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  • Project Accountant (Kenya) at Terre des Hommes Netherlands

  • Posted on: 20 September, 2019 Deadline: 30 September, 2019
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  • Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) is an international NGO committed to stopping child exploitation. In East Africa, Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. We support child victims of exploitation with education, psychosocial support, legal assistance, shelter, job opportunities and medical care; while at the same time targeting highly vulnerable children, who are at risk of being exploited, in our prevention activities. We launch public and media campaigns to create awareness on our focus issues and carry out local research into the extent and nature of abuse and exploitation of children.

    TdH-NL in East Africa works within four child protection themes: the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), Child Trafficking and Migration (CTM), and Child Abuse (CA) in the form of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Through collaboration with local civil society organisations (CSOs), TdH-NL implements development, humanitarian/relief and advocacy interventions in various parts of Kenya, supported by own TdH-NL funding, development donors and various foundations.

    Our Vision: Terre des Hommes Netherlands works towards a world where all children have a decent life and can grow up to be independent adults. A world in which children are no longer exploited. We will continue our work until this is accomplished.

    Our Mission: Terre des Hommes Netherlands prevents child exploitation, removes children from exploitative situations and ensures these children can develop themselves in a safe environment.

    Project Accountant (Kenya)


    Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a full time Project Accountant, to be based in Kakuma, Turkana West Sub County, Turkana County, Kenya. This is a national position, open to applicants who can prove the right to live and work in Kenya. Initial contract period will be for 8 months (with possible extension)

    Objective of the position

    The Project Accountant works with the Nairobi based Country Team, and receives hierarchical supervision from the Finance and Administration Officer (FAO). He/she will be expected to work in close collaboration with the Project Manager accountable for the full roll out and oversight of the UNICEF & TdH-NL project addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Turkana West Sub county, Turkana County, as part of our programme focusing on child sexual exploitation in Kenya. S/he will be responsible for ensuring timely and effective support, logistical and financial facilitation/administration to enable smooth implementation of the project. This is an anticipated position to be filled subject to funds availability for the project.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

    • To coordinate with the Finance and Administration Officer on all finance related issues of the assigned project;
    • To be responsible for all financial (cash and cheque) transactions and recordings and safekeeping of related documents;
    • To be responsible for timely monthly financial reports and budget requests of assigned project and to keep the books as per the guidelines of the regional office and requirements of national government;
    • To assist in office audits/monitoring visits undertaken by the Nairobi office;
    • To be responsible for safeguarding the organisation’s assets in close coordination with the project manager and the country office;
    • Responsible for managing cash flow and transfers to the assigned projects;
    • Responsible for verification of bank details for assigned projects before forwarding them to Finance and Administration Officer;
    • Responsible for overseeing and monitoring project expenditure and reporting any irregularities to the Finance and Administration Officer;
    • To ensure field advances are settled in a timely manner in line with the financial guidelines;
    • To perform field monitoring visits to the assigned projects;
    • To support project staff to ensure that the project reports are delivered on time and are of good quality, according to TdH-NL and donor standards.
    • Identify together with Finance and Administration Officer areas for further improvement on financial management and define frameworks, procedures and indicators oriented towards improved organisational and financial management;
    • Responsible for organising day to day field logistics for the field team and Kenya Country office team field visit;
    • Responsible for procurements of the Kakuma field office ensuring they are in line with TdH financial guidelines;
    • To carry out any other duties that can reasonably be asked of this position.

    Education, experience and skills required

    • Relevant University degree up to at least Bachelor's level.
    • Relevant accounting professional qualification up to completion level.
    • Practical experience in financial administration - planning/budgeting, execution, controlling, documentation and reporting (grant management cycle).
    • Minimum of four (4) years relevant working experience in a similar non-profit organisation.
    • Previous experience of working with INGOs highly desirable.
    • Advanced knowledge of MS Excel/Google sheets is essential.
    • Social skills required for communication with external relations and colleagues, the acquisition of clarifications of data, reports and the solving of problems.

    Desired Competencies

    • Accuracy and attention to detail
    • Focus on results
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills- written and orally
    • Planning, organising, cooperation, performance oriented
    • High degree of taking initiative and working independently

    Method of Application

    Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae by email to: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position and your expected remuneration, no later than 30th September 2019 by 5.00 pm (EAT). For more information about this position, you can contact us through the same email address.

    Please note that this is a national position. Applicants must be able to provide proof of the right to live and work in Kenya. Kindly also note that due to the expected large responses only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    The selection procedure will include an assessment test and procedures (including child safeguarding), and checking of recent professional references.

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