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Finance Coordinator - Programs & Grants

The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
  • Full time permanent position (flexible work arrangements available)
  • Located in Sydney


Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation, is a leading international development organisation working towards a world in which no person is needlessly blind or vision impaired.

There are 36 million people in the world who are blind, 4 out of 5 of them do not need to be. For as little as $25 The Fred Hollows Foundation can restore sight and transform a life. We focus on preventable and treatable eye conditions such as refractive error, cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. Our global programs span 25 countries and involves local training and providing affordable technology so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities. We use research to improve our understanding of avoidable blindness, then use our findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.

The Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: to prevent blindness and restore sight. As our Founder, the late Professor Fred Hollows said, “I believe that the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.” To find out more about our work, please visit our website https://www.hollows.org.


The Finance Coordinator - Programs & Grants provides financial support and guidance to the Programs Division in commercial work planning, costing, financial analysis, and decision-making. Critically and specifically, there is a particular emphasis on the cross divisional support for the Programs and Public Affairs divisions in the development, contracting and management of grants and restricted donations received by The Foundation. If you are looking for a dynamic role with great skills development potential, this is an opportunity not to be missed!


Supporting the Commercial Partner – Programs across a range of finance matters including the following:

For The Foundation’s global donor grants and restricted donations

  • Support grant proposal development including ensuring the alignment of financial commitments between the Public Affairs and Programs divisions.
  • Co-ordinate and work closely with Global and Country teams to ensure all budgets developed for restricted grants are adequately costed and accurate, optimise direct and indirect cost recovery and meet all budgeting and financial rules specified by the donor. This includes development of costing norms and processes to capture local and HQ costs accurately and systematically and to provide guidance for the development of proposal budgets.
  • Manage the delivery of financial reports, analysis and insights relevant for financial management and monitoring of donor funded grants, and raise and follow through queries with relevant stakeholders
  • Oversee the grants and restricted donations workflow process and work with key stakeholders to implement changes to improve the end-to-end process and provide the necessary guidance and training of internal stakeholders to ensure these processes are adhered to.

For finance business partnering with stakeholders

  • Collaborate with Commercial Partners and rest of Global Finance Team to support Programs Division complete their budgets and forecasts and review/analyse periodic Programs Expenditure and Income reports.
  • Ensure The Foundation’s internal budgets and forecasts are in line with grant contracts.
  • Work closely with Grants Coordinators and Grant Development team to help them navigate the internal financial policies of The Foundation and project budgets.
  • Support the facilitation of organisational financial modelling, budget, forecasts, and work planning processes.
  • Act as an extended member of the global finance team to meet all finance priorities and timelines.


You are a highly driven and energetic self-starter with the resilience and comfort to deal with ambiguity, diversity and change. You are accountable and able to work independently, and you take pride in using your analytical approach and ability to identify key issues and their implications. You are familiar with project management and in articulating financial information in a simple way to a non-financial audience. You have a sound knowledge of financial accounting systems and an understanding of accounting principles and auditing standards. You have a passion for being part of a dynamic and effective organisation operating across 25+ countries with constantly evolving demands. You enjoy working in a small professional team and on different projects with a strong focus on maintaining effective relationships at all levels.


  • CPA / CA qualification or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years management accounting experience, ideally in a divisional support function or similar.
  • Experience and direct involvement in developing budgets and forecasts and analysing variances to plans.
  • Experience producing regular and ad-hoc financial reports.
  • Experience of supporting and partnering with non-finance stakeholders


Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or simply finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, then we have a number of programs in place to support you.

These include:

  • Doing meaningful work that will help shape the lives of those living in communities
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output not hours
  • Generous Leave allowances, including time of for cultural significant/ceremonial leave
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development


Applications should be made via our website: https://www.hollows.org/au/careers/current-vacancies and should include your resume and cover letter addressing all areas expressed in the ‘experience, skills & attributes’ section of the Role Purpose as well as details of your current and expected salary.

Alternatively, if you would like further information please contact our People & Development Advisor Australia & USA via email at scharneaux@hollows.org using the subject line: Finance Coordinator - Programs & Grants enquiry via EthicalJobs. Applications sent to this email shall be automatically disqualified.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

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