Making policies work

Vacancy: Finance officer (40 hours/week)

Are you the expert who can help our programme teams meet their financial goals and are you interested in working for an international organisation? We are looking for a finance officer to strengthen our finance team in Maastricht.


Who are we?


The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is a leading independent think tank that wants to make policies in Europe and Africa work for inclusive and sustainable development. We have two offices: one in Maastricht and one in Brussels.

Our more than 60 staff members from over 25 countries worldwide provide independent research, advice and practical support to policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Europe, Africa and beyond. Our focus is on EU foreign policy and policies related to conflict, migration, governance, sustainable food systems, regional integration, business, finance and trade.


What will you be doing?


As finance officer at ECDPM, you will:

  • Help programme and task managers with budgets and financial planning.
  • Monitor our programmes’ financial position and targets, taking appropriate action where needed.
  • Share timely financial information with management and staff, produce financial reports for internal and external use, and prepare invoices.
  • Ensure that data records are accurate, complete, up to date and accessible, and monitor the functioning of our financial and administrative systems, in compliance with guidelines and legislation.
  • Review funding agreements and insurances to ensure they comply with the law and regulations, and limit any financial risks.
  • Be responsible for debtor management.
  • Manage the petty cash.
  • Keep up to date with changes, innovations and knowledge within the financial sector.
  • Provide back-up when colleagues are absent and take on other support tasks when required.

You are based in our head office in Maastricht, but may occasionally be expected to work in our office in Brussels. You will be part of the finance team, which, besides you, consists of the head of finance and operations, a senior finance officer and two other finance officers. You will report to the head of finance and operations.


Who are we looking for?


Our ideal candidate:

  • Has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting and administration.
  • Has five (or more) years of relevant working experience.
  • Has a good working knowledge of English and Dutch. A good working knowledge of French would be a plus.
  • Has a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Excel and Exact.
  • Has a mature personality and excellent social skills.
  • Is service-oriented and a dedicated team worker.
  • Is accurate, flexible and dependable.
  • Is result-oriented and applies a solid judgment ensuring integrity, compliance and confidentiality.

Do you meet all or most of these criteria and are you interested in joining us? We would love to hear from you.


What do we offer you?


  • A one-year contract for 40 hours a week, with possibilities of a longer term extension upon good performance.
  • A salary in line with the Dutch government remuneration system (BBRA) scale 10, depending on experience, plus a holiday allowance and end-of-year allowance.
  • A generous package of 47 leave days.
  • A pension plan, relocation support and a bike scheme.
  • A lot of room to grow and learn.
  • A home in an international and dynamic organisation, based in one of the most beautiful buildings of Maastricht.

More information


If you would like to receive more information about the position or working at ECDPM, please get in touch with Karen Gielen via kg@ecdpm.org or +31 (0)43 2057 359.

For more information about ECDPM and our areas of work, please have a look at our website.


How to apply?


If you are interested in the position, please send us (1) your CV and (2) a cover letter in English before 30 April 2019.

You can address your application to Karen Gielen at kg@ecdpm.org. The subject line of your application should read: ‘Application finance officer’. We will not take into account incomplete or late applications.

Interviews and, potentially, assessments, will take place early May.


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