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5 May 2021

Voluntary Management Accountant Not for Profit

Human Rights Measurement Initiative –  Wellington

Job Description

Position Overview The Human Rights Measurement Initiative is looking for a high achieving and committed volunteer or corporate-sponsored professional with accounting experience to take a lead role in the budgeting and grant reporting responsibilities of our busy team. The ideal candidate is someone who wants their work to make a difference in the world, is highly organised, with a great attitude to tackling both small and large tasks. The successful applicant will be a great communicator, with strong attention to detail, and be comfortable with taking initiative and managing their own workload. This position is an unpaid position, and would ideally suit a qualified professional, sponsored by the pro bono programme of a corporate firm, or potentially a retired professional looking to put their skills to ongoing good use. The successful applicant will be warmly welcomed into a great team and valued for their vital contribution to our mission.


The role

This role is to take primary responsibility for the budgeting and reporting functions of the HRMI team, and support the evolution of these tasks as our funding grows. A key part of the role will involve liaising between the Motu finance team and the HRMI project team. The Motu finance team is currently, and will continue to be, responsible for administering day-to-day transactions (receiving payments, paying invoices and staff). The person responsible for this new role will take responsibility for budgeting and reporting to different HRMI funders. They will be given restricted access to Motu’s Xero account, allowing them to download relevant data, and set up new reports relevant to HRMI projects. To give a sense of the scope of the role, HRMI currently receives funding from five main sources – the reporting for three of these is in NZD, and two are in USD. We expect to further diversify funding sources, and currencies for reporting in future. Total HRMI funding in the 2019/20 financial year was approximately NZD $750,000.

Employment position and hours:

This is a volunteer position with flexible hours. We expect that an investment of several days will be required at the outset of the project to get up to speed with existing systems and put in place a new reporting framework. This time can be spread over several weeks if needed. Once a good system is in place, we anticipate that the ongoing commitment is likely to range between 5 and 20 hours per month.


While this role can be largely undertaken remotely, our preference would be to find someone located in the Wellington region, to facilitate regular face-to-face communication. Joining meetings by Zoom is also an option.


– Keeping track of grant and donation funding received by HRMI, and presenting it in a consolidated format for HRMI budgeting purposes, as well as separate reporting formats for each individual grant.

– Coordination and liaison with other members of the HRMI team and the Motu finance team.

– Attend and help drive the agenda for all HRMI budgeting and finance working group meetings (these are currently irregular in frequency, but approximately once per quarter). Attendance at other HRMI team meetings is welcome, but optional.

– Improving and optimising HRMI’s budgeting and finance functions as we continue to expand. Skills – Accounting experience, including familiarity with Xero.

– Strong communication and collaboration skills.

– Experience working in multiple currencies/ on international projects would be an advantage. Personal qualities Competitive candidates will be high achievers with strong values alignment with HRMI.

They will have:

– A strong track record with relevant experience.

– Strong English-language communications skills.

– A willingness to work both independently and collaboratively and respond flexibly as the role evolves.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a covering letter/email to [email protected] with attached CV or LinkedIn profile. This position will remain open until filled.

Job Category: Accounting/Finance. Job Type: Voluntary. Job Salary: Voluntary.

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