Finance Officer
Grade: Mid level - Mid
Closing Date: Jul 21, 2024
Location: Singapore (Singapore)
Occupational Groups: Accounting (Audit, Controlling), Banking and Finance, Procurement

Tara Climate Foundation is a philanthropic climate foundation dedicated to fostering a future where Asia’s unwavering commitment to climate action paves the way for just, thriving and resilient societies. Tara operates in East, Southeast and South Asia, excluding India and China

Our mission is to support a diverse group of partners in accelerating Asia’s energy transformation and championing climate action. Tara plays three main roles in the region: 

  • Grantmaker: Tara works closely with mission-aligned foundations and philanthropists to pool resources and grant funds to organisations working to accelerate Asia’s energy transition and climate action (excluding China and India).  
  • Convenor: Tara cultivates networks that facilitate the exchange of ideas between business, civil society, and government throughout and beyond Asia. 
  • Local and regional experts: With strong networks spanning across civil society, businesses and government, Tara funds thorough research and analysis to address knowledge gaps, stay abreast of emerging trends and craft evidence-based strategies to advance our mission. 

Since establishing its headquarters in Singapore in 2021, the foundation has provided grants to more than 300 organisations across 13 countries and jurisdictions. Our team of over 40 experts are located in countries across the Asia Pacific region, working to combat climate change in this decisive decade.

Over the last 2 years, Tara has significantly increased its funding base and currently has more than a dozen philanthropic funders supporting our work and providing grants to hundreds of partners. In the next 3 years, we are looking to double our funding and grantmaking to combat climate change in this decisive decade. 

The Finance Officer will support the Head of Finance in developing and maintaining systems, policies, processes, and procedures to prepare proper and accurate financial and/or related documents in a timely manner.

Accounting, Analysis and Operations:

  • Co-handle the daily operations e.g., answering queries and emails
  • Prepare and record all transactions related to the Procure to Pay cycle and submit for approval as necessary e.g. prepare PO, goods receipting, match credit card transactions, record bills, make payments
  • Work with the Grants team to track and reconcile all regranting between systems and/or tracking files, ensuring accurate and timely recording and payment
  • Prepare and record all incoming receipts and reconcile to the system
  • Prepare, record and reconcile all fixed assets
  • Prepare the accounting entries for payroll and claims for employees and EOR
  • Prepare the expense allocation and related accounting entries
  • Perform the analytical review of the accounts and resolve any variances
  • Prepare expense schedules and budget spending reports with variance explanations. Submit for review and distribute the information as needed


  • Enforce adherence to our internal policies, processes, and procedures e.g. approval limits, and external laws or regulations e.g. GST Act.
  • Assist in annual reporting e.g., attend to auditors and/or tax agents, financial statements preparation, consolidation (if required), and annual return.
  • Prepare and submit surveys and statutory filings, working with third-party providers if required.
  • Assist in “know your customer” (funder and grantee), anti-money laundering or similar due diligence checks

Skills and experience:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience, in audit and accounting.

Preferably worked in a multi-cultural, multi-language environment.

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organised, attention to detail, analytical and problem solver.
  • Multitasking with a sense of urgency.
  • Familiar and keeping up to date with accounting standards/practices and regulations
  • Prior usage of Xero or other computerised accounting systems.


  • Diploma or bachelor’s degree in accountancy or ACCA or equivalent.

What Tara offers:

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international team who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work
  • A flexible work environment
  • Opportunities for career develop and challenge yourself
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • A collaborative, fun and thriving team, driven by our mission and live our values

To Apply:

Please submit an A4 covering letter outlining your skills and achievements against the role responsibilities, why you would like to join us and your salary expectations, along with your up to date CV via LinkedIn or Please use the job title: Senior Finance Director as the subject in your email.

Tara is committed to building leadership capacity within Asia. This position is based in Singapore.  Applicants must have the right to work in the country.

We appreciate everyone's application, but only have the resources to respond to shortlisted applicants. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume you are unsuccessful for this role. If this is you, we appreciate your support and consideration and hope you will continue to consider roles with Tara in the future!

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