Senior Accountant – Grants and Contracts

World Fish Center

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you want to improve the lives of the poor?

If so we want to hear from you.

WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international, nonprofit research organization. CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by the 15 centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.

WorldFish is committed to meeting two key development challenges: 1) improving the livelihoods of those who are especially poor and vulnerable in places where fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference and 2) achieving large scale, environmentally sustainable, increases in supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.

A unique opportunity has arisen for gifted individuals to contribute to the mission of the organization.

Senior Accountant – Grants and Contracts

(Lusaka, Zambia)

The Senior Accountant – Grants and Contracts, will provide project administration and budget management support to the Program Leadership in Zambia. The role is responsible for setting up donor funded projects in the ERP finance and project management system, maintain project data in the system, FTE and budget revisions, assist project leaders in contracts review and management and act as liaison with headquarters pertaining to project and budget management related matters.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Analyze and review financial data to ensure proper Project accounting is carried out and preparation of donor and monthly internal financial reports to project Managers/leaders
  2. Efficient and effective project (CRP and Bi-lateral grants) administration and budget management support to the Zambia team
  3. Accurate budget preparation for projects and ensure that budgets are in line with donor guidelines and WorldFish full cost recovery
  4. Obtaining clearances from HQ, preparation of partner and consultancy contracts is in line with donor budget and WorldFish standard legal clauses. Ensure there is a tracking system of MOAs and contracts to avoid delays
  5. On time in setting up new projects in the ERP (OCS) system prior to grant start up and ensure accuracy of project data; eg proposals and concept notes
  6. Responsible for updating and maintaining  all project data in the various master files in OCS
  7. On time FTE and budget revisions as and when they are required to avoid projects’ under or overspending
  8. Assist Project Leaders to monitor project’ deliverables are completed on time to avoid delay in reporting
  9. Ensure that payments to partners and consultants are on time and according to the payment schedules and in line with the outputs stipulated in the contracts
  10. Provide assistance in developing an inventory for storing all project documents
  11. Management of Partner contracts and monitoring of financial activities including advances to partners to ensure they are as per agreement and in line with donor rules and regulations
  12. Coordinate with internal and external auditors to meet project audits whether interim or yearend audit objectives
  13. Coordinate and act as lead resource, guide and mentor for training finance and project staff in, donor requirements, budgeting and costing and grant management related policies and procedures as per WorldFish and Donor rules and regulations

Competencies Required 

  1. 5 years relevant experience in financial management and Accounting;
  2. Possess strong organization and time management skills to process tasks efficiently
  3. Possess comprehensive knowledge and understanding of standard office procedures
  4. Experience in budget management and tracking of donor funded grants (projects)
  5. Strong IT skills with knowledge and familiar with Microsoft excel, word, etc
  6. Ability to work under pressure
  7. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a dispersed team with colleagues in rural hubs
  8. Excellent written and spoken English language skills
  9. Good people management skills and customer service oriented
  10. Demonstrated commitment to quality through accurate and timely deliverables

Highly Desired

  1. High level managerial, organization and planning skills
  2. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  3. Ability to network and maintain close communication with all staff


Education Requirements

  1. At least degree in Accountancy, ACCA Final stage, CIMA Managerial or equivalent
  2. At least 3 years minimum experience in management with international non-profit organizations

WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package, a non-discriminatory policy and provides an innovative work environment. Interested applicants are invited to submit your application and the following information with subject line “Application: Senior Accountant – Grants and Contracts <Candidate Name>” to [email protected] and specify where you saw the job announcement by 28th April 2017:

  1. A letter of application including a 300 word (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role.
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience

Please visit our website at for more information on the organization.

This position will be based at the WorldFish Country office in Lusaka, Zambia. This is a national position. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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WorldFish is committed to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality

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