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Accountant Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position: Accountant

Deadline to Apply: 27th June 2014

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Nairobi

About Evidence Action: Evidence Action is a new organization working in partnership with Innovations for Poverty Action, (IPA), a non-profit organization, to scale proven interventions to improve the lives of the poor in Africa and Asia. Rigor, evidence, and action are all part of the organizational values.

While Evidence Action continues to grow the pipeline of proven-interventions to bring to scale, its current programs in the Africa Region include:
  • Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI) actively supports the scale-up of school-based deworming programs worldwide to improve children’s health, education, and long-term development.
  • Dispensers for Safe Water is an entrepreneurial program scaling the chlorine dispenser system – a proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost.
  • DtWI provides technical assistance to National School-Based Deworming Programme (NSBDP), which is implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in 28 Counties and 143 Sub-Counties across Kenya.


In the first year of the Programme (2012-2013), 5.9 million children were dewormed in over 13,000 schools in Nyanza, Western, Rift Valley, Coast and parts of Central regions.

We are looking for a dynamic, engaged individual to join our team as an Associate, Implementation Cascade, working within organization’s Programme Implementation team.

The successful candidate will have a passion for programme coordination and driven by a mission to continually improve the quality of implementation and outcomes.

A. Job Purpose

To perform general accounting and financial reporting duties for Evidence Action/IPA

B. Management Responsibility: None

C. Description of Duties
  • Verifying all payment vouchers for accuracy and completeness before processing and posting into the accounting system-Sage.
  • Ensure accurate petty cash disbursement, monitoring and allocations.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all payments to staff, Sub grantees and vendors
  • Manage accounts payable.
  • Manage accounts receivable.
  • Review for compliance with donor and organizational policies/guidelines on all payments.
  • Provide financial and compliance guideline/training to sub grantee staff.
  • Prepare timely Sub grantees returns for management review.
  • Visit the Sub grantees to monitor their financial performance as need arises.
  • Prepare financial reports for all programs for submission to management by the 15th of every following month.
  • Follow-up with the Sub grantees on periodic financial liquidation status.
  • Other duties as assigned

D: Accountability

Decision Making:
  • For routine decision making to be guided by generally accepted accounting principles and organization rules and regulations.  Refer to Head of Finance on issues out of normal policies and  procedures
  • Will work in collaboration with finance staff at the global level
  • Responsibility over data or information:
  • Has access to important and highly confidential information.
  • Responsibility over assets:
  • Computer, printer, office equipment, office furniture

Required Qualifications

Professional qualifications
  • CPA III /ACCA III qualifications however CPAIII and Degree in Finance, Accounting, or closely related field is desirable.

Relevant Experience and Key skills:
  • Experience in managing community based programs
  • At least 5 years of experience performing responsibilities required for the position and demonstrating progress in the role.
  • Audit experience and managing of USAID/CDC grants is desirable
  • Relevant experience in the use of the Sage accounting software.

Personal Attributes
  • Strong team leader and player
  • Excellent communication, high computer literacy levels (SPSS) and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Strong organizational skills

To apply: Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. Your CV should include details about your academic qualifications and any relevant work experience.

Applications can be submitted by email to jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org  please ensure that the subject line reads: “Accountant” REF NO: Evidence Action-2014-06-03.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by phone and email for an interview. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS


Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Accountant. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that Evidence Action will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org.

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