Working at Akvo


Akvo is a rapidly-growing, entrepreneurial non-profit foundation with a big mission. Our tools are already positively disrupting the ways that development aid is allocated and reported in a sector that has been historically adverse to change. We're now helping to establish the identity and voice of a new generation of development professionals who work on the ground and are committed to being open about what works and what doesn't.

Akvo's staff are based in multiple locations. We have a head office in the centre of Amsterdam with hubs and satellite offices in Stockholm, Washington DC, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Bamako, Singapore, Canberra, Helsinki, Bangalore and New Delhi. We also have people working from home in numerous other locations around the world. Where you are is not as important as who you are and what you can contribute.

We think job satisfaction comes, more than anything else, from working with great people on exciting projects. Akvo's team is like no other, with motivated and talented people whose diverse backgrounds converge to accomplish shared objectives. Read more about working for Akvo in our staff handbook.


Open positions

  • HR Intern – Full time

    Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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    Akvo is looking for an HR Intern for the period of six months.

    As an HR intern, your role will be to support the HR team on various projects and operational activities. This is an opportunity to learn the different aspects of Human Resources Management, such as talent acquisition, compensation and benefits and contracts administration.

    Besides this, we also encourage you, with the knowledge you bring from your studies and your fresh view on HR trends, to make a contribution to further developing our new staff review system, Akvo Horizon.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • You are a third-year Bachelor student and you follow an education in Human Resource Management;
    • You enjoy working in an international environment;
    • You are pro-active, service-oriented, independent and possess good communication and written skills;
    • You are proficient in English, both verbally and in writing;
    • You are accurate, careful and able to handle confidential information and documents.

    What we offer:

    • An opportunity to work with interesting HR topics in an international environment.
    • You will be based in Akvo’s office in Amsterdam.
    • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world.
    • An internship remuneration of €250,- per month.

    To apply for this internship, send your motivation letter and resume to Maaike van der Velden, HR Manager at work[at]akvo.org before 16 January 2017.


  • Programme Manager

    Location: Bamako, Mali

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    To reinforce its West Africa team in Bamako (Mali), Akvo is looking for a programme manager to support the development of its activities in Mali and in the West African region. As a program manager, you will be involved in identifying new opportunities for partnerships in the region as well as implementing activities.

    Akvo has regional hubs in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Bamako (Mali). Our main partners are national governments, international, regional and local NGOs, multilaterals such as UNICEF and companies. Akvo tools are mainly used within the WASH and agricultural sector. The main tools we are working with in the region support partners to capture, understand and share data and its results. The team’s main responsibility is to train and support partners in using Akvo tools in West Africa region. More specifically, we work with our partners that are based in Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Ghana, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, etc.  For more info on our activities: http://www.akvo.org.

    Main tasks and responsibilities:

    • Contribute to the implementation of Akvo’s strategy in West Africa
    • Reach out to potential new partners, identify new initiatives and network in different sectors (agriculture, water etc)
    • Present Akvo’s work  at events
    • Present and develop proposals for partners to start using our tools
    • VisitWest African partners to support them to understand their technical needs and to advise them in using Akvo tools
    • Contribute to the continuous enhancements of Akvo tools in the area of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), including data analysis and visualisation. Advise partners on best practices in these areas.
    • Report on our activities to partners.

    Requirements and competencies:

    • At least seven years experience in programme management, preferably in the development sector. Some experiences related to agricultural sector would be a plus.
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative and work in a results-driven way
    • Good experience as well as passion in information technology
    • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Geographical Information Science (GIS) or data management is preferable
    • Excellent written and spoken English and French
    • Experience in international working environment and flexibility to encompass the variety of culture and working styles within Akvo Foundation

    What we offer:

    • An opportunity to work with interesting technologies in a creative and entrepreneurial environment.
    • You will be based in Akvo’s office in Bamako, but you will also have the opportunity to take part in training, meetings and field visits in other locations around the world.
    • You will be part of our international Akvo community, with colleagues all over the world. A competitive salary. 

    To apply for this position, please send your motivation letter and resume to Wendemi Pascaline Ilboudo at work[at]akvo.org before 23 January 2017.

    Akvo has a strong preference to work with local talent; applicants from Mali and the West African region are encouraged to apply for the position. Please mention in the subject: West Africa (Mali) – Programme manager.


  • Finance Administrator – 32 hr

    Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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    To consolidate its global finance team, Akvo is looking for an experienced all-round finance administrator. The role involves a variety of tasks, including booking of invoices, reconciling bank statements, preparation of monthly general ledger reconciliations, inter company reconciliations and assisting in the preparation of monthly reports. Attention to detail, a fastidious approach and a desire to get things done are essential for this role. Previous experience in a multi-currency environment is valued.

    Currently, the majority of our accounting processes and bookings are outsourced to an independent service provider. As you grow into this role, these accounting processes will be moved in-house, with the assistance of the current service provider. You’ll become the fourth member of the Finance team in Amsterdam, in addition to the CFO, senior finance manager and the project controller.  

    Main tasks and responsibilities:

    • Processing purchase invoices and bank/credit card statements
    • Preparation of sales invoices
    • Following up on unpaid and overdue invoices (Credit control)
    • Organising and archiving documents
    • Preparation of liquidity overview
    • Assisting in the preparation of monthly reports
    • Overseeing accounts payable and preparation of payments
    • Auditing bank reconciliations
    • Preparing timesheet overviews
    • Assisting with basic VAT and tax submissions
    • Other ad-hoc duties including various Excel reports

    Requirements and competencies:

    • A relevant degree in finance/accounting or business administration and MBO 4 are preferred
    • Good basic accounting knowledge
    • At least four years experience in a similar role
    • Experience of online accounting systems (Exact or Exact Online are most valued)
    • Experience with Excel, Powerpoint, and Office
    • Flexibility to work in an international environment
    • Pro-active, service-oriented and independent
    • Good communication skills
    • Fluent written and spoken English
    • Accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Ability to handle confidential information and documents appropriately

    What we offer:

    • You will be part of Akvo’s international community, with colleagues and partners from all over the world.
    • Work in the centre of Amsterdam (5 minutes from central station) in a young, dynamic and friendly environment
    • The opportunity to gain experience in an interesting international environment, with a clear vision, mission and strategy in the development sector.
    • The opportunity to learn develop your knowledge of accounting and financial systems
    • Flexible working hours is possible
    • A competitive salary benchmarked in the nonprofit sector. (Details available on request)

    To apply for this vacancy, please send your motivation letter and resume in PDF to Werner Coombe (Senior Finance Manager) at work[at]akvo.org before 13 February 2017. Please mention in the subject: “Finance Administrator – Amsterdam”.