Assistant Accountant – LINKAGES Project

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Assistant Accountant - LINKAGES Project

  • Post Date:May 19, 2021
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  • Career Level Assistant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 1-3 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity.

Assistant Accountant – LINKAGES Project

Reporting to the Program Area Accountant, the Assistant Accountant is responsible for payments, forecasting, asset management, reporting and assisting grants cash and budget management, grant financial reporting, field visits and community capacity building.


  • Monitor budget versus expenditure for the grant and prepare project monthly financial monitoring report. (Budget Versus Actual)
  • Monitor LINKAGES partner spending progress and provide support accordingly.
  • Prepare consolidated grant financial report including input from the partner as per donor reporting timelines and submit to the PA Accountant for review before sharing with the National Office/Consortium lead partner.
  • Reviews the LINKAGES  budgets for the grant and budget modifications and submit the same to PA Accountant
  • Review grants and project financial reports in the accounting system for accurate donor expenditure reporting, reconciling and ensuring timeous resolution of queries in liaison with other relevant functions.
  • Perform timely processing of payments and journals in SAP.
  • Perform balance sheet reconciliation to ensure that grant advances, accruals, prepayments are posted timely
  • Perform cash management function, maintaining bank and cash balances to levels sufficient to meet program requirements and cash threshold.
  • Perform bank reconciliations, general ledger reconciliations and cash requests from donors ensuring that financial resources are utilized and invested efficiently.
  • Review cash disbursements for accuracy and completeness.
  • Participate in payment of stakeholders to ensure completeness and adherence to donor regulations
  • Review partner liquidation for completeness and accuracy in line with donor conditions.
  • Assist the PA Accountant on partner capacity building as per risk matrix and in line with the Building Better Partnerships Principles.
  • Support review procurement requests and commitments of goods and services in accordance with PLAN procurement procedures and donor requirements.
  • Ensure compliance to donor requirements on financial issues for the grant.
  • Regular field visits to all grant funded project sites to verify that resources are optimally used.
  • Participate in the project review meetings and share on project financial performance.
  • Together with PA Accountant participate in the Consortium meetings and share on project financial performance.
  • Assist PA Accountant conducting financial training programs for program staff/partners and stakeholders involved in implementation of grant.
  • Promotes and abides by internal policies and procedures including but not limited to: Safeguarding Policy; Code of Conduct; mandatory reporting responsibility


  • A degree in Accounting;  CIS or equivalent qualification
  • 5 “O” levels including Mathematics and English Language.
  • 2 years’ experience in a similar role in an NGO environment


  • Analytical skills
  • Good communication skills, appropriate to the audience
  • Ability to interpret and work in accordance with laid down procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications


  • Gains, develops and retains credibility about his/her performance
  • Appreciation of child rights


 We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.

 We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

 We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace.
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and develop agency to change their own lives.

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit their curriculum vitae & cover letter outlining their suitability for the position. Plan International takes very seriously the responsibility and duty to ensure that we and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm or place at risk children and young people. In this regard, reference & background checks will be performed including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy.

This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals
Type of role: Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date : 27 May 2021