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Accounting for International Development (A f I D)

Accounting for International Development (A f I D)

Accounting for International Development (A f I D)

Accounting for International Development (A f I D) offers accountants the opportunity to use their skills to make a genuine difference around the world whilst gaining hands-on experience in the Int...


Africa Asia, Ethiopia

15 Mar 2013

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Mentor Accountant for Charities (Africa, Asia, South America)

Africa Asia, Ethiopia

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Contract / Short-term
Mid Level
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Social Impact
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Accounting for International Development (A f I D) arranges customisable voluntary placements tailor-made to fit your availability, skills and preferences.  We are now supporting more than 150 NGOs and charities across 28 countries and we desperately need the assistance of more volunteer accountants to coach and mentor some amazing local people.

Candidates from all age ranges, levels of experience and specialisms are needed

Volunteer assignments between 2 weeks and 12 months in length form part of an on-going strategy to build the financial management capacity and long term sustainability of development organisations across Africa and Asia. These organisations,  which include street kid centres, health clinics, international charities, social enterprises and microfinance institutes, are doing amazing work to tackle extreme poverty in their communities but sadly have little or no access to vital accounting skills and services.

Customisable Assignments range from 2 to 52 weeks with a focus on issues such as:

  • Organisational needs assessment and internal audit                          
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Bookkeeping and cash management                                               
  • Creating, Monitoring & Evaluating budgets          
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Debt & credit management and control
  • Internal controls and financial procedures           
  • Management information systems                         
  • Training on accounting systems
  • Division of staff duties and responsibilities
  • Confidential tutoring of non-finance staff including members of the management committee
  • Business development & young entrepreneur skills training

The need for skilled accountants is largely driven by a lack of training at local level, combined with the complex reporting requirements of overseas charities (donors). This is further complicated by the fact that these donors will typically restrict funding to individual projects and limit the allocation for core costs. When you are a headmistress, a doctor or a nun trying to run an small NGO with very limited resources, it can be very difficult to keep accurate records and perform your normal duties - with a different set of accounts, reports and sometimes bank accounts required by each donor, of which there can be many, the task becomes impossible.

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