Job Vacancy: ILGA is hiring a Finance Manager (deadline for submission of applications is 2nd May, 2015)

ILGA is hiring a Finance Manager. Closing date for receipt of applications: Saturday, 2nd May 2015 (17.00 CET)

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ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, an umbrella organisation of more than 1200 member organisations in all continents and articulated in six regions, i.e. Ilga-Oceania (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands), Ilga-Asia, Ilga-Europe, Ilga-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean), Ilga North-America and PanAfrica Ilga. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN ECOSOC Council, publishes an annual world report and a map on legislation criminalising or protecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or recognising their relationships.

ILGA’s vision is of a world where the human rights of all are respected and where everyone can live in equality and freedom; a world where global justice and equity are assured and established regardless of the people’s sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and bodily diversities.

ILGA’s mission is:

  • To act as a leading organisation and a global voice for the rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex.
  • To work towards achieving equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people through advocacy, collaborative actions, and by educating and informing relevant international and regional institutions as well as governments, media and civil society.
  • To empower our members and other human rights organisations in promoting and protecting human rights, irrespective of people’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex and to facilitate cooperation and solidarity among ILGA regions and members.
  • To promote the diversity and strengths of LGBTI people around the world.

2.   Background

Having transferred its main office to Geneva from Brussels in April 2014, ILGA is now an association following article 60 and the following of the Swiss Civil Code, following a decision taken by the ILGA World Conference, and it about to register with the registre du commerce of Geneva. ILGA currently employs 7 people in its Geneva office and has a budget of 1,500,000 CHF, funded by: the Swedish International Development Agency, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway, the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, the Arcus Foundation and the Hivos Stichting and enjoys contribution for the rent of its office in Geneva by the Republique and Canton de Genève. Within the framework of its Regional Development Programme, the three global South regions of ILGA, i.e. PanAfrica ILGA, ILGA-Asia and ILGA-LAC, were able to open their respective offices in Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires, and hire staff for them. ILGA therefore increasingly needs skilled and highly motivated people to join its dynamic and professional team and to respond to growing demands for expertise placed on ILGA. 

3        The job

The post holder will be responsible for providing effective financial services to enable ILGA to achieve its objectives and ensure compliance with legal and funding requirements.

In the framework of the post, the person will be asked to lead and manage the Finance and Administration Service Area; to ensure effective management of funds from resource allocation to reporting to funders; to prepare, oversee and control the organisation’s overall budget; to manage the production of the annual accounts and other financial information for submission to auditors and various audiences; to advise the Executive Director on organisational financial strategy and risk management; to play a proactive role in improving the overall efficiency of the organisation towards achieving its mission and objectives.

Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • developing and implementing effective financial monitoring and reporting systems to ensure compliance with legal and funding requirements
  • working with and implementing financial standards and policies
  • understanding governmental and private funding programmes and mechanisms, compliance with financial regulations applicable to individual grants and funder-tailored financial budgeting and reporting
  • managing funding received from private and public donors
  • responsible for financial reporting and presentation of financial information to various audiences
  • developing and implementing fundraising strategies and building sustainable relationships with donors
  • a working knowledge of French

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are:

  • Excellent understanding of financial management for international projects
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing effective financial monitoring and reporting systems
  • Experience in formulating, implementing and evaluating financial systems and procedures
  • A solid understanding of organisational budgeting, monitoring and reporting
  • A solid understanding of organisational development
  • A solid knowledge of governmental and private funding requirements
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and presentation), including a high standard of written and spoken English
  • Experience of staff management and project management
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and maintain excellent working relationships
  • Sensitivity to working in a multicultural and diverse environment and commitment to promoting respect for equality and diversity
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments
  • Experience of working at international level
  • Experience of working in an NGO (desirable)
  • Experience in organising events (desirable)

Gross salary:

The salary scale for the post of Finance Manager is CHF 88,000 to CHF 93,000 (gross annual salary inclusive of holiday pay). The organisation offers local transport benefits, luncheon vouchers and 25 days annual leave (20 days Swiss legal holidays and 5 additional days provided by ILGA). Relocation support to Geneva will be given.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Saturday, 2nd May 2015 (17.00 CET)


ILGA is an equal opportunities employer.



ILGA has a policy and a strong commitment to equal opportunity. This policy applies both to ILGA’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices.

ILGA is committed to opposing direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other grounds.

ILGA will do all within its power to apply the above policies in its day-to-day operations and in its employment practices.

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