ACCOUNTANT at USAID/Zambia


OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates
POSITION: Accountant
CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2016
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY RANGE: ZMK 260,481.82 p.a. – ZMK 400,540.40 p.a.
Position Grade: FSN-10
BASIC FUNCTION:  This is one of the three positions located in the Accounting Team in the Controller’s Office at USAID/Zambia.  The primary purpose of this position is to manage USAID/Zambia program budget of approximately $270 Million and Mission’s Operating Expense (OE) budget of approximately $5 Million per year.  The incumbent prepares budget projections and requests based on analysis of probable and proposed project funding levels, in conjunction with the ever changing economic environment and prepares budget projections and requests based on analysis of staffing levels, proposed funding levels, recommends appropriate funding source for OE and Trust Fund expenditures and ensures that obligations and disbursements are attributed to proper accounts.
The incumbent recommends appropriate funding source(s) for various program-funding and operating expense (O.E.) requests and ensures that obligations, sub-commitments, sub-obligations, and disbursements are attributed to proper accounts.  The incumbent also interprets Agency policy and other rules and regulations, and advises the Controller, Chief Accountant, Assistance Objective Team Leaders and other mission personnel on the proper application of funds and the propriety of funding requests.  By means of special reports, memoranda, and personal consultation, the incumbent keeps Mission officials informed concerning existing control procedures and the financial status of the various projects and program activities in effect.  The incumbent also proposes financial management improvements to ensure that USAID/Zambia mission functions are conducted in an efficient manner.
In addition, the incumbent works closely with other Financial Management teams to advise recipients on USAID and Mission financial policies and procedures and assists recipients in improving their accounting functions in promoting local capacity building under USAID/Forward.
The Financial Management services include but are not limited to Financial Analysis, Budgeting, Reporting, Vouchering, and Payments.  Financial Management functions include providing financial data to be used for, and participating in, the forecasting of the future resource requirements and providing financial information for evaluation of work accomplished in comparison to previous plans and forecast.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT:
Subject to availability of funds, this will be a five-year contract, with an option to extend, depending upon continuing need of the services.
BENEFITS:
The position has been classified at a FSN – 10 levels.  The actual salary of the successful candidate will be negotiated within that range depending on qualifications and previous earnings history.
APPLYING:
Qualified candidates should send:
  1. A formal application letter or cover letter;
  2. A current CV;
  3. Photocopies of all professional certificates and degrees;
  4. A fully complete application form DS-174 (available online at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/136408.pdf);  and
  5. Contact information for at least three professional references.
The complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on USAID/Zambia website:http://www.usaid.gov/zambia/careers.
SUBMIT ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
EXOZambiaHR@usaid.gov (E-mailed applications required.)
The email subject heading must read:
Application: Accountant, AID-004-16
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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