The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking an:

Accountant (full-time). 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A degree in accounting;
  • At least five years of relevant experience, preferably within an international working environment;
  • Familiarity with Dutch and IPSAS accounting standards;
  • Fluency in English with working knowledge of Dutch. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

He or she should work well in a team and respond well to time-critical requests. He or she will have good organisational skills and will be experienced in handling confidential issues. He or she will be able to work independently in a high-pressure environment.

The successful candidate will report to the Secretary General and work in close co-operation with the Senior Financial Officer in the areas of accounting (incl. preparation of financial statements), budgetary monitoring, and financial management. The successful candidate will be part of a three-person Finance Office within the administrative team of the Permanent Bureau.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing the Organisation's draft Budget;
  • Bookkeeping;
  • Designing an internal control framework;
  • Preparing financial statements for the audit;
  • Monitoring and analysis of expenses, summarisation and forecast of the organisation's financial position, monitoring of all budget lines;
  • Providing substantive support in developing and implementing new accounting system;
  • Preparing monthly financial reports and statements, including monthly income (P&L) and pension statements, and bank reconciliation statements;
  • Liaising with the auditors and responding to external audit observations with respect to the audit of the financial statements;
  • Assisting with the implementation and monitoring of the system of financing the Pension Scheme; and
  • Other projects as assigned.
Type of appointment and duration: two-year contract with a six-month probationary period.

Starting date: December 2014.

Salary: The Permanent Bureau follows the remuneration scale of the Co-ordinated Organisations (this is a B-grade position).

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2014.

Applications: written applications should be made by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and the contact details for at least two references, to be addressed to the Secretary General, at <[email protected]>.