Accountant

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About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, non-profit research and innovation organization reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. For over 45 years, our work on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries has improved the lives of millions of women, men and youth.

Fish and other aquatic foods grown in and harvested from oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds provide income for more than 800 million people and provide 3.3 billion with 20% of their animal protein intake. Our focus on sustainability makes sure that the way we produce and use these foods today means a plentiful future of generations to come.

Our evidence-based solutions range in scale from households to global policies and spans across six interlinked themes: nutrition, gender, climate, sustainability, economy and COVID-19.

We champion aquatic foods for healthy people and planet and believe that a sustainable blue planet of well-nourished children, women and men is within our reach.

About the Position

The Accountant will provide financial management and accounting support to Malawi Country Office and ensure organization assets are properly safeguarded by ensuring an effective system of internal controls and donor compliance. The position will support and back up the accounts manager in their absence. The incumbent will focus on:

  • Accounts payable and supplier oversight.
  • Accounts receivable (sales orders) & payroll/pension administration.
  • Banking and cash management.
  • Advance and liquidation management.
  • Month end closure.

The   successful candidate have key responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Responsible for monthly financial books closing according to timetable, and financial reporting including timely and accurate preparation of monthly financial ledgers for review by the account’s manager.
  • Monitoring of cash advances and operating funds released to and liquidated by collaborating partners, workshop coordinators and staff. Ensure advances and liquidations are in accordance with WorldFish policies.
  • Manage Country office bank accounts, including all online portals, perform monthly bank reconciliations and ensure proper management of cash flows. Prepare monthly funds request for approval by the account’s manager. Act as bank liaison.
  • Preparation of all sales orders and management of the accounts receivable function.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate processing of all supplier invoices and oversight of the accounts payable function.
  • Prepare the monthly payroll and post in the OCS system. Ensure payment of all payroll related creditors and insurances.
  • Assist the Accounts Manager in the implementation of new finance systems, tools, policies, and processes and ensure compliant program and field operations.
  • Assist the Accounts Manager in the country office annual budget preparation, revision, and support proposal development processes.
  • Help to coordinate and respond to external and internal audits (related to banking, accounting, budget and finance), and ensure that all audit recommendations are followed up and implemented on a timely basis.
  • Oversight to ensure the proper maintenance of all finance files and their archiving.

Requirements

This job is open to  Malawi Nationals  with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Business. Membership (of any type) of a global accounting body welcomed.
  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant work experience ideally in a similar role – management exposure welcomed.
  • Excellent working knowledge of accounting processes and management.
  • Ability to work in a team and able to manage diversity and gender issues. The position holder must demonstrate that he/she is able to participate in decisions on a timely basis, set priorities, meet deadlines, and solve problems.
  • Some exposure to international accounting standards relating to project/program accounting and financial reporting would be advantageous.
  • Should be knowledgeable in local laws and regulations i.e., labour laws, business/contract law and tax legislation.
  • Good command of English (both verbal and written).
  • Strong sense of professionalism, business ethics and integrity.
  • Hands-on experience with reputable ERP systems such as Oracle, Agresso, SAP; and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Teams applications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines with minimum supervision.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience with financial and accounting systems in international NGOs in Malawi.

Benefits

Salary & Benefits

This is a  Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS)  position and  WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package  including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, 15% employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others.

Our Offer

The  successful candidate  will be based in  Lilongwe,  Malawi . Interviews are expected to begin in  July 2022 . Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend the virtual interview session. The successful candidate should be available to commence  as soon as possible  for an initial of  one (01) year   fixed-term contract , with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding situation.

 

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by  30 June 2022:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate for this role referring to the key responsibilities and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report. None of referees will be contacted without your permission.

The screening will start  immediately  and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.