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Senior Accountant

Mohale's Hoek





National Office

Reports to:

Finance and Support Services Manager

Provides supervision to:

National Office Accountants *5

Effective Date:

Grade Level:

Financial Authority / budget:

(amount controlled/impacted by the position)

Purpose of the position:

To supervise operations of the accounting department through good planning and monitoring of duties of accounting staff.To implement financial policies in the areas of: budgets, cash management and forecasting, funding by donor, recordings and documentation, and financial reporting and ensuring compliance with World Vision policies, local and donor regulations as they relate to financial matters.

Communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Major Responsibilities: (please define in output format – 1-10 things of what you expect to see as a result of this position)


Key Outputs/Responsibilities

(Accountabilities and results)





  • Supervise and coach five National Office Accountants in the financial accounting office

  • Prepare funding cashflow forecast to ensure adequate cash is available every month

  • Participate in preparation of national office support cost budget

  • Act as a member of the national office procurement/tender committee to advise on financial matters

  • Calculate and communicate monthly rolling exchange rate to all stakeholder in collaboration with the Finance Manager





Quality Checks:

  • Review Payment vouchers and authorise generation of payments in sunsystems, Deposit vouchers and Journal entry vouchers for accuracy, proper coding and completeness of documentation

  • Ensure advances provided are for business activities, properly authorised and approved per FM



Financial Systems Management:

  • Coordinate implementation of Global Centre system initiatives relating to disbursement and income management (SA, Cashwyze, Bank Reconciliation Templates, Business online, Payroll interface, LDR, S2P).

  • Enter PBAS requests and ensure Support Offices make commitment on MyPBAS on a timely basis and alerting Project Managers on potential financial deficits in good time.


Payment Processing:

  • Prompt payment of suppliers and service providers

  • Correct payment made for goods/services received and within agreed payment period

  • Prompt payment of PAYE taxes and statutory payments in liaison with P&C.

  • Process government tax reporting and remittance(such as payroll tax deduction, withholding tax) in compliance with all local regulations

  • Prepare reconciliations of tax payable accounts


Accounts Payable Systems Management:

  • Tracking timely payment of creditors per FM to ensure clearance of outstanding balances at month end.

  • Prepare reconciliation of tax payable account (account 2300).

  • Review and authorize processing of transactions in accounts payable and post data in Sunsystems

  • Perform account allocation of accounts 170, and liability accounts (200, 230, 240, 250,255 and 260) on monthly basis


SA & PA Systems Management:

  • Manage interoffice billing through the Settlement Advice (SA) and Pre-Approval (PA) system.

  • Associate Pre-Approval and Settlement Advices within 30 days.

  • Provide information relating to inter office billing to the Finance Manager for response


Cash and Banking:

  • Review cash receipt book and ensure cash is banked within 24 hours and intact.

  • Review petty cash statements regularly and that replenishment is done timely for smooth running of the office.

  • Review Cash register for the office to monitor cash balances for smooth running of the office every day

  • Prepare bank reconciliation statement of national office main account

  • Update the bank signatories list on a timely basis.


Capacity Building:

  • Mentor and coach staff on financial policies, procedures and financial management in general.

  • Train finance and non finance staff in financial systems relating to disbursement and income management (GEMS, SA, Cashwyze, S2P)




  • Confirm and record direct funding from support offices

  • Prepare local income summary and attach on financial database on monthly basis

  • Prepare reconciliation of account 300 with GL from the Global Centre

  • Record direct charges from Global Centre and other World Vision Offices

  • Record, reconcile, and coordinate Gifts in Kind information and records with GIK focal person

  • Prepare bank reconciliation for the main NO bank account

  • Prepare suppliers account reconciliations on monthly basis




  • Manage cash on hand, funding received and bank balances to be kept accurate, secure and intact, and reconciled regularly.

  • Manage suppliers and services providers in liaison with supply chain to preserve good name and image of the organization

  • Thorough review of accounting transactions and documents before processing




  • Attend devotions, staff chapel and day of prayer.

  • Perform other duties assigned to enhance World Vision LESOTHO ministry


Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Attend and participate/lead in daily devotions and weekly Chapel services.

  • Perform other relevant duties as required.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior to experience or on-the-job training:

  • Minimum Qualification Required:

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting/Finance.

  • Experience:

  • Minimum five years accounting experience with a minimum of two years in financial management supervisory role.

  • Preferred:

  • MBA, ACCA, CPA related fields.

  • Technical Skills:

  • Working knowledge of sponsorship operations, finance services and practices is an added advantage.

  • Excellent computer skills in Excel & Sun-systems software/Vision Excel and Vision Executive.

  • Grants management certification.

  • Demonstrated ability in supervision.

  • Experience in managing donor funds.

  • Good planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and public.

  • Commitment to World Vision Core Values and Mission Statement.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based with minimal travel to the field.

  • Travel: 5% Domestic/international travel is required.

  • On call: 10%.