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EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) is a policy network that provides expertise in the field of gender equality, democracy building and citizenship, and advocates for political solutions to all conflicts, and peoples´ rights to self-determination. Headquarters are in Paris, with offices in Amman, Beirut and Erbil. You can visit our website to know more about our work:

EuroMed Feminist Initiative is implementing a multi-county project “Strengthening access to protection, participation and services for women refugees, IDPs and host communities”, funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis – EU MADAD fund. The overall objective is to improve the livelihood, agency and legal and social protection for Syrian women refugees, IDPs and host communities in the region in Lebanon, Iraq/Kurdistan Region – Iraq (KR-I) and Jordan.

In Iraq EuroMed Feminist Initiative partners are Women Empowerment Organization and Baghdad Women Association. The objectives are to enhance security and resilience for Syrian women refugees and women from host communities through supporting and coordinating comprehensive and structured services and referral mechanisms as well as supporting gender sensitizing of policy frameworks and legislation.

For this project, EuroMed Feminist Initiative is looking for a qualified staff to fill the Accountant position based in Erbil.

The Overall Responsibility as Accountant is:

  • To work on overall financial monitoring and support capacity building for Iraqi office and partners and to practice rigorous financial control mechanism.
  • To make sure that EFI’s financial procedures, policies and requirements are implemented in compliance with the EU and EU Regional Trust Fund MADAD and to contribute to the achievement of EFI’s goals and vision.

The roles and responsibilities are:

  • Participates in preparation of budget and other funding requests; provides financial support to Program Team; prepares financial monthly reports for activities using EFI specific format; close monitoring on budget and revision in collaboration with Amman office and HQ.
  • Ensures accurately recording of all transactions made by cash or bank or any other form in the EFI financial system; monitors timely receipt and expenditure returns from Program Team and ensures correct data entry and reconciliation in the system; ensures that work advances are accounted for in line with IFE-EFI and donor’s financial guidelines.
  • Manages daily operations of accounting system which is in line with EFI and donor (ie. EU) requirements, maintains cash and non-cash transactions, manages bank and cash transactions, ensures the use of proper and correct budget code; monitors cash payment and ensures the records or entries are up-to-date; pays attention on fluctuating exchange rate used for any transactions.
  • Provides feedback and enhances internal controls to satisfy EFI audit requirements; takes part of providing data and records during the audit process; reports immediately on irregular spending to Senior Finance Officer and Country Manager as deemed appropriate.
  • Takes part of payroll preparation in line with national fiscal system under guidance of HQ Senior Finance Officer and HR Manager.
  • Complies with Finance and Procurement guidelines when dealing with any transactions; provides initiative to review current guidelines and proposes relevant recommendations.
  • Ensures proper financial documentation in Iraq office; prepares reports and sends documentation to HQ in timely manner; follows the financial check-list.
  • Reviews the partner’s financial reports on a regular monthly bases; provides technical assistance to partners to enhance the finance systems and the organization’s internal controls.
  • Coordinate with the procurement officer in Amman. This includes management of all service contracts and other agreements.
  • Collects the leave request for Country Manager’s approval and sends them to HR Manager prior to payroll; updates the leave balance accurately in timely; collects the time sheet and verifies accuracy before sending them to HQ HR Manager
  • Takes part of regular staff meeting and respects to the weekly task report in line with performance management.
  • If required, support EFI’s project activities with guidance from Senior Finance and Accounting Officer and Country Manager.

Team Collaboration:

This position reports directly to Country Manager who is based in Erbil and to Senior Finance Officer in Paris.

Close collaboration with Project Officer in Erbil, and Finance Controller in Amman.

Job requirement:

  • University degree in accounting or finance with preference professional certification in accounting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and Arabic is essential. French language is desirable.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office application especially Excel. Desirable knowledge in financial system such as CIEL, SAP, Oracle etc.
  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience in finance and accounting is required.


  • Proven experience in managing large budgets
  • Demonstrated expertise in using accounting system
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and advise especially to non-finance colleague
  • Knowledge of Iraqi accounting principles
  • Understanding of development field such as INGOs or institutional donor is desirable
  • Demonstrated record of accurate and timely reporting


  • Ability to multi-task effectively, including having excellent planning, organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to complete task and meet deadline.
  • Detail-oriented approach with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Communicates in a clear, precise and structured way, presents effectively.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team and with partners sharing EFI core values.

Useful information:

  • This role is open for qualified Iraqi candidates.
  • Duty station is in Erbil
  • A fixed-term position with contract length of 7 months extendable.
  • Email your brief cover letter and CV in English to application [email protected] by 13 February 2020. Please also indicate ‘Accountant Erbil’ as your email subject.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your e-mail & cover letter where ( you found out about this vacancy. 
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EuroMed Feminist Initiative EFI is a policy network that encompasses women’s rights organizations from the two shores of the Mediterranean and advocates for gender equality and women’s rights as inseparable from democracy building and citizenship, for political solutions to all conflicts, and for the right of peoples to self-determination. EuroMed Feminist Initiative seeks to improve and promote women’s rights as universal human rights, the value of gender equality and the use of non-violent means to solve conflicts. Our criterion and position align with the international resolutions and conventions and regional instruments promoting the universality of women’s rights and strengthening women’s impact and voices in conflict resolution.


Our vision is an egalitarian and demilitarized world where respect of human rights of women and men is a leading value and practice and the principle of non-discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, class, ethnicity, and disabilities, is social rule and life.


Our mission is to contribute to challenging the present gender power structures in order to correct their misbalances through fighting discrimination and oppression of women and bringing about positive changes for the whole society. Euromed Feminist Initiative acts to strengthen women’s self-organization/autonomy, voices, actions and power by supporting and creating safe spaces for exchange across the different socio-political borders and building common analyses, in the respect of the different contexts. Euromed Feminist Initiative strives to develop a cross-cultural feminist and women’s rights discourse based on the universality of women’s rights and seek to integrate it into the different democratic and social movements and policy making.


  • Providing feminist alternatives to a world dominated by patriarchal structures and military, neo- liberal, neo-colonial and religion based systems.
  • Strengthening feminist movements according to their own organizational forms and models and contributing to a broader feminist intervention in political, social and economic life.
  • Ending the marginalization of feminist critique and analyses and creating spaces for common action with the different components of the democratic movement.


Euromed Feminist Initiative uses feminist critique and analyses in order to underline the different connections between the structures of subordination in peace and war, between economic systems, war and patriarchy, between the front march of the neo-liberal rhetoric and the reduced status of women’s rights. It also shed the lights on the role of social movements, as well as the reduced possibilities for egalitarian redistribution of resources and statuses. Euromed Feminist Initiative stresses the especially vulnerable position of migrant women.
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