Thursday, 10 July 2014

Accountant at AVRDC Arusha Tanzania

Job Title: Accountant

Employer: AVRDC Arusha

Duty Station:  Arusha

Application Deadline: 31st July 2014

AVRDC– The World Vegetable Center is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the globe. The Center conducts research and development programs that contribute to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting v egetables. AVRDC - Eastern and Southern Africa with its regional office located in Arusha, conducts vegetable research and training and provides information services for the benefit of its stakeholders in the horticultural sector in Africa. To support its growing activities, the Center is se eking an Accountant under the nationally recruited staff (NRS) category. This position is open only f or Tanzanian nationals.

Main activities
Perform day-to-day banking activities
Prepare payment for supplier invoices received from the procurement section
Perform real-time processing of transactions using AVRDC's ERP system
Verify correctness and authenticity of expenses before submitting for approval by the Project Managers' and the Regional Director
Liaise with the procurement section to ensure VAT exemption is implemented for donor-funded programs
Process requests for travel/business advances as per standard operating procedures (SOP)
Raise journals and submit for approval by the Senior Finance Officer and the Regional Director
Maintain filing system of all journal entries with all the appropriate documents, including expense receipts, consultants invoices and monthly invoices including pre-payments
Ensure expenses are charged to the correct project, task and financial codes
Be a custodian of all cash, including petty cash, cash returns, cash in transit and cash received; reconcile cash in hand at the last day of each month
Reconcile off-the-balance items, specifically staff advances, and ensures a zero balance before issuing another advance
Perform any other duties assigned by the Senior Finance Officer

Skills, knowledge and qualifications
Bachelor's Degree or Advanced Diploma in Accounting and a minimum of three years of experience in accounting or finance, preferably in an international or non-governmental organization (NGO)
Good knowledge of project accounting
Excellent computer literacy, including experience in spreadsheets, word processing and accounting software packages
Fluency in English and Kiswahili (spoken and written)
Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact with partners and colleagues in a multi-cultural setting

Application procedure
Submit a letter of application indicating as how the candidate qualify for the job, expected salary, likely date of availability to join, and a curriculum vitae with three names of professional referees with their contact address, phone number and e-mail id. Applications should be sent by e -mail only to with the title of the position in the heading.
Any additional information about the position can be requested by phone (+255 272553093, +255 272553102). Only applications from short listed candidates will be acknowledged. AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center offers an attractive working environment in a multi-cultural setting with employees from different countries and diverse backgrounds . AVRDC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.