Project Accountant at Benishyaka

1 Project Accountant at  Benishyaka
Project Accountant

Benishyaka | Type: Job
Published: 2024-05-18 | Deadline: 2024-06-04


Benishyaka is Non -Governmental Organization established in July 1995 and from this time, we have successfully implemented numerous development programs and projects in areas of sustainable agriculture, climate change, gender equity and equality, health, education and nutrition. The NGO is rolling out a five-year strategic plan focusing the aforementioned development programs and has equally put in place solid management policies and procedures to ensure efficiency and effectiveness way of managing its resources including financial and human resources. 

Our vision: “A cohesive Rwandan society with empowered vulnerable groups gainfully accessing equal rights, livelihood opportunities and participating in national development”  

Our Mission: “A leading community development organization, actively empowering and transforming the livelihoods of vulnerable communities to access knowledge, skills and capital for sustainable development”. 

Benishyaka in partnership with CARE International -Rwanda and our Umbrella organization Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe(PFTH), are implementing a five-year project named Gender Equality And Resilience(GEAR) Project in Districts of Kayonza and Gatsibo in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. The GEAR Project will be working with marginalized women, girls, and youth thus contributing to gender equality and increasing social and economic resilience of women and girls in the project area. 

Given the above-mentioned project, Benishyaka seeks to recruit competent and qualified Project accountant.

The accountant will be responsible for the organization's financial integrity, including monitoring financial progress and developing consolidated financial plans and reports as required by the organization and Donors. She/He will carry out the recording and maintaining all Benishyaka financial records and ensuring that Benishyaka and the donor’s financial policies and procedures are followed. She/he is expected to work closely with program staff and will play a key role in ensuring that the projects are delivered on time on the agreed budget lines. 

Key Responsibilities  

  • Ensure financial controls, processes, and procedures are in place to allow adequate financial monitoring of projects expenditures and ensure strict adherence to Benishyaka and Donors’ financial procedures and guidelines. 
  • Ensure project staff understand the financial requirements of the project and have systems that can meet these requirements, advise on donor specific financial rules and regulations. 
  • Working with program staff to prepare budgets and forecasts and ensure strict compliance to regulations. 
  • Prepare, produce, and submit accurate and timely financial reports as required by the organization and Donors. 
  • Conduct and submit periodic financial analysis reports to management and the Board
  • Work with program staff to develop narratives on Project expenditures. 
  • Facilitate internal and external audit processes, ensure audit requirements are monitored through the project cycle and timely implement all audit queries.
  • Provide financial risk analysis reports together with needed risk management strategies. 
  • Maintaining project accounts and petty cash management. 
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations, conduct cash count on regular basis, ensure timely processing of regular payments as stipulated in the financial management policies and procedures. 
  • Review and advise on field payment requests done by suppliers. 
  • Ensure that any interest accrued by the project is tracked and used in line with donor’s requirements. 
  • To provide strategic guidance to management and the Board, including exchange rates, price fluctuations, financing gaps etc. 
  • Work closely with program staff to monitor the budget utilization and communicate any issue thereof. 
  • Promote zero tolerance for corruption and misappropriation of all project related resources 
  • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by management and/or the Board.

Required skills and qualifications 

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • Professional accounting/ financial management certificates is an added advantage.
  • Three years of Solid and practical experience and knowledge of accounting for none profit organizations and NGOs. 
  • Must have strong knowledge of internal controls and budget/ cash flow monitoring. 
  • Excellent financial management and administration skills, good knowledge of international accounting standards. 
  • Knowledge in preparing plans and budgets management and financial reporting, analyzing financial reports and plans, and developing financial operational systems schedules. 
  • Competence in using accounting software appropriate for large international organizations with good experience using QuickBooks and advanced Excel. 
  • Proven ability to prioritize in a demanding environment, multiple accountabilities, and respecting tight deadlines. 
  • Strong analytical, financial reporting, and presentation skills with the ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely. 
  • Requires cross-cultural experience, understanding, and sensitivity to gender issues. 
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English and /or French, as well as Kinyarwanda. 
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of partners (Community members. Partner NGOs, Government and Donor agencies).
  • The Accountant shall be reporting to the Executive Secretary and working hours should not be less than 8 hours a day. 

Application Procedures  

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications files enclosing in Cover Application letter, CVs and academic papers addressed to Executive Secretary at Benishyaka office KG 206 House number 131 Gasabo District Kimironko Sector not later than 4th June 2024 Benishyaka is an equal opportunity employer, female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.