16 May 2017

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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