Who We Are
The Free Yezidi Foundation is one of the leading Yezidi organizations providing humanitarian and human rights support to Yezidi civilians. The Free Yezidi Foundation is a humanitarian, apolitical, women-led non-profit organization formally registered in the Netherlands and the United States and licensed to operate in Iraq.
The Free Yezidi Foundation is designed to assist Yezidis in need. The Foundation was established shortly after ISIS attempted to eradicate the Yezidi people in August 2014. The Free Yezidi Foundation seeks to implement projects to protect and support the most vulnerable members of the Yezidi community.
The Free Yezidi Foundation is virtually headquartered in the Netherlands and the United States, with its operational base in Duhok, Iraq. The Foundation is particularly engaged with services for Yezidi survivors, with a special focus on Yezidi women and children. FYF also works to assist for all Yezidis seeking justice and accountability. FYF also plays an important advocacy role in promoting better and broader humanitarian and human rights support to Yezidis.
Operations in Iraq include a women’s center and a children’s center, a trauma team, a justice team, an enterprise & training center campus, a center to combat gender-based violence and gender discrimination in the community, and a variety of other activities to support Yezidi recovery and growth.
The Foundation currently employs a number of staff members, both national and international, and is now growing rapidly to manage the implementation of a number of projects.
Yezidis have suffered from a very different sort of trauma than Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs and refugees in general. It is true that all have experienced devastating losses. But the Yezidi community is recovering from a deliberate attempt by ISIS to exterminate their people specifically because of their religion. This has been recognized as genocide already by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, the US State Department and Congress, the European Parliament, the UK Parliament, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The decision to target a small minority group for extermination based on identity has created a sense of horror not unlike that found in populations in Rwanda, former Yugoslavia, post-WWII Germany, and so on. FYF is sensitive to the particular nature of the suffering of Yezidi survivors, and all projects and activities have been tailored in this regard. The horrific crisis currently facing Yezidis is one in which an external group perpetrated unspeakable crimes against a religious minority, which is now in need of care and support.
The Finance Officer will be responsible for overseeing FYF’s daily financial administration, including review over field financial documents, management of financial controls, and financial reporting.
We are looking for an individual with a passion for making a difference in the lives of religious minority members recovering from severe persecution, and someone who believes in the importance and value of civil society organizations, and the value of trauma treatment, justice and accountability, and critically, in women’s rights.
The Finance Officer will be accountable to the Finance Manager and, in some areas, to FYF’s Executive Director. (S)he will be expected to work remotely.
Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform a number of functions.
· Day to day financial administration for the organization
· Consolidation and review of financial documentation from field location for funded projects, in coordination with finance staff
· Proactive management of financial controls including taking appropriate measures to ensure accurate financial administration
· Development of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial organizational reporting
· Assist in the development of donor reporting and budgets
· Assist in internal and external audit work
· Ensure that the organization and processes are compliant with GAAP and US regulatory requirements
Qualifications and Competencies: Education, Knowledge and Experience
· A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, development finance, or related field is a distinct advantage. Master’s degree and/or accounting designation preferred.
· Three to five years of finance administration experience in development or humanitarian programs.
· A good understanding of overall project cycle management. This should include a good understanding of working with donor guidelines and following up on program compliance.
· Proven capabilities in integrity and strong attention to detail are required, with the ability to work independently and with a diverse team, communicate effectively with individuals from a variety of background, and contribute to overall team capacity building.
· Fluency in English and the ability to write documents, reports, and present information in English is required.
· Candidates must have familiarity with United States financial regulations and systems, and be legal to work within the United States.
Base of Operations
· The successful candidates will be expected to work from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and will in some cases have to work on completing assignments after hours.
Salary and Benefits
· Salary is determined according to the organization’s salary scale and commensurate with experience.
Upon Joining FYF
FYF has non-disclosure and liability waiver clauses in the contract for all employees upon joining the team. All paperwork will be managed between the time the job offer is sent and the candidate begins work.
How to apply
All candidates interested in this position should send their CVs and cover letters of interest to FYF: email@example.com.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.