Job Summary

Perform duties of an Accounts Officer

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draws on the wealth of regional and technical expertise as well as tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development in more than 130 countries worldwide


Job Title: Accounts Officer


Job Location: Accra, Greater Accra


Job Description

  • Ensuring that financial administration functions well in accordance with GIZ standard procedures
  • Effectively coordinating with the staff of the finance team or the Commercial Affairs Department at GIZ Head Office
  • Preparing cheques, bank transfers and deposits at the bank
  • Deputizing for cash payments, cash book and bank book
  • Performing tasks in compliance with GIZ’s Orientation and Rules (O+R)
  • Financial planning, monitoring and accounting for GIZ-assisted projects
  • Giving advice to the projects, business partner and counterparts



Financial services

  • Monitors income, expenditure and the monthly bank reconciliation
  • Manages the processing of letters of credit
  • Monitors real accounts (payables, receivables) and reports regularly to the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation and the senior accounts officer


Travel claim calculation

  • Calculates national and international travel claims
  • Calculates travel advances
  • Processes settlement of applications for the reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Monitors the international duty trip lists and forwards them to GIZ Head Office
  • Follows up on outstanding travel advances


Internal Control

  • Checks the vouchers and receipts submitted by the projects/programmes for completeness and allocation to cost units and categories, and corrects these where necessary
  • Advises on financial aspects of the projects
  • Carries out internal controls, - both checklist A and monthly error sheets as yearly internal controls of projects- in accordance with GIZs internal controlling manual


General services for GIZ-assisted projects/programmes

  • Carries out accounting tasks using WINPACCS accounting software and prepares monthly end-of-period accounts and bank reconciliation vouchers
  • Submits the end-of-month accounts from the project accounting, cash books and account balance vouchers (through or from WINPACCS) to the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation and forwards them to GIZ Head Office
  • Assists with the transfer of funds to projects


Other duties / additional tasks

  • Reports all problems with financial administration and compliance without delay
  • Is responsible for filing in accordance with GIZ rules
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management


Qualification and Requirements

  • A minimum of a Bsc/BA in accounting and auditing or similar area
  • At least 3 years professional experience in a comparable position
  • In-depth knowledge of accounting software
  • Good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications. (e.g. MS Office)
  • Confidential handling of data and information 

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