Regional Financial Specialist

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 5 January 2019
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description

As a member of IRI’s Finance team, the Regional Financial Specialist will provide support to Field Accountants in the office of Latin America and the Caribbean Division; reviewing payments, expenses, documents and providing training on IRI’s policies and procedures.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelors or equivalent in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience in a finance role.
  • Professional experience with expense report review and regulation compliance.
  • Experience training staff on financial processes and reporting.
  • Flexibility to assume a workload that frequently necessitates an adjustment of priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, and ability to work under time pressures.
  • Strong attention and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • NGO experience preferred.
  • Work experience in Latin America is preferred.
  • Spanish language fluency is required.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Reviews of expenses submitted by the field offices in assigned portfolio for reasonableness and compliance with GAAP, funder, and IRI regulations.
  • Provides IRI process support, including training of Field Accountants on employee setup, AP bills, entries and approvals, expense reports and program reports.
  • Supports Program Accountants in award management.
  • Serves as POC for resources outlining local regulations of the countries in assigned portfolio.
  • Serves as POC for compliance with local regulations, registration and operations (e.g. bank, taxes, VAT, local government reporting, payment conditions and currency restrictions); employment regulations, benefits (time off, severance), salary and tax calculations (from gross to net), employment termination conditions; understanding of taxable and non-taxable benefits (e.g. per diem); withholding tax for contractual services.
  • Trains Field Accountants and explains IRI accounting processes of monthly reporting to DC, rolling budgets, exchange rate calculations, imprest summary forms, filing system, bank and cash operations.
  • Conducts financial review of field offices in the assigned portfolio.
  • Advises on opening and closing of field offices.
  • Assists Field Accountants and RPD’s in the local audit and funder reviews of the field offices.
  • Remains in constant communication with assigned field offices.
  • Provides updates to the Field Accountants and local employees on changes in IRI policies and accounting procedures.
  • Comunicaciones with DC Finance team and provides constant updates on any issues, questions, or concerns in the Field Offices.
  • Provides temporary support to other Field Offices when another Regional Financial Specialist is on leave.
  • Preforms other duties as assigned.

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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