Vacancy: Finance Officer

Date 30 Sep 2022
Job Type Permanent
Industry Education
Description


Company Profile


Universal kindergarten (KG) education, ages four to six, was introduced in Ghana in 2007, adding two years of compulsory KG education to the primary school system. While a great achievement, equivalent gains were not made in the quality of education and learning experiences in classrooms, meaning young children are still experiencing poor learning outcomes at a critical stage of their development.



Sabre Education was founded in 2004 with an aim to give every child the best possible start through quality early years education. Sabre is an award-winning early childhood education charity, working in close partnership with the Government of Ghana to deliver Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.2 on universal access to quality pre-primary education. We do this through:



Transformational Teacher Training: carried out in direct partnership with the Ghana Education Service and Universities & Colleges of Education, we support the delivery of high-quality play-based teacher training to in-service teachers, head teachers, GES district officers and student teachers. The teacher training content is fully aligned with the Ghanaian Government’s play-based kindergarten curriculum. To date, Sabre has trained over 8,500 kindergarten teachers, head teachers and student teachers, as well as 594 GES officers in three regions of Ghana, and as a result over 122,990 four and five year old children are benefiting from play-based learning.



Creating Playful Schools/ Improving the Learning Environment: we promote the construction and renovation of school complexes to ensure young children have innovative kindergarten facilities for play-based teaching and learning.



Advocacy & Influencing: As a leading voice for early years education, Sabre has been influential in the ECE sector in Ghana for 18 years. Over these years, Sabre has contributed to the development of a 5-year Operational Plan for National Scale Up of Best Practices in Kindergarten; provided technical expertise, training materials and methodology during the revision of the Kindergarten Curriculum; contributed technical expertise, training materials and methodology toward the development of the Bachelor of Education (Early Grades); and contributed to the development of a new policy and plan for ECE by the MOE and GES with technical and funding support from UNICEF.



Ghana is a leader in early childhood education in Africa, and is currently poised to nationally scale teacher training in this new play based kindergarten curriculum. There is significant momentum towards this goal, with Sabre playing an important leadership role in the ECE sector in support of government’s ambitious agenda.




Job Description



  • Department: Finance

  • Location: East Legon

  • Direct Report: None



 



JOB PURPOSE

This role has a management accounting focus and is responsible for raising purchase orders, making payments, entering payment data into the accounting system, assisting with the production of budgets and forecasts reports, project and donor reports and asset management.  

  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES



Finance




  • Set up payments on online banking and other payment portals

  • Process purchase requests, raise purchase orders and send to vendors

  • Post payment data into the accounting system after checking on accuracy, integrity and completeness of payment vouchers

  • Support the preparation of budgets and rolling forecasts

  • Assist monthly budgetary control reporting, investigate and explain variances

  • Produce monthly project reports to budget holders

  • Assist the preparation of donor reports

  • Work with project managers to ensure timely reporting of project expenditure, to inform monthly reconciliations against project budgets, and explain any variances to planned expenditure.

  • Update fixed asset register and agree to general ledger

  • Prepare journals for posting into the accounting system

  • Maintain petty cash on the imprest system 



KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS




  • Efficient use of company resources 

  • Sound application of financial principles

  • Accurate delivery of set targets




Required Skills or Experience


BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES




  • Efficient & Reliable

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Highly Focused and confident



TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES




  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications such as MS excel, word

  • Excellent planning, Organisational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and with minimal supervision

  • Excellent understanding of basic finance concepts and practices



PREFERRED QUALIFICATION & EXPERIENCE




  • University degree in Finance/Business Administration or relevant experience

  • 1+ years relevant work experience



 





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