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Samaritan's Purse

Field Accountant, DR Congo (987)

Samaritan's Purse
Bunia, , Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Date Posted: 12/20/2011
Categories: Accounting - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo - The Field Accountant is responsible for administrative field accounting, expenditures, bookkeeping and payroll related to a specific program(s), and projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo as assigned by the Country Director.


• Maintain detailed records for all financial transactions in an organized and professional manner
• Perform daily functions including recording all cash, check and bank transfer transactions, maintain cash and bank ledgers, monitor cash advances and field expense reports, reconcile cash on hand and monthly bank reconciliation
• Provide required monthly financial reports by specified deadlines to the Country Director and International Headquarters (IHQ) as assigned
• Ensure financial/accounting activity is carried out in accordance with Samaritan’s Purse’s (SP) field accounting policies and perform other duties as assigned
• Review and approve financial transactions for SP field operations based in the region as appropriate (includes vouchers, FERs, Cash Advances, transfers, etc.)
• Ensure adequate cash flow for operations and safety of financial resources at base
• Ensure all cash is reconciled on a weekly basis, reporting any over/under to country office and investigate any over/under situations
• Administer all cash advances to employees and partners, reconciling all receipts and remaining cash at month’s end
• Maintain close and cooperative working relationships with fellow financial staff and the Country Director
• Provide support to Base Manager and/or Program Managers with regard to financial policies/practices and related areas as required
• Ensure contracts are current on all rental properties, facilities, and vehicles
• Identify areas for financial and administrative improvement and work to implement feasible improvements
• Prepare and submit month-end reports to SP IHQ regarding country-wide operations in a timely fashion
• Follow all procedures provided by Country Director
• Maintain accuracy in financial records and perform other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in related field with a minimum of 2 years bookkeeping or accounting experience
• Must be able to read, write and communicate in French
• Strong relational skills and financial management experience preferred
• Experience with foreign currencies and grants management preferred
• Ability to communicate and interact well with people of different educational, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite-in particular, Excel
• People management and delegation abilities
• Works well in adverse team and a pressured environment
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Hard working with a servant’s heart
• Cheerful, diplomatic, encourager, concern for the spiritual well-being of the team
• Spiritual maturity; Ability to keep the focus of work on the overall goal of sharing the gospel
• High level of patience & flexibility
• Diplomatic and level-headed in frustrating environment

12 month contract with the potential for renewal