Consortium Project Accountant

Position: Consortium Project Accountant - Social Accountability for Public Resources Management in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa
Location: Johannesburg Only
Duration: Fixed Term 3 years contract
AAI Grade: C
Salary: R418 087 TEC per annum
Local terms and conditions of employment will apply
Purpose of the Role:
The Project Accountant’s role is to ensure the financial integrity of the project, overseeing a budget of around £3.5 million. S/he will have responsibility for processing invoices, budgeting, forecasting, sub-grants, expenditure tracking, ensuring internal control are in place, preparing and submitting financial reports and preparing and conducting audits. 
Key responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reports as required by the Project Manager and/or Project Management Unit (PMU).
  • Submit reports to the Project Manager responsible for oversight to ensure adherence to international finance and donor requirements
  • Develop financial performance measures in liaison with Project Manager.
  • Manage the day to day finances, including processing invoices and following up on recharges and payments in collaboration with Project M&E Officer
  • Work with the Project Manager and PMU to ensure that audit recommendations are fulfilled.
  • Coordinate the initial implementation of the project budget by National Project Managers and national project management units.
  • Develop reporting templates and other tools and run financial aspects of inception workshop in co-ordination with Project Manager and officer.
  • To provide information and on-going training to project staff to ensure the financial success of the project.
  • To inform the Project Manager of material issues and variances and propose and monitor actions.
  • Ensure transaction listings for multi country projects are maintained as supporting documentation for donor reporting.
  • Respond to donor financial queries and recommend actions to the Project Manager as required
  • To advise participating countries and their partners of donor specific financial rules and regulations and support staff to meet these.
  • To support international offices and country programmes to fulfil the requirements for internal and external audit.
Desired Skills & Experience:
The successful candidate will have:
  • Professional Accounting or Financial Management Qualification. 
  • Excellent English proficiency and desired Portuguese knowledge
  • Minimum of five years experience with an NGO in project finance management positions with a multi-million dollar scope.
  • In-depth understanding and experience of working with donor funded contracts such as EU, ECHO, DFID, USAID and UN.
  • Experience of complex planning and budgeting processes including the ability to provide clear guidance on donor policies and procedures.
  • Comprehensive understanding of financial reporting, review and analysis.
To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the South Africa.
Application Procedures
Applications should be sent with your CV and motivation/cover letter by no later than 3rd June 2016. You are requested to highlight in the motivation/cover letter how specifically you meet the criteria for this role.  Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for. REF NO: V033
External Applications send to: programmes.jhb@actionaid.org ActionAid welcomes applications from all sections of the community and we promote diversity.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret we will not be able to respond personally to applicants who are not short-listed. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Recruitment consultancies/agencies should not approach ActionAid with regards to open vacancies. We regret that agency candidates will not be considered.