Finance Officer - The Hague

Finance & Compliance The Hague, South Holland


Location: The Hague, Netherlands - flexible working environement
Position Status: Full-time, initial contract for 6 months renewable to permanent
Salary: circa €32,000- €35,000 + Benefits 

Closing Date: August 5th 


Candidates must have the right to work in The Netherlands at the time of appointment. 

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse, and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.


The Role

The Finance Team plays a critical role in sustaining and enabling Mercy Corps Netherlands (MCNL) growth through the support it provides to Field Teams and Headquarters.

Working with colleagues in Europe, and US, and as a member of a relatively new team in the Netherlands, the role encompasses different areas of responsibility, being a key finance function. 

This is an opportunity to be involved in finance work that is fast-paced, and to be part of a diverse, dedicated team of people who are genuinely motivated by making a difference. The Finance Officer will have a pro-active, can-do approach, and be capable of taking ownership of the role and its responsibilities and continue to develop in the finance function of MCNL in line with the growth of the team and the programme portfolio. 


Essential Job Responsibilities

        A/P activities such as MCNL invoice, staff expense claims and advance processing

        Bank and cash management, including payments and bank reconciliations

        Payroll processing, payments and allocations

        Processing all related ledger entries into the Finance Software

        Inter(agency)company recharges, transaction allocation, monitoring and settlement of accounts

        Process (uploading) of field ledger data and partner reporting

        Manage the filing systems - electronic and hard copy

        Induction and on-going training to staff on purchasing and finance processes and procedures

        Support the Finance Manager with other accounting and finance processes as required



Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.



Knowledge and Experience

        University or HBO degree in a related field

        Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar accounting and/or finance role

        Understanding of accounting procedures and standards

        Experience of computerized accountancy packages. Experience in SUN systems an advantage, though not a requirement

        Proficiency with MS Excel required

        Excellent spoken and written English, with working knowledge of Dutch

        Some experience of working in or with an NGO would be desirable but not required


Success Factors

        Excellent organizational and time management skills

        Systematic, with a strong eye for detail

        Can work accurately and to deadlines

        Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships

        Strong team worker and communicator but also comfortable working independently

        Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure

        Proactive and solutions-based attitude

        High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience

        Exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with empathy for MC's mission.


Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

This position is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, with flexibility to work from home


Although we do not expect this position to travel, Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short-term assignment or a trip to country offices. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.


Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.


Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.