Head Accountant Iraq

The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2021

Job Description


The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is seeking applicants for the position of Head Accountant in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Position Head Accountant Iraq

Status full-time employee (40h/week, 5 days)

Based Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Reports to CFO

Supervises 8 accountants in 8 project locations

Application deadline 28 February 2021


  • Oversee and manage accounting and finance functions including timely recording of transactions, cash management, banking, payroll, receivables, and payables (approx.. 5000 transactions per year).
  • Plan and implement systems for financial operations in accordance with Jiyan Foundation’s Finance Manual and donor regulations; including systems for cash flow management, budgeting, consolidation of accounting information, internal controls, financial reporting, financial record-keeping, grant management and compliance.
  • Prepare monthly reports to the CFO and Program staff as required, including expenditures by cost center/project and other financial information, in a timely and accurate manner and reconcile general ledger files, account reconciliations, expenditures by cost center/project, as well as other financial information in a timely and accurate manner
  • Train and supervise finance and logistics staff
  • Sign off on payroll accounting including reporting of income taxes and social security contributions
  • Prepare financial reports and other ad-hoc requirements, for review by the CFO.
  • Sign off on regular bank and cash reconciliation
  • Liaise with the auditing companies
  • Prepare financial reports to KRG and tax department
  • Sign off on permanent inventory of the organization's equipment and assets
  • Regularly check the cheque book and petty cash stock
  • Approve payments and requests for procurement and logistics documentation
  • Suggesting adjustments to book-keeping software Infor SunSystems
  • Stay up to date with donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations and update finance and logistics staff


  • Completed university degree in Finance or Accountancy
  • Minimum five years professional experience
  • Fluency in English; Kurdish and/or Arabic desirable
  • Familiarity with book-keeping software and international book-keeping standards; experience with Infor SunSystems desirable
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, cooperation with other staff members, centers and external partners
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Readiness to travel, including multi-day trips both nationally and internationally
  • Undertake any activity aimed at protecting clients, particularly children and youth, from violence and harm
  • Active interest in promoting human rights and social justice; awareness of current events both nationally and internationally


  • Participation in staff-to-staff trainings, language trainings, as well as seminars with external trainers
  • Access to special library with large collection of literature on human rights, torture, mental and physical health etc. for self-study
  • Paid holidays (24 days for full-time position) plus 15 statutory holidays. Additional paid holidays, especially on the occasion of religious festivals, may be agreed upon
  • Voluntary pension scheme with employer contributions


Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to headaccountant@jiyan-foundation.org. Please use "Head Accountant” as the subject of your email.

For any questions, contact Leif Hinrichsen (CFO) at l.hinrichsen@jiyan-foundation.org.


The Jiyan Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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