Finance Consultant

Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, Washington, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th August, 2020

Job Description


Founded in 2012, The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting meaningful justice for Syria that holds perpetrators accountable and addresses the grievances of victims, leading to lasting peace and respect for human rights. SJAC currently has an annual budget around $1.5 million and 9 staff members.


The Finance Consultant will oversee SJAC financial analysis in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Consultant will work across SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors. The Consultant will work an average of 15- 20 hours a week.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Finance Consultant is responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. S/he will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Finance Consultant will lead SJAC’s financial reporting and forecasting, and coordinate with an external operations consultant(s) as needed.

  • Oversee SJAC’s Quickbooks accounting, including the appropriate coding and backup of expenses;
  • Work with the accountant to conduct cash forecasting and drawdown of funds;
  • Design and manage systems for tracking annual spending and projections at project and organizational levels. Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly basis and work with the SJAC Executive Director to update and make decisions regarding SJAC’s operating budget;
  • With the accountant, produce financial reporting for SJAC grants and Board of Directors. Liaise with donors and the Board of Directors regarding financial questions as needed;
  • With input from program staff, prepare proposal budgets for submission and budget amendments for current agreements;
  • Support SJAC program staff in understanding their activity budgets and spending;
  • Lead monthly, quarterly, and yearly close processes;
  • Lead and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree
  • A minimum of two years supporting financial aspects of an organization, preferably with components of internal financial control, financial reporting, and budget management.
  • Experience creating project budgets required; experience with organizational-level budgeting preferred.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with QuickBooks
  • Audit experience preferred.
  • Accounting experience not required, but the understanding of key accounting concepts is necessary.
  • Demonstrated organization skills with high attention to
  • Happy taking initiative and working independently.
  • Willing to work on a part-time basis.


  • This position is estimated at $50/hour, commensurate with experience.


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