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  • Elimination 8 - Accountant

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    JOB TITLE

    Accountant

    LOCATION

    Windhoek, Namibia

    REPORTING TO

    Finance Manager

    LENGTH OF CONTRACT

    21 months

    ROLE TYPE

    Local

    DIRECT REPORTS

    NA

    TRAVEL INVOLVED

    5%

     

     

    Organisational background

    The Elimination 8 Initiative (E8) is a coalition of eight countries working across national borders to eliminate malaria in southern Africa by 2030. As the malaria response arm of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the E8 is pioneering an ambitious regional approach and driving collective action to end this deadly disease once and for all. Guided by the belief that countries are stronger when they work together, the E8 is building a model that will inform coordinated efforts in southern Africa and beyond. Specifically, it has the following mandate:

    1. To strengthen regional coordination in order to achieve elimination in each of the E8 member countries;
    2. To elevate and maintain the regional elimination agenda at the highest political levels within the E8 countries;
    3. To promote knowledge management, quality control, and policy harmonization to accelerate progress towards elimination;
    4. To facilitate the reduction of cross-border malaria transmission; and
    5. To secure resources to support the regional elimination, plan, and to ensure long term sustainable financing for the region’s elimination ambitions.

    JD overview

    The Accountant is the support person to the Finance Manager’s project financial reporting functions. The Accountant will be responsible for accounting operations by controlling and verifying project specific financial transactions and donor reporting requirements.

    Responsibilities

    The Accountant is responsible for intermediate accounting responsibilities, which include reconciling account balances and bank statements, maintaining the general ledger and preparing month-end close procedures. A successful accountant combines excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports and forecasts. The duties also include:

    • Ensuring accuracy, efficiency and effectiveness in project/grant accounting tasks;
    • Ensuring employee advances are appropriately requested, timely discharged and accurately posted to the general ledger by verifying expense reports and related requisitions;
    • Prepare payments for supplies and ensuring creditors are closely monitored;
    • Produce project/grant financial reports and budgets and present their results to the Finance Manager;
    • Monitor project/grant expenditure for both the E8S and grant sub-recipients;
    • Review and recommend modifications to accounting systems and procedures;
    • Provide input into department’s goal setting process;
    • Preparation of relevant tax and other statutory returns;
    • Assist with managing grant specific and statutory audit by ensuring timely and accurate provision of requested documents;
    • Plan, assign and review direct report’s work;
    • Support month-end and year-end close process;
    • Assist in developing and documenting business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls; and
    • Ensure compliance with GAAP principles and grant specific reporting requirements.

    Required qualifications, experience and skills

    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance or relevant;
    • Relevant Accounting/Finance certification (e.g. CMA, ACCA or CPA) will be preferred;
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Accounting/Finance from a reputable company/organisation or donor funded organization;
    • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
    • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year-end close process;
    • Hands-on experience with accounting software packages;
    • Accuracy and attention to detail;
    • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills;
    • Advanced MS Excel skills;
    • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office application along with the ability to quickly learn new applications;
    • A team player, personable, organized, energetic, and you possess strong communication skills;
    • Preparing financial reports, year-end working paper files, income tax returns, and income tax reporting and related summaries;
    • Fluency in English; and
    • A SADC citizen.