Project Accountant

at Self Help Africa
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 14, 2021
Category Accounting
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Department:  Finance and Administration

Contract Type: Two years fixed term contract, renewable based on performance review

Reports to: Project Manager

Job Purpose:

The position holder is core project accountant for the SHA/Glimmer of Hope Project as part of the overall financial function.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Reviews and compiles accountancy activities in harmony and online with the internal, HQ, and external relevant regulations;
  • Plans and ensures disbursement of cash for project activities timely and accurately;
  • Plans and ensures proper delivery of expense or payment documents to Country Office Finance Manager after verifying the compliance of those documents in accordance with general and accepted principles of accounting, internal, HQ, and external relevant regulations;
  • Verifies, checks and ascertains the accuracy and validity of invoices, documents submitted to Country Office Finance Manager after for payments, and arranges payments accordingly;
  • Informs to immediate supervisor for promptly corrective actions on observed irregularities, discrepancies, errors or any deviations before preparing and effecting payment;
  • Effects or ensures payment are made according to agreements and from the appropriate fund;
  • Makes or ensures that payment requests and documents are approved by authorized person/s and prepares payments vouchers, codes and analyses documents;
  • Collects and communicates all relevant information and data about active project personnel and maintain an up-to-date list of personnel in the payroll by making timely entries of all active project employees;
  • Ensures that all unused official documents (cash receipts, check payment vouchers, petty cash payment voucher, etc) of the organization are properly registered, distributed, and stored, as appropriate;
  • Provides payroll inputs to Country Office Finance Manager for the preparation of monthly payroll for SHA employees according to policies and procedures and applicable laws of the country;
  • Upon verification of the payroll allocates costs to respective funds and pass appropriate accounting entries;
  • Remits income tax collection to Revenue and Customs Authority in accordance with requirements of the relevant laws;
  •  Deposits and or advises same to be deposited staff pension contribution (Provident Fund) to the appropriate fund collector in accordance to the prevailing laws, policies and procedures;
  • Checks and ensures timely processing of collection of funds from the Country office for settlements of obligations;
  • Ensures and confirms project cash and other documents are kept safely and used accurately;
  • Prepares notification of charges or invoices to those concerned projects or personnel, in consultation with Country Office Finance Manager and immediate supervisor;
  • Performs his/her jobs actively or proactively in closely or virtually working with program accountant;
  • Reports on effective usage of allocated financial resources to projects, to head office through immediate supervisor;
  • Prepares cash outflow in consultation with immediate supervisor, Country Office Finance Manager and relevant program person, accordingly, reminds for timely budget transfers;
  • Functionally consults Country Office Finance Manager to perform his/her respective duties effectively efficiently;
  • Assists in organization and preparation of financial / accounting documents for external auditing;
  • Analyses project financial needs for his/her project in accordance to the approved budget of the specific project:
  • Assists in the preparations of financial strategies, annual and operational plans of projects;
  • Assists in the preparation of annual budgets for donors, HQ and government bodies;
  • Ensures the timely payment of taxes to government from the operation of the organization such VAT, TOT, employment tax or withhold taxes, or pension contribution, if applicable;
  • Plans, organizes, directs, evaluates, and controls the proper utilization of assets of the organization.
  • Reports to immediate supervisor in accordance with the organization’s appropriate policies and procedures;
  • Implements decisions of the immediate supervisor;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and the Country finance team.

Key Relationships


  • Project Manager (Line manager)
  • Finance Manager
  • County Management Team,
  • Programme Team,
  • Finance and Administration Team,


  • Local Government Authorities,
  • Financial Institutions,
  • Other International and Local NGOs,

Job Requirements

Qualifications/Knowledge and Experience


  • First Class Honours Degree in Accounting
  • At least three years relevant experience in NGO/INGO environment
  • Ability to reconciles payments against financial documents;
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to sort, handle and care sensitive financial matters;
  • Ability to use appropriate computer programme for handling financial tasks;
  • Quality performance; viable solutions, transparency, helpful, integrity


  • Working knowledge of English and Oromifa languages

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