Finance and Administration Officer (local hire)

Reports to: Board of directors

Department: Administration

Contract: Part-time (Potential for role to evolve to Full-time)

Location: Greece (Ideally Athens area/Chalkida, other locations possible - Role can be home-based, but some travel to Ritsona and Lesvos to be expected)

Start date: Immediately

Lighthouse Relief: LHR is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit humanitarian organisation with a mission to provide immediate crisis response, as well as long-term relief, for the most vulnerable groups in a dignified, respectful and empowering manner. LHR is a small organisation with operations in two locations in Greece. Whilst transaction volumes are relatively low, the environment is changeable and the organisation has to be adaptable. Local teams are operationally focussed, and this role will typically provide all the financial and administrative support required.

Position Summary: LHR is looking for an experienced accountant/bookkeeper to provide financial and administrative support and expertise to the organisation. This will include day-to-day advice and support to the operational teams, provision of essential financial information to local management and the Board, and ensuring appropriate declarations are made to relevant authorities (e.g. tax, insurance, etc).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accounting for the day-to-day activities of Lighthouse Relief’s operations in Ritsona and Lesvos;

  • Producing monthly accounts for both operational management and the Board;

  • Producing regular cashflow forecasts;

  • Production of annual budgets and other financial information required for decision-making;

  • Ensuring that records are kept so as to meet relevant Greek and Swedish legal/tax requirements;

  • Liaison with the Treasurer, the Swedish accountant and auditor as required;

  • Providing administrative support to the operational teams;

  • Dealing with all local property, insurance, vehicle, travel and miscellaneous other matters;

  • Controlling cash payments/receipts;

  • Ensuring supplier payments, stipends, etc, are made in an accurate and timely manner;

  • Assisting the Comms and Fund-raising team with grant applications;

  • Ensuring donations are properly recorded, and related expenditure is tracked and reported upon;

  • Liaising with local authorities, as appropriate.

Qualifications and attributes:


  • Language skills: Fluent Greek and English

  • Familiarity with small company accounting and administration 

  • Competent user of MS Excel, Google Docs and small company accounting systems

  • Attention to detail

  • Disciplined and organised - used to working on own initiative 

  • Trustworthy

  • Valid EU work permit

  • Previous experience working in Greece in an administrative/financial role, with overall responsibility for producing accounting and other financial information


  • Recognised EU accounting qualification

  • Previous experience working for an NGO (ideally in Greece)

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to hr@lighthouserelief.org.


Contract: Full-time

Location: Greece, flexible (Athens, Lesvos or Chalkida preferred)

Reports to: Board of Directors

Apply by: 16 August

Start date: 1 September

Position Summary

LHR is looking for an experienced Head of Communications who is able to provide technical expertise and capacity development support to LHR and partner staff.

The Head of Communications (HoC) reports to the LHR Board and the Country Coordinator. Working closely with the Steering Committee and Communications Team, the HoC’s main objectives are to define and implement communication, partnership and grant management strategies geared at establishing LHR as a trusted voice and presence on the ground, promoting the LHR mission, and obtaining the necessary support and financial means to allow LHR to maintain its programmes. The HoC is responsible for all internal and external communication for LHR. The HoC leads, inspires and supervises a small but dynamic team responsible for promoting all elements of the LHR brand, developing and maintaining a network of relevant partnerships to support the LHR mission and vision, continuing to build and mobilise a community of ambassadors for fundraising and advocacy, and media relations.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Balancing grant and donor requirements with a robust communications policy, which supports brand integrity and established advocacy objectives.

  • Lead the development process of a comprehensive and coherent fundraising strategy to promote LHR strategic objectives

  • Ensure LHR is clearly and transparently represented externally and internally

  • Stay abreast of current trends and techniques and manage social media and digital channels, LHR website and blog, press and media relations

  • Operate as a spokesperson for the LHR, working alongside the Country Coordinator to profile LHR both on and offline

  • Responsible for the representation of the LHR to the media, external and internal events together with the Country Coordinator

  • Plan and execute integrated multimedia campaigns with limited budget

  • Oversees internal communications material and publishing of the monthly newsletter

  • Oversees and manages the communications team, made up of a Communications and Campaign Officer to assist with social media, fundraising campaigns and content creation, and a Grants and Reporting Officer, with responsibility for grant applications, internal and external reporting, graphic design and quantitative data collection, as well as any interns or volunteers required to cover all duties of the team. As the responsibilities listed here cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


  • Demonstrated ability to achieve communications-related objectives with at least 4 years of experience in related fields;

  • Extensive experience of fundraising, proposal development and grant management using participatory methodologies and approaches, preferably with an NGO or similar capacity;

  • Strong strategic, research and analytical abilities;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and project members to deliver objectives on time;

  • Demonstrated budget management skills;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Commitment to, and demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team;

  • Ability to work unsupervised, in a rapidly shifting context;

  • Bachelor’s Degree or above;

  • Strong network of international media contacts

  • Proven track record in resource mobilisation with strong practical understanding of fundraising, using participatory methodologies and approaches

  • Extensive experience in proposal development and grant management

  • High level exposure to humanitarian and development issues and contexts

  • The candidate should have a valid work permit in EU


  • Masters Degree of relevant work experience

  • A combination of private and third sector experience

  • Knowledge of donor mechanisms such as DFID, ECHO and OFDA;

  • Experience living and working extensively overseas

  • Proficient using photo, web and video editing software

  • Experience volunteering or working within an INGO or governmental organisation

  • Interest and knowledge of displaced populations

  • Language skills in Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi/Dari are an asset **

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to communications@lighthouserelief.org.