Interpeace Job Vacancy: Accountant - Geneva, Switzerland

Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization and strategic partner of the United Nations. Its approach contributes to building lasting peace through inclusive and nationally-led processes of change across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East. Its added value is a tested approach in strengthening capacities within societies to manage conflict without resorting to violence or coercion.
Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors as well as private funding. The organization is currently active in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
General Position Summary:
Working in the Administration Support Unit (ASU) and under the direction of the Accounting and Reporting Manager, the Accountant will be responsible for:
  • Interpeace Geneva headquarters – (using SunAccounts software)
    • Recording income and expenses
    • Recording advances to UNOPS and partner organizations
    • Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts including payroll
  • Interpeace Inc (US) – income and expenses (using Quickbooks)
  • Interpeace Sweden (Sweden) – liaison with accounting services in Sweden
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in the different areas of responsibility outlined in these ToRs
Specific Duties and responsibilities:
  • Coordinate all payments through Western Union and process all payments
  • Review expense reports for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment
  • Reconcile staff cash advances and expense reports
  • Prepare monthly journal entries to record all bank transactions (income and expenditure) and file supporting documentation
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts
  • Prepare monthly cost centre financial reports and transaction listings (budget Vs actual reports)
  • Maintain accounting for Interpeace Inc (US), including payroll and recording of donor contributions
  • Coordination focal point for Interpeace Sweden payments and accounting
  • Coordinate with Cantonal and Federal administration (registration, declaration, exemption)
  • Maintain donors online registration (SAM, USAID, EC Transparency register)
  • Other duties as assigned or requested
  • This position requires coursework in accounting, finance or a related field and experience sufficient to successfully perform the duties of the job listed above. A degree in accounting would be an asset.
  • One or more years of accounting, experience working, preferably with Not for Profits
  • Knowledge of fund accounting practices and principles desired
  • Ability to deal with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone
  • IFRS knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word and Excel and experience in the use of accounting software
  • Excellent communication and written skills in English and French is required
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or Swiss work permit
Interpeace Competencies:
  • Collaboration and ability to work and build relationships across disciplines
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

  • Qualified candidates may submit a letter of interest and complete curriculum vitae to no later than 14 December 2016. Please indicate Accountant in the subject line.
  • Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men, including those with disabilities.