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Project Accountant Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy: Project Accountant

Lifespring Chapel Child Development Centre: Lifespring Chapel is a community church whose mission is to develop a whole heart for God, his people and the world through developing Biblical Maturity, Meaningful Relationships, Biblical Stewardship and Active Participation in Missions. 

The church is located in Embakasi and has had a presence in this location for over 15 year’s discipling her congregation and also working with the local communities to address issues holistically. 

In this regard the church in partnership with Compassion International in Kenya started a ministry/ project to reach out to the children living in the margins especially in the informal settlements in Embakasi.

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. 

Currently the Church has approximately 300 children who are ministered on a daily basis by the church through the project. 

It is in the light of this program that the church seeks to recruit a project Accountant to steer the ministry and processes thus addressing poverty that is witnessed in these communities.
Position: Project Accountant
Location: Embakasi, Nairobi
Overview of the Position: The Project accountant has the outright role of managing all the project finances and providing accountability of the receipts and expenditures at the project. 

He/she advises the project Director and indeed the project itself on the policies that ensure that the organization is operated on the best international and national accounting standards, which ensure that the children that the project seeks to minister to receive the best services arising from the finances.

He/she will have regularly interactions with the Compassion International representative and other staff members directly responsible for different departments within the specific program at Lifespring Chapel.

Professional Relationships
  • The Project Accountant reports to the Project Director
  • Project accountant’s position is ultimately service to God.
Duties and responsibilities
Financial Management:
  • Provide Accounting support to all project activities while ensuring compliance with internal controls, donor regulations and budget restrictions;
  • Record accounting transactions including coding of payment vouchers before making payment, and ensure an efficient, proper and transparent financial filing system of all documents relating to finance are maintained (e.g., monthly payment of bills, contracts, rent and local wages/allowances.)
  • Prepares and examines accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports and ensure accuracy, completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards;
  • Assist in developing, monitoring and analyzing budgets, including preparation of periodic budget monitoring reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs;
  • Plan for cash flow requirements for project activities and submit updated cash forecast and monthly cash requests to the project director/ Board
  • Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget;
  • Ensure no processing of monthly payroll without the necessary timesheets and confirm accuracy of all timesheets before processing of payroll;
  • Ensure timely recovery of all advances including travel and mid-month advances and provide monthly update of any outstanding advances to the Project Director;
  • Assist with facilitation of internal and external audit procedures as required.
Compliance and Enforcement:
  • Ensuring compliance and enforcement of internal policies, donor regulations and budget restrictions on all projects;
  • Ensure proper procurement procedures are adhered to at all times, including maintaining of vendor contracts, lease agreements, and any other service contracts as may be required;
  • Ensure that proper authorization is obtained for all disbursements. Assess accuracy and completeness of documentation and conformity with reporting and procedural standards.
Additional roles
  • Discipleship of children and youth
  • Mentoring of children and youth
  • Career and talents nurturing for children and youth
  • Child protection and training the same to caregivers
  • Caregivers empowerment through training and IGAs.
Skills and Qualifications
  • A committed Christian with a passion for Christ’s Holistic mission
  • A university degree from a recognized university in the areas of Commerce or Economics.
  • Must have a certification in Accounting with a minimum of CPA II
  • Considerable experience in Social / development work and working with children in the informal settlements is an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as MS Office, Accounting software packages and work plans
  • Ability to conduct household and community visits in the informal settlements in conditions of limited comfort
  • A demonstrated understanding and working in past compassion international projects shall be an added advantage
Additional desired Skills
  • Understanding of holistic ministries especially through the Church
  • Demonstrated passion for children’s ministry
  • Understanding of child protection guidelines and practices
  • Computer proficient [Office Productivity Software].
Application procedure
All applications should be sent to by 1200 hours on 19th October 2015 quoting the position in the email subject matter and an expected salary amount.

Each application should be addressed to the Project Director and include the following:
  • An updated CV
  • An application letter which should include remuneration requirements and contact information for two work-related referees and the third one from your pastor.

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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