The Centre for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD) seeks a Finance Director to be based in The Hague.
Key responsibilities of this position include financial oversight and management of several offices in the region; financial reporting for donors; sub-grant management; budget development and management; financial accounting and record keeping; and ensuring a high level of compliance with national and international financial regulations and standards as well as transparency throughout all functions.

We seek to hire a Finance Director who has a great deal of experience in overseeing financial systems and operations for medium or large NGOs, and who will strengthen these systems to support our growth and ability to manage larger funds. We look forward to adding a detail oriented and thorough member to our team, who will take leadership on financial issues while maintaining a collaborative, communicative approach. We seek a Financial Director who lives in the Netherlands and is an EU citizen or has a valid residence and work permit for the Netherlands. 

CCSD offers a stimulating professional environment and the opportunity to work with a network of dedicated and committed professionals. CCSD’s budget is currently over $2.5 million, with grants from international governments and private foundations constituting the majority of income. CCSD is an independent, non-governmental non-profit organization with a mission to support and strengthen civil society and democracy and promote the values of freedom, justice and coexistence. CCSD was founded in December 2011 by a group of Syrian civil society activists with the aim of supporting sustainable and long term Syrian-led movements for peace, justice and democracy in Syria. CCSD’s work takes place across the region, including locations in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Nearly 40 percent of CCSD’s more than 80 staff members are women, and women are included at the highest levels of decision-making.

CCSD promotes community-led solutions from the grassroots up by empowering community leaders, both female and male; supporting local conflict resolution efforts; encouraging transparent local governance and citizen engagement; and supporting independent media. CCSD connects grassroots leaders with high level international decision-makers to strengthen the peace process and Syria’s future.

CCSD projects are implemented through our various offices in Syria and the region and our head office is based in the Netherlands. The head office provides these offices with a number of support services, including financial oversight and management.


Key responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Strengthen CCSD’s financial policies, operations and internal controls to ensure a high level of transparency.
  • Ensure full compliance with all donor regulations, including international governmental donors.
  • Build the capacity of key staff in financial management and donor regulations.
  • Enhance program planning and fundraising through user-friendly and timely financial reporting and analysis.
  • Lead program and organizational budget development and management.
  • Provide financial oversight and management of several offices in the region.
  • Conduct financial reporting for donors (including governmental sources).
  • Manage sub-grants to partners.
  • Conduct and oversee financial accounting and record keeping.
  • Ensure transparency throughout all functions and implement mechanisms to detect and prevent corruption.


Ideal candidates for this position will:

  • Hold a bachelor’s or related degree in Financial Management, Business Economics, Accounting or a related discipline.
  • Have at least five years of experience of working in a financial management role in the NGO sector, in which oversight of overall systems and compliance with donor regulations was a key role. Preferably work experience with NGOs having an annual budget over $1 million.
  • Have expertise in financial management, accounting, budgeting, forecasting, financial policies & procedures.
  • Have work experience in an international environment and preferably with NGOs.
  • Have solid experience with the financial policies and procedures of international donors and governments, as well as reporting to donors.
  • Have the ability to develop and ensure staff’s compliance with financial policies, procedures and internal controls.
  • Have experience in developing and managing organizational and program budgets as well as sub-grants.
  • Have the ability to speak and write fluently English and Dutch. Ability to speak and write in Arabic is preferable but not required.
  • Be a friendly and supportive team member with excellent communication skills.
  • Be supportive of CCSD’s mission and highly dedicated to contributing to our efforts to achieve it.

What we offer

Employment may begin as soon as a candidate is hired and continue for a period of up to one year with possible extension for a longer period. Salary will be commensurate with experience, based on a 36-hour work week.

The Finance Director will be line managed by the Director of the CCSD office in The Hague. The Finance Director will work closely with the Co-Directors of our key partner organization, as well as the finance coordinators of the offices in the region, and must be comfortable conducting meetings and work remotely. Occasional travel to the region may be required.

To Apply

Both a letter of motivation and resume must be submitted in English to CCSD via e-mail to Please use subject line “Vacancy: Finance Director”.

Deadline for applications is April 9, 2018.

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