JOB AT Catholic Relief Service (CRS) : Senior Accountant : ( Deadline : 16 July 2019 )

JOB AT Catholic Relief Service (CRS) : Senior Accountant    : ( Deadline : 16 July 2019 )


JOB AT Catholic Relief Service (CRS) : Senior Accountant : ( Deadline : 16 July 2019 )



Job Title: Senior Accountant


Department: Finance


Reports To: Finance Manager


Country/Location: Rwanda/Kigali





As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not a creed, race or nationality. The primary goal of CRS/Rwanda programming is to ensure that vulnerable households in Rwanda achieve full, integral human development.

Job Summary:

CRS is seeking a Finance Accountant to help coordinate and contribute to the implementation of the Improving Early Childhood Development in Rwanda (IECD-R) contract policies and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. This Job’s holder will efficiently perform accounting services through documenting the project’s financial transactions by compiling, analyzing, and verifying account information, preparing account entries, and delivering financial reporting services throughout the project/contract life cycle.




Job Responsibilities:


Review and analyze financial reports, including cost allocation of shared costs, to verify financial transactions. Ensure all transactions are accurately stated and appropriately classified. Work with relevant staff to address irregularities and resolve accounting issues, and ensure correction of accounting entries.
Set and monitor sound accounting and financial reporting procedures for the ICD-R contract sub-recipients and partners following established standards. Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned project/contract accounts in SunSystems financial accounting package.
Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place.
Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare to correct entries and adjustments, as necessary.
Assess, evaluate and monitor sub-recipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and strengthen the capacity of a partner in financial accounting and transactions.
Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant project staff of due payments/liquidations and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management and compliance with set deadlines.

Prepare various periodic and ad hoc financial reports and perform variance analysis to assist project staff with decision-making. Assist with budget maintenance for proper management of financial resources.
Provide information to project staff, sub-recipients, and partners on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and deliver training and other capacity building activities.
Perform assigned treasury project/contract (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.


Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:


Education and Experience


B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent).
Minimum of two years’ experience in a position with similar responsibilities, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institution.
Knowledge of the relevant public donor (DFID/UKAID) regulations preferred.
Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of SunSystems financial accounting package or similar financial reporting software preferred.


Personal Skills


Excellent analytical skills with the ability to detect and report inconsistencies
Conscientious, accurate and thorough with great attention to detail
Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
Ability to work collaboratively
Required/Desired Foreign Language Full working proficiency in English required.

Travel Required (include the percentage of required travel, if applicable) N/A



Key Working Relationships:


Supervisory: None.


Internal: Programme Director, Contract Compliance Officer, Senior Programme Officer, Finance Team, Operations Team, CP Leadership


External: Partner accountant/finance staff


Agency-wide Competencies:


These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.




Accountability and stewardship
Builds relationships
Develops talent
Continuous improvement and innovation

Strategic mindset

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.



CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


Equal Opportunity Employer



How to apply


Electronic applications-Only a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at [email protected] not later than Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Please, include “MEAL Manager/IECD” and your name in the subject line. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Kigali July 9, 2019


Jude-Marie Banatte


Country Representative


CRS/Rwanda Program



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