Accounting Manager

Finance · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Finance
Employment Type Employee
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) works with media and civil society to promote democratic values, peace building, and good governance in conflict-affected and fragile states. Since our founding during the Balkans conflict in 1991, IWPR has helped civic activists, human rights defenders, women’s rights advocates, and independent journalists make their voices heard and drive positive change in MENA, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We currently work in nearly 30 countries to build local capacities, strengthen civil society and media organisations, and empower civic actors to remove barriers to free expression and to promote citizen engagement and public dialogue.

The Accounting Manager is responsible for ensuring timely and accurate month end close; reconciling subsidiary general ledger accounts; global field office accounting and administrative duties - these include monitoring and analyzing field office expenditures, program budgets, updating cost reporting schedules, reviewing and preparing payment and wire transfer requests, and journal entries.  They will report to the Financial Controller.

The individual must possess progressive knowledge of accounting concepts and principles, attention to detail, the ability to critically analyze, work autonomously, and provide accurate, timely, information.




  • Responsible for month-end close of subsidiary ledgers and general ledgers, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and internal controls and integrity, suitability, accuracy, and timeliness of internal information systems.
  • Responsible for global accounting from field offices.
  • Review field office expenditures reports for accuracy, compliance, and reconciliation to field office bank accounts. Collaborate with field and HQ personnel to complete all financial reporting to donors.
  • Review supporting documents for field office expense reports to ensure accuracy before recording to the accounting system.
  • Monitor program funding and availability and provide timely fund requests; monitor actual expenditures against budget and funding obligations.
  • Provide feedback to the field offices with recommendation to improve efficiency.
  • Review grant agreement and update reporting and fund request schedules.
  • Record and track expenses and donations.
  • Prepare audit schedules and assist with the annual audit process, and responding to audit request and inquiries.
  • Assist with the reconciliation of general ledger and monthly expense allocations.
  • Maintain a standard filing system.
  • Provide administrative support for training programs.
  • Serve as back up to the Controller on accounts payable, cash management, payroll, and federal drawdowns.

Time and Attendance (Replicon)

  • Track and monitor completion of timesheet submission and approval and assist with timesheet errors and submission issues.
  • Track and update projects.
  • Generate reports related to timesheet, projects, and time allocations, as requested, and train staff on how to generate reports.
  • Point of contact with Replicon representative on renewals and licensing.
  • Administrator for any changes in the system including validation and restriction rules.



  • Excellent critical thinking skills and ability to exercise rationale judgment.
  • Assume responsibility for work.
  • Ability to work autonomously, and when required in a team environment and coordinate multiple parties to devise creative solutions to programmatic challenges.
  • Ability to multitask, and work effectively in an atmosphere of shifting priorities, and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with diverse staff.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral; skills in a second language are desirable but not required.
  • Knowledge of MIP or similar accounting software preferred.
  • Proven technical ability to effectively use Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Adobe.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail, interpersonal skills.
  • Able to extract the relevant points and critical information from complex documents.
  • Experience in federal grants, and knowledge of US Federal funding requirements, 2 CFR Part 200.



  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting from accredited institution of higher education. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of prior experience with an international and/or non-profit organization.
  • CPA or CPA candidate required


IWPR is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.


Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.




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