01 September 2016

Project Accountant Non-profit Job Careers - Heifer International

Job Title:   Project Accountant
Organization: Heifer International
Project Name: The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director of Finance
Tracking Code: 275-752

About Heifer:
Heifer International, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 in the United States of America, works with resource constrained families in 125 countries worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the underlying causes of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.

About EAYIP Program:
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) is a five-year program designed to motivate and engage more youth in the agricultural sector and present them with a pathway to improve their livelihoods. The program is implemented in various districts of Uganda and Tanzania.

Job Summary: The Project Accountant plays a significant role in strengthening core global systems by ensuring the proper accounting and reporting of resources in project implementation by maintaining systems of accountability, processing accounting information, internal and external financial reporting, cash and bank account maintenance and other financial tasks as assigned in liaison with relevant Heifer departments. This person contributes to the program impact by preparing project financial reports and monitoring budget burn rates for effective implementation of the project. The Accountant supports with financial and accounting aspects of the country program office and the processing of routine financial transactions in accordance with Heifer's policies and procedures. The Accountant also ensures compliance with Heifer and MasterCard requirements for the East Africa Youth Inclusion Program. This position interacts with similar positions in other teams to promote consistency throughout the country and area program.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program Effectiveness (20%): Accountable for preparing accurate information for the program team in a timely manner to achieve the highest standard of effectiveness
·         Interpret variance reports and expenditure analyses for project staff and management
·         Assist project management by explaining variances in line with finance policies
2. Management and Compliance (75%): Accountable for ensuring that all financial aspects of the project adhere to local laws and regulations and to donor requirements
·         Ensure that all transactions are in line with government laws
·         Carry out trainings and staff development workshops with the team in order to maintain a high standard of reporting
·         Prepare, coordinate, and monitor the project budget
·         Effectively manage the program/project cash flow while adhering to Heifer headquarters policies
·         Approve all office and fleet-related requisitions and review procurement requests as per the authorization policy
·         Regularly monitor the petty cash imprest in line with cash management controls and prepare project account(s) for audits as planned
·         Ensure compliance with accounting principles and standards including Heifer partners, donors, local partners and HQ cost principles
·         Maintain knowledge of required rules and regulations related to project implementation and activities that affect the budget
·         Review payment requests and ensure the timely processing of funds, ensuring that proper supporting documents such as receipts are maintained
·         Establish and maintain sound financial management systems and provide administrative support to the project
·         Ensure that an effective scanning and filing system is in place in the office, and coordinate with program staff to ensure that the project’s resources are effectively and efficiently utilized
3. Partnership and Engagement (5%): Accountable for ensuring compliance with established processes and procedures at the highest level of accountability with project partners
·         Make support visits, audit implementing partners, assess how project funds are utilized and give advice on how to keep books of accounts.
4. May perform other job-related duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the Heifer International Project Accountant vacancy must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or a related field is required, plus one (1) year of experience; or a University Diploma in Accounting, Business Studies or PAEC Diploma with six (6) years’ experience in a non-profit organization. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these requirements
·         Previous exposure and experience in various aspects of accounting principles and practices with a good understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
·         Excellent analytical skills
·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
·         Broad knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate and a good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and the environment
·         Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail software, and knowledge of accounting software (e.g.: MS Office Suite, DOS, Accounting packages such as Sun Systems, Pastel, Agresso)
·         Excellent organizational skills
·         Strong numeracy skills
·         Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail
·         Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism when dealing with donors, project participants, staff and partner organizations
·         Willingness to contribute to Heifer International’s principles of transparency and honesty
·         Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations
·         Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues, both internal and external
·         Requires constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods
·         Ability to work with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality
·         Ability to perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision
·         Willingness to work with a flexible schedule
·         Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
·         Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English
·         Character Traits: Detail-Oriented, Positive, Determined, Enthusiastic, Accountable, Values-Oriented

How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to Apply Online be visiting the Web link below.

Deadline: 9th September, 2016

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