Operations Accountant LAC Region

Washington DC
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Please apply through the GOAL website
Where to Apply

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 3,300 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 14 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €170 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Job Purpose

The primary function of this role is to support GOAL’s overseas field offices on all financial matters and control the quality of field financial submissions, in relation to month end, internal reporting, external reporting, budgeting and other items.

As part of the finance team, you will be providing direct support and guidance to the finance team in several countries where GOAL is running humanitarian or development programmes. You will also be a key player in ensuring compliance with donor regulation.

Key duties/ responsibilities

Manage the month end review process for assigned countries in line with relevant deadlines.
Review and analyse budgets, adhering to donor rules and regulations in line with relevant deadlines
Review and analyse financial reports, adhering to donor rules and regulations in line with relevant deadlines
Review and process funds requests submitted monthly by each country in line with the relevant deadlines
Ensure that all funds requests for donors are produced, checked and submitted in line with the relevant deadlines
Acquire and share knowledge of each of the major donor’s individual guidelines and templates as well as other best practice with colleagues as appropriate
Assist with completion of annual audit and donor audits
Work closely with and provide relevant financial information to other GOAL HQ staff as and when required
Provide and liaise with management on country updates as and when required
Perform other relevant tasks as might be assigned by manager. This may include direct assistance to country programmes and production of any of the outputs described above such as donor budgets, donor reports and management accounting reports.
Cover leave for other finance team members
Projects and ad hoc tasks as required
You may be asked to travel to country programmes to support finance departments as and when required
Qualifications and Attributes


A relevant finance qualification
Experience of working in a busy finance department
Has successfully managed a range of different projects and work activities at the same time
Flexible and willing to adapt, positively contributing to the implementation of change
Proactively identifies areas for improvement and develops practical suggestions for their implementation
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish.

Overseas experience working in a finance or related role
Experience of working in a finance role in an NGO
Experience of working with donors including but not limited to FCDO (formerly DFID), USAID, Irish Aid or ECHO
Experience of working remotely
Willing to travel to GOAL countries if required
Analysis & Decision Making

Takes responsibility and is accountable for the delivery of agreed objectives
Quickly gets up to speed in a complex situation, rapidly absorbing all relevant information/data (written and oral)
Puts forward solutions to address problems
Delivery of Results

Assumes personal responsibility for and delivers on agreed objectives/ goals
Manages and progresses multiple projects and work activities successfully
Accurately estimates time parameters for projects and manages own time efficiently, anticipating obstacles and making contingencies for overcoming these
Maintains a strong focus on meeting the needs of assigned tasks at all times
Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Demonstrates enthusiasm for new developments/changing work practices and strives to implement these changes effectively
Practices and promotes a strong focus on delivering high quality support, both internally and externally
Encourages open and constructive discussions around work issues
Treats others with diplomacy, tact, courtesy and respect, even in challenging circumstances
Presents information in a clear and concise manner
Collaborates and supports colleagues to achieve organisational goals
Commitment to GOAL Values

Strives to perform at a high level, investing significant energy to achieve agreed objectives
Ensures that our GOAL countries and country teams are at the heart of all services provided
Upholds high standards of honesty, ethics and integrity