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September 6, 2011

Accountants at AMREF in Nairobi Kenya 2011




AMREF is the largest international health development non-governmental organization based in Africa. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, AMREF aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. Headquartered in Kenya, AMREF has programmes in Ethiopia, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Employing over 800 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million, AMREF is a knowledge resource for donors and partners.

For more information visit our website www.amref.org.

We are seeking to fill the position of:

ACCOUNTANTS (2) – Ref: CHR/11/08-13 to be based at AMREF Headquarters.




Directorate: Operations
Unit: Corporate Finance
Physical Location: AMREF Headquarters
Reports to: Corporate Finance Manager

Main Purpose of Job
To provide timely, accurate and efficient accounting and financial management support for HQ programmes in line with corporate finance policies, procedures and donor grant agreements.

Range of Service Provided (Area of Operation)

For External Customers

  • Reconciling/handling debtors and creditors accounts
  • Communication with bank
  • Communication with donors confirmations for wired funds
  • Donor reporting

For Internal Customers

  • Reconciliation of staff accounts
  • Maintaining of country accounts

Key Responsibilities

Operational Support

  • Short-term action plans and expenditure scheduling
  • Processing, approvals and coding of expenditure through the sun accounting system and internal recovering in accordance with approved work plans and budgets
  • Preparation of donor financial statements and reports and call down requests as specified in the respective grant agreements and other internal financial reports
  • Advice to HQ Managers to resolved and discuss various financial and accounting issues and queries

Cash Management

  • Coordinate cash collection points and receipts book
  • Reconcile cash collection and banking for all units

Managing bank accounts

  • Collecting/ receiving bank statements from the respective bank
  • Identifying direct debits (bank charges, standing orders) and credits and entering amounts in the accounting system
  • Clearing all outstanding reconciling items

Payroll

  • Posting salary allocations for HQ cost centres from all payroll and informing country offices of the entries relating to their accounts

Reports

  • Supporting the preparation of financial reports
  • Print, review and distribute financial statements and audit trails for monitoring and controls

Managing Debtors

  • Preparing recharges to and from various units

Assets Management

  • Maintaining a fixed assets register and schedule for all HQ cost centres

Managing Ledgers

  • Preparing reconciliation for the National Offices inter-company ledger accounts and clearing all reconciling items periodically

Audits

  • Providing assistance to external auditors

Required Qualifications

Education and knowledge

  • Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field
  • Full professional accounting qualification, CPA (K) /ACCA
  • Hands on experience working with a computerized accounting system preferably with Sun System applications and excel spreadsheets
  • Thorough understanding of Kenya tax laws, International Financial Reporting Standards and experience in application and enforcement of the standards at the corporate level

Experience

  • 3 years accounting experience in financial and project accounting preferably in the NGO environment
  • Experience in preparation and supervision of basic accounting ledger entries and extraction of the trial balance and financial statements
  • Experience handling multi-currency transactions

Skills

  • Numerical
  • Confidential
  • Detailed
  • Proactive
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication skills

Competences

  • Professionalism
  • Ethical
  • Integrity
  • Ability to work within deadlines

Mental Competencies

Problem Analysis

  • The job requires a professional and analytical approach to accounting

Flexible Thinking

  • The job requires creative problem solving within the framework of set corporate policies and procedures and generally accepted accounting standards

Decision Making

  • The job requires ability to make timely and well-considered decisions based on corporate policies

Communications

Oral

  • Internal: The job demands a high level of oral communication skills in order to effectively communicate with other departments and staff members
  • External: The job demands a high level of oral communication skills in order to effectively communicate with external parties including banks, debtors, creditors, country offices

Written:

  • Internal: The job demands a high level of written communication skills in order to effectively communicate with other departments and staff members
  • External: The job demands a high level of written communication skills in order to effectively communicate with external parties including banks, debtors, creditors, country offices and donors

Environmental Conditions

  • Corporate Policies, Systems, Procedures and Methods
  • The job demands a thorough understanding of AMREF’s Financial policies and procedures, corporate culture and Human Resource Management policies and procedures

Work Environment

Normal office environment

Hours of Work
Normal working hours. Job holder may be required to work outside normal working hours due to the nature of the work in general.

How to Apply
Please visit http://amrefintranet.net:81/amref/vacancies.aspx

If you feel that you meet the criteria, complete the online application form here attaching your CV. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We encourage those interested to send their applications by Friday, 09 September 2011.

AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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