Come work at ICAN

Admin and Finance Manager (60-80%)

The Organisation

The Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a dynamic and energetic campaign coalition consisting of more than 570 organisations in 104 countries. The ICAN staff team coordinates a global network of committed and passionate activists to make the world safer, more equal and just by prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons.

Since its founding in 2007, ICAN has worked to build a powerful global groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. ICAN organise public awareness-raising events, and engage in advocacy at the United Nations and in national parliaments. The campaign work with survivors of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of nuclear testing, helping share their testimonies and stories with the public and decision makers.

The campaign led the groundbreaking efforts to achieve the first ever multilateral treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, and was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for these efforts.

ICAN opened its international headquarters in Geneva in 2011 and has since then employed a small but effective staff team. Today the team consists of 7 staff members in Geneva, 1 in New York and 1 in Australia, as well as a number of consultants across the world.

The Position

We are looking for a new Administration and Finance Manager, who can enable the world-changing work of ICAN through effective and accountable administrative and financial support. The Administration and Finance Manager plays a central role in the operations of the campaign and the staff team through being responsible for managing budgets, develop funder reports, ensure accurate bookkeeping and handle the internal human resources tasks.

As the organization carries out a wide range of activities, from awarding small grants to partner organisations across the world, to organizing annual conferences in different locations, and carrying out advocacy at the United Nations, the job as Administration and Finance Manager is varied and involves a lot of contact with campaigners, governments, international organisations and other partners around the world. We operate in a fast-paced and multicultural environment, where opportunities for travel and participating in events and conferences will regularly appear.

As a small team, we are proud of our team spirit, our flexible and collegial work culture, and of course our joint mission to make the world a better place. Depending on the candidate, the job can range from 60-80% with flexible hours. Our working language within the organisation is English but a good level of French is also needed for liaising with Swiss authorities.

The full job description can be found here.


The successful candidate will be a team player with strong interpersonal skills, an ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines, capacity to work in a self-directed manner, and attention to details. 

We welcome applications from all who meet the following criteria and particularly encourage applications from people of colour, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ candidates

  • University degree in public administration/finance/accounting/management or equivalent.

  • 5 years of experience in a similar position.

  • Knowledge of accounting, budgeting, bookkeeping and grant management required.

  • Knowledge of the Swiss social tax system required.

  • Fluent English and French.

  • Prior experience in NGOs and / or the UN system a plus.

  • High level of accuracy, efficiency and professionalism required.

  • Planning and organization skills

  • Attention to detail and able to work autonomously

The Location

ICAN's headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland, a global hub for diplomacy and the European centre for the United Nations and the Red Cross. ICAN’s office is located in the middle of central Geneva, opposite the main train station, making it an easily accessible location for commuters and people from neighbouring areas.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and CV, including 2 references to by 17 July 2020.