Project accountant at 100%

Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland | Finances | Full-time


The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948. It brings together 350 member churches from all over the world, including Orthodox churches, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran and Reformed denominations, to promote Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.

From its headquarters at the Ecumenical Centre in Grand-Saconnex, a unique space for its member churches, the WCC conducts its work together with churches and ecumenical partners. Activities include promoting peace and justice in places of conflict; inter-religious dialogue with people of other faiths; and ecumenical education. The WCC has launched a real estate development project at its site in Grand-Saconnex.


The WCC is looking for a project accountant at 100% who will be responsible for specific project accounting and reporting functions. The position will be based at the Ecumenical Centre, Grand-Saconnex, and will report to the finance manager.


Fluent in English and French, the project accountant will hold a recognised accountancy qualification and be able to demonstrate experience in a similar position, or in audit. The successful candidate will have responsibility for:


  • Conducting general accounting, financial monitoring, controls and reporting for assigned projects, including activities conducted outside Geneva;
  • Financial planning and budgeting, and participation in fund-raising initiatives for the assigned projects;
  • Preparation of specific reporting schedules for audit;
  • Participation in financial systems upgrade and improvement of processes;
  • Ensuring that accounting records are maintained in accordance with Swiss law, audit requirements and the Council’s policies, including maintenance of internal control system documentation.


Qualifications and special requirements:


Experience :

At least four years related experience



Recognised accountancy qualification.



Understanding of Swiss law and audit requirements in relation to financial accounts.

Understanding of Swiss VAT law and regulations.

Ability to work in a team.

Quality of discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information.


Language skills :

Ability to correspond in French and English.


Computer skills:

Ability to manage computerised accounting systems and to work with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word


Deadline for applications: January 31, 2020


About human resources at the WCC:

The WCC is an equal opportunity employer. The sole criteria for recruitment, training and career opportunities are qualification, skills, experience and performance to all its staff members.


The WCC ’s annual Financial report 2018 can be consulted at: