Grant Accountant

Job Type

Full Time




1203 19th Street, NW
4th Floor
United States


About Forest Trends:

Forest Trends is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms. Forest Trends carries out its work in three broad areas:

  • Providing transparent information on ecosystem values, finance, and markets through knowledge acquisition, analysis, and dissemination;
  • Convening diverse coalitions, partners, and communities of practice to promote environmental values and advance development of new markets and payment mechanisms; and
  • Demonstrating successful tools, standards, and models of innovative finance for conservation.

Forest Trends’ Water Initiative works to change the way water is managed by scaling green infrastructure investments through financing mechanisms, so that green solutions are key part of a multi-pronged approach for water security.

About the project:

The Green Infrastructure for Water Security project led by Forest Trends, works to improve the enabling environment for adopting green infrastructure within the Peruvian water sector; to improve information generation and management to support evidence-based decision making for green infrastructure project planning, design, and implementation.

About the position:

Forest Trends seeks a highly motivated and capable Accountant to join our Washington, D.C. office. The Accountant will provide effective financial reporting and financial management support to Forest Trends' Water Initiative activities in Peru , while also supporting all accounting functions in FT main office. This position is a full-time salaried position based in Washington, D.C.

The Accountant reports to Finance Director in D.C., and works in close coordination with Operations and Finance Administrator as well as the Project Accountant based in the Project’s Lima Office.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Oversee the daily accounting activities required to maintain the general ledger in compliance with financial policies and procedures.
  • Maintain organized set of detailed records and files to document financial transactions.
  • Due diligence, preparation and monitoring of subawards and contracts, proactively track and manage timely submittal of invoices, financial reports, and payments.
  • Support to reviewing procurement and travel documentation.
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly/annual financial reports on the cooperative agreement.
  • Resolve complex accounting issues, respond to inquiries and assist staff with resolving accounting issues in a professional and timely manner.
  • Recommend and implement improvements to accounting processes and procedures.
  • Assist preparation for annual audit: scheduling, resource-gathering, and recommended follow-through.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. Academic institution in Accounting, CPA preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years accounting experience with strong demonstrated experience with cooperative agreement and grants accounting, federal cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Knowledge of U.S. GAAP and USAID regulations.
  • Detail oriented with ability to follow through.
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize work.
  • Solid knowledge of grant and cooperative agreement management and financial reporting procedures.
  • Full proficiency with Office 365.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English, Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment as a team player.


  • not-for-profit accounting: 3 years
  • US G.A.A.P. non-profit accounting: 5 years
  • USAID rules and regulations: 4 years

Level of Language Proficiency

English Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

When applying, please attach your CV and cover letter.