Project Accountant (Ref#: 1450)

  • 1 year ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary 000 / Monthly
  • Job Qualifications Bachelor

Job Description

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets. Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in crop inputs, agricultural insights, dairy and animal nutrition from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress.

Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth. By unlocking the potential of agriculture for the last 36 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries.

Project/Proposal Summary:

Land O’Lakes Venture37 (Venture37), the University of Minnesota (UMN), Stellenbosch University (SU), and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) have forged an innovative partnership to establish the Center for Agricultural Transformation (CAT) as the central hub to catalyze Malawi’s agricultural growth. By leveraging our core partners’ scientific, technological and agribusiness expertise and deep regional connections, the CAT will forge integrated research-to-impact pathways that reduce productivity gaps between men and women and foster diversified, resilient and healthy smallholder households, particularly those transitioning from tobacco farming to alternative livelihoods. CAT is funded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW), known in Malawi as the Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI).

The CAT will be a world class hub for creating, piloting, and scaling appropriate science, technology, and business models that will transform smallholder tobacco farmers’ lives and Malawi’s agriculture sector in general. This center of excellence aims to uniquely combine research, smallholder farming, and large-scale commercialization in a manner that facilitates transformational agricultural development in Malawi. We envision the CAT as an anchor institution in the global ag-tech innovation ecosystem, where reimagination, experimentation, and refinement of new ideas take place through the intermingling of cutting-edge research and development (R&D), market research, evidence-based decision making, new business models and product pilots, and entrepreneurs.

Position Summary:

The individual in this position will supervise and be held accountable for numerous administrative and financial procedures, processes, and systems of the program. The main areas of responsibilities of this position will be, but are not limited to, the following:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the processing of all cash and wire transfer payments.

  • Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all accounting entries.

  • Assist Malawi Director of Finance and Operations with payroll system and payroll related items and process paychecks for project staff.

  • Manages employee advances and ensures they are cleared in a timely basis.

  • Provides training on accounting processes and procedures a continuous basis to the Office Managers.

  • Monitor all project spending and assist the implementation and business development teams prepare and revise budgets.

  • Comply with all FSFW/ATI accounting and financial management regulations.

  • Reconcile all balance sheets every month.

  • Assist the CAT Executive Director and Malawi Director of Finance and Operations in limiting CAT program and Venture37 financial risk.

  • Responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of the accounting system and ensure that all administrative procedures are clearly defined and enforced.

  • Assist the Malawi Director of Finance and Operations in forecasting and annual budgeting activities.

  • Develop and follow CAT-specific FSFW/ATI and Venture37 procurement policies for purchasing supplies, equipment, and service.

  • Work closely with the CAT Grants and Operations Manager to process payments to grantees on a timely manner and ensures that everyone complies with formats, documentation, and requisition due dates established by the grant agreement documents.

  • Assist in conducting audits of grantees.

  • Performs a monthly reconciliation of the bank statement and sends it to the Malawi Director of Finance and Operations.

  • Assist with any external audits by completing requested materials and assigned schedules.

  • Ensures that all advances are cleared in a timely fashion and that cash due to the project is reimbursed on a timely basis.

  • Provide timely, honest, and accurate information to the CAT Executive Director as requested.

  • Respond quickly and accurately to questions from the Home Office.

  • Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the CAT Executive Director.

  • Other duties as requested.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience.

  • Post-Secondary diploma or certificate in Accounting.

  • Demonstrated experience with the Field Accounting System, Cost Point.

  • Knowledge of computers and Excel for windows required.

  • Oral and written fluency in English.

  • Excellent skills in intercultural communication.


Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

  • Knowledge of US Government Rules and Regulations.

  • Experience working within USAID and multi-foundation accounting and procurement regulations.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.


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