Accountant/Financial Analyst at DAI February, 2021



DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change.
Clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and host-country government.

I. Project Background:

The Scaling up Nutrition Program is a cross-ministry and multi-donor program to reduce stunting in Zambia through implementation of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) 1,000 Most Critical Days Program. SUN TA provides support and direct technical assistance to sub-national local government departments in target districts to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor integrated nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities to reduce the rate of stunting among Zambian children under two and improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers. USAID has identified two main objectives that address stunting, including (1) Adequate Quantity and Quality of Dietary Intake among Target Groups; and (2) Adequate Health Conditions for Biological Utilization of Nutrients. SUN TA interventions will increase access and availability of safe, diverse, nutritious food; adoption of better child feeding and household hygiene practices; and access to improved health, water, and sanitation services. The project will prioritize sustainability by improving intra-household joint decision making and building the capacity of local government and their stakeholders to ensure coordination, accountability and learning, following the Scaling Up Nutrition model.

2. Location: Lusaka, Zambia

3. Objective:

The Accountant/Financial Analyst will support the Senior Management Team in tracking spending per activity and expenditure type according to the approved workplans in order to produce details financial reports on the various aspects of the project.

The Financial Analyst is also part of the Finance Office department and actively participate in ensuring that financial transaction documentation is complete, accurate and that payments are made on a timely basis. S/he will help with closing the books and submit the extracts.

4. Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Create and communicate processes, workflows and templates for the seamless forecasting and reporting of project spending.
  • Work on financial modeling related to predicting future outcomes.
  • Works with project management to analyze and explain variances to actual spending.
  • Participates in the annual work planning process in the districts.
  • Conducts periodic training for district staff on budgeting and forecasting.
  • Creates spreadsheets and tools to aid in financial analysis and forecasting.
  • Tracks spending per activity and district according to approved workplan and produces monthly and quarterly reports on spending against budget.
  • Interprets financial data and relate to potential trends, patterns, issues, and their meaning related to key performance indicators
  • Provide financial support advice to the Project technical leads and activity managers
  • Assists in preparing information for any financial reporting requirements, or internal reports as necessary
  • Uses insights discovered to communicate important themes and discoveries to project leadership
  • Receives and reviews (for completeness and accuracy) incoming invoices and requests for payment. Ensures the integrity of all receipts, invoices, and vouchers. Ensure that requests for payment have appropriate approvals and documentation
  • Assists with the daily scanning of financial voucher for submission to DAI Washington twice a month.
  • Maintains a good knowledge and understanding of all policies and procedures as set forth in the SUN TA Field Operations Policy Manual.
  • Record approved costs in the Field Accounting System (FAS)
  • Perform any approved accounting corrections and reversals
  • Review TAMIS travel requests and expense reports for accuracy and compliance and follow procedures to ensure accurate and timely payment and reconciliation of travel advances, reimbursements for Lusaka staff
  • Submit extracts on TAMIS for Finance Managers review
  • Performs other financial tasks assigned by the Finance Manager which are consistent with his/her qualifications, this Scope of work and the general requirements of the project.

5. Reporting and Supervision:

The Accountant/Financial Analyst will report to the Finance Manager.

6. Qualifications:

  • B.A. Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or equivalent.
  • Completed ACCA Professional or full CIMA.
  • Member of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA)
  • At least five (5) years prior financial analysis and budgeting experience.
  • Demonstrated budget development experience.
  • Sound general accounting knowledge with budgeting and financial analysis skills.
  • Experience working with international NGOs or donor such as USAID-¬funded projects (preferred).
  • Advanced Excel skills and working knowledge of other MS Office Suite programs.
  • Ability to work independently and adjust quickly to change in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and comfort developing and analyzing financial models
  • Experience using accounting software.
  • Demonstrated honesty, trustworthiness initiative and self-motivation in handling all assigned tasks

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