Field Accountant US Non-profit Career Jobs – The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)

Job Title:     Field Accountant
Organisation: The Jane
Goodall Institute (JGI)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Vice President
of Africa Programs
About Us:
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international
non-governmental organization which was founded in 1977 that continues Dr.
Goodall’s pioneering work on chimpanzee ecology and behavior. Its mission is to
promote wildlife conservation, in particular chimpanzee sustainability, through
community based conservation, research, and public awareness. The breadth of
JGI’s mission reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of
all species, whether chimpanzee or human, depends upon the collaboration of all
people.
Job Summary: The Field
Accountant will primarily provide regional support to accounting staff in JGI’s
4 field offices (Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and
Uganda). This individual works closely with finance officers and executive
directors in each country to ensure that monthly financial reporting
requirements are met and verify compliance with internal JGI guidance lines and
procedures as defined in the Institution’s Finance Manual. The accountant will
also make periodic assessments regarding the appropriateness of field-deployed
accounting software and proposes training for finance field staff based upon
assessments.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Review all payroll detail for each country
    on a monthly basis, check for local statutory compliance, and reconcile to
    G/L accounts and payouts
  • Work closely with field accounting staff
    to ensure that corporate and donor policies and procedure are adhered to
    and standard accounting practices are utilized.
  • The incumbent will verify compliance with
    donor requirements such as USAID, NSF, EU, UN and other global donors.
    Maintain consistent contact with field accountants to provide timely
    guidance, control data integrity to ensure and ensure that effective
    financial controls are in place at all times in field offices.
  • Review month end files from each country
    to ensure proper recording of transactions including grant allocations,
    Chart of Accounts utilization, Balance Sheet reconciliations, cash
    handling, budget compliance and cost share reporting. Track outstanding
    issues and coordinate resolution.
  • Support field offices with preparation of
    quarterly cash projections.
  • Review and forward monthly cash requests
    from field offices for compliance with budget and work plans. Ensure
    annual budgets have been entered in accounting software and monthly
    “Budget vs. Actual” reports are promptly available for timely management.
  • Development of project or country specific
    reports to assist with program and country management and reporting.
  • Facilitate financial close-out of
    projects.
  • Offer support in the development of local
    policies and procedures to meet global requirements.
  • Collaborate with US office to maintain
    consistency of Chart of Accounts, Donor lists and Activity lists for all
    field sites.
  • Work closely with US Finance office to
    maintain the integrity of grant schedule for Africa Coordinate country
    teams in developing management responses to audit reports, propose action
    plans to remediate audit findings, and follow up to support implementation
    and ensure compliance with US Finance manual
  • Assist with install and maintenance of
    field accounting software as needed.
  • Participate in relevant working groups,
    scheduled meetings-and team calls
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicants for this placement must be
    ACCA certified or Certified Public Accountant
  • At least four years of related experience,
    preferably with international non-profit organization
  • Previous experience and training with
    applicable U.S. Federal government circulars (OMB Circulars A-110, A-122
    and A-133).
  • Familiarity with following software:
    Advanced Excel, QuickBooks. Experience with Navision helpful Work
    Environment:
  • Languages: English fluency, spoken
    French proficiency
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates must send an updated resume, cover
letter with the subject line ‘Field Accountant’ to africajobs@janegoddall.org
Deadline: 17th May,
2017 by 5:00pm EST.
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