Accounting Manager

at International Committee of the Red Cross
Published May 26, 2022
Location Makati City, Philippines
Category Accounting  
Job Type Full Time  


JOB PURPOSE The Accounting Norms Expert is responsible for developing the interpretation and implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Swiss generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including the preparation of key financial statements in accordance with IFRS and Swiss GAAP. S/he plays a key role in proposing and implementing improvements to the accounting and financial reporting architecture, related informationtechnology (IT) tools and processes. S/he coordinates with key stakeholders involved in financial processes at headquarters, the shared services, in the Field and with external auditors


Main Responsibilities:


Monitors changes in IFRS, leads projects to determine how ICRC interprets and applies IFRS, identifies the impact on processes and proposes modifications to procedures and tools.

Researches the application of IFRS and Swiss standards to new material or unusual transactions

Coordinates the development and adaptation of accounting policies for new IFRS and Swiss accounting standards, with input from key stakeholders

Documents and maintains the accounting principles in technical memorandums for material transactions and notes for immaterial but unusual transactions

Ensures the existence of documented processes and controls, makes recommendations for optimizing the processes and supporting the implementation of improvements. Coordinates with Business Process Owners to adapt the Statement of Work deliverables, process flowcharts and Standard Operating Procedures where needed

Prepares training materials and organizes effective training sessions, adjusting style to the audience

Financial statements

Ensures the correct classification of accounts in the account hierarchy in the underlying systems, including leading the investigation and resolution of differences between reports and / or systems

Prepares consolidated financial statements, ensuring that the financial statements are free of audit qualifications and conform to IFRS international accounting standards

Completes the annual IFRS disclosure checklist

Oversees the preparation of statutory financial statements, ensuring that the financial statements are free of audit qualifications and conform to Swiss GAAP

Coordinates or prepares the calculation of key provisions and IFRS adjustments (e.g. operational and valueadded tax risks) with the relevant divisions/departments (e.g. Legal Division, Human Resources Department and field finance staff).

Prepares analyses of key financial figures for reports to the governance.

Plays a key role in ensuring full preparation for the audits of financial statements and responding to auditors' queries and concerns. Ensures that deadlines are met.

Contributes to the update of the year-end closing instructions and Finance Manual.

Supports the development of financial accounting IT tools, to help ensure the quality and consistency of accounting reports. Participates in projects aimed at developing financial or managerial IT systems, by contributing to project design, testing, training and documentation.

Certification / Professional experience required


Certified Public Accountant/CPA

Extensive knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards

Swiss General Accounting Principles, International Auditing Standards (ISA), and Swiss Audit Manual (MSA) are assets.

At least ten years’ overall professional experience

Experience in external financial audit, at least up to the assistant manager position

Fluent command of spoken and written English; French an advantage.

Computer knowledge required: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel/Word), and strong understanding of enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated systems (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards), Hyperion (Essbase) and data warehouses.

Proven experience in the interpretation and implementation of IFRS international accounting standards.

Proven experience in preparing financial statements under IFRS.

Proven experience in not-for-profit accounting (auditing and / or accounting)

Desired skills & profile


Autonomous, proactive, client and solution oriented

Strong analytical and communication skills

Capacity to synthesize complex information

Capacity to network and strengthen partnerships with a wide range of internal/external stakeholders

Requires a certain flexibility in terms of working hours (mid-shift schedule) to allow proper networking with Headquarters’ counterparts and/or inclusion in specific project



Dynamic and fast-growing organization

Access to further in-house and/or external training

Flexible work schedule

Humanitarian endeavour and international environment


How to apply


Qualified applicants are requested to submit their comprehensive resume & motivation letter (mandatory) with the subject title LAST NAME First Name - Accounting Manager

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