Funder Requirements Auditor

Thursday 29 June 2017
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
RSPB Headquarters

What we're looking for

The RSPB has digitised all current and recent staff contracts, and is storing new contracts in digital form only. This is a significantly 'greener' and more secure way of managing this important information, and will also free up much-needed office space. Before we destroy the paper versions of the current and recent contracts, however, it is essential that we check that this will not jeopardise our ability to claim grant from any of the funding organisations with which we currently have agreements. Many of these organisations have very strict rules regarding the maintenance of records relating to the projects they fund, and it is possible (although we believe unlikely) that some of them will insist that staff contracts that were originally signed and stored in paper form must be retained in this form until any project audits are completed. The only way to carry out this check is to read the relevant agreements very thoroughly, and then contact the funders directly if any uncertainty remains (which is likely to be the case in many and perhaps most instances). This will clearly not be a very 'exciting' task, but will be highly valuable, as the amount of funding that is potentially at stake is very large – and the loss of any of this funding would have a direct impact on the RSPB's ability to achieve its conservation aims.

The skills you need

Strong research and record-keeping skills Patience, perseverance and attention to detail Good communication skills, both by email and on the phone Ideally, some prior experience of working with contracts or other legal documents

Your time

20 days
short term

What's in it for you?

You'll gain in-depth knowledge of the various grant funders that the RSPB works with. You'll communicate directly with many of these funders (we expect), and also with fundraising staff right across the RSPB. You'll make an important contribution to the RSPB's efforts to be greener and more efficient, which will ultimately allow it to have an even greater impact on the conservation challenges it's taking on.

How to apply


Debbie Spencer, RSPB Headquarters
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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