Nathan Associates London, a subsidiary of Nathan Associates Inc., is a leading provider of economic and management consultancy services worldwide. Over the past 12 years, we have undertaken over 120 projects in more than 50 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, including post-conflict countries.
Our expertise focuses mainly on three key areas: private sector development; agriculture and rural livelihoods; and financial markets. In addition, we work with the private sector in the area of corporate social responsibility.
Job Title: Project Accountant
Job Order ID: 1794
Function Note: Role and Responsibilities
The Project Accountant will report to the Country Coordinator (Ghana) and the home office Project Director (Washington DC). The accountant provides supervision in all aspects of the project accounting and financial management. S/he ensures that accounting transactions are managed according to the general principles of accounting and home office field accounting manual. S/he must also follow the client (USAID) and local government policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Manage field accounting systems and internal day-to-day financial operations.
- Ensure that all transactions are recorded, assist project management staff in reconciling accounts, and respond without delays to home office accounting questions or concerns.
- Monitor bank balances in both USD and Cedi and arrival of wire transfers and ensure bank accounts are up-to-date. Manage and reconcile bank accounts and balances on a monthly basis.
- Prepare monthly budget projections with Country Coordinator for all local expenses and send wire requests to the Home Office.
- Verify all vendor and subcontractor invoices and ensure careful management and oversight of subcontracts. Monitor vendor balances. Ensure all supporting documents are received and correct.
- Prepare monthly payroll, ensure distribution, print payroll receipts. Prepare payment of any severance, if applicable, to local staff and review unused compensated absences.
- Calculate and withhold the appropriate amounts for SNNIT, PAYE, and withholding taxes from salaried employees and GRA amounts for contract employees. Ensure these payments make it to the SSNIT office and GRA office by the due date each month.
- Review outstanding checks and payments in transit (e.g. rent, service and utility payments and lease modifications).
- Review local payroll tax obligations and VAT accruals.
- Process travel and other advances to staff and track outstanding balances. Verify and process expense reports generated by the staff.
- Ensure that petty cash is maintained, transactions are verified, and balances are reconciled at least once a week.
- Advise the Country Coordinator and home office Project Coordinator on rate of expenditures and remaining funds in the local accounts.
- Maintain and organize the project accounting filing system.
- Reconcile and close-out project bank accounts.
Requirement Note: Qualifications and Requirements
- Must be a Ghanaian citizen
- A university degree in a related field; accounting or finance preferred
- At least 5 years of professional accounting experience;
- Experience working on a donor-funded project; USAID preferred
- Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations;
- Strong understanding of Ghanaian tax laws, standard practices, and accounting procedures
- Review relationships with suppliers of equipment, supplies, and services to the project and project procurement practices;
- Strong problem solving skills;
- Strong written and verbal English skills;
- Strong attention to detail;
- Demonstrated experience in office software (Accounting software, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc).
- Willingness to work closely with the Nathan Associates Washington DC home office as necessary
- Others tasks related to the scope of work as necessary
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
How to Apply
Applications are due by March 16, 2017 and can be submitted directly by email to [email protected] and [email protected]
Interested candidates should apply in writing and include a brief one-page application letter stating how he/she meets the selection criteria and a current Curriculum Vitae or Resume . Please be sure to include at least two professional references , including emails and telephone numbers. There is no need to submit a transcript.Compensation will be based on the applicant’s salary history, consistent with the local compensation plan from the USG Foreign Service National Pay scale for Ghana.