Bilingual (FR/ENG) Project Finance Officer

Date of Publication: 
11 February 2021
Application Deadline: 
1 March 2021
Cowater International
Brief Description: 

Bilingual (FR/ENG) Project Finance Officer

*** NB: Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada. ***

Summary of position 

Cowater has an immediate opening in their Finance Team for its office in Montreal, Canada, for a Bilingual (French & English) Project Finance Officer able to work under minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment. The Bilingual Finance Officer must possess a proven ability to meet tight deadlines, must have excellent communication and organizational skills, must be proficient in MS Office (Excel and Word), and must have previous experience with an accounting software.

Key responsibilities

The Bilingual Finance Officer duties will include the following:

Monthly review of various projects: 

  • Financial administration of active projects according to project contracts.
  • Verify and code international travel expense reports. Review project expense reports and transactions from field offices overseas, convert expenditures into Canadian dollars as required, and post into head office accounting records.
  • Prepare bank reconciliation(s) for project bank account(s).
  • Prepare financial reports as required under the contracts with Clients, including, but not limited to, quarterly and annual financial reports, budget variance reports, statements of eligible expenditures, etc. Work with Project Managers on narrative variance reporting.
  • Closely monitor expenditures against project budgets.
  • Work with Project Managers to prepare modifications to budgets and sub-project budgets.
  • Work with Project Managers to manage and administer project-specific advance funds.
  • Prepare invoices and advance requests. Follow up as needed.

End of month:

Prepare Monthly and quarterly financial reporting.

  • Analyze variances from forecasts and budget.
  • Analyze trial balances.
  • Review field office reports.
  • Ensure all items from monthly closing checklist are completed.

Quarterly forecasts and annual budget:

  • Conduct quarterly and annual project financial projections.

Job Requirements


  • Undergraduate university degree in Accounting or related field.
  • CPA designation would be considered as an asset.


  • English and French are a must. Spanish is an asset

Security Clearance:

  • Must be eligible to obtain the Government of Canada’s reliability status clearance level.

Minimum Experience:

  • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in a similar position.

Essential Skills:

  • Must be fluently bilingual in English and French.
  • Knowledge of a third language is an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills specifically with Excel.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of GAAP reporting will be considered an asset.

Employment conditions: This is a full-time permanent opportunity. In regard to the current Covid-19 pandemic the role will be performed from home until  new provincial guidelines.  


'*** NB: Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada. ***

Candidates are welcomed to apply as soon as possible via this link :

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as follows: Candidate Name, Title of the position.

Thank you for your interest in this position but only candidates who have been shortlisted will be contacted.

About us

Ayant plus de 35 ans d'expérience, Cowater International est le principal cabinet de gestion-conseil de projets en développement international au Canada. Nous avons géré la mise en œuvre de plus de 800 projets dans plus de 80 pays, principalement en développement et émergents, pour des clients tels que FCDO, DFAT Australie, la Banque mondiale et Affaires mondiales Canada. Nous travaillons en étroite collaboration avec les gouvernements, les organisations de la société civile et les communautés afin de concevoir et mettre en œuvre des solutions durables qui génèrent des impacts sociaux, économiques et environnementaux à long terme. Fort d'une présence active au Sénégal de plus de quinze ans, Cowater International a mené à bien des projets d'envergure dans le pays pour le compte de divers bailleurs de fonds Notre approche adaptative à la gestion a conduit à notre travail primé et à notre reconnaissance comme l'une des sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada en 2017, 2018 et 2019.
Notre siège est situé à Ottawa et nous disposons aussi d'un bureau à Montréal ainsi que d'autres locaux à travers le monde avec des bureaux  à Londres au Royaume Uni et à Nairobi au Kenya ainsi que des bureaux de projets en Afrique Sub-Saharienne et en Asie.

Merci de construire un avenir meilleur avec Cowater International.

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