Frankfurt Zoological Society
Posted Job
about 1 year ago

Finance & Administration Assistant

Frankfurt Zoological Society works for a world that protects and values biological diversity as the basis for all life and the livelihoods of present and future generations. Within this context, our goal is to work with and for people to secure biodiversity in key ecosystems worldwide. FZS maintains long-term conservation programmes in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.

The Africa Programme is FZS’s largest and oldest and is active in five focal countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The Africa Regional Office (FZS-ARO) is situated in Tanzania.

In Zambia, FZS has been active through its North Luangwa Conservation Programme (NLCP) for over thirty years and since 2017 through the Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project.

Learn more at about our conservation programme.

Job Summary

The Finance and Administration Assistant will be based in Marula Puku, North Luangwa National Park . He/she will report to the FZS Zambia Head of Finance and Administration on a line function basis and to the Project Manager on a daily operational basis. They will be responsible for all bookkeeping and supporting, accounting and financial administration of FZS-Zambia sub-office and its associated activities.

Main Responsibilities:

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Cash Control/Accounts Payable:
  • Preparation of bank and cash paperwork before weekly payment runs.
  • Ensure that all transactions are documented, approved and recorded, accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation and take appropriate action to obtain missing documentation
  • Maintain petty cash ledger and prepare petty cash replenishment
  • Prepare cash vouchers for cash collected and deposited to bank account
  • Ensure that all cash at hand must be locked in a safe at all times.
  • Maintain safe ledger.
  • Prepare cash receipt vouchers for cash returned.
  • Ensure cash and bank records are in compliance to FZS financial policy and procedures
  • Adherence to allowance, advances, per diems policy

Staff Imprests/Expenses/Loans:

  • Maintain imprest request / personal expense claim and retirement records in soft copy, compile and check hard copies for authorisation
  • Check all entries on a weekly to monthly basis and ensure entries are also checked by a FZS Project Manager/s and/or Technical Advisor/s.
  • Monthly review of all staff accounts on Abacus.
  • Train and monitor staff re imprest requests, management and retirements thereof
  • Manage staff loans and repayments

Accounts Receivable:

  • Ensure all re-charge invoices are raised within the month of cost, approved and sent to external or internal client.
  • Record and update Sales invoice tracking list on a monthly bases.
  • Chase outstanding debtors weekly whilst ensuring that good relations are maintained

Stores and stock control:

  • Assistance with procurement according to FZS and donor procedures
  • Goods received / delivery note checking
  • Maintenance of FZS stores records, including workshop and DNPW Project sponsored equipment, through stock card management
  • Input and update fuel analysis records
  • Consolidate vehicle log book data and present results to relevant manager monthly
  • Manage Project vehicle fleet road tax, insurance and fitness and ensure up to date at all times
  • Work closely with Technical Operations Manager on physical counting of assets, stocks and property
  • Prepare a stock count report on a monthly basis
  • Manage, maintain and update fixed asset register
  • Manage ration procurement and management
  • Other administrative tasks as requested
  • Month-End Tasks, Reporting and Recording:
  • Ensure that allocated service codes are in agreement with Project Managers’ approval and the organisation’s chart of accounts and that all documents are posted to the accounting package with detail and accuracy.
  • Ensure that data is posted on ABACUS on a weekly basis, and that the financial information is processed accurately and reliable reports are generated.
  • Ensure that internal financial reports are generated accurately and disseminated as per the timetable.
  • Assist the Chief Accountant with intercompany transactions.
  • Perform systems analysis to identify any irregularities (such as wrong posting) and propose immediate corrective actions to the Chief Accountant
  • Ensure that soft copy and hard copy month end closing packages are signed, dated and filed properly and done within the due dates
  • Support reporting requests from and regularly liaise with Chief Accountant
  • Support annual audit process. Retrieve documents needed for audits when requested.
  • Assist Human Resources and the chief accountant with the monthly payroll and maintain employee files on all staff in the project area. Verify the staff register and leave spreadsheets etc.
  • Adherence to third party donor grant agreements and guidelines
  • Liaison, reporting, fulfil obligations to CA for ARO/HQ reporting
  • Document filing with appropriate supporting documentation; maintenance of separate files for sequential payments of bank and cash transactions in respective currencies, for imprest request and retirements, employee loans, HQ project advance requests, donor contracts as well as purchase orders, goods received notes, goods issue notes, VAT exemptions, and equipment donations and disposals; and in addition a file detailing all ledger adjustments will be maintained, that includes explanation and authorisation by a Project Manager, Regional Coordinator, or Chief Accountant

Job Requirements:

Qualifications and experience – required:

  • Tertiary level qualification
  • 5+ years’ experience in a bookkeeper role
  • Experience with computer software (including accounting software)
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Organised and ability to be able to prioritise
  • Ability to demonstrate high degree of attention to detail, accuracy and integrity
  • Willingness to work in remote area with limited access to amenities
  • Willingness to work with an international team
  • Show high flexibility and willingness in carrying out other support duties as requested by management, thereby ensuring efficient running of project activities.
  • Qualifications and experience – desired:
  • Experience working with NGOs and donor-funded projects
  • Degree in Accounting , Licentiate Level of ZICA/ACCA

Key Competencies:

  • The job-holder will be expected to be competent in the following areas and exhibit these whilst carrying out their daily duties.
  • Integrity: Maintains high ethical standards, both personally and professionally, show integrity and fairness in dealing with others
  • Teamwork: Co-operates and works well with others in the pursuit of team goals: shares information, supports others. Contributes effectively towards the organisation’s goal or towards solving problems/conflicts even when topic involved does not directly serve one’s own interests
  • Systematic working patterns: Structuring one’s work in an orderly and transparent manner, carrying it out with an eye for detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis: Pointing out problems, recognising important information, tracing causes of problems
  • Flexibility: Adaptable, receptive to new ideas, willing and able to adjust to changing demands and circumstances


The Finance and Administration Assistant is based in Marula Puku, North Luangwa National Park.

FZS Zambia decides on stationing of the FA Assistants.

A competitive salary will be paid based on qualifications and experience

How to Apply

Please apply by email to the email below: Your application should include

a CV incl. the names of three referees and details of your current salary

a one-page cover letter, which should tell us in not more than 100 words what attracts you to this post

Please do not include supporting documents such as qualification certificates at this stage.

Application deadline
31 Oct 15:00
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