Accountant At Jesuit Refugee Service


Vacancy Announcement


Department: Finance Department

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Reports to: Country Finance Officer

Organizational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is ministry of the Society of Jesus, incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and now has a presence in over 56 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.
The main services provided are in the field of education, reconciliation, livelihood activities and psychosocial support. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects. In Kenya, JRS has two projects: an urban refugee project in Nairobi focussing on Education and Livelihoods and field project in Kakuma Refugee Camp focussing on Education, Integrated psychosocial inclusive Education programme in Centres and Safe Shelters.

Key Responsibilities

The position Accountant, under the supervision of the Country Finance Officer will perform his/her duties in support of the Country Finance department. S/he will perform below tasks

Within delegated authority, the accountant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Reconciling the company’s bank statements and bookkeeping ledgers

• Filing and remitting taxes and other financial obligations

• Collaborate with CFO and other team members to successfully execute various accounting tasks.

• Maintain company ledgers and daily financial transactions.

• Create financial documents such as bills, invoices, payables, receivables, and purchase orders.

• Identify discrepancies in ledgers and accounts, tracking them to the source and correcting them.

• Posting of payroll entries activities and release salaries.

• Coordinate and manage payment of external service providers, contractors, and vendors.

• Organize the bookkeeping processes of the company.

• Assist in evaluating the financial budgets and track expenses.

• Reconcile financial books including incoming and outgoing funds.

• Managing expense reports and reimbursements,

• Entering financial transactions into our internal databases and reconciling invoices.

• Reconcile invoices and identify discrepancies

• Create and update expense report and Process reimbursement forms

• Maintain digital and physical financial records

• Participate in quarterly and annual audits

To carry out other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification and Competencies

· University degree or equivalent degree in finance, accounting, or related field. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

· A minimum of Three years of progressively responsible working experience in the field of finance, accounting, or related area is required. Experience in financial reporting under IFRS or comparable financial reporting frameworks and financial statement closing processes is required. Accounting experience in an international organization is desirable. Experience working in remote location

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Humanitarian work environment.

· Must possess strong quantitative and analytical skills combined with solid business and financial acumen

· Detail-oriented professional

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills & Strong relationship building skills

· Must be an excellent team player who possesses solid interpersonal and organizational skills

· Flexible, orientation coupled with solid multi-tasking abilities

· Must possess strong quantitative and analytical skills combined with solid business and financial acumen

· Knowledge in Microsoft Dynamics- Navision accounting software


o Previous experience in working with Project staffs

o Previous experience with a faith-based NGO is an added advantage

Core values and ethics

o Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values; ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and to advocate for their right to protection and a life in dignity

o High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with people, situations and information

o Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value

Terms and Conditions

Contract is for 10 months, renewable, with an initial probationary period of Three months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. **

How to apply

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents to: no later than 10th March 2022:

  1. A cover letter describing the candidate’s desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in joining JRS