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19 November 2019
Job ID: BK-157858
Regional Finance and Administration Assistant

ISSARA INSTITUTE
Job Description | Regional Finance and Administration Assistant

Job Title: Regional Finance and Administration Assistant
Duration: 1 year, with possibility of extension
Responsible to: Regional Operations Manager
Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

BACKGROUND

The Issara Institute is an independent non-profit organization based in Thailand, Myanmar,
and the United States tackling issues of human trafficking and forced labour in global supply
chains through data, technology, partnership, and innovation. The Institute was established
in 2014 by a team of anti-trafficking experts coming out of the United Nations who created
an alliance of private sector, civil society, and government partners committed to addressing
labour issues in global supply chains with practical, measurable, and scalable results. It is
staffed by leading regional and international experts in labour rights, business consulting,
and ethical sourcing, with additional technical advisors in the US and UK supporting the
Institute’s work on an ongoing basis.

Issara Institute programming is run by four inter-linked teams:

1. Outreach and Empowerment – The O&E Team is comprised of professionals who are the
nationality of the workers in the country of operations. Together the team has expertise
in counseling, case management, hotline management, and digital communications, and
are the key team linking Issara operations to the populations we aim to empower -
jobseekers and workers.

2. Business and Human Rights - The BHR Team is comprised of locally-based,
locally-informed professionals in the country of operations. The BHR Team’s main
objective is to provide ongoing support and technical assistance to suppliers, recruiters,
and industries to improve ethical labour recruitment and management practices, taking
guidance from worker feedback and other empirically-based means of risk assessment.

3. Strategy and Global Partnerships - This team cultivates the connection and engagement
between global brands, retailers, and importers, and the situation on the ground in their
supply chains and more broadly. Transformations in how responsible sourcing is done
globally are not possible without global buyers understanding and incentivizing more
ethical labour recruitment and management systems within their supplier base.

4. Technology and Innovation includes research, technology, and worker voice tools and
channels (the Issara multi-lingual hotline, Golden Dreams Android smartphone app, and
social media) to better understand labour conditions in supply chains. People –
including worker voice and feedback – are at the center of Issara’s data and intelligence
work, and we conduct a wide range of research, analytics, and technology development
related to human trafficking and global supply chains – the people, the policies, the impact, and how to eliminate it.

SCOPE OF WORK

The Regional Project Assistant will play a critical role in ensuring that the work of the
Institute is streamlined, cost-effective, efficient, and in adherence to donor and partner
policies, procedures, and regulations. The Regional Project Assistant is responsible for
communications, finance, administration, and project monitoring. The position will report to
Regional Operations Manager and work closely with other teams across all offices.

Specific aspects of the scope of work of the Regional Project Assistant include:

1. Support to accounting and finance systems

2. Support office and program administration

  • Procurement: Assist with vendor selection and vendor relationships, ensuring
    good value for money. Contact with vendors to provide good service for Issara
    and other support as needed to the team.
  • Human resources: Assist with the work permit and visa application processes
    and documents for international staff as necessary.
  • Liaise with Yangon office staff to ensure consistent policies and compliance
    across all offices, including for subgrant reporting.
  • Provide other support as needed to field teams, including support in the field.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERTISE

We have a lean, dynamic, seasoned team that is committed to change, innovation, and
impact. We are conscientious, we hold a high standard of care for our beneficiaries, and
understand that we have to be able to work effectively with partners spanning the largest
multinational corporations to the smallest grassroots CBOs. Our work ecosystem is
multi-cultural, respectful, and energetic, whether we are working on tasks in teams, or
working alone. We aim to ensure that there are many opportunities for sharing, learning, and
growth on our team, and are looking for individuals who would flourish in our unique
environment. The Project Assistant should have:

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline such as accounting, finance and public
    administration required.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working related to accounting and finance with
    background in administration preferred experience working with international NGO.
    Knowledge of Quickbooks software and standard accounting procedures required;
    knowledge of budgeting preferred.
  • Personal interest and sensitivity in working with local communities and ability to work in
    a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Fluency in English required, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a CV, the names and contact
    details of three references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and
    relevant expertise to our email (Apply Now)
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Job Details:

Benefits:
  • Five-day work week
  • Flexible working hours
  • Travel allowance

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