Senior Program Controller

We are excited to be searching for an enthusiastic and reliable Senior Program Controller to join our team, and we hope it’s you!

Your role.

As a senior program controller, you will be responsible for creating budgets, projections, and financial management information towards the program teams, IDH management and donors. To make sure the financial information reported is at a high level of quality, you will monitor and reconcile the financial administration of the programs. By giving financial advice and ensuring alignment with operational procedures, you proof the program teams to be a valuable financial business partner. In this role you will support and coach one other program controller, a program accountant and be part of a multicultural, strong, and stable team of professionals.

We hope you are a bright and organized team player that can execute assignments quickly, is structured, flexible, and accurate. It is easy for you to keep an overview and prioritize when required. You have a strong background in financial accounting, learn fast and have proved to be a value added business partner . You have at least 5 years of work experience in a similar position.

Key responsibilities are:

Overall financial responsibility for designated program areas:

  • Drive improvements to further professionalize the financial management of the programs.
  • Support and coach a small team.
  • Prioritize and resolve complex problems using own knowledge and that of your colleagues.
  • Provide the global director and program cluster leads with regular financial updates, including pipeline and forecasting information, and discuss this in regular meetings.
  • Prepare financial reports to Donors and Private partners according to reporting requirements.
  • Provide advice to the Program Teams with the financial components of tender documents, calls for proposals and contracts.
  • Ensure alignment with the IDH operational procedures, including partner assessments, tender rules e.g.
  • Ensure a correct and complete financial administration and audit files of the programs.
  • Provide advice to Program Team members and Implementing Partners on efficient solutions for implementation of the projects within the internal control framework.
  • Manage the process of financial KPI setting and reporting, assess financial reports and audit statements received from partner organizations and follow up on the findings of such.
  • Prepare overviews showing internal financial KPIs, e.g. financial forecasts on expected projects, financial performance of IDH and the projects.
  • Support in preparation of budgets for fundraising proposals and review fundraising contracts + reporting requirements of donors.

 Who you are:

  • Working and thinking at bachelor or master level with a qualification in financial accounting.
  • At least 5 years of work experience, preferably in a similar organization.
  • Experience with MS Excel and Exact Globe (desirable).
  • Fluent in English and preferably Dutch.
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial and independent
  • Coaching and developing others

Above all, we expect your mindset to be all about hands-on attitude, practical and results oriented. We want you to become a pro-active sparring partner to stakeholders for overall topics – therefore, strong communication skills are really of an essence. We want you to be able to clearly exchange information via appropriate platforms to deliver reports/messages.

Are you the enthusiastic colleague we are looking for?

We offer you.

A challenging, pivotal role within an impacting, international organization – and:

  • a salary range between EUR 50.000 – EUR 58.000 (including 8% holiday allowance), depending on your experience and competences;
  • 40 hours work week;
  • pension scheme, flexible working hours, 26 holidays, travel cost allowance, etc.;
  • all the work supplies you need to excellence in your role;
  • an open environment where you can grow and develop yourself
  • energy at our office, with our fresh sustainable coffee, fresh ginger or mint tea and a selection of fresh fruit available!

For questions about this position, please contact Debby Bastiaansen our corporate recruiter, at or give her a call +31 6 111 83 562.

Who we are.

IDH puts people, planet, and progress at the heart of trade by leveraging the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all. To catalyse change at scale, IDH innovates, convenes, and invests in inclusive and sustainable solutions that enable businesses to create value for people and planet, while improving their own performance. To create the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, IDH focuses on empowering people within corporations the global financial sector and governments that have the most influence over value chains.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IDH has around 300 employees globally, operating in 20 landscapes and 12 commodities and sourcing regions with over 1000 public and private partners. In 13 years of operation, IDH has generated over 390 M in private sector investment and support for new business models that create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all.

IDH’s work is made possible thanks to the funding and trust of a variety of public and private donors, among which the Governments of Netherlands, Denmark, and other government donors and private foundations.

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Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume in English by using the following hyperlink:

We encourage applicants to respond before June 21st, 2022.


At IDH sustainable trade initiative, we’re committed to equal employment opportunity, and we prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We strive to be a more equal opportunity workplace every day.