Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya Accounts Officer Jobs in Kenya

Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya Accounts Officer Jobs in Kenya

Job Details

  • As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Kenya, as well as Switzerland and Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.

  • It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, science, education and culture.

  • It delivers consular services to citizens of Switzerland and other countries.

  • It implements the cooperation strategy for the Horn of Africa.

  • For the Operations Management Division, responsible for Finance, Personnel and Administration of the Embassy, we are looking for a fulltime Accounts Officer (Monday to Friday).

  • The Accounts Officer (AcO) is responsible for the daily entries in the accounting system and the timely/correct payments of the Embassy. He/she follows IPSAS, IFRS, ISA and GAAP, local law and other internal FDFA instructions.
  • He/she assures a correct handling of all global budget contracts in our internal system ESPRIT and works closely with all his/her internal and external counterparts.

  • He/she also performs administrative tasks and reports directly to the Senior Finance Officer. .

    Main Tasks

    • Initiates and processes journal entries in the accounting software Vision+;

    • Prepares monthly reconciliations of bank accounts, cash checks, general and related sub-ledger accounts and honorary consulate accounts;

    • Prepares periodic financial reports including monthly and yearly accounts closure in Vision+;

    • Payment of invoices/bills in a timely manner and manages key vendor relationships;

    • Reviews invoices for VAT/Excise Duty exemption application;

    • Enters and manages contracts in ESPRIT;

    • Monitors all active rental contracts.

    Required skills

    • Highly motivated, committed and able to work in a team;

    • Ability to deal effectively and in a diplomatic manner at all levels;

    • Ability to work independently and under pressure and
    with minimal supervision;

    • High degree of adaptability and capacity to learn;

    • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills;

    • Precise, dynamic and high level of integrity and loyalty;

    • Strong service and customer orientation.

    Academic qualifications / Professional experience:

    • Bachelors' degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field;

    • Minimum of 3-year post qualification
    experience in accounting or financial related field;

    • Professional Accountancy Qualification CPA or ACCA;

    • Perfectly fluent in English language, written and spoken,

    • Knowledge of a Swiss national language an asset;

    • Excellent computer skills (MS Office, especially Excel, SAP and other accounting software);

    • Working experience in an embassy or an international organizations is an added advantage.

    How to Apply

    Modalities of employment and application:

    • Duty station is Nairobi.

    • Application deadline is 15th November 2020.

    • Applicants should include a letter of motivation (maximum 1 page), a CV (maximum 3 pages) and 2 references related to previous work experience.

    • Applications have to be sent to nairobi.vacancy@eda.admin.ch

    • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    • Start date: as soon as possible


  • Please be advised that the Embassy of Switzerland does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment, nor has it engaged a third party to facilitate this hire. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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