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Finance and Administration Director (F/M/X) - Belgium HQ

HEADQUARTERS - Belgium · Brussels, Belgium
Department HEADQUARTERS - Belgium
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Position Summary

We are looking for a seasoned colleague to join our team and lead the Finance and Administration of our European entity. The Finance and Administration Director will ensure the sound management of the ASBL/VZW in all aspects related to finance, administration, legal, human resources, and contractual matters.  S/he manages the administrative and logistic team in Brussels (2 staff) and has dotted line supervision to regional and country teams where Search is implementing activities. S/he plays a key role in establishing systems to ensure proper financial and administrative oversight of the contracts signed by Search for Common Ground Europe and implemented in our country offices across the globe.  S/he establishes the yearly budget of the ASBL/VZW, presents the yearly accounts to the Board of Directors and manages yearly and project-related audits. S/he manages the Human Resources of Search’s Brussels office and nurtures a positive work atmosphere.

 S/he works in partnership and under the supervision of the Executive Director. S/he works in close collaboration with the European Affairs and Partnership Manager and with Search-US’ Vice Presidents for Finance and HR & Administration. 

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 Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

Overall  management

  • The Finance and Administration Director is part of Search’s Senior Management Team. As such, s/he feeds into the reflexion about the strategic direction of the organization and about the measures needed to safeguard the health and sustainability of the organization;
  • S/he supports the organization in successfully designing and delivering two strategically important processes: the Alignment and Sustainability process which includes the deployment of a Global Services Team functions optimally across local, regional, and HQ offices; as well as the “automatization” process for the European entity;
  • S/he contributes to coordination mechanisms between Search’s various entities and offices, where Search’s European entity is represented (shared services hub, global service team, etc.).

Finance management

  • S/he ensures effective financial oversight of all grants and contracts signed by Search, in close collaboration with sister organization Search-US and in the spirit of our shared management services. Where systems to effectively provide oversight are missing, s/he offers solutions on how to structurally address these gaps. 
  • S/he leads the process of further automatization of Search for all matters that relate to financial management and oversight;
  • S/he leads the process of audit-management of the organization, both for the yearly organizational audit and for the project-related audits in the field ;
  • S/he offers regular analysis of Search’s general accounts and financial health and alerts the Director and the Board of any risks and opportunities;
  • S/he acts as a focal person for all EU and European member states grants and contract audits and financial reports;
  • S/he ensures the quality and compliance of all budgets, financial reports and other financial documents submitted to donors in line with our contractual obligations;
  • S/he serves as in-house expert on key Europe donors’ budgeting guidelines and best practices in terms of budgeting, eligibility rules and finance reporting: s/he builds and maintains an in-depth understanding of key donors budgeting mechanisms and puts in place mechanisms to ensure that countries benefiting from these funds have the necessary capacities to manage it in all compliance;
  • S/he oversees the accounting of Search offices manages a bank account and cash-flow to country offices.

Administrative management

  • S/he keeps abreast of rules and regulations pertaining to Belgian ASBL / VZW and alerts the Director of measures that need to be taken to maintain Search’s compliance. S/he leads on the implementation of said measures;
  • S/he keeps abreast of rules and regulations pertaining to Search’s main donors in Europe, and ensures that Search remains eligible to European donors’ funding frameworks;
  • S/he supervises Belgium office administrative staff as well as staff seconded to field offices or specific projects managed globally by Search; 
  • S/he leads the process of further automatization of Search for all matters that relate to administrative management and oversight of projects managed by Search across the world (includes putting in place a secondment system for staff outside of Europe);
  • S/he ensures that Search is equipped with relevant, contextually-adapted policies and procedures related to IT, Communications, Operations, HR, insurances, Control, Code of Conduct including Ethics and Reporting of Abuses;
  • Data management: S/he ensures adherence to GDPR and local data protection regulations for all tangible data;
  • Health and Safety: S/he ensures the office meets health and safety standards.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


You meet the following qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, finance, accounting, management of non-profit organizations, or other areas relevant to the position. Bachelor’s degree with +5 years additional experience also considered;


  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, finance, accounting, management of non-profit organizations, or other areas relevant to the position. Bachelor’s degree with +5 years additional experience also considered;
  • Excellent command of English required and of either French or Dutch. Knowledge of French, German or Arabic a strong added value;
  • Excellent knowledge of Belgium legal framework for ASBL / VZW; 
  • Excellent knowledge of the European Union’s (i.e. PRAG)  rules and procedures related to development cooperation. Knowledge of other key European governments’ rules and procedures a plus.


  • 10 years of related professional experience;
  • At least 3 years of experience working in the development field;
  • At least 2 years with a similar level of responsibilities in a non-profit or for-profit organization in Europe or abroad;
  • Proven experience of managing EU Contracts and Grants. Additional in-depth knowledge of Contracts and Grants of other EU member states a strong added value;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., and the ability to use various commercially available accounting and financial software programs;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and English oral and written communication skills; 
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and experience; 
  • Highly organized and efficient to manage large portfolios;
  • Experience managing and leading teams in a matrix organizational structure.
  • Experience living and working in a conflict-affected country a plus;

Critical competencies

  • Dynamic and flexible self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, with a desire to be part of a growing international organization;
  • A team-builder and manager of people with excellent communication and relationship-building skills;
  • Sufficiently experienced to command the respect of staff, external peers and partners;
  • Ability to demonstrate managerial courage and decision making;
  • Resourceful and able to find cost-effective creative solutions to address complex challenges and strengthen the organization’s operational capacity;
  • Ability to value and consider the perspectives of all parties and to work across diverse cultures;
  • Ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices and lead by example;
  • Commitment to Search Values: Shared Humanity, Empathy, Impartiality, Inclusivity, Courage, Hope, Humility, Audacity.

 We can unfortunately only consider applicants that currently are allowed to work in Belgium.

Location: This position is based in Brussels with an expectation for international travel to conflict- or post-conflict countries where Search implements projects (15-20% expected travel).

Employment: full-time, with the possibility of a 4/5th part-time. 

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items  to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter



Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality - Inclusivity - Courage - Hope - Humility - Audacity. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud.

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  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Department
    HEADQUARTERS - Belgium
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience