System Accountant

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Job Title: System Accountant
Department: Finance
Location: SHA Head Office, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
Contract Type: Permanent, Full time
Reports to: HQ Finance Manager
Salary Range: €45,000-€55,000 depending on experience

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa.
Our approach is collaborative and market-based: although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in the agricultural value chain.

The Group also has social enterprise subsidiaries – TruTrade, which supports market access for small-holder farmers in the agricultural value-chain; Traidlinks, providing market-linkages to agri-business in East Africa; and Partner Africa, an ethical auditing and consultancy firm that operates across more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Self Help Africa is also the lead agency in the delivery of a schools national Development Education programme on behalf of the Irish government, WorldWise Global Schools.

The Group has an ambitious five-year strategy with plans to double its scale by 2021 and the CIO will have a key part to play in that, with responsibility for: digital, data and information strategy; ICT governance, control and policy development; advising the SMT; and ensuring effective take-up by staff and partners of existing and future system investments.

Job Purpose:
To support the global finance function of Self Help Africa through the maintenance and development of the organisation’s finance software (PS Financials) in addition to streamlining the reporting process in the production of the consolidated accounts of the Gorta Group and other reporting requirements including interfacing with Salesforce, SHA’s primary management information system.
PS Financials is a bespoke accounting system (SQL server platform) that has been used by Self Help Africa since 2010. This role will play a key part in ensuring that the system remains fit for purpose and evidences best practice in the sector.

Key Responsibilities:
Role Specific:
• Responsible for the day to day maintenance of the finance system, including maintaining input documents, adding new projects, suppliers, bank accounts as required;
• Assist in the development of tools to calculate Indirect Costs and to monitor cost recovery from donor budgets;
• Assist in the development of improved procedures for capturing and uploading country budget information;
• Develop the import function to streamline and automate date entry;
• Work with the CIO and IT team to improve the flow of information between PS Financials and other MI Systems;
• Assist in the development of management reports as required;
• Liaise with external providers to develop new reports as required, using Microsoft Reporting Services;
• Help improve the donor reporting function;
• Assist in the identification of areas where further training or development of finance staff is required;
• Provide support and training to finance staff & troubleshooting where required;
• Assist in the development of procedural documentation;
• Set up and maintain new user accounts and profiles and deal with password issues;
• Liaise with PS Financials support as required;
• Other Ad hoc duties as required by the Finance team or CIO

Key Relationships:
• Chief Finance & Operations Officer
• Finance Departments in HQ and Country Offices
• Chief Information Officer
• PS Financials
• Third party consultants

Qualifications/Knowledge and Experience
• Internationally recognized Accounting Qualification (CA, ACA, CIMA, CPA)
• Up to date knowledge of current financial and accounting computer applications
• General understanding of database structures and SQL servers
• Excellent written and verbal English
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including highly developed interpersonal skills
• Strong planning and organisational skills
• Strong computer skills including Word, Excel and Office.
• Experience or exposure to programmes such as PS Financials, or Salesforce.
• Working knowledge of SQL
• Experience of the not for profit sector
• French language skills
• Ability to travel internationally
• Understanding of / interest in development issues and a commitment to Self Help Africa’s work with people in Sub-Saharan Africa

Application Requirements

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application

Please submit a completed Application Form, C.V and Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role to  by 10am on the 1st July 2019.

Make it clear which position you are applying for by writing the position in the subject line of your e-mail [+ Your name]”. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

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Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Specific roles may require police/DBS/Garda vetting.

Self Help Africa strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer