Senior Accountant

Job Description



The organization works with and supports small-holder farmers to improve their productivity and incomes. To this end, the organization wishes to recruit a competent, qualified and result oriented person to fill the position of a Senior accountant.

Key Skills

  • NGO operations for multi-donor funded projects
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Project management
  • Team management/supervisory skills
  • MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) skills and impact assessment
  • Human resources management
  • Proposal writing and fundraising
  • Strong time management skills and an ability to support team members to meet deadlines
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Understanding of rural poverty issues
  • Key Qualities

  • A passion for ensuring that every community member lives in dignity and free from poverty.
  • Result oriented, values committed, self-motivated, accountable and honest
  • An ability to manage resources prudently to enable organizational growth.
  • Main tasks and responsibilities

  • The senior accountant oversees the overall finance and administration operations of Farming Systems Kenya.
  • He/she assists the Executive Director in all logistical and non-direct aspects of finance and human administration management.
  • Assists in writing and implementing the long- and short-term strategic plans for Farming Systems Kenya.
  • Oversees financial management for programmes delivery including personnel, budgets and accounting, MEAL, and risk assessments.
  • Oversees the finance department in the maintenance of accurate financial records, financial reporting, and budgeting.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant Kenyan laws regarding revenue, staff taxation and benefits, reporting to the NGO Bureau and any other statutory matters.
  • Leads HR activities including hiring (developing job descriptions, postings, screening, interviewing), coordinating benefits, and terminations.
  • Ensures all personnel files are kept up to date and supports the Programmes Manager and Executive Director in timely completion of employment contracts, performance appraisals, and performance improvement plans (PIP), if required.
  • Oversees day-to-day operations of the offices including: ICT needs and office maintenance
  • Provides or coordinates relevant training and follow-up support to staff as needed.
  • Supports in fundraising within Kenya and abroad.
  • Coordinates all Farming Systems Kenya’s financial audits
  • Reporting line

    The Senior accountant will be appointed by the Board of Directors, Farming Systems Kenya and will report to the Executive Director.

    Skills & Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Commerce degree or a degree in a related field
  • CPA (K) or equivalent
  • At least five years accounting experience in a busy NGO accounting department.
  • Computer literate and proven knowledge in accounting packages.
  • Can work under pressure and tight deadlines with minimum supervision
  • At least 5 years’ experience at a managerial position preferably in an NGO

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