Vacancies | IFOAM: Visual Communications Designer; Senior Project Coordinator; Financial Accountant

Founded in 1972, IFOAM – Organics International works as an agent of change, advocating for true sustainability in agriculture, value chains, and consumption. We are an international non- profit organization with a membership base that spans around 100 countries, and promote a holistic approach to food systems based on the principles of health, ecology, fairness, and care.

We are hiring a Visual Communications Designer

The Position

It’s an exciting time to join our team! We are growing and in transition, and are looking to strengthen our organization by supporting us in bringing our message across through an attractive visual design. To this end we are looking for a Visual Communications Designer to join our communications team of six. You will be involved in a range of activities from creating visual elements to developing various graphics and marketing materials.

You will be part of a team of 30 and based in Bonn, Germany, reporting to the Senior Manager, Communications & Outreach. We are aiming to fill this position as soon as possible.

Responsibilities

  • Development of visual elements for campaigns, videos/animations and web use (e.g. social media, infographics, etc.);
  • Brochures and other marketing collateral;
  • Development of a corporate identity manual;
  • Development of templates and standard stationary, according to our corporate identity;
  • Logo development, e.g. for our Self-Organized Structures, events branding, etc;
  • Graphic website enhancements;
  • Organization of our image library;
  • Serving as the interface between the printer and the organization.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Higher degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Communications Design, Marketing Communication, Industrial Design or similar). Relevant work experience in lieu of a degree will be considered;
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience is desirable;
  • Fluency in English, German an advantage;
  • Excellent command of graphic design tools (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, specificallyInDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator);
  • Knowledge of tools for digital publishing;
  • Experience with textile printing and the development of materials of large dimensions (e.g.outdoors) would be an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of web design valued (e.g. CSS, HTML);
  • Basic understanding of CMS appreciated (e.g. Drupal, WordPress);
  • Basic understanding of marketing;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (e.g. creation of templates in Word andPowerPoint).Competencies
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills and ability to work in a team;
  • A flexible and dynamic working attitude;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently;
  • Ability to be clear and concise;
  • Creative with the ability to transform complex narratives into easily understood visual output (e.g. infographics);
  • A keen eye for detail (both textual and graphic accuracy)
  •  The ability to perform under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • A portfolio with examples of work would be appreciated

We Offer

We offer a full-time (40 hours/week) position initially for 2 years with the intention to extend to an unlimited contract, with a probation period of 6 months. IFOAM – Organics International offers an annual salary range from 32,000 to 40,000 Euro based on experience.

How to Apply

Please submit your application by email by August 27th in one single file (PDF) to jobs@ifoam.bio indicating in the subject line the title of the position you apply for. We aim to fill this position as soon as possible.

Your application must include a cover letter, your CV and salary expectations. Additional documents may be asked for at a later stage. Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide the names and contact details of two professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


 

We are hiring a Senior Project Coordinator

The Position

It’s an exciting time to join our team! We are growing and in transition, and are looking to strengthen our organization by supporting us in the implementation of projects across different countries with the aim to promote organic agriculture. To this end we are looking for a senior project coordinator to become part of the Capacity Development team.

The Capacity Development Department, as termed in our organizational strategy, sits alongside three other departments – Policy & Guarantee, Governance and Communications – and aims at the uptake of sustainable agriculture by building capacity and sharing experiences with a wide range of stakeholders.

As Senior Project Coordinator you will be contributing to the smooth implementation of one of our major projects, Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (BUZA). It aims to include smallholder farmers into domestic and international global organic markets. OM4D considers the increasing demand for organic products as an opportunity to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. At the same time, it addresses existing local and global challenges such as inequity, climate change, scarcity and depletion of natural resources. Four West African countries are part of the action. Besides OM4D which will be your main project, you will be engaged in the coordination of GIZ – funded projects in the frame of the establishment of the Knowledge Centers on Organic Agriculture in Africa. IFOAM – Organics International provides trainings on leadership and content on Organic Agriculture. In this role, you will be part of the Capacity Development Team and report directly to the Head of Capacity Department.

You have considerable experience in project coordination of multi-stakeholder & country projects – in the best case abroad – and are ready to develop further. We offer a position to enhance your experience and contribute to your professional growth.

You will join a culturally diverse 30-member team at our office in Bonn, Germany. Your departmental team consists of 9 persons, each of them bringing in their expertise into their respective work areas. Additionally, you will be regularly collaborating with other departments within IFOAM – Organics International.

We are aiming to fill this position as soon as possible.

Responsibilities

As Senior Coordinator, you are responsible for:

  • Carrying out the project according to co-financing rules and regulations of the donor agency and IFOAM –Organic International standards
  • Planning, implementing and monitoring of all project components independently
  • Coordination of project partners with a smooth and timely communication andcollaboration with internal and external experts
  • Monitoring e.g. setting-up systems and following-up with partner organizations onindicators, processes and activities relevant for the projects and providing ad-hoc support,when needed
  • Ensuring timely submission of partner reports (financial and narrative) and expert reports
  • Finalizing project accounting in collaboration with finance department
  • Supporting communication, knowledge sharing and networking between partners andrelevant stakeholders
  • Ensuring visibility of projects in coordination with stakeholders and other departments ofIFOAM – Organics International
  • Supporting the overall planning and development of Capacity Development DepartmentSkills, Experience and Qualifications
  • University degree in agriculture, sustainable development, environmental sciences or related fields
  • At least 8 years experience in the coordination of multi-stakeholders / country projects of a substantial financial volume in multicultural contexts
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation tools and participatory approaches / processes
  • Excellent oral and writing communications – and advisory skills
  • Independent, reliable and effective way of working
  • Team-oriented with high organizational skills and personal resilience
  • Willing to travel abroad
  • Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following topics: the organic sector, Market System Development (MSD), Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), institution building is an asset
  • Fluent in English and French, additional languages like German is an advantage Our Offer

We offer a full-time (40 hours/week) position initially for 2 years according to the duration of the projects with the intention to extend to an unlimited contract, with a probation period of 6 months. For this position, IFOAM – Organics International offers an annual gross salary in the range of EUR 35.000 to 45.000 according to qualifications and experience.

IFOAM – Organics International places great importance on the personal and professional development of its employees and work-life balance. This includes flexible working time.

How to Apply

Please submit your application by email in one single file (PDF) to jobs@ifoam.bio no later than August 14, 2020. Please indicate in the email subject your name and the position you are applying for.

Your application must include a cover letter, your CV and salary expectations. Additional documents may be asked for at a later stage. Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide the names and contact details of two professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


 

We are hiring a Financial Accountant

The Position

It’s an exciting time to join our team! We are growing and in transition, and are looking to strengthen our organization by supporting us in the implementation of projects across different countries with the aim to promote organic culture. To this end we are looking for a Financial Accountant to join our governance team of eight persons. You are a proactive team player, able to work collaboratively as part of a multicultural and interdisciplinary team.

You will be contributing to the expansion of our accounting and (project) controlling facilities in line with our growth.

You will be part of a team of 30, based in Bonn, Germany, reporting to the Head of Operations. We are aiming to fill this position as soon as possible.

Responsibilities

Accounting

  • Manage all daily-business accounting transactions, coordination and processing of payments
  • Prepare journal entries accurately and efficiently
  • Handle quarterly and annual closings
  • Prepare and handle project audits
  • Reconcile accounts payable and receivable and coordinate and prepare for the annualfinancial audit
  • Prepare invoices for partners, projects and membership
  • Maintain assets register/ inventory lists
  • Monthly review and analysis of bank account balances, balance sheets and profit/lossaccounts
  • Prepare tax declarations and file tax returns, in close cooperation with our external taxconsultant
  • Handle external correspondence related to financial matters, e.g. with tax consultants,authorities, banks, insurance companies and donor organizations
  • Comply with financial policies and public regulations

Financial Controlling and Administration

  • Prepare organizational budgets and budget forecasts
  • Consolidate project financial reporting and budgeting to the yearly organizational budget
  • Provide regular and ad-hoc financial reports and information to management
  • Assist the project coordinators in project accounting
  • Handle company-related insurances (Inventory, liability, etc.)
  • Oversee and further develop procedures and policies related to financial monitoring andaccountingSkills, Experience and Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting or similar education, e.g. “Bilanzbuchhalter”
  • Strong accounting knowledge according to HGB (Handelsgesetzbuch – GermanCommercial Code)
  • 5+ years of professional experience in accountancy, including year-end closing
  • Advanced MS Excel skills including Vlookups and pivot tables
  • Experience in the NGO environment of advantage
  • Strong systematic, analytical and conceptual understanding
  • Fluency in English and GermanOur OfferWe offer a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the opportunity to work part time, initially for 2 years with the intention to extend to an unlimited contract, with a probation period of 6 months.

    IFOAM – Organics International offers an annual salary comparable to those offered by other international NGOs of a similar size in Bonn, Germany, for similar positions.

    How to Apply

    Please submit your application by email in one single file (PDF) to jobs@ifoam.bio, no later than August 08, 2020, indicating in the subject line the title of the position you apply for.

    Your application must include a cover letter, your CV and salary expectations. Additional documents may be asked for at a later stage. Short-listed candidates will also be asked to provide the names and contact details of two professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Source: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, August 2020