9 Nov 2019

Accountant at Medici Land Governance

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Land governance stands on the edge of a revolution in efficiency, transparency, and accountability. Medici Land Governance is using blockchain and other technologies to build next-generation property and land administration systems which help individuals around the world connect with the global economy by establishing a record of their property ownership.

After successfully conducting a land titling pilot project in Lusaka Zambia, MLG has been engaged by Lusaka City Council to lead its land titling operations.

​The Accountant, Zambia will support MLG’s efforts in Zambia, expanding upon MLG’s earlier titling project. The Accountant, Zambia will oversee the financial activities and financial reporting for the Zambia program. You will be responsible for providing accurate and timely information on the financial status of the program to key team stakeholders in the Zambia and US offices. You must have substantial experience providing financial management to large scale projects or other related operations in Africa, preferably working in the land and property rights sector. You should have strong communication skills and be detail-oriented, diligent, and analytical.

What You Will Do:

  • Manage cash accounts including monthly reconciliation of bank balance and petty cash
  • Issue vendor payments; research status of invoices and payments as required
  • Review project staff timesheets and process monthly payroll
  • Obtain documentation and approval for all transactions
  • Review, process, and enter accounting activity
  • Maintain and reconcile selected balance sheet accounts
  • Responsible for annual budget and monthly forecasting
  • Produce necessary financial reports, including month-end financials, for the Zambia and US offices
  • Research and resolve discrepancies identified in account balances
  • Perform variance analysis and provide explanations to management
  • Respond without delay to the US office on financial questions or concerns
  • Coordinate with local accounting firm to perform local financial management and accounting reporting
  • Prepare and maintain all project financial reporting for authorities
  • Oversee the purchase of office supplies and other small to mid-size procurements
  • Offer finance training to staff and new hires as needed
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned by manager and upper management
  • Follow legal policies as directed

What You Should Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or relevant field
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Expertise in accounting and financial management for an international organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively within a team
  • Outstanding organizational and multitasking skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven leadership, adaptability, and integrity
  • Strong spreadsheet/word processing skills
  • Experience living and working in Zambia
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

What We Hope You Have:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • A Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) qualification
  • 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Zambian nationals strongly preferred
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