• Finance Officer - St Francis Leprosy Guild

Finance Officer, St Francis Leprosy Guild

The mission of St Francis Leprosy Guild is to contribute to the alleviation of the suffering caused by leprosy throughout the world, by encouraging and enabling Catholics to embrace leprosy sufferers and meet their needs, following the example of St Francis.

Despite the development of successful multi-drug therapy, leprosy has not been beaten – yet. By the year 2000 the number of new cases had reduced to around 200,000 annually. But the rate of reduction has levelled off to about the same level each year since then. The challenge today is to reach out to detect cases of leprosy where and when they emerge, so that transmission of the disease can be prevented. Successful outreach to detect new cases means training local primary health care workers in leprosy detection and treatment.

The Guild may be a small organisation, but as the leading Catholic charity working in this field we are having a significant impact. The outreach projects that we have been able to support were involved in detecting nearly 2% of the world’s new cases of leprosy last year alone. An end to leprosy is tantalisingly in sight and the Guild is determined to play a part.
The new post of Finance Officer has been created to help build on the administrative improvements that have recently been put in place, and in response to a very effective donor recruitment campaign which has led to an increased volume of donations being received.

The Finance Officer will be responsible for all aspects of the charity’s financial operations. The successful applicant will manage incoming donations, process purchase invoices, pay overseas grants, deal with supplier queries, process approved staff expenses claims, assist with monthly payroll and pensions and preparing period-end and year-end accounts.

This role would suit a candidate who is qualified or part-qualified (e.g. AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping or ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping) and has some experience working within a small charitable organisation. You will have experience of working with accounting software (Quick Books online particularly advantageous), excellent IT skills, including database work and intermediate Excel, and experience of working independently in a small office environment.

We offer a competitive salary for this post, which is for 28 hours per week (0.8FTE).

Please go to https://actionplanning.co.uk/jobs-board to download the full Candidate Information Pack. If you have any queries, please email Hayley McDonald at hayley.mcdonald@actionplanning.co.uk

Closing date: 9.00am Monday 28th September

Registered Charity Number 1188749