ABA ROLI Grant Accountant, International Grants (staff)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 October 2017

Job Description


ABA ROLI is seeking a Grant Accountant to support the Finance Division’s oversight of ABA ROLI’s international grant accounts, payroll, audits, and other general financial responsibilities. This Grant Accountant will work as part of a team to provide crucial financial backstopping for ABA ROLI’s field-based programs in rule of law, judicial reform, access to justice, and related issue areas.


  • Reviews accounting transaction for potential charging against grants for an assigned set of countries and ensures compliance with grantor, government or private entities, and appropriate rules, regulations, and/or grant provisions.
  • Reviews monthly field office operating expense reports for completeness, accuracy, and allowability and compliance with against an assigned grant(s).
  • Reviews all expenses and identifies expenses which are not allowable and provides a recommended course of action to a senior grant accountant or Manager - Grant Compliance and Control.
  • Prepares and uploads journal entries for monthly cash actuals for program related expenses (e.g., field reports, in-kind contributions, reclassifications, write-offs, etc.).
  • Runs pipeline reports and general ledgers on a monthly basis and adds other committed funds and provides program managers and field staff with reports on cash burn and remaining funding of specific grants.
  • Prepares government reports (e.g., SF425) and private donor reports either on a standardized reporting schedule or on an ad hoc basis.
  • Prepares, submits, and follows up on wire transfers and/or direct deposit.
    Maintains the data integrity of all financial transactions for all assigned countries/grants and assists program managers and auditors in identifying and collecting appropriate expense documentation.
  • Collaborates with Field Finance Managers from assigned countries/grants on expense inquiries, supporting materials, expense allowability, policies, additional awards, and general inquiries.
  • Reconciles business advance accounts on a monthly basis and closes accounts when the grant is terminating and/or Country Director changes
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting.
  • At least two years’ experience reviewing financial transactions against grant provisions to determine allowability of such transactions.
  • At least two years’ experience interpreting and applying grant rules and regulations from government entities (e.g., OMB circulars) and/or private donors.
  • Intermediate-level skill in the Microsoft Office Suite of products.


  • Previous experience inputting expenses and completing expense reports through digital systems.
  • Previous experience interacting with program support staff, donors, and/or grantors; ability to work as part of a fast-moving team;
  • Strong understanding of compliance and auditing of expenses;
  • Comfort with public speaking and administration of trainings, particularly to staff without a financial background;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication in English required;
  • Fluency in a language of a host country for which support is provided is helpful;
  • Strong attention to detail; analytical problem solving skills.

Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 312-988-5188.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

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About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that implements legal reform programs in roughly 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html

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