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Accountant ACDI/VOCA


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Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19 countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.

Overview:

ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a five-year program entitled “Enterprise Development and Growth Enhanced (EDGE) Activity” in Zambia funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The aim of the Zambia EDGE Activity is to increase the profitability for agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by addressing their key investment constraints on access to finance, limited business management skills and technology, and access to markets, thereby increasing SMEs’ productivity and ability to create new jobs in Zambia.

Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking experienced and talented professionals for the Field Accountant position. The Accountant will provide a pivotal role in assuring adherence to financial policies, projects policies and procedures, regulations, controls and reporting systems. The Accountant will provide accounting support to the project office and ensure compliance to all relevant accounting and financial reporting functions and local statutory requirements. He/She will support the Finance Manager with all financial functions. The Accountant will also perform any other related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ensures that accounting practices are carried out in accordance with GAAP standards and that project internal controls are implemented in accordance with ACDI VOCA policies & USAID rules/regulations.

Prepares vouchers and checks/wire transfers for payments. Ensures all supporting documentation and journal entries are accurate. Posts daily financial transactions in QuickBooks accounting system. Ensures correct and timely payments to vendors, landlords and service providers with correct and authorized support documents. Maintains a good record of accounting vouchers and ensuring these are uploaded to SharePoint with all necessary documentation attached. Prepares statutory monthly and annual tax return reports for local tax authorities, as applicable. Prepares employees’ travel advances and ensures that advances are liquidated and ensure no advance is given to any staff with outstanding balances. Makes per diem payments to trainees, training/workshop participants, facilitators.

Ensures that requests for payments have appropriate approvals. Prepares tax and other statutory remittances. Reviews and verifies timesheets collected in terms of leave records, and updates accrued leave and travel advances. Prepares all documentation for payroll and submits to the Finance Manager. Ensures Petty cash is maintained according to the maximum petty cash policy, and that all petty cash procedures are followed as per standards and compliance. Reviews the Petty cash and ensures that it is reconciled. Supports periodic cash counts. Reviews and audits travel requests and expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance. Follows procedures to ensure accurate and timely payment and reconciliation of travel advances, reimbursements for staff. Contributes to monthly financial forecasting exercises. Assists in preparing information for any financial reporting requirements, or internal reports and analysis, as necessary. Participates in weekly Finance/Operations/COP meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Advanced ZICA Diploma or ACCA 2.
  • Minimum three years of progressive experience in financial management with a minimum of two years in an international non-governmental organization. Experience with donor project procedures, policies, and compliance requirements a plus.
  • Knowledge of US accounting standards (GAAP) and donor-related policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Proven knowledge of applicable Zambian tax laws. Ability to interpret governmental regulations.
  • Advanced working knowledge in Excel; with a proficiency in Word, Quick Books.
  • Demonstrated understanding of accounting and spreadsheet software.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as necessary to work effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the company.
  • Ability to work effectively in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressure.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral.

Please submit a resume to ZambiaRecruitment@acdivoca.org no later than March 30, 2021. Please include the position title in the subject line. The resume and related application documents shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work.

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone or email. Only shortlisted candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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