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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Job Description                                                                               

Position Project Accountant


Grade D1
Department & Location Programmes ( Koforidua) Date 15/11/19
Reports to (position):


Directly Supervises:

Project Manager


Project Driver.

Purpose:  How does this post support Plan International’s strategy and mission? Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.


Plan International Ghana is looking for a Project Accountant to coordinate and manage finances of a project titled “Pathways for Sustainable Employment” (PASEWAY). The project is funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project will be implemented in collaboration with local authorities and TVET training institutions to provide innovative and job readiness skills necessary to create employment opportunities for 10,000 youth (15-35 years). The project will target Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern regions of Ghana. The project has a duration of three (3) years (2019-2022) and a budget of over $3 million EUR.


Dimensions of Role:

Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports


  • Controls and monitor the Project budget of over $3 million EUR.
  • Area of Responsibility –PASEWAY Project

Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success


Please state why each activity is done and the indicators for success

Prepares financial and other reports to aid the preparation of the overall Pathways for Sustainable Employment” (PASEWAY) project financial reports for dissemination and decision making. To do this, the position holder:


  • Ensure that project transactions are reviewed and correctly entered into SAP on timely basis;
  • Provides quarterly, year-end and other grants financial reports and analyses as per required instructions for management decisions making;
  • Ensure proper filing ( electronic and hard copy ) of grants financial reports;
  • Assists the Project Manager in the preparation of quarterly and year-end financial schedules of the project;
  • Consolidates and submit monthly community and partner visits reports received from Project Staff;
  • Review project sub-ledger for all advances and prepaid  expenses and follows up on outstanding advances;
  • Monitors and reviews advance liquidation.

Budget preparation and Budgetary Control Support for the effective implementation of the PASEWAY project financial plan. To do this, the position holder will:


  • Be In charge of the preparation of the Project annual budget;
  • Monitor project budget and modify when necessary;
  • Consolidate monthly project budget and Financial Report;
  • Maintain a budgetary control system to monitor grant budget vs. Expenditure and advise management on variances and corrective actions required to be taken;
  • Respond to grants financial queries in liaison with the Country Finance Manager (CFM), Business Development Manager and the Project Manager;
  • Train/coach partner  finance staff in delivery of job requirements to support grants compliance and financial reporting;
  • Ensure Partner liquidation and financial reports are properly reviewed before further funds are advanced;
  • Create standard report template for Plan’s partners to ensure consistency in reporting;
  • Ensure compliance with best practices and donor specific requirements by partners/Sub-grantees.


Coordinates Cash Forecasting for the PASEWAY project to ensure the availability of funds for project operations. To do this, the position holder will:

  • Promptly transfer funds to project bank account and ensure effective cash flow management;
  • Ensure Project bank account and cash balances never go negative by following up in a timely manner.

Operates the Plan International Operations software to meet Plan’s or BMZ spending and financial reporting requirement. To do this, the position holder will:

  • Submit monthly cash forecast to the Country Accountant;
  • Ensure that all approved project budget account lines- Donor account line together with subsequent modifications are accurate in SAP
  • Undertake checks to ensure that all transactions are accurately entered into SAP.
  • Review and manage recharges within country project budgets
  • Ensure that SAP Monthly reports are printed and signed off.
  • Analyse project balance especially expenses account after closure and effect the necessary corrections with the support of the Project Manager


Implement Internal Financial Controls and Payment Processes for the attainment of value for money at all times. To do this, the position holder will:

  • Prepare the weekly payment list based on the approved cash forecast requirement;
  • Project payments made as per approved policies and procedures;
  • Review all the vouchers for completeness and documentation and arithmetic accuracy.
  • Ensure cheques are not issued if they do not form part of the weekly payment list, exceptions should be approved by the Country Finance Manager
  • Prepare project Financial audit action list after each audit ensure its compliance
  • Monitor and submit quarterly report on project financial risks


  • Visit Partners and their locations at least once a quarter to provide the needed technical support to WRO finance teams
  • Keep CFM informed of any initiative or difficulties relating to job responsibilities
  • Fulfils Plan International’s Safeguarding Policy at all times to protect Children and the Youth from all forms of abuse
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time to support the achievement of the PASEWAY Project Goals

Dealing with Problems: Complexity of problems handled and the degree of investigation, analyses and creative thinking required to solve them.

This includes how much freedom the position has to make decisions eg “Risk Management”.

Ensure strict adherence to the PASEWAY project’s internal controls and BMZ requirements as per the Operations Manual and local Procurement and other organisational Policies and Procedures to minimise risks to the project and organisation


  • Coaching and training of Staff and partners in the implementation of financial practices
  • Works with minimum supervision
  • Analyse financial issues for decision making and refer to a higher Manager for approval


Communications and Working Relationships:


Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact


High level contact with all PASEWAY project team (CO and GNO), Programme Unit Finance staff as well as Country Office Finance Staff for smooth implementation of the finance and accounting functions.

Medium level contact with Partners to ensure Plan International receives value for money and the financial requirements are adhered to

Medium level contact:  Maintains low contact with other staff from the Program Unit and country offices to offer support for compliance with finance and accounting procedures.


Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Gained through education, training, & experience



Qualification and Experience

  • First Degree in Accounting plus ICA Ghana part 2 or ACCA Foundation ( Level 2) or its equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Knowledge in SAP Accounting software would be an added advantage
  • Show strong understanding and knowledge of Cash Flows, Budgetary Controls and Compliance with Finance Controls.
  • Fair knowledge in Project Management.

Demonstrated behaviours needed by the postholder to successfully perform the role:

  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Ability to facilitate a Participative processes
  • Commitment to working transparently and with integrity.
  • Independence, Objectivity and integrity.
  • Organized, Methodic and Meticulous
  • Develops, motivates and coaches others.
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Gains, develops and retains credibility about his/her performance
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Committed to respecting  deadlines
    Skills Specific to the post needed to put knowledge into practice.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing multimillion-dollar institutional grants through donors such as BMZ, USAID, DFID and European Union.
  • Financial Reporting Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Good Team Player
  • Good Negotiating, Facilitating and Influencing Skills
  • Knowledge in relevant accounting software and proficient in Microsoft applications especially Excel and Pivot tables, PowerPoint
  • Good Communication Skills ( both oral and  written skills)
  • Self-starter takes initiative and works with minimal direct supervision.
  • Good Accounting, Analytical and Judgement Skills
  • Good Supervisory and Coordination Skills
  • Flexible, able to shift directions quickly and occasionally work long hours to meet tight reporting deadlines.

Physical Environment and Demands:

May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

Travel requirements

This post holder will be stationed in Koforidua with regular travel (approximately 50% of time) to project locations PASEWAY partners operate.

Level of Contact with Children:

Responsibilities of this job require a low level of contact with children. Plan International’s global policy on safeguarding children and young people will be adhered to at all times.


Plan International’s Values in Practice


We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people


We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering


  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Location: Koforidua

Type of Role: Finance

Reports to: Country Finance Manager

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 4th December 2019

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