Financial Controller

  • Full Time
  • Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
  • TBD USD / Year
  • APOPO profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


APOPO is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our international team as Financial Controller, where you can play a pivotal role in ensuring the financial integrity and stability of our organization.

About the role

As the Financial Controller, you will play a pivotal role in the organization’s financial operations, taking on a diverse range of responsibilities. This includes overseeing financial reporting, budgeting, analytical accounting, internal control, and cost control management. Additionally, you will be responsible for managing the financial systems (ERP), donor contract follow-up, and ensuring compliance with established financial protocols.

Reporting directly to the CFO, this role requires a candidate with strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in an internationally oriented environment. We are seeking a dynamic individual willing to work either from our registered seat in Antwerp, Belgium, or at our operational HQ in Morogoro, Tanzania. The successful candidate will embark on frequent travel, approximately 30-40% of the time to support the various APOPO project countries. We provide a competitive salary, and the benefits package depends on your primary work location, encompassing various perks. Additionally, you can expect a collaborative and dynamic work environment that encourages new ideas and teamwork across the globe.

Your profile

To be considered for the position of Financial Controller, we expect candidates to have the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business management, or a related field.
  • CPA, MBA, or MSA certification is highly desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of financial reporting standards and regulations.
  • Experience with major donors, including a proven track record with at least one of the following: WRA, DGD, DFID, European Commission, Flemish Government, Belgian DGD, or UNDP.
  • Proficient in using ERP systems and advanced knowledge of financial software: Sage BOB 50 accounting software, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft Power BI software…
  • International driver’s permit.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • High ethical standards.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • 4+ years of proven experience in a similar finance role.
  • 4+ years of financial management including budgeting and donor reporting.
  • Experience working in non-profit organizations, particularly in low- to lower-middle-income countries.
  • Experience working with intercultural teams is an asset.

Eager to work with us?

If you are passionate about making a difference and meet the qualifications above, we would love to hear from you. Apply now and be part of our dynamic and dedicated team striving to contribute to positive change on a global scale. Click on the button below to fill out the form and submit your resume, a 1-page cover letter showcasing your motivation, relevant experience, and qualifications, and contact information for three references.

The Application deadline is February 4th.

Note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

We look forward to receiving your application!

APOPO is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender identity, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military/veteran status, or citizenship status.

APOPO was founded in response to the growing awareness that landmines kill and maim people and hamper development in post-conflict areas. Methods to rid affected countries of landmines were slow so a small team in Belgium founded APOPO to develop a fast, simple, and cost-efficient mine clearance technology that could be sustained within national mine action programs in low-income countries. APOPO developed a unique method using trained rats. Over 25 years later, APOPO is a global leader in scent detection animals, including both trained rats (HeroRATs) and the first-ever free-running, long-range Mine Detection Dogs (HeroDOGs). As a research organization, APOPO is always at the forefront of developing new humanitarian and environmental scent detection applications. Our core operational activities are in the fields of mine action and tuberculosis (TB) control

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