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Head of Finance 

  • Head of Finance
  • Full-time (37.5 hours), London-based
  • £47,367.39 plus 9% pension contribution
  • Permanent Contract
  • 25 days annual leave and 3 Christmas office closure days and UK bank holidays
  • Season ticket loan/Childcare voucher scheme/Bike hire purchase scheme
  • Closing date: 9am (UK time) Monday 18 July 2016
  • Interviews: 9 August 2016

We are looking for a motivated and experienced Head of Finance who will lead our finance team of five in all aspects of the organisations finance management, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining accurate finance records
  • Monthly reporting to budget holders
  • Maintaining an effective system for financial control
  • Leading the finance team and overseeing their support to the wider organisation
  • Timely and accurate reporting to the Executive Management Committee and the Board of Conciliation Resources

The successful candidate have in depth knowledge of dealing with all aspects of an organisations finances including payroll, VAT, corporation tax, Companies House and the Charity Commission. They should also have experience of receiving donor funding from diverse sources such as the European Union, UK Government and Swiss Sida. They should have a professional qualification in a relevant area or equivalent through experience, a detailed understanding of the Charity SORP requirements and of meeting financial reporting requirements under company law.

For full details of the post please refer to the job description.

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Accord 27 Afghanistan Issue Editor Advert

Conciliation Resources is recruiting an Issue Editor to work on the 27 th publication in our Accord series, which will look at peace and transition in Afghanistan. It will explore how initiatives to advance reconciliation influence the political settlement. Research methodology for the publication will be applied, active and participatory to assess the evolution of Afghanistan’s political settlement – its relationship with different forms and levels of negotiation and accommodation; synergies and stresses between peacebuilding and statebuilding objectives; and how it has progressed in terms of inclusion. Learning from the research will be of practical relevance for peace and development in Afghanistan, as well as globally as a comparative resource. Please see
This Accord project is part of the Political Settlements Research Programme, a four-year research project undertaken by a North-South Consortium of five organisations to examine how political settlements come into being, how open and inclusive they are, and how internal and external actors shape them. Please see
Skills and experience
Accord is Conciliation Resources’ flagship publication and the Issue Editor is a key role. S/he will need to be a strong editor and writer with specialist knowledge and experience of peace and transition initiatives and processes in Afghanistan. S/he will identify and commission contributors of articles, and have experience of supporting authors who may not be experienced writers, helping them to express their ideas and describe their experiences clearly. We are particularly interested to ensure the publication reflects a diversity of perspectives and experiences – Afghan and international; official and unofficial. S/he will have experience of developing practical learning and recommendations from applied research and be able to help promote uptake of research findings. Some knowledge of political settlements and inclusion would be an advantage. Significant parts of the project will be active and participatory, for example workshops and other forms of consultation; the Issue Editor will need solid communication skills and be interested to support such types of activity. A key role is to help the project to negotiate and manage relationships in Afghanistan’s complex political, social and economic environment. We hope that the publication will have broad credibility and traction within Afghanistan, regionally and globally. We are happy to consider joint applications.
The Issue Editor will work proactively and collaboratively with Conciliation Resources’ Accord team to deliver a number of project activities and outputs:
  • Developing the project concept note and publication structure (a provisional project concept outline is provided as part of the recruitment materials as a guide – About Accord Afghanistan)
  • Contributing to an international Joint Analysis Workshop, bringing together a variety of stakeholders,including contributors to the publication, from a range of perspectives and disciplines to exchange experiences and help develop the project focus and its added value
  • Commissioning and editing the main project publication – including 20-25 articles of first hand case study experiences of peace and transition initiatives; interviews; and expert analyses (60-70,000 words in total)
  • Contributing to a Policy Learning Workshop, to develop policy findings from the research, and developing a Policy Brief to accompany the main publication, presenting learning and recommendations
  • Developing and implementing an outreach and uptake strategy to disseminate and advocate project findings
  • Contributing to monitoring and evaluation – such as gathering stakeholder feedback
The consultancy is for an estimated 130 days spread over approximately 18 months from summer 2016, at a competitive daily rate. Ideally, we would like the project to start quickly, with the Joint Analysis Workshop taking place before the end of the year.
Interested applicants should send:
  • A CV of approximately two pages of A4, minimum 10 point font, outlining relevant experience – a bibliography can be attached as an appendix to your CV
  • A supporting statement of approximately two pages of A4, minimum 10 point font, outlining briefly: 
  • How you meet the brief as detailed in the Summary Deliverables
  • Why you are interested in the role of Accord Issue Editor and what you will bring to it
  • What value an Accord project on Afghanistan can add
There will be an additional exercise and a conversation (in person or by skype) for shortlisted applicants.
Please send all applications to with ‘Accord Afghanistan Issue Editor’ in the title of the email. If you have any questions please contact the Head of Accord, Zand Ramsbotham:
Deadline for submissions: 9 am UK time Monday 11 July 2016.