Associate Director, International Accounting
WFW , Washington, United States
Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. We serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Congo, and Northern Nigeria. Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community.
Our model works and we have the data to prove it. In our 26-year history, Women for Women International has reached over half a million women. The women we work with across 3 continents earn just $0.81 a day when we enroll them. At graduation, it’s $2.11, nearly tripled.
Our impact goes beyond income. The number of women who say at least one household member went to sleep hungry in the last four weeks has gone from 18% to 5%. And more women say they speak out against women's abuse: 26% report having publicly spoken in the last 6 months against physically abusing women.
When women have the right tools, they realize the power within themselves to transform their lives, their families, their communities, and finally their entire nations.
Under the direction of the Sr. Director, Finance, the Associate Director, International Accounting is responsible for the accounting operations of all Women for Women International (WFWI) program offices, to include the production of the program offices periodic financial statements, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk, and enhance the accuracy of the country’s reported financial results. This position is also responsible for planning and providing support and training to program office staff on accounting matters.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Accounting & Audits
- Ensure program offices accounting transactions are properly classified, recorded, converted, and consolidated for internal monthly management reporting and for WfWI’s annual independent financial audit and published financial statements.
Ensure reported accounting results are accurate, timely and comply with GAAP, international financial reporting standards and local laws.
Direct monthly accounting closing and reporting maximizing effectiveness and efficiencies and oversee and report on program offices’ fiscal compliance.
Ensure data integrity checks to ensure accuracy of data generated by the program offices accounting systems.
Lead HQ finance staff on audit preparation and support for local audits, and coordinate headquarters support to provide supporting documentation and responses timely.
Internal Controls and Accounting Systems
Direct continuous evaluation of and improvement in the effectiveness of program offices’ internal controls and develop and communicate WfWI’s accounting policies and procedures to program offices. Ensure that program offices’ accounting policies and procedures are aligned with global policies and procedures.
Support, donor reporting process design and implementation.
Manage users, reports, and controls in Sage Intaact accounting system.
Lead program office finance teams in leveraging existing review practices and generating new testing procedures to ensure program offices’ transactions are appropriately authorized, documented, supported, and accurately recorded.
- Direct headquarters accountants in providing oversight and support to Finance Managers and other finance staff in our program offices.
- Train staff on Sage Intaact accounting system.
- Work with other HQ finance team members, maximizing inter-team collaboration and communication, internal controls, individual professional development, and accomplishment of team objectives.
- Assist Country Directors in identifying finance staffing needs, reviewing appropriate job descriptions, and recruiting new staff as needed.
- Participate in planning and conducting accounting training for program office staff, including creating and or improving existing field office accounting training materials for use in multiple learning platforms.
- Work with program offices to identify specific finance and accounting training.
- Provide one-on-one coaching of staff to build up skills and effectiveness.
- Lead and/or perform special projects as needed.
- Adhere to WfWI’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies and report concerns.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
Master’s/Postgraduate/Second Degree or equivalent in Accounting or Finance.
Minimum of ten years general accounting experience and two years as a manager of an accounting department.
Minimum two years of successful experience in government grants administration.
Demonstrated ability and proficiency to create meaningful financial reports using advanced Excel required.
Relevant international experience and willingness to travel.
- Well-developed participatory management and administrative skills, with proven ability to train and motivate personnel in a dotted line/matrix organization.
- Highly organized with strong analytical and reasoning abilities.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to get along well with diverse personalities.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
CPA or ACCA designation.
Ability to speak/read French is a significant plus.
Our global core values define how we are to behave as we pursue our mission, our vision, and our strategic objectives:
- Empowerment. We believe every woman is unique and powerful in her own right. Our people are our greatest strength and we will support them to achieve our aims by providing them with the information, rewards and power they need to take the initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve our delivery and performance. As a learning organization - we encourage our people to take risks and make mistakes, we learn and grow and get better, stronger and smarter.
- Integrity. We will never communicate in any way that exploits or demeans the women we exist to serve, we will deliver a program of training that maximizes the impact for the women we serve to bring them the biggest benefits and facilitate the greatest long term positive change in their lives. we do what we say we are going to do, when we say we're going to do it. We act as good stewards of the organization’s resources.
- Respect. We believe every woman has the right to be treated with fairness and dignity. we trust each other implicitly, confident in the knowledge that we are all working towards the same goals. Equally, we hold each other responsible and accountable at all levels of the organization for the outcomes of our actions. We will be bold, clear and kind in our communication with our colleagues across the organization and not allow disrespectful behavior to go unchallenged.
- Resilience. We see every day the strength of women survivors of war and their ability to never lose hope despite having faced the greatest atrocities and horrors of conflict. They inspire us to stay strong, hopeful, focused and committed to our global purpose. We support each other to do the same.