Senior Accountant at HJF Medical Research International, Inc.(HJFMRI)

Job Summary

HJFMRI is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Senior Accountant 
Job Description

Reports to: Senior Manager, Accounting
Location: Mbeya 
Contract: One year, with option(s) to renew
General Overview
This position is responsible for day to day transactional accounting operations of HJFMRI operations. The Senior Accountant will serve as a point person for accounting and provide supervision, coaching and support to program staff and any other junior accountant in the department. He / She is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable accounting policies and procedures, laws and regulations requirement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and supervision of other department accountant(s)
  • Ensuring daily accounting activity are executed with the right ethical practices.
  • Perform accounting activities to include financial reports, bank reconciliations, general ledger entries, and other general accounting functions
  • Ensure efficient of the document workflow within the department from the point request is made, approval, final payment and reconciliation.
  • Maintain, monitor accounts and finance helpdesk to ensure issues raised by other staffs are responded and resolved timely.
  • Maintain and reconcile petty cash accounts on a monthly basis to be reviewed by the accounting manager.
  • Maintain strong financial reports in compliance with organizations policies and procedure
  • Responsible for GL entries and accurate recordkeeping to support entries and transactions.
  • Ensures timely monthly and annual accounting close.
  • Resolves accounting issues, concerns, and questions in a timely manner to ensure smooth and efficient program operations and reporting.
  • Provides monthly accounting reports finance and accounting staff for review.
  • Assist in Payroll preparation on monthly basis, payroll reconciliations and resolving all payroll related issues.
  • Reviews vs. prepares monthly reconciliations of all balance sheet accounts
  • Trains project accounting staff on HJFMRI procedures and policies
  • Assist with the preparation of financial reports for US Government, institutional funders and private donors as needed
  • Respond to routine HQ accounting-related inquiries
  • Provides support for internal and external audit support
  • Review the completeness and accuracy of regional office and country office monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports package submissions; resolve related problems and/or provide guidance to Country Offices to resolve them as appropriate
  • Maintain vendor files and related accounting records, such as leases and contracts
  • Manage accounts payables, receivables, payroll, travel advances, and international wires
  • Supports or leads on special projects as needed.
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned by accounting manager, in support of the team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field.
  •  ACCA/CPA (T) is a must
  • Six years minimum accounting and/or auditing experience preferably in a nonprofit or international development environment.
  • 3 years hands on experience with QuickBooks software.
  • 4 years of supervision experience in mid to large accounting department
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with accounting systems/packages
  • Experience managing staff
  • Ability to use good judgment and professionalism; experience in decision-making
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills and experience with QuickBooks accounting software
  • Experience with US government regulations a plus
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet communicated schedules and deadlines
  • Strong skills in internal controls and accounting standards
  • Ability to function effectively both autonomously and on complex/sensitive issues and projects.
  • High level of professionalism, transparency, and integrity in overall production of work product.
  • High standard of written and spoken English

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal and/or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment. Hand delivery applications will not be accepted. Deadline for submission of the application is November 26th 2019. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the job description below will not be considered.

Please manually apply for this job using the details below: Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or transmitted by email to:

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