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Management Accountant

Employer
Afghanaid
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£35,000-£40,000 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Job Details

The Organisation

Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development NGO established in 1983. It is headquartered in Kabul and is currently working in four provinces: Badakhshan, Samangan, Ghor, and Daykundi. We also work through partners in nine others: Herat, Faryab, Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul, Balkh, Bamyan, Takhar, Khost and Paktia. For 4 decades, Afghanaid has developed its thematic expertise and the capacity of its staff in correspondence with the evolving needs of the country, international best practice, and opportunities for innovation. Our work supports four pillars of sustainable development: providing basic services; strengthening sustainable livelihoods and food security; adapting to climate change and reducing disaster risk, and emergency humanitarian assistance. Three guiding principles are mainstreamed in all our work to ensure its contribution to sustainable development: gender and inclusion, good governance and community development, and conflict mitigation and peacebuilding.

A rare opportunity to merge financial acumen with social impact: Afghanaid is looking for a Management Accountant to lead the organisation’s financial excellence, ensuring seamless transactions and pioneering innovative accounting methods. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has recently qualified with the ambition and determination to move up in their career, or is looking for a new challenge in the international humanitarian aid and development sector.  Reporting into the Director of Finance and Operations, this role spans bookkeeping, budget preparation, and reporting. The ideal candidate would be attracted to regular overseas travel to Afghanistan, and enthusiastic about capacitating and collaborating with Kabul-based colleagues. If you're a CCAB-qualified finance professional with a passion for making a difference, join us and be a vital force at the forefront of transformative development and humanitarian projects supporting some of the most vulnerable families in Afghanistan.

 

 Job Purpose and Role

We are seeking a Finance professional who can work with the utmost accountability and accuracy as part of our senior financial management team. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in streamlining processes and implementing systems. They should plan to work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to maintain robust internal controls, ensure compliance with IFRS, Charity SORP and other statutory/ regulatory requirements and provide robust accounting advice to internal stakeholders. The post-holder should be able to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and pay close attention to detail. It is essential that the candidate can communicate effectively across the organisation at all levels, using language and terminology that is both accessible and empowering.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Prepare and complete an accurate book of accounts in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles and British Charities SORP and maintain complete oversight of the general and subsidiary accounting ledgers; Ensure financial transactions are fully supported, complete, accurate and consistent with organisational and donors’ standards. Lead in developing and implementing new accounting techniques and systems or in modifying existing methods and procedures suitable for the UK office (as we as Kabul and Provincial Offices as agreed). Manage daily activities of accounting and finance functions including timely recording of transactions, cash management, banking, assets, receivables, and payables. Reconcile the inter-branch account to ensure that all transactions have been identified and captured in the corresponding branch at the end of each month. Assist in preparation of the annual budget and work plans; monitor the effective implementation of the budget and work plan. Ensure safe custody of cash, documentation and other valuables in the UK Office finance section and coordinate weekly and monthly cash counts, including spot counts. Ensure the proper management of bank accounts and maintain regular communication with bankers. Assist HO finance with month end procedures and preparation of timely, accurate and complete monthly/quarterly and annual financial accounts, providing technical guidance as needed. Generate narrative reports detailing findings from analysis and proposed solutions for system improvements. Assist with period review of exchange movement and make recommendations to minimise the organisational foreign currency losses and maximise gains. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate AI and other new technologies into finance operations, streamlining processes and increasing efficiency. Provide training and support to team members on utilising new technologies and systems to improve financial operations. Facilitate in external and internal audits and compilation of annual audit file. Participate in finance meetings to ensure quality and compliance and address any financial questions. Visit Afghanaid’s Head Office in Kabul generally once per quarter, and provincial offices as required, to better understand the working environment and support and train team members. Undertake any other duties as and when required by the line manager and/or overview manager.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education & Professional Qualification

CCAB Recognised ACCA/ CIMA/ACA qualified / Diploma in Charity Accounting / CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance & Accounting or substantial equivalent experience.

Work Experience

Strong practical/applied understanding of charity finance and the management of restricted and unrestricted income. Experience of managing payroll.

Professional Skills, Competencies, Values and Attitudes

Afghanaid seeks an excellent accountant, with strong financial management and reporting acumen; combined with curiosity and initiative, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and sound judgement and decision-making skills.

Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:

  • Native fluency in written English, with a demonstrable ability to write and lay out high quality documents and reports for diverse audiences. Proficient in budget development, monitoring & control as well as financial reporting and analysis. Excellent conceptual and analytical skills able to distil key ideas with clarity and precision. Excellent communication skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas. Ability to lead and influence others with diplomacy and tact. High-level proficiency in relevant ERP software packages and office applications, including spreadsheets, word processing, PowerPoint and Outlook. Personal integrity with initiative and drive to get things done and achieve results in a fast-paced and challenging environment. An outgoing and engaging personality, with an awareness of cultural and gender sensitivities and a strong sense of humour; able to build trust, work and live collaboratively with others and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a diverse multicultural environment. Strong organisational and coordination skills, able to work with significant levels of autonomy, manage personal priorities and meet tight deadlines. Business-oriented, with a commitment to build Afghanaid’s agility and strengthen its reputation. Flexible and dynamic, with the ability to deal with difficult, often ambiguous, and unprecedented situations and creatively solve problems. Resilience to travel and work in isolated and possibly insecure locations. Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Commitment to the vision and mission of Afghanaid

How to Apply

Please email a covering letter and your CV, by no later than 13th March 2024 to jobs@afghanaid.org.uk; including your name and the job title in the subject line. Your covering letter should be no more than 1 standard A4 page in length and explain how you meet the position requirements and why you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this role. Your CV should be no more than 4 pages and include 3 professional references including your current employer (we will only contact references with your permission). The precision and style with which you present yourself in your covering letter and CV will be given significant weight in shortlisting candidates. Applications with no proper subject (requested above) or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every application. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the deadline, then you have not been successful for shortlisting.

Shortlisting for the position will be done on a rolling basis. 

Company

Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development organisation. For forty years, our dedicated personnel have worked with millions of families in some of the poorest and most remote communities in Afghanistan. We build basic services, improve livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, help communities protect against natural disasters and adapt to climate change, and respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Our community-led approach gives ordinary Afghans a voice in their own development, making them active participants in shaping the future of their country.

With our years of experience, our majority Afghan team, and our deep understanding of local, cultural and ethnic issues, we have earned great trust and respect among the communities we serve. This has allowed us to gain access to some of the most underserved areas of the country.

Company info
Telephone
07831863494
Location
The Busworks
Omnibus Business Centre
39-41 North Road
London
London
N7 9DP
United Kingdom

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