Project Accountant at Habitat for Humanity Zambia

Kabwe, Full Time

Habitat for Humanity Zambia
Location: Zambia
State: Kabwe
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Accounting Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

Contract Type: Fixed (2 Years)
Department Name: FINANCE
Reports to Title: FINANCE MANAGER
Cross Functional Reports to Title: PROJECT MANAGER
Position Summary:
The Projects Accountant facilitates support for implementation, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting and tracking, financial and narrative reporting on Grant Funded Projects in compliance with donor and Habitat for Humanity (HFH) requirements. The incumbent manages the day-to-day transactional compliance and financial reporting for donor-funded activities in HFH Zambia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinating stakeholders involved in grant management to ensure that:

They are all aware of the terms and conditions of the grant regarding expected programmatic deliverables and all information created during proposal development and donor negotiations.
That ongoing information related to the grant is communicated to relevant stakeholders.
Appropriate tools are available and used to manage programmatic implementation and compliance such as:
Developing and monitoring annual project implementation work plans/Gantt charts (everything from procurement / award to evaluation)
Reporting calendar and required report templates
MOU templates and partner agreements are reviewed by appropriate team members
Conducting Due Diligences on prospective partners to work with HFH Zambia

Reviewing grant budgets and work plans ensuring that:

The grant budgets for grant proposals are aligned to the proposed work plans.
The budget and budget narrative follows the donors budgeting guidelines.
Timely feedback and responses to questions raised by the Donor, Finance Manager or EMEA Grants.
Ensure the correct budget coding has been used to facilitate posting and tracking in the Financial Management System for monitoring and analysis.

Monitoring and coordinating grant financial management, compliance and reporting including:

Liaise with partners on grant implementation, reporting, information sharing and further work planning.
Ensuring compliance with the donor financial contractual obligations by:
Assisting HFH Zambia in creating and reviewing of financial compliance checklist, compliance briefings and briefings on the importance of maintaining support documentation etc.
Conducting initial assessment of financial systems to ensure HFH Zambia has set-up correct codes to enable financial reporting in Sun Systems such as Project codes, fund codes and Donor Activity codes.
Conducting periodic reviews of the financial transactions supporting documentation to ensure compliance with the donor rules and regulations.
Capturing transactions in Sun Systems and ensuring that grant financial reports are reconciled to the ledger.
Preparing or reviewing and analyzing the budget variance analysis; grant actual expenditure & vs. grant budget, budget variance justification, and advise the Finance Manager.
Assisting the Finance Manager with preparation of budget realignment requests where applicable.
Working with the Finance Manager to respond to the grant audit findings and highlighted risks and project evaluation concerns.
Working with the Finance Manager to develop and strengthen the internal controls environment in as far management of the grant is concerned.
Reviewing and providing feedback to the Finance Manager on the programmatic and financial donor reports prior to submission, ensuring these are timely, accurate and reliable and in compliance with the contractual obligations.
Periodic field visits to check on grant activities progress, consistency and level of compliance.
Proactively identifying problem areas or potential problems, making recommendations to address issues before they impact the grant, developing action plans and following up with the Finance Manager to ensure that identified issues have been addressed.

Capacity Building and Training:

Assisting the Finance Manager to review the grant agreements against HFH Zambia systems and policies. Identifying the gaps and assisting in the development of systems and procedures that would enable full compliance with the contractual obligations.
Providing input into grant management related policies and work with other parti