Program Accountant

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 January 2020

Job Description

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI, and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

The Program Accountant provides timely, collaborative, service-oriented support to program staff on all financial matters relevant to program implementation, including expense reconciliations, budget and procurement tracking, budget projections and the development of rolling budgets while remaining compliant with funder requirements and IRI policies.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelors in accounting, finance or business administration.
  • 3-5 years of experience in an accounting role.
  • Working knowledge of applicable federal government circulars 2 CFR 200 (OMB A-110, A-122 and A-133).
  • Strong written and oral communicator.
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to travel independently in new environments.
  • Willingness to learn software, systems, and processes and to take the initiative to understand, create, and refine best practices.
  • Ability to prioritize various daily/weekly/monthly tasks and projects while working in a challenging environment.
  • Knowledge of electronic systems (including Cost Point, Cognos, Quicken, QuickBooks, Concur).
  • Innovative, creative, enthusiastic approach.
  • Ability to be detail-orientated and highly organized.
  • Spanish language skills strongly preferred.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Supports program staff with management and analysis of financials relevant to all grants within a portfolio, including proactive oversight and analysis of budgets, expenditures (including procurement), accruals, pipelines, cost projections, and allocations, to ensure fulfillment of each grant’s objectives and compliance with funder regulations, IRI policies.
  • Supports proposal budget preparation, working with program and business development teams.
  • Participates in program kick-off, on-going program implementation review, and close-out.
  • Oversees the preparation of all financial reports required by funders and/or IRI management.
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of funder’s and IRI’s financial policies and procedures, and serving as a resource for program teams.
  • Reviews and processes expense submissions/reconciliations, and processes field office payments for the candidate’s assigned portfolio.
  • Maintains knowledge of IRI program implementation in a respective division.
  • Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with expatriate staff, local/field/project accountants, DC program and Program Services colleagues.
  • Troubleshoots accounting problems; identifies and implements creative solutions.
  • Assists with annual, funders’ and program audit preparation.
  • Travels to field offices as needed to perform financial reviews and monitor internal controls.
  • Performs other accounting tasks as assigned or deemed necessary.

About the Organization

IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

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