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The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit organisation and law clinic of activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.They seek a just, equitable, compassionate society that is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.As South Africa’s largest public interest environmental law organisation, we use our expertise and commitment to fight for environmental justice and advance the right to a healthy environment for all. We take on the big environmental battles: cases in which we can empower local communities, have an enduring impact, set powerful precedents for other cases, and help improve policy and practice across the country.

Winning the legal case is only part of the battle. CER’s litigation work is strengthened by local training and empowerment, dedicated policy and advocacy work, and strategic communications. In all of our work, we work closely with partners in affected communities, with other civil society organisations in the environmental and social justice sector, and with other public interest law organisations.They work across the following core themes: Mining, Water, Pollution and Climate Change, Corporate Accountability & Transparency, and Activist Support & Training. We have our main office in Observatory, Cape Town, with a smaller office in Johannesburg.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is recruiting for a Finance Manager to be based in Cape Town.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or its recognised equivalent
  • 5-7 years relevant experience including a minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role within financial management and reporting
  • CA(SA), ACCA, CIMA professional qualification is required
  • Relevant software skills to include automated accounting software and database spreadsheets and Management Information Systems
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in the compilation and interpretation of budgetary, financial, and related management information
  • Ability to conduct complex system analysis studies involving financially oriented applications
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial and internal control issues to staff with little or no financial background
  • Ability to handle financial and quantitative information with accuracy and precision; resourceful in gathering, verifying, and analysing financial data
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication, including presentation and report
  • Excellent attention to detail whilst able to stay abreast of impacts to the big picture
  • Prioritisation of potentially competing resources and tasks
  • Deadline driven
  • High ethical code and demonstrable integrity
  • Ability to connect dots and apply a systematic approach

Key Responsibilities:

Key performance areas for this position include:

  • Strategic financial management:
    • Leading the financial well-being, sound financial management, and financial resilience of the organisation
    • Leading the annual budgeting process, including organisational and programme budgets
    • Advising the Management Team on financial planning, forecasting, monitoring and reporting of the operating and capital budgets and financials; analysing and interpreting financial data for the purpose of determining financial performance and projecting financial probability; analysing budget patterns, programme expenditure.
    • Advising the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee on the organisation’s financial sustainability, financial management and controls:
  • Financial procedures, systems and controls:
    • Overseeing bookkeeping and financial controls in compliance with the organisation’s Finance Policy & Procedures, including expenditure of funds, and overseeing the preparation of monthly payroll and staff benefits. Applying accounting and auditing principles and techniques to ensure that data integrity, internal controls, and audit trails are maintained throughout all transactions.
    • Leading the organisation’s preparation for its annual external audit, and maintaining relationship with the organisation’s auditors
    • Maintaining the organisation’s relationship with financial service providers
    • Assisting internal business with procurement management
    • Overseeing the financial aspects of the organisation’s staff benefits and maintaining relationship with external service providers
    • Supporting the organisation’s resourcing through funder proposals and reporting.
  • Risk and compliance:
    • Overseeing relevant tax requirements of the organisation
    • Overseeing compliance with the legislative and regulatory reporting requirements that have an impact on the organisation’s finance and governance
    • Review risks environment and contribute to reporting on and  formulation of effective mitigants
  • Human resources and talent management: Building the finance team, and developing the capacity of finance staff in financial management and reporting
  • Transformation: Leading the ongoing transformation, inclusion and diversity of the organisation’s financial and procurement system, including providing support to Black and women-owned suppliers and service providers

The salary range for the position is between R515 733 and R697 756 (total cost-to-company). The salary offered will be dependent on factors that include the qualifications, level of expertise, and experience of the successful candidate. All new staff joins our medical aid group scheme with Discovery Health, and the salary package includes a medical aid subsidy.

At CER, we value our staff and regard their well-being as a priority. We are committed to a work environment that is inclusive and empathetic, and in which diversity is celebrated and supported.

Please send the following documents to [email protected], with the email subject line: “CER Finance Manager Position Application”:

  • A cover letter setting out your skills and relevant experience, as well as why you want to work at the CER;
  • A copy of your CV;
  • Two recent written references.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit company and law clinic based in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Centre was established in October 2009 by eight civil society organisations (CSOs) in South Africa’s environmental and environmental justice sector to provide legal and related support to environmental CSOs and communities. We opened our doors in April 2010.

The Centre’s vision is a South Africa where every person’s Constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being, and to have the environment protected for future generations, is fully realised.

A non-profit organisation (registration number 2009/020736/08), our mission is to advance the realisation of environmental rights as guaranteed in the South African Constitution by providing support and legal representation to civil society organisations and communities who wish to protect their environmental rights, and by engaging in legal research, advocacy and litigation to achieve strategic change.

We believe in environmental governance that:

  • complies with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, 2000, and the environmental management principles in the National Environmental Management Act, 1998;
  • is open and transparent;
  • is accountable to the citizens of South Africa;
  • promotes compliance with environmental laws and best practice; and
  • is based on meaningful citizen participation in environmental decision-making.

We subscribe to the following set of values:

  • passion for and courage in the work we do to advance environmental rights in South Africa and stronger civil society participation in environmental governance;
  • commitment to this work, and to our clients’ needs;
  • excellence in the quality of our work and in service to our clients;
  • being innovative and pioneering experts in the field of environmental law;
  • unquestionable integrity and strong ethics;
  • leadership in the workplace and in the field;
  • responsiveness to each other, our clients and partners;
  • being supportive, collaborative, inclusive and diverse;
  • accessibility to our clients and partners;
  • being reflective about our work and impacts.
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0 USD South Africa CF 3201 Abc road Full Time , 40 hours per week Centre for Environmental Rights

The Centre for Environmental Rights is a non-profit organisation and law clinic of activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.They seek a just, equitable, compassionate society that is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.As South Africa’s largest public interest environmental law organisation, we use our expertise and commitment to fight for environmental justice and advance the right to a healthy environment for all. We take on the big environmental battles: cases in which we can empower local communities, have an enduring impact, set powerful precedents for other cases, and help improve policy and practice across the country.

Winning the legal case is only part of the battle. CER’s litigation work is strengthened by local training and empowerment, dedicated policy and advocacy work, and strategic communications. In all of our work, we work closely with partners in affected communities, with other civil society organisations in the environmental and social justice sector, and with other public interest law organisations.They work across the following core themes: Mining, Water, Pollution and Climate Change, Corporate Accountability & Transparency, and Activist Support & Training. We have our main office in Observatory, Cape Town, with a smaller office in Johannesburg.

The Centre for Environmental Rights is recruiting for a Finance Manager to be based in Cape Town.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or its recognised equivalent
  • 5-7 years relevant experience including a minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role within financial management and reporting
  • CA(SA), ACCA, CIMA professional qualification is required
  • Relevant software skills to include automated accounting software and database spreadsheets and Management Information Systems
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in the compilation and interpretation of budgetary, financial, and related management information
  • Ability to conduct complex system analysis studies involving financially oriented applications
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial and internal control issues to staff with little or no financial background
  • Ability to handle financial and quantitative information with accuracy and precision; resourceful in gathering, verifying, and analysing financial data
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication, including presentation and report
  • Excellent attention to detail whilst able to stay abreast of impacts to the big picture
  • Prioritisation of potentially competing resources and tasks
  • Deadline driven
  • High ethical code and demonstrable integrity
  • Ability to connect dots and apply a systematic approach

Key Responsibilities:

Key performance areas for this position include:

  • Strategic financial management:
    • Leading the financial well-being, sound financial management, and financial resilience of the organisation
    • Leading the annual budgeting process, including organisational and programme budgets
    • Advising the Management Team on financial planning, forecasting, monitoring and reporting of the operating and capital budgets and financials; analysing and interpreting financial data for the purpose of determining financial performance and projecting financial probability; analysing budget patterns, programme expenditure.
    • Advising the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee on the organisation’s financial sustainability, financial management and controls:
  • Financial procedures, systems and controls:
    • Overseeing bookkeeping and financial controls in compliance with the organisation’s Finance Policy & Procedures, including expenditure of funds, and overseeing the preparation of monthly payroll and staff benefits. Applying accounting and auditing principles and techniques to ensure that data integrity, internal controls, and audit trails are maintained throughout all transactions.
    • Leading the organisation’s preparation for its annual external audit, and maintaining relationship with the organisation’s auditors
    • Maintaining the organisation’s relationship with financial service providers
    • Assisting internal business with procurement management
    • Overseeing the financial aspects of the organisation’s staff benefits and maintaining relationship with external service providers
    • Supporting the organisation’s resourcing through funder proposals and reporting.
  • Risk and compliance:
    • Overseeing relevant tax requirements of the organisation
    • Overseeing compliance with the legislative and regulatory reporting requirements that have an impact on the organisation’s finance and governance
    • Review risks environment and contribute to reporting on and  formulation of effective mitigants
  • Human resources and talent management: Building the finance team, and developing the capacity of finance staff in financial management and reporting
  • Transformation: Leading the ongoing transformation, inclusion and diversity of the organisation’s financial and procurement system, including providing support to Black and women-owned suppliers and service providers

The salary range for the position is between R515 733 and R697 756 (total cost-to-company). The salary offered will be dependent on factors that include the qualifications, level of expertise, and experience of the successful candidate. All new staff joins our medical aid group scheme with Discovery Health, and the salary package includes a medical aid subsidy.

At CER, we value our staff and regard their well-being as a priority. We are committed to a work environment that is inclusive and empathetic, and in which diversity is celebrated and supported.

Please send the following documents to [email protected], with the email subject line: “CER Finance Manager Position Application”:

  • A cover letter setting out your skills and relevant experience, as well as why you want to work at the CER;
  • A copy of your CV;
  • Two recent written references.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

2021-08-17

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