectives and meeting agendas, and selecting and engaging outside consultants (auditors, investment advisors) where appropriate.
    • Assess organisational performance against both the annual budget and Syria Relief’s long-term strategy.
    • Oversee long-term budgetary planning and costs management in alignment with Syria Relief’s strategic plan, especially as the organisation considers sponsorships, potential acquisitions, and collaborations with external organisations.
    • Liaise with and comply to Donors/Partners requirements.
    • To provide insightful and value adding analysis & review
    • To support the commercial agenda and wider business strategy
    • To ensure financial rigour, governance and controls are in place
    • Delivering accurately within tight timescales on multiple projects
    • Review internal procedures, identifying any weaknesses and providing recommendations for improvements.
    • Manage and Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.
    • Track the performance of Syria Relief’s endowment in keeping with the policies and investment guidelines established by the investment committee.
    • Represent Syria Relief to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
    • Remain up to date on non-profit audit best practices and state law regarding non-profit operations.
    • Entrepreneurial attitude and work ethic
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Mentor and develop a direct team of managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of an effective team dynamic.

    Leadership Skills:

    • To promote SR’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and delivery of services.
    • Take business accountability for the delivery of shared business responsibilities e.g. relevant contribution to the Charity’s Objectives, Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
    • To ensure that SR develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in SR related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:
    • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the SR risk assessment process;
    • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the SR’s reporting arrangements/system
    • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
    • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
    PPerson Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    Qualified finance professional (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) X
    Strong working knowledge and experience of financial reporting and preparation of statutory accounts X
    Alacrity to travel national and international, frequently to our UK London and Turkey office and other offices as necessary. X
    Experience
    Minimum 4 years’ previous experience within a Finance Management position X
    Experience of working in the Charity sector: humanitarian aid or international development. X
    SAGE Line 50 literacy to a high technical standard X
    Line-managing staff X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Knowledge of current SORP and other aspects of Charity finances and legislation X
    Understanding of relevant legislation/charity law affecting fundraising practice and programme management. X
    Ability to critically appraise the financial systems, processes and controls, and identify and implement changes to the processes and procedures to strengthen the control environment X
    Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint X
    Excellent spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills, inter-cultural sensitivity and confidence in dealing with a wide range of partners; X
    Meticulous attention to detail X
    Good understanding of the Humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and the region. X
    Ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload independently whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines. X
    The ability to perform other duties as required; X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects. X
    The ability to develop engaging content for use across all digital and mobile platforms; X
    Ability to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work. X

    Application procedure

    To apply please email london@syriarelief.org.uk with the Job Title in the subject line,or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Sunday, 26th February 2017 23:59 which should consist of the following:

    • CV
    • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    • How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.

    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

    Please be advised we are planning to move to Tameside in the next few months.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK