Ireland: Shared Service Accountant

Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Ireland
Closing date: 22 Jan 2017

Working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. We work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty.

Shared Service Accountant

Job Title:

Shared Service Accountant

Reports to:

Overseas Accountant

Direct Reports:


Job Location:

Dublin, with travel to overseas fields (potentially 20-30%).

Contract Details:

1 year fixed contract

Pay Band:

Grade 5 (€41,747 – €49,114)

Job Purpose:

The Shared Service Accountant will manage the main accounting system (GP) for a number of countries, and will prepare financial reports to meet the needs of all stakeholders for those countries – based on information supplied by the countries being supported.

It is essential that the applicant will have a formal finance qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA).The applicant should have extensive experience of preparing monthly management accounts and should be able to demonstrate their ability to manage multiple tasks.

While this position is based in Dublin, it will involve travel to overseas fields (potentially 20-30%).

Main duties & Responsibilities:

Financial System

· Managing the accounting system (GP) for number of fields (as assigned by the Overseas Accountant)

· Working with the Country Financial Controller and/or Country Finance Manager to establish month-end close timetables to ensure that information is received on a timely basis

· Posting monthly journals and cash/bank books based on information supplied from the country finance teams

· Uploading approved budgets into the accounting system

· Updating the Chart of Accounts as needed

· Carrying out all month end processes and reconciliations to ensure a timely completion of the accounts for the period, including completion of monthly support cost allocations

· Carrying out all year end processes in line with organisational procedures

Financial Reporting

· Preparation of individual monthly management accounts for budget-holders and obtaining information on budget variances as needed

· Preparation of consolidated monthly management accounts for the Country Management Team (CMT) with a short narrative report to explain major variances.

· Preparation of financial reports for Dublin (Financial Reporting Pack (FRP), quarterly expenditure and income variance report) in line with agreed timetables

· Preparation of donor reports for external donors/agencies in line with agreed timetables

· Ensuring all donor reports are supported by transaction lists, in line with organisational procedures.

· The preparation of year end accounts for external audit purposes

· Provide financial analysis and ad-hoc reports to CMT and Dublin where necessary


· Providing statutory and donor auditors with transaction lists, trial balance and other information from GP as requested.

· Participating in CMT meetings through SKYPE when requested

· Documenting systems and processes developed for this role for future replication

· Participation in the induction of new CFC’s and/or Country Finance Managers where appropriate

· Visiting the country programme as required

· Perform any other duties as required.

Person specification:


  • Professionally Qualified Accountant ACCA, CIMA, ACA, CPA
  • Three years’ experience working as an accountant, preferably with an INGO.
  • Experience of preparing management accounts for multiple entities
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and accounting software.
  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Flexible, adaptable and a sense of humour
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Empathy with organisational goals


  • Experience in working in the international development sector (overseas)
  • Experience of working with Concern in another finance position
  • Experience of working as a shared service accountant
  • Knowledge of donor compliance requirements for USAID, EC/ECHO, DFID, UN
  • Experience on working on Microsoft Great Plains

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern has a Programme Participant Protection Policy and an organisational Code of Conduct which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists.

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date 22nd January, 2017.

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