Job Opportunity at Global Volunteers, RCP-Program Accountant

RCP-Program Accountant  

Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Program

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:

Global Volunteers is a private, nonsectarian, international, human and economic development organization in consultative status with the United Nations.  We recruit and engage teams of short-term volunteers to work on long-term community-driven development projects in countries around the world.  Established in 1984, Global Volunteers is one of the largest organizations of its kind having engaged more than 34,000 volunteers in 34 countries on six continents.  At the invitation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Iringa Diocese, Global Volunteers has worked in the Iringa region since 1987.

Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Program.

The RCP Demonstration Program is rooted in Global Volunteers’ Essential Services Prospectus published in 2011 (based on the UN’s Essential Package), and a pilot project initiated in the impoverished fishing village of Anse La Raye, St. Lucia in 2012.

Following Global Volunteers pilot program in St. Lucia, we initiated the Iringa, Tanzania RCP demonstration in 2017 in Ipalamwa village (Kilolo). In 2018, we replicated the program in Lulindi and Mkalanga villages, and in 2019, started in neighboring Ukwega and Makungu. We are now conducting RCP in these five villages, with the goal to add five additional villages in 2021. Global Volunteers agreed to help address Tanzania’s significant stunting problem by applying the lessons learned from the St. Lucia pilot project.

POSITION:  RCP-Program Accountant

Reports to: Country Director

Dimensions: With dotted lines reporting to Director of RCP Program and Global Volunteers President and CEO

Location: IRINGA, TANZANIA

Schedule: Full –time

GENERAL PURPOSE

Under direct supervision of the Country Director, the RCP Program Accountant is expected to perform financial duties around accounting cycles and internal control environment, including; to ensure accuracy of accounting records, compliance to organizational policies and procedures and statutory obligations.

Specific duties

Financial compliances

  • To ensure that all accounting transactions are recorded in compliance with Global Volunteers and Tanzania financial policies and procedures
  • To comply with all statutory obligations (e.g PAYE, TRA returns, SDL, NSSF, NHIF etc)
  • Taxation: Ensuring that fully and accurate tax reports are prepared and submitted to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) on or prior to deadlines
  • To ensure that every accounting transaction have a proper audit trail and supporting documents
  • To ensure that supporting documents are secured and archived in a retrievable manner
  • To ensure scanning of payment vouchers for uploading into Global Volunteers systems
  • To be the focal person for all internal and external financial audits
  • To ensure all audit queries are addressed timely and in appropriate manner

Cash flow Management/ Projections

  • Work with budget holders to estimate funds request on a timely basis
  • In consultation with other line managers and Country Director to ensure preparation and submission of cash flow requirements for RCP program
  • Ensure all payments to suppliers are made in a timely and accurate manner following Global Volunteers policies
  • Prepare weekly and monthly cash reconciliations
  • Ensure that Banks mandate are followed and signatories list is up to date
  • Conduct field finance audits in accordance with Global Volunteers policies and procedures

Online Mobile payments

  • Prepare required Mobile payment information, get completed supporting documents and share with Global Volunteers leadership for approval and payment.
  • Prepare payments and effect correctly through physical and/or electronic methods

Others

  • Ensure that an up to date assets register is maintained
  • Assist any operational challenges or discrepancies relating to financial management in a timely manner
  • Ensure induction trainings for all staff on matters related to finance and compliance
  • Ensure accuracy of posting in accordance with Global Volunteers policies and regulations
  • Follow up on pending advance/receivables, loan balances from staff members
  • Provide support to Country Director on ensuring human resources and administrative systems, processes and compliances are in line with Global Volunteers and Tanzania laws and regulations
  • Payroll: Subject to approval by the RCP Director to ensure that the payroll is carefully and accurately prepared each month and that all salaries are paid by the last working day of each month.
  • Insurance: Checking that all Global Volunteers buildings and vehicles are ensured.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor Degree/Adv. Diploma in Accounting /Finance
  • At least 2 – 3 years accounting and administration experience , preferably with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) or NGO
  • Evidence based knowledge of computerized accounting application is a must requirement with strong analytical skills in spreadsheets
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, strict adherence to Global Volunteers policies
  • Fluency in written and oral English communication skills is a must
  • Ability to interpret financial reports to staff with limited financial skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

This individual must be well grounded in and have a strong commitment to Global Volunteers’ Philosophy of Service and the goals of the organization.  Must communicate clearly in oral and written form.  Required to have strong people skills. Must be able to work with minimal supervision and manage a substantial caseload.

APPLICATION

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter through nchavalla@globalvolunteers.org  no later than 31st March, 2021

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview