The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization with the vision of helping countries adapt to climate impacts. We will achieve this vision by working as a solutions broker to catalyse action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future.

GCA is a fast growing organisation with its headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with a Research and Innovation hub in Groningen and with regional offices in Abidjan, Bangladesh and Beijing. GCA’s global strategy is implemented under three pillars of Knowledge, Programs, and Advocacy.



The Controller is responsible for the financial management, including financial planning, financial reporting, fund management and performs analysis on key financial indicators. The Controller is responsible for the organisation’s system of internal control and monitors compliance with it. This role is within the Finance & Operations directorate, that supports and facilitates the operational units globally, and reports to Director of Finance & Operations

Areas of responsibility

· Maintain a strong system of internal control and continuously improve compliance with policies, procedures, processes and regulations

  • Develop budgets for funding proposals that comply with (donor) guidelines, including the identification and assessment of financial risks

· Develop financial annual plans, strategic plans, budgets, forecasts, reports and analyses;

  • Review and monitor contractual commitments, including the timely invoicing of project costs to partners and donors
  • Prepare and present financial reports and project overviews to internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that all supporting documents for donor reporting are made available according to donor requirements

· Oversee the reporting cycle. Perform reviews to ensure the quality of accounting records and justification documents; Perform final checks on financial and year-end closures

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of Information Systems and General Ledger

· Prepare annual statements and coordinates statutory and project audit ensuring a high quality for accountability material. Ensure that recommendations from in- and external audits are implemented and disseminated throughout the organization.

  • Implementing risk management policy, risk management procedures and identifying potential problem areas therein, proposing mitigation actions and preparing risk reports as required;
  • Coach and train financial and non-financial staff on financial management and internal control.


· Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration required, MBA or MSc in Finance preferred.

· A professional qualification such as CA, ACCA or CIMA will be an added advantage.

· At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, with a minimum of 5 years’ in an international organisation or international NGO;

· Relevant experience in developing and implementing policies, procedures, processes, contracts and training;

· Good knowledge of and experience with international donors.

· Experience in supporting and advising a global and multi-cultural team of highly skilled professionals;

· Hard worker, hands-on experience, can-do mentality, highly professional supportive attitude;

· Excellent communications and relationship skills

· Good proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP financial software and contract management systems.


The GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile and international working environment in a growing organisation. You will be contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. Managers at GCA will have the opportunity to strengthen core skills, develop a deeper understanding and expertise in a range of climate adaptation concepts and principles, and build a strong network of experts and leaders. Remuneration is aligned with salary structures in the Netherlands.

How to apply

Please apply at by submitting your CV and cover letter in English before 30 September 2021, 10 pm CET. Kindly mention the date as of which you would be available to start in Rotterdam.


The GCA celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the qualifications.


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