The Carter Center – Digital Threats to Democracy and Elections

Consultant – Accountant

The Carter Center (TCC) is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflict, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. To these ends, The Center seeks a highly qualified and motivated consultant to serve as the program’s accountant and coordinate and manage the finances of the project in Ethiopia.

Length of assignment: April – September 30 (Start date will begin in April  as soon as individual is recruited)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The Carter Center plans to deploy a social media monitoring program in advance of the August general elections. The program will work to identify and mitigate the propagation of misinformation and disinformation, inflammatory speech, online harassment, and dark ads. To implement these digital threats monitoring activities, TCC plans to recruit a program manager, an accountant, and ten individuals to monitor social media activity during the campaign and throughout the rest of the electoral process. Under the supervision of the Program Manager and the Project Coordinator, the accountant will manage the financial operations of the project in keeping with the project workplan and donor requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Financial Management: Under the supervision of the Program Manager and the Project Coordinator, manage expenditures and forecasts. Assist with financial reporting. Review and provide input on budgets, as requested. Accepts fiduciary responsibility for any Carter Center funds entrusted to you. Safeguards such funds and at all times, expend funds in a fiscally prudent manner and keep adequate financial records.
  2. Field Office Operational Support: Solicit and review any potential procurement quotes that are required. Purchase and acquire materials and update office inventory. Prepare monthly forecasts for headquarters to request funds. If project activities are conducted by direct-hire monitors: assist in preparing and managing contracts of monitors. Review invoices and arrange for payments of national staff members, office bills, vehicle rental, etc. Manage and be responsible for petty cash supply for staff. Assist with compliance with all legal, financial, and tax requirements as required.
  3. Communication and Reporting: Process, record, and code all expenses for projects in accounting ledger, along with filing and organizing all financial documentation. These documents must be available upon request. Additionally, send monthly financial reports reconciling bank accounts, cash, and advances, and organize original receipts for all expenses for examination by an Atlanta-based Financial Analyst. The accountant is to prepare financial reports for donors as requested.
  4. Sub-Grant Management: If project activities are conducted by local partner organization: assists in administrative support and oversight of sub-award agreement(s) to ensure compliance with narrative and financial reporting requirements. Provide financial training to subaward partner if necessary.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting procedures;
  • Familiarity of Ethiopia legal, financial, and tax requirements;
  • Fluency in one or more local languages;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Excel and preferred knowledge of QuickBooks;
  • Good written and verbal English communications skills
  • Experience working for an international non-governmental organization a plus

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a goal of filling the position by April 31, 2020. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and references to When applying, please include “Ethiopia Digital Threats Accountant” in the subject line. Only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center, no phone calls please.