The Accountability Lab is building a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. We train, mentor and resource change-makers to strengthen systems of accountability and integrity. The Lab is headquartered in Washington, DC and has Network Labs in 9 countries across South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

As the Senior Finance Officer for AL Global you will be responsible for supporting the Lab to manage all financial and compliance aspects of the work at the headquarters level, as well as providing strategic support and guidance across the countries in which we work as we move through an exciting period of organizational growth.

Working out of the Lab’s offices at the Open Gov Hub in Washington DC, you will balance day-to-day finance tasks with supporting the team to budget and bid for new opportunities.

More about the Team

While our organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, our team is spread across the globe. We have local offices in Kathmandu, Islamabad, Abuja, Johannesburg, Monrovia, Niamey, Mexico City and Bamako. We all support a common goal of enabling people to use information and knowledge to hold those in power accountable and create lasting social change.

We embody our values of integrity, innovation, humility, practicality, and collaboration in all that we do. We strive to reinvent the way that development organizations operate through radical accountability, creative awareness campaigns, cross-sector collaboration, and a culture of continual learning. We seek to invest in our people as much as we possibly can- with an emphasis on personal growth, learning, and collaboration.

More about You

  • You have keen interest in systematizing and providing the financial controls and support for inter-connected projects, deciding on suitable strategies and objectives and bringing together organisation wide learning around finance issues; 
  • You are dynamic and excited about rolling up your sleeves and executing on deliverables in a young organization that is open to and excited about your inputs. 
  • You approach problems with flexibility, resourcefulness, and a positive attitude.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment where you can work independently, play a senior leadership role in developing and controlling finances and budgets and are comfortable interacting with a variety of stakeholders. 
  • You see yourself as a sponge and jump at the opportunity to learn from and with your teammates. 
  • You’re energized by the start-up work environment and are excited to be surrounded by the diverse perspectives of our global team. 
  • You are an extremely well-organized individual, diligent and confident in your financial knowledge, able to prioritize effectively.

Success Factors:

We are primarily looking for the right person, someone that can help us get to the next level as an organisation, and is unafraid to put in the work to get us there. We seek a demonstrable knowledge of US, European and British government funding modalities and budget management and reporting.



  • Provide oversight of financial operations for AL Global for programs funded by USAID and other donors;
  • Manage all aspects of accounting for the AL Global (Washington DC) office, including cash advances, reconciliations, wire requests and financial pipeline updates;
  • Monitor program expenditures and monthly expenses, including budget to actual expenses, and reporting on financial results and cost projections to management in Washington, DC;
  • Use accounting and financial systems (Quickbooks) to support quality delivery of work;
  • Train and guide affiliate office Finance Managers and accountants on AL financial policies and procedures, donor grant compliance requirements, and bookkeeping and internal controls;
  • Oversee compliance with internal controls and accounting procedures;
  • Ensure timely salary payments, and the preparation and submission of taxes;
  • Ensure all financial and accounting reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Oversee the possible implementation and disbursement of sub-grants to organizations;
  • Manage global audits and assist on affiliate and pass through grant audits.


  • Preparing financial reports and reporting to the AL Global Board of Directors on financial issues; 
  • Support the Global Operations Director with day-to-day internal operations of the DC office;
  • Ensure compliance with national laws, AL and donor administrative and reporting requirements, as well as appropriate implementation of affiliate office policy manuals and handbooks;
  • Implement and enforce administrative and human resources systems, in consultation with the affiliate leadership, and relevant global staff, to support AL programs globally;
  • Support the Operations Director to update AL’s financial practices and profiles as necessary;
  • Work with program staff to determine current and projected recruitment needs and assist in hiring, training and supervising staff; and
  • Perform other assignments as and when necessary assigned by the Operations Director.


  • Advanced Degree in finance, accounting, business administration and/or a related field;
  • Minimum of 5-8 years in financial management, accounting, preferably for an international NGO working with USAID and/or UK funding;
  • Experience in and familiarity with managing financial and administrative duties under USAID and/or UK grants 
  • Quickbooks experience required; experience with spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel preferred); experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired. Ability to analyze and interpret governmental and organizational rules and regulations, including OMB Circulars A-110, A-122 and A-133;
  • Previous experience with international grants administration and non-profit experience.


  • Knowledge of budgeting, budget oversight, generally accepted accounting principles and the practical application of financial systems;
  • Demonstrated management experience for organizations with international operations;
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and administering policies pertaining to financial issues;
  • The ability to design and implement accounting systems suitable to challenging and volatile environments with unreliable and sometimes nonexistent infrastructure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and with cultural sensitivity in writing and verbally with a diverse group of co-workers, partners, and the general public;
  • High level of attention to detail in all aspects of work responsibilities;
  • Written and verbal communications skills combined with the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse international staff; and
  • English language fluency required. Proficiency in French and/or Spanish a plus.

NOTE: This position is full-time, based in Washington DC therefore you must have permission to work in the United States.  AL is not currently in a position to sponsor visas of any kind.  The salary range for this position is $75 000 – $80 000 (excluding benefits, which include medical, dental and 401K contribution)

Please send your CV, along with a cover letter, 2 references and expected salary to [email protected]. We are hoping to make this appointment as soon as possible.