Finance Officer – PlayMatters
Requisition ID: req17311
Job Title: Finance Officer – PlayMatters
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Kasulu, Tanzania
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Finance Manager
Indirect Reporting: Deputy Project Coordinator – PlayMatters
Position supervises: N/A
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.
PlayMatters (2020-2025) is an education initiative funded through a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation. The program reimagines childhood for 800,000+ refugee and host-community children across Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda – children whose education and social development has been affected by displacement and trauma. Building on children’s amazing resilience and a growing evidence base supporting Learning through Play methodologies, PlayMatters cultivates holistic learning for children ages 3-12+. PlayMatters is led by the International Rescue Committee and includes Plan International, War Child Holland, Innovations for Poverty Action, the Behavioral Insights Team in partnership with the LEGO Foundation.
Reporting directly to the IRC Tanzania Senior Finance Manager with an indirect reporting line into the PlayMatters Deputy Project Coordinator, the Finance Officer – PlayMatters will be an important member of the PlayMatters Tanzania project team, based in Kasulu, supporting the financial management for PlayMatters in Tanzania. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that day-to-day accounting operations and financial management functions are performed in accordance with IRC’s policies and procedures, and in accordance with he Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Roles and Responsibilities
- Actively engage and support the project team in various financial management tasks, including preparation and monitoring of Budget vs. Actuals (BvAs) reports on a monthly basis;
- Support in the preparation of project spending plans, and ensure spending plans are updated on a timely basis;
- Support in the development and revision of annual project budgets with inputs from the project team and various IRC departments;
- Work in close liaison with logistics and program departments, to ensure that financial expenditures and commitment are accurately reflected in financial reports and BvA reports;
- Check and analyze expenditure transactions for accuracy and make adjusting entries with proper supporting documentation and approval when applicable;
- Prepare quarterly donor financial reports, ensuring reported information is accurate and compliant with donor rules, regulations and reporting requirements;
- Assist in the implementation of Finance policies, procedures and systems;Provide support and training to program staff on financial management issues, finance tools and processes specific to project financial management.
Project Accounting and Compliance Oversight
- Review Purchase Orders and Purchase Requests for proper coding and budget adequacy;
- Participate in tenders and review tender documents;
- Review all payment documents for proper and adequate back up;
- Verify completeness and accuracy for all accounting documents;
- Support in processing payments to vendors, and for other activities such as trainings, per diems, transports and other payments;
- Support with filing and proper arrangements of all finance documents;
- Assist program staff on filing finance documents, such as PRs, payment vouchers, etc
- Degree in Accounting from accredited college / institutes in Tanzania.
- At least three years of work experience in accounting / finance, and experience working in humanitarian or development NGO programs a plus.
- Computer literate with significant experience in Excel, accounting package knowledge (SUN system will be an added advantage.
- Budget development, management and monitoring skills are an added advantage.
- Ability to prioritize high volumes of work to meet tight deadlines, while producing high-quality outcomes and attention to detail is a must.
- High degree of flexibility, including a willingness to work beyond core hours at times to meet deadlines or in emergency situations.
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