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Field Accountants

Location: Dire Dawa  and Bahir Dar , Ethiopia

Deadline: July 13, 2024

Job Description

Background on CAWEE:

The Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) was established in 2004, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Non-Profit, Trade Promotion, Membership organization of women in export registered under the Chambers Law, Ministry of Trade. CAWEE provides different support services to women involved in Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a focus to women in export.

CAWEE closely works with different development partners and funding organizations, like: Governments (USA, Canada, Japan, India, Netherlands and Germany), UNDP, UNIDO, UN Women, Mastercard Foundation (MCF) and others. Currently, CAWEE has started aggressively working on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, starting being operational beyond Ethiopia, with the ultimate propose of expanding the export bases within the African Continent and beyond.

In providing technical skills/marketable skills to disadvantaged women (returnees, refugees, out casted community members, internally displaced women, women with disabilities), in the past years, CAWEE has provided trainings in basic technical skills, where following the skills training, employment opportunities were created to women. Currently, CAWEE is involved in projects funded by MCF as well as GIZ Sustainable Initiative (SI) Jobs projects targeting skills provisions and facilitating decent & fulfilling job opportunities to female youth.

Program Background:

CAWEE is implementing a 5-year consortium project jointly with PETCO Ethiopia and Ethiopia Enterprise Development (EED). The program is funded by the Mastercard Foundation contract to Enable Young Women and Men to Find Dignified and Fulfilling Work in Manufacturing in Ethiopia by capacitating existing SMEs. The program aims to:

  • Build SMEs capacities to sustainably create new jobs and improve existing ones through offering tailored business capacity building and mentorship services; enhancing access to markets and raw materials flow; and improving SMEs’ human resources capacity to create safe and inclusive working conditions for young women and men.
  • Improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) offerings to better prepare women and youth to enter the workforce (facilitate school-to-work transition).
  • Facilitate a Robust Financial Ecosystem to help SMEs access tailored financial services that allow them to grow and increase employment opportunities for young women in particular, and to invest in infrastructure that can improve young women’s and men’s working conditions.
  • Strengthen the Enablers (Ecosystem) to foster private sector engagement, stakeholder coordination synergy, and policy development for sustainable and scalable job growth

Duties and Responsibilities 

This unique role combines the responsibilities of Field Finance Officer to provide comprehensive support for the program hub, its associated programs (APs), and staff. You’ll be a bridge between departments, ensuring a smooth-running and well-resourced environment.

Specific responsibilities of Finance Officer include, but are not limited to:

Payments:

  • Prepare and process bank payment vouchers for approved invoices.
  • Ensure timely payments to vendors with proper receipts attached.
  • Manage petty cash for the office, maintaining accurate records and processing petty cash payments within the limit.
  • Follow up on staff advances to ensure timely settlement.
  • Settle government taxes and pensions on time.

Financial Reporting and Record Keeping:

  • Record and categorize all bank and petty cash transactions according to the chart of accounts.
  • Prepare General Ledger and Cash Offline Spreadsheets for review and posting by the Senior Finance Officer.
  • Maintain proper documentation of all financial documents.
  • Regularly report purchase declarations to the government office.

Security and Controls:

  • Ensure the safekeeping of petty cash funds, uncollected checks, and other financial documents.
  • Scan and stamp all financial documents.
  • Archiving all financial documents based on the policy

Working Relationships and accountabilities

  • Reports Directly to: Field Office Coordination Program Officer
  • Works Directly With: Finance Department, (with authority for technical financial matters); Operations Department, Program staff
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling CAWEE values
  • Holds the team and CAWEE Filed Offices accountable to deliver on their responsibilities –giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Supervisory Responsibility

  • No Supervisory responsibility

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Achieving CAWEE’s mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our team and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
  • We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • CAWEE is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
  • We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

CAWEE is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs and to adhere to CAWEE’s Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Location: Dire Dawa  and Bahir Dar

Category : Program Management

Report to:  Field Office Coordination Program Officer

Salary: Competitive salary and a range of additional benefits

Employment Term: Annual contract, renewable based on available fund

Number of people required : 2

About You

Required skills, qualifications, and competency:

  • BA in accounting or related field required;
  • At least 2 years of relevant field experience.
  •  An understanding of financial principles is required.
  • Strong skills and experience working with donors funded projects
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills are required; proficiency in English is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.

Required Skills

  • Oral and written communication
  • Fast Typing
  • Teamwork
  • Microsoft Office Pack: Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • Accounting

How to Apply

As part of your online application, please send your up-to-date CV (summarized in less than 3 pages) and a pager cover Letter explaining the position, reference, and your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile to: hiwot@cawee-ethiopia.org

 Instruction: Your PDF file name should indicate your name and the position you are applying for and only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next assessment steps.

CAWEE will not cover any cost related to the recruitment process charged by the applicant.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.