Finance Officer in Lodwar at Mercy Corps

On Monday, October 6th, 2014
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 
Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. 
Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individuals to take up the following position:

Finance Officer – Lodwar

Program / Department Summary: The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Kenya, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance. 

The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures. 

In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
General Position Summary: Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Country Finance Director, the Finance Officer will assist in the accounting and documentation of all financial transactions in timely and accurate manner.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Support in preparation of monthly bank reconciliations
  • Maintain custody of the office cash fund and make daily payments of approved transactions
  • Prepare cash payment vouchers and ensure that all cash transactions are fully and properly documented
  • Review expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment
  • Perform weekly cash count as per FFM
  • Record payment vouchers daily in the Field Connection Accounting System
  • Maintain field advance tracker file and prepare past due advance tracker for the Senior Finance R. Officer
  • Preparing cheques based on fully approved & reviewed documents and present for signing
  • File all cash and bank batch vouchers and maintain voucher filing system such that files are updated, complete and safeguarded
  • Maintain the bank file, ensuring that all bank information is properly filed and updated
  • Assist with month end balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Make sure that all supporting documentation is prepared and filed according to MC procedures.
  • Assists in sub grants management & compliance at field office
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
  • Reports Directly To: Senior Financial Reporting Officer
  • Works Directly With: Nairobi Finanace Team, Program Team & Operations Team
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Two or more years of accounting or bookkeeping experience, including experience with double-entry accounting
  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Familiarity with computerized, double-entry accounting software
  • Strong organizational skills as well as attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
Success Factors: A clear understanding of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. 
The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required. 
A demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before October 21, 2014 at 4.00 pm: a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to [email protected]

The email subject Line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for. 
Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 
Please do not attach any certificates.

(ONLY Qualified and selected candidates for the interview will be contacted)

NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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