Contractor Opportunity

IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following:

UNHCR Special Project Accountant Contractor - Request for Proposal

About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Operations Department is one of five departments (in conjunction with  Legal, Policy/Communications, Development, and Litigation) and currently comprised of four team members in New York City and Beirut. IRAP’s Operations Department supports the work of our staff, interns, and volunteers around the world through IT, finance, human resources, and administrative avenues.

The contractor will manage budgeting, accounting, and reporting for a $200,000 pilot project, which will be half-funded by a UNHCR grant. The project is a pilot project jointly funded by IRAP and UNHCR. The contractor will be responsible for ensuring timely and accurate reporting to UNHCR and IRAP project and finance staff. The contactor will prepare and revise budgets in collaboration with IRAP project staff. The contractor will ensure that proper systems are in place to track budget finances. The contractor will monitor budget finances and advise the project team of deviations from the budget. The contractor will complete all required reporting to UNHCR for UNHCR-funded aspects of the project and will also ensure that funds are correctly accounted for in IRAP’s financial systems. The project timeline is July 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020.

This is a contractor position with no benefits. The contractor will be paid monthly, generally within 30 days after the submission and approval of an invoice.  The contractor is welcome to occasionally do work from any of IRAP’s offices but is generally expected to work remotely.


  • Previous experience managing UN grants required.
  • Previous experience managing UNHCR grants strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with US non-profit and UN accounting rules.
  • Accounting credential preferred.
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks online and SAP products preferred.
  • Ability to attend meetings by internet video conference.
  • Comfortable working with a team in multiple offices and time zones.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Flexible and curious attitude.

Application Instructions
Please submit a short proposal outlining the contractor’s credentials and experience working on similar projects. The proposal must include hourly rates and resumes for any person who would work on the project.  Proposals should be submitted in English as PDF or MSWord attachments to by July 30, 2019. Include the name, phone number, and email address of the primary contact for the proposal in the body of the email and on the first page of the proposal.

Please estimate minimum and maximum hours for each phase of the project:

  • Budgeting & proposals
  • Expense tracking & monitoring
  • Halfway point reporting and budget adjustments
  • Final reporting to UNHCR

Review of proposals will begin immediately, however, as the timeline is urgent. We will contact finalists to submit expanded proposals. Other applicants will not be contacted. We are not able to answer questions prior to the submission of a proposal. We understand that the initial proposal may be general, and we will contact you if we need further information.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.