Feed the Future Policy LINK – Accountant, Ethiopia
The five-year (2019 – 2024) Feed the Future Policy Leadership, Interactions, Networks and Knowledge (Policy LINK) project will strengthen the capacity of local actors and institutions to lead and manage the agricultural transformation process and contribute effectively and collectively to improved, broad-based food security policy outcomes.
Specifically, the program aims to strengthen food security policy systems by investing in and reinforcing productive human and social capital and developing strategic partnerships that help bring these innovations and capacity investments to scale in order to achieve a critical mass of local actors with the ability and opportunity to effect positive policy change through collective action.
Policy LINK’s general approach is grounded in facilitative leadership and collaborative governance, which emphasize engaging stakeholders from civil society and public and private sectors in consensus-oriented decision making, collaborative problem solving, and adaptive learning.
Policy LINK in Ethiopia
USAID Ethiopia is developing a five-year activity with the overall objective of supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and other policy system actors as they transition to a more inclusive policy development process. Specifically, the activity will facilitate the transition from an almost exclusively government-led and implemented policy development paradigm to one driven by multiple stakeholders.
This new approach to policymaking will require strengthening the capacity of Ethiopia’s main agricultural policy system actors and institutions and supporting them to engage in a new collaborative environment. This approach will lead to significant improvements in the policy process and the resulting policy environment. For example, there will be greater clarity around roles and increased participation in policy processes by stakeholders traditionally excluded from decision-making, including academia, financial institutions, the judiciary, CSOs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector representations from the national, regional, and local levels. Under the new policy development paradigm, development partners will be expected to align their approaches to fit within this broader collaborative framework.
This approach will be underpinned by Policy LINK’s overarching theory of change focused on increasing human and social capital, engaging policy system actors in collaborative processes, and developing mechanisms for collaborative governance and dynamic learning systems and platforms to sustain collective action.
The activity will support the GoE objectives of inspiring sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthening resilience among people and systems, and creating a well-nourished population, especially women and children.
The Accountant will oversee each step of the field project finance cycle for the LINK/Ethiopia office including estimating cash needs, requesting and processing weekly wire transfers from Bethesda, processing payments to goods and service providers, and recording financial transactions and preparing regular financial reports. S/he will ensure that all financial transactions are documented in compliance with DAI policies and procedures.
S/he will be expected to liaise with operations and technical points of contact in the LINK/Ethiopia office and the LINK team remotely based as well as home office staff in Bethesda/Washington.
S/he will continually reinforce Policy LINK’s agreed-upon core purpose and principles, and ensure all decision-making is rooted in those purpose and principles. S/he will contribute to foster a learning environment in which personal and team growth is supported, with a shared understanding that the “team” always comes before the “individual.”
The Accountant will be responsible for the following:
I. Day to day financial management:
· Ensure timely and proper accounting of all project transactions in Dynacom/Financial Accounting System (FAS), using the correct codes and expenditure types;
o Transactions may include but not be limited to staff advances, goods/service provider invoice payments, payroll, and statutory remittances.
· Ensure the project finance filing system including invoices, correspondence, backup procurement documentation, and client files are scanned on a monthly basis and organized according to DAI policies for easy reference during internal and external audits;
· Ensure that financial activities (i.e. payments for goods and services received) are carried out in compliance with DAI policies as well as local laws; and
· Proactively monitor all financial activities, as well as any technical issues with DAI financial reporting tools/systems, and flag challenges to the LINK team for action.
II. Regular financial reporting:
· Weekly wire requests for funds transferred from DAI/Washington to the LINK/Ethiopia bank account;
· Bi-weekly field finance expenditure reports generated from Dynacom/FAS and uploaded to Oracle;
· Monthly bank reconciliations;
· Monthly accruals and commitments report submitted to the LINK/Ethiopia Finance & Operations Director;
· Monthly scanning and storage of verified finance vouchers in project Sharepoint folder; and
· Statutory remittance reports submitted by designated deadlines.
III. Bank relationship management:
· Serve as the primary point of contact with the designated bank, ensuring regular updates are received, exchange rates are favorable, and working relations are strong.
IV. Coordination with other LINK staff:
· Support Ethiopia team members to track actual activity expenses compared to projections;
· Participate in relevant cross-cutting project meetings such as those focused on office startup and closedown, sharing financial updates;
· Communicate regularly with DAI/Washington and remotely based LINK staff with finance and operations responsibilities to exchange information relevant to day-to-day management as well as periodic internal/external audits as needed.
The Accountant will report to the Ethiopia Finance and Operations Manager.
The Accountant will not have any supervisory responsibilities.
· A university degree in finance, business management, public administration, or another relevant field;
· A minimum of 3 years of work experience on donor-funded programs (USAID preferred), with progressive responsibility in financial management;
· Preference for experience supporting fast-paced donor-funded programs focused on agriculture, value chains, digital tools, food security, or similar technical areas.
· Attention to detail;
· Effective communication with colleagues and stakeholders located within Ethiopia as well as in other LINK offices – a strong capacity for remote collaboration is required;
· Ability to balance competing priorities and information shared by colleagues, policy and procedure manuals, stakeholders, etc. and carry out well-informed financial management decisions;
· Professional fluency in English and Amharic.
How to apply:
Please submit applications electronically via this website: https://fs23.formsite.com/OLJTgx/jvhipwp5om/index.html?1618955315786
Applications submitted between 23rd April to 7th May, 2021 will be considered.
Candidates will be required to answer certain qualifying questions before uploading their CVs and cover letters to the application form for consideration.
Only candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. No email enquiries please.