Job vacancy Grants Accountant

59 Okodan St, Blue Gate district, Osu, Accra near Papaye
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31 Jul, 2019
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Grants Accountant

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 in Health, Agriculture, Peace Building, Water and Sanitation, Microfinance and Education programs and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. CRS/Ghana currently has 61 staff with project offices in Tamale and Accra.Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

  • Department: Finance
  • Grade: 8
  • Reports To: Finance Manager
  • Country/Location: Tamale

    Job Summary
    You will help coordinate and contribute to the implementation of grant policies and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You will efficiently perform accounting services through documenting the projects or grants financial transactions by compiling, analyzing, and verifying account information, preparing account entries, and delivering financial reporting services throughout the projects or grants life cycle.

    Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: CRS/Ghana Finance Department, Programming Department, Admin. Department, HOP, HoOPs & Country Representative
  • External:  HQ Finance, RFO WARO
  • Job Responsibilities

  • Set and monitor sound accounting and financial reporting procedures for grants subrecipients and partners following established standards. Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned grants accounts in SunSystems financial accounting package.
  • Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place. 
  • Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare correcting entries and adjustments, as necessary.
  • Assess, evaluate and monitor subrecipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and strengthen capacity of partner in financial accounting and transactions.
  • Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant grants staff of due payments/liquidations, and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management and compliance with set deadlines.
  • Prepare various periodic and ad hoc financial reports and perform variance analysis to assist grants staff with decision-making. Assist with budget maintenance for proper management of financial resources.
  • Provide information to grants staff, subrecipients, and partners on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and deliver training and other capacity building activities.
  • Perform assigned treasury grants (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.
  • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. 
  • Trusting Relationships
  • Professional Growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability
  • Requirements
    • Education and Experience
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance. A professional certification in Accounting or a related field highly desired. An MBA or Master's degree in business administration, finance, accounting will be an added advantage
    • Minimum of five years professional experience in a financial management position of responsibility, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institution.
    • Knowledge of the relevant public donor regulations preferred.
    • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. 
    • Knowledge of SunSystems financial accounting package or similar financial reporting software highly desired or preferred
    • Budgeting and budget management experience required
    • Proven ability to analyze reports or issues and to provide appropriate recommendations required
    • Personal Skills 
    • Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies
    • Conscientious, accurate and thorough with great attention to detail
    • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
    • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
    • Ability to work collaboratively
    • Travel Required: Requires occasional travel up to 20% of the time – Field visits to partners 
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree
    Valid Till
    14 Aug, 2019

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