Vacant Posts at Heifer International

EAST AFRICA YOUTH INCLUSION PROJECT ACCOUNTANT 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Function:

The Project Accountant reports to the Director of Finance and plays a significant role in strengthening core global systems by ensuring the proper accounting and reporting of resources in project implementation by maintaining systems of accountability, processing accounting information, internal and external financial reporting, cash and bank account maintenance and other financial tasks as assigned in liaison with relevant Heifer departments. This person contributes to the program impact by preparing project financial reports and monitoring budget burn rates for effective implementation of the project. The Accountant assists with financial and accounting aspects of the country program office and the processing of routine financial transactions in accordance with Heifer's policies and procedures. The Accountant also ensures compliance with Heifer and MasterCard requirements for the East Africa Youth Inclusion Program. This position interacts with similar positions in other teams to promote consistency throughout the country and area program.

Essential Character Traits:

Detail-Oriented, Positive, Determined, Enthusiastic, Accountable, Values-Oriented

RESPONSIBILITIES and DELIVERABLES
(including approximate percentage effort)

1. Program Effectiveness (20%)

• Accountable for preparing accurate information for the program team in a timely manner to achieve the highest standard of effectiveness

i. Interpret variance reports and expenditure analyses for project staff and management
ii. Assist project management by explaining variances in line with finance policies
2. Management and Compliance (75%)

• Accountable for ensuring that all financial aspects of the project adhere to local laws and regulations and to donor requirements i. Ensure that all transactions are in line with government laws

ii. Conduct trainings and staff development workshops with the team in order to maintain a high standard of reporting
iii. Prepare, coordinate, and monitor the project budget
iv. Effectively manage the program/project cash flow while adhering to Heifer headquarters policies
v. Approve all office and fleet-related requisitions and review procurement requests as per the authorization policy
vi. Monitor the petty cash imprest in line with cash management controls and prepare project account(s) for audits as planned
vii. Ensure compliance with accounting principles and standards including Heifer partners, donors, local partners and HQ cost principles
viii. Maintain knowledge of required rules and regulations related to project implementation and activities that affect the budget
ix. Review payment requests and ensure the timely processing of funds, ensuring that proper supporting documents such as receipts are maintained
x. Establish and maintain sound financial management systems and provide administrative support to the project
xi. Ensure that an effective scanning and filing system is in place in the office, and coordinate with program staff to ensure that the project’s resources are effectively and efficiently utilized
xii. May perform other duties as assigned by project management

3. Partnership and Engagement (5%)

• Accountable for ensuring compliance with established processes and procedures at the highest level of accountability with project partners i. Make support visits, audit implementing partners, assess how project funds are utilized and give advice on how to keep books of accounts.

4. May perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Most Critical Proficiencies:
a) Practical experience in various aspects of accounting principles and practices with a good understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
b) Good analytical skills
c) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
d) Knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate and a good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and the environment
e) Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail software, and knowledge of accounting software (e.g.: MS Office Suite, DOS, Accounting packages such as Sun Systems, Pastel, Agresso)
f) Strong organizational skills
g) Strong numeracy skills
h) Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
a) Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail
b) Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism when dealing with donors, project participants, staff and partner organizations
c) Willingness to contribute to Heifer International’s principles of transparency and honesty
d) Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations
e) Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues, both internal and external
f) Requires constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods
g) Ability to work with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality
h) Ability to perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision
i) Willingness to work with a flexible schedule
j) Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally

Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or a related field is required, plus one (1) year of experience; or a University Diploma in Accounting, Business Studies or PAEC Diploma with six (6) years’ experience in a non-profit organization. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these requirements


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EAST AFRICA YOUTH INCLUSION PROJECT-COUNTRY MANAGER 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

EAYIP-East Africa Youth Inclusion Project-Country Manager (Tanzania)
Tracking Code
281-752
Job Description

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Function:
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Country Project Manager, under the guidance of the EAYIP Project Director with dotted line reporting to the Heifer Tanzania Country Director, will provide overall leadership to staff and other EAYIP partners in the implementation of all components of EAYIP in Tanzania, leading to the transformation and empowerment of youth participating in the market through employment and/or value chain activities. This will include overseeing all project activities; producing related reports on project progress; supervising and appraising the performance of EAYIP country office staff; monitoring project budgets, administrative, logistics and material resources and coordinating EAYIP country learning events and ensuring timely project implementation and delivery of outcomes. The Manager will also be responsible for preparing and maintaining long-range annual plans and budgets, as well as developing the appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure that all outcomes are achieved.

Essential Character Traits:
Energetic, Posititve, Collaborative, Values-Oriented, Enthusiastic

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES
(including approximate percentage effort)

1. Program Effectiveness (50%)

• Accountable for planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating the project within the country in an effective, efficient and timely manner

i. Prepare annual operational plan and budget in collaboration with the project team
ii. In partnership with implementing partner organizations, design a monitoring and evaluation framework and ensure that key indicators are monitored
iii. Organize country stakeholder workshops and conferences to share experiences and lessons learned
iv. Coordinate and support the implementation of youth-focused training programs aimed at improving social, life and vocational skills in the identified value chains
v. Implement an exit strategy that will provide sustainability of the impact created through EAYIP
vi. Oversee the progress of all project objectives within the country and provide direction and guidance to ensure that planned targets are achieved
vii. Ensure that social capital and values-based holistic community development (VBHCD) are mainstreamed in the project at all levels

2. Management and Compliance (30%)

• Accountable for ensuring that the project’s administrative, human resource and finance functions are timely, efficient and in compliance with Heifer’s global, area and country-level policies and procedures within the framework of local law

i. Ensure that project staff work closely with the Heifer country program and EAYIP regional office teams to ensure that contracts, other legal documents and financial statements are processed appropriately
ii. Submit timely reports to country program and EAYIP regional offices as required
iii. Carry out annual staff appraisals for staff under his/her supervision
iv. Ensure that periodic project reviews are conducted, with learnings documented and shared
v. Supervise expenditure control within the budgets
vi. Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and procedures of donors
vii. Ensure proper maintenance and use of assets
viii. Inspire, mentor and manage staff to achieve project goals

3. Partnership and Engagement (20%)

• Accountable for networking and representing EAYIP with the host country government, national and regional research organizations, private sector and international organizations
i. Develop and implement plans for multi-stakeholders’ engagement and learning
ii. Monitor the work of Heifer’s local partners and ensure that they are compliant with the activities agreed upon in the teaming agreements
iii. Work with local governments to identify and address social and economic barriers to increasing youth participation, especially young women, in the agricultural sector
iv. Develop relationships with financial institutions and the private sector to facilitate access to finance and market linkages
v. Produce various technical reports in collaboration with implementing partners for sharing with stakeholders in the country
vi. Represent EAYIP in various stakeholder meetings, workshops, conferences and shared learning events.
4. May perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Most Critical Proficiencies:

a) Knowledge of income and expense budget preparation and monitoring
b) Knowledge of youth workforce development issues especially in rural communities of the East Africa region
c) Good understanding of gender dynamics in development, particularly among young people
d) Good understanding of the different value chains within the agricultural sector
e) Strong leadership, teamwork, mentoring and coaching skills
f) Ability to communicate effectively with Heifer’s HQ, donors, partners and local governments
g) Fluency in English (knowledge of other languages spoken in Tanzania is a plus)
h) Exceptional writing skills
i) Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Tanzania and other EAYIP project sites
j) Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

a) Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail
b) Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions
c) Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with culturally diverse groups of people
d) Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff
e) Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff
f) Willingness and ability to travel domestically, regionally and internationally as required
g) Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public
h) May require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road and/or in remote conditions
i) Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality
j) Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines
Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree plus seven (7) years of relevant experience in development work in Tanzania.

Preferred Requirements:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or a related field


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