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Musicians Without Borders – Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator

Musicians Without Borders is looking for a bookkeeper with financial administration skills to support the work of the Finance Manager. The job offer is for 16 to 24 hours per week for an initial period of 8 months, starting May 1, 2020, with the possibility of continuation if performance is positively evaluated. The job will be performed from the Head Office in Amsterdam.

Musicians Without Borders is an international organization that uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. Musicians Without Borders implements projects, develops methodologies, organizes training courses and participates in international conferences around reconciliation and healing through music. Established in 1999 by founder and director Laura Hassler, and registered as a charitable foundation in 2000, Musicians Without Borders is a global pioneer in using music for peace-building and social change.

Musicians Without Borders currently runs projects located in the Balkans (Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina), the Middle East (Palestine), Central Eastern Africa (Rwanda), Central America (El Salvador), and with refugees in Europe. We deliver training in Western Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Italy), the US, and the UK.

Musicians Without Borders’ Head Office is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an international team of 15 part-time and full-time staff, contractors and volunteers.

Under the supervision of the Finance Manager, the bookkeeper will be responsible for maintaining the financial records of the organization by recording transactions on a daily/weekly basis, making journal entries for all receipts, payments and other financial transactions, filing source documents for all journal entries recorded, posting journal entries to ledger accounts, preparing trial balances and supporting preparation of project budgets and financial reports for donors.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Prepare and accurately record day-to-day financial transactions of the organization using the accounting software Exactonline;
  • Reconcile accounts to assert the accuracy of transactions;
  • Ensure that financial information, documentation and accounting for the organization and its projects is complete, accurate and auditable;
  • Support the production of P&L, Balance Sheet and annual financial statements;
  • Use appropriate controls throughout all financial accounting and reporting processes, to adhere to Dutch and international accounting standards;
  • Apply knowledge of local laws ensure compliance with reporting requirements;
  • Monitor, analyze and investigate any variances from the approved budget;
  • Support the continuous improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of accounting and financial processes;
  • Fulfill role in an independent and proactive manner and ensure that the associated administrative processes run efficiently;
  • Back up Finance Manager in preparation and execution of payments when needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration;
  • Proven bookkeeping experience;
  • Minimum of 3 years in a financial role required and experience at NGOs;
  • Solid understanding of basic bookkeeping and accounting payable/receivable principles, financial accounting standards, management accounting techniques, internal and external audit standards;
  • Proven ability to calculate, post and manage accounting figures and financial records;
  • Data entry skills along with a knack for numbers;
  • Hands-on experience with spreadsheets (Excel advance level) and accounting software is a must;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Dutch and English, knowledge of other language is a plus;
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to handle confidential information;
  • Affinity with the work of Musicians Without Borders.

We offer the possibility to work in an international environment where you interact with different cultures, nationalities and languages, a challenging environment of a fast-paced growing international NGO, working within a flexible yet professional and friendly team with different areas of expertise.

Musicians Without Borders endeavors to support employees’ professional development and well-being, embedding such principles through policies and internal organizational training.

Interested? Please send your letter of application and CV in English by March 15, 2020 to: Laura Hassler, Director at [email protected]