The accountant, based in the main office in Bogota, is part of the Finance Team and is responsible for executing the expenses per appropriate accounting standards and procedures set by MSI, USAID, and ensures compliance with Colombian laws.
They help monitor, analyze and operationalize the financial transactions through automated financial local and home office systems, assist in monthly reconciliation of bank, and help maintain all petty cash transactions and advances, including preparation of primary documentation (disbursement and receipt slips, vouchers).
Responsible for the input of all accounting data, ensuring compliance with project expenditures.
Design and apply internal control mechanisms, including periodic accounting audits.
Support preparations of monthly financial reports for MSI Headquarters, in addition to any other financial reports that may be required.
Work closely with the external auditor and Finance Coordinator to review account balances and monthly financial reports.
Provide support on wire transfer request preparations with MSI Headquarters.
Ensure the payment of goods and services under contract for the program.
Prepare appropriate tax returns and any other information.
Review and verify invoices for the purchase of goods and services for the program.
Ensure that all financial transactions are up to date in the accounting system.
Perform monthly reconciliations of bank settlements.
Report and inform the COP / DCOP-O of any inconsistencies encountered within the MSI accounting process in a timely fashion.
Participate in the verification of quotes for acquisitions of the project, in conjunction DCOP-O.
Responsible for payments to Social Security and payroll in coordination with the HR Coordinator.
Ensure that scanned financial files are uploaded and updated on Egnyte.
Prepare and maintain updated information for audits.
Propose improvements in the accounting process and procedures for recording transactions per necessary.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or other related discipline.
Minimum two (2) years of experience in accounting or related field on USAID-funded projects.
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
Attention to details and the capabilities to work well individually and within a team.
Flexibility and high capacity to adapt to change.
Experience working in remote and complex areas.
Excellent communication skills are required as well as a) proactive problem-solving skills both independently and with teams, b) a strong service orientation, and c) assertive communication and emotional intelligence.
Ability to work effectively and collegially under pressure, in stressful environments, and with colleagues from different backgrounds.
Experience working with USAID programs is highly desirable.