Project Accountant UNEP-WCMC

Application Deadline: 
25 Aug 2019

Project Accountant (AD1093)

DIRECTORATE | Permanent, full-time, Technical/Professional Officer

Circa £34,000 depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 2019-08-25


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The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. We work with scientists and policy makers globally to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making, to promote enlightened choices for people and the planet. With so much emphasis and importance currently being placed on mitigating against biodiversity loss, and caring for our planet, there really is no better time to join an innovative, forward-thinking conservation organisation.


We are looking for a highly motivated Project Accountant who will provide end to end financial management oversight of WCMC’s project portfolio, ensuring the Centre is exposed to minimum cash and revenue risk.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

You will work collaboratively with WCMC staff and external stakeholders to ensure that they are provided with the required financial information and insight to make appropriate project financial management decisions on a timely basis and that project income is correctly captured in Deltek Enterprise Resource Planning system and WCMC’s invoices are promptly paid.  You will also assist the Finance Manager and the CFO with month-end reporting, budgeting and forecasting and will provide input into continuous improvement of processes

You will be studying towards a recognised CCAB qualification or will be already qualified and have previous project accounting experience, ideally gained in complex services’ organisations such as consultancies, or not-for-profit / higher education institutions.

You will have sound understanding of project accounting principles including the difference between revenue recognition, invoicing, cash collection and deferred / accrued income and will be confident in communicating this knowledge clearly and succinctly to non-finance staff.

Your previous experience should demonstrate successful problem-solving abilities throughout the project financial management cycle including costing, reporting, managing over-runs, project audits and effective credit-control process to secure payments. 

You will have excellent IT skills, particularly report writing and handling complex data in EXCEL and have an interest in rationalising and automating processes to improve quality and save time.

We will provide you with the challenge of working for a recognised high profile international conservation organisation, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation in an area aligned to our strategic aims and broader global initiatives.   The Centre’s staff are passionate, experienced, ambitious and results-orientated, providing you with a brilliant opportunity to develop and contribute to your own skills.

In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions. Please note part time hours will be considered with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can impress us with your technical knowledge, commercial acumen and communication skills we want to hear from you.

Please complete our application form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by 25th August 2019.

WCMC is a UK charity that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, interpreting and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions. We collaborate with the United Nations Environment within the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).