Programs Accounting Advisor

Employment Type:
FT - Full-Time Temporary  
ES - Finance - Project Accounting
Closing Date:
Supporting Documentation:

  • Work with a team dedicated to supporting women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice
  • Flexible working environment, based in Melbourne or Canberra
  • Full time, fix term -12 months, with the possibility of permanency

CARE Australia works to defeat global poverty by supporting women to create lasting change in their communities around the world.

About the Role 

The Programs Accounting Advisor works with CARE Australia departments and Country Offices to ensure project budgeting and accounting requirements are met. The role is a business partner to staff in the International Programs team.
The role ensures that CARE Australia has accurate and complete financial information on international program and project budgets, expenditure and revenue.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Works with CARE Australia departments and Country Offices to develop and review grant applications, project budgets and costed work plans, and support reporting
  • Provides business partner support to CARE Australia’s International Programs team including supporting them with the development of departmental budgets, assisting with raising awareness of financial processes and supporting financial skills capacity building of staff
  • Reviews Country Office project budgets within the parameters of the CARE Australia financial delegations (in accordance with contracts policy)
  • Provides advice on the CARE International financial framework and associated policies and requirements
  • Works with the relevant CARE Australia departments and country offices to maintain accurate and complete project financial information to support planning and decision making
  • Provides advice on Australian donor requirements to inform Australian funded donor project budget development, compliance and financial acquittal
  • Works with the Chief Financial Officer to ensure visibility of the whole CARE Australia financial position, including accurate and timely monthly reporting and cost recoveries forecast and reporting
  • Ensures timely input of project information to Sun, including project financial acquittals, close of project, and other tracking systems as required
  • Ensures audit certification as required in the Terms and Conditions for Australian Public Funding and participates in internal compliance and donor audits for CARE Australia Country Offices or partners

Ideally you will have: 

  • A demonstrated high level of communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and productively with internal and external stakeholders across different country contexts;
  • A strong focus on empowering others to understand policies including project budgeting and financial requirements;
  • Experience in project budgeting, accounting, reporting and acquittals;
  • Understanding of budget processes and experience in budget development;
  • Understanding of audit and compliance processes and demonstrated ability to develop and apply controls;
  • Experience in Financial Management Information System use, with experience in SunSystems desirable;
  • Experience in the international development sector with institutional donors like DFAT and USAID desirable;
  • An understanding of the importance of empowering women and girls and a commitment to the protection of children and the prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse; 
  • Membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or a CPA Australia. 

What we can offer you

  • A flexible and supportive working environment
  • Generous salary packaging benefits
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • 17.5% annual leave loading 

CARE Australia will  seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.  By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. 

How to Apply? 

Please review the Candidate Information Pack linked above and complete the online application form by clicking ‘Apply Now’. Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria (max 2 pages) at the bottom of our application form. After submitting your application you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Only applicants who fully address the criteria will be considered.

This will be conducted as a rolling recruitment process, with shortlisting and interviews being completed as applications are received. Please submit your application ASAP if you are interested in the role.

Questions about the role? 

Please contact Michelle on ,using the subject line “Programs Accounting Advisor enquiry” (please do not email applications to this address).

Applications close: 11:59 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time, 23 May 2022.