Project Accountant

Transparency International Secretariat
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 20

Position description

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. In collaboration with more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

Project Accountants work closely with project managers and partners (particularly TI National Chapters) to support the effective financial management of the many projects we run. This includes working with a diverse range of donors and fulfilling differing donor requirements, while also assisting TI National Chapters in developing efficient project financial management systems. The Project Accountant role therefore offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn and master all aspects of project financial management.

Main function: 

The Project Accountant is responsible for the day-to-day financial control within assigned projects, and provides financial management support to project staff. The Project Accountant coordinates the reporting of financial information for regular reporting of assigned projects to project stakeholders.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of extension

Location: TI-Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin/Germany

Team: Finance


  • Provide financial management support to assigned Programmes/Projects/Teams and their staff
  • Prepare accurate budgets for proposals, projects, and teams, including relevant supporting narrative and explanations
  • Monitor expenditure, budgets and cash flows, at appropriate intervals to identify material issues as they arise and to propose appropriate preventative interventions and solutions in a timely fashion
  • Prepare financial reports to donors, ensuring accuracy and compilation of supporting documentary evidence; engage auditors on project audits 
  • Support preparation of monthly management accounts, monitoring project income and expenditure and providing accurate explanations for noted variances
  • Ensure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of all project accounting procedures
  • Support clear internal communication on project finance across TI-S and the Movement


  • Part/Fully qualified Accountant (e.g. ACCA, CIMA or ACA) or university studies in Accounting, Finance, Economics and/or Business
  • Min. 5+ years of financial, project and operational management experience
  • Knowledge and experience of managing projects funded by the European Commission a strong asset
  • Knowledge of MS Office; advanced skills in Excel and competence in SQL an advantage
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work against tight deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and within the finance team and with other teams
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written) required; additional languages, in particular German, French and/or Spanish, an advantage
  • Good communication skills and ability to explain accounting and financial matters to non-financial staff
  • Culturally sensitive and able to handle issues with diplomacy and to cultivate productive working relationships
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