Finance Assistant

Published by Jobstanzania on 11:25:00 pm

Finance Assistant, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Finance Officer
Contract duration: 12 months (with possible extension)
Salary: Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Job purpose
To support the finance function of BBC Media Action in Tanzania.
BBC Media Action in Tanzania is seeking a Finance Assistant. The postholder will be an accountant with at least two years’ experience and registered as a member of NBAA. S/he will support the finance function of BBC Media Action in Tanzania including maintaining suppliers' accounts, processing suppliers' invoices, processing payment vouchers, issuing checks for all accounts due, maintaining finance filing system and managing petty cash.

BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, Media Action partners with civil society, local media and governments to:
• Produce creative programmes in multi-media formats, based on robust research, which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.
• Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.
BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of media projects in Tanzania. It seeks to expand this portfolio of work, but also ensure that existing projects are delivered to time, to budget and to the highest standards, and in accordance with BBC editorial values as well as Media Action methodologies.

Main Duties

  • Assist with monitoring the financial system in order to ensure that BBC Media Action finances are maintained in an accurate and timely manner
  • Maintain supplier accounts
  • Process supplier invoices
  • Process payments vouchers
  • Issue cheques for all accounts due
  • Assist with the annual audit
  • Assist with the maintenance of the finance filing system
  • Assist with month end as well as year end returns
  • Tracking all the funds request submitted to Finance ensuring that they are timely processed
  • Deal with cash management such as managing petty cash

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Holder of first degree in Accountancy or equivalent – with original copies of qualification documents
  • At least two years professional working experience at the level of Finance Assistant or above within a recognised NGO or INGO
  • Experience of working with and reporting to international donors
  • Good interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with financial and non-financial staff within BBC Media Action.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels within the organization.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of operating computer-based financial management systems.
  • An eye for detail and a concern for accuracy.

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies
• Analytical thinking – able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development
• Planning and organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements
• Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy
• Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information
• Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people
• Self-Development – Is able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development

Application instructions: 
Candidates should send their CV and a covering letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English to tzrecruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the name of the position applied for in the subject line.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate covering letter will not be considered. Please only apply if you meet the basic criteria under the person specification. This is a local post applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and only if a donor application is successful.
Please note that the availability of this position is dependent on the success of an outstanding application to a donor.

Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2013



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