Bookkeeper at Innovations for Poverty Action

On Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Start Date: Immediately

Location: Nairobi.

About Innovations for Poverty Action: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit research organization that creates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems and disseminates information about what works and what does not to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.


About Busara Center: The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is a project under IPA that strives to understand and identify behavioral barriers intrinsic to human decision-making, both in the lab and the field. 

Busara has worked with a variety of researchers and policy-makers across multiple sectors, working to unpack mechanisms in the lab, apply them in the field, and ultimately inform policy to make programs more effective.


Goals and Responsibilities
Under the general guidance of the accountants, assist in the following tasks:
  • Verifying all payment vouchers for accuracy and completeness before processing/entry into the accounting system.
  • Ensure accurate petty cash disbursement, monitoring and allocations
  • Ensure proper documentation of all payments to staff and vendors.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and organizational policies/guidelines on all payments.
  • Handle cash, cheque, and airtime disbursements
  • Receive and check imprest requests and returns, ensuring that proper documentation is filed for each transaction, relevant approvals have been obtained, etc.
  • Conduct cash counts on regular basis, including after withdrawals.
  • Prepare cheques to be signed by appropriate managers
  • Maintain fixed assets register and ensure that assets inventory records are updated regularly
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills
  • Professional Accounting qualification; ATC Finalist/CPA I/ACCA I
  • Diploma in Finance/Accounting, Administration or relevant field.
  • At least 1 years of experience performing responsibilities required for the position and demonstrating progress in the role.
  • Excellent command of accounting principles
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (English and Kiswahili)
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Integrity, flexibility and self-discipline
  • Process thinker with excellent analytical skills.
  • Well developed skills in MS-Excel, MS-Word, Gmail etc.
Note: Please specifically illustrate the above desired qualifications in your cover letter by giving examples from your experience.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. 
Your CV should include details about your academic qualifications and any relevant work experience.

Applications can be submitted by email to [email protected] 
Please ensure that the subject line reads: “Bookkeeper.” REF No:Busara- 2014-07-01. 
Attach CV with filename YOURNAME_CV and Cover Letter with YOURNAME_Cover. 
Deadline to Apply: 15th August 2014
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview. 
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Bookkeeper. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to [email protected]
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