Girl Effect – Accounts Payables Accountant (Nairobi).

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Reporting line: Finance Manager
Location: Nairobi, Kenya 
Contract: Fulltime, 12 months fixed term contract 

Who we are

Girl Effect is an international non-profit that builds media that girls want, trust and need. From chat-bots to chat-shows and TV dramas to tech, our content is reaching millions of girls in Africa and Asia to make choices and changes in their lives. Igniting their confidence to act differently at a time that can define their future. We create safe spaces for girls, sharing facts, and answering questions about health, nutrition, education,
relationships and so much more. And we use innovative technology so we can reach girls at scale. We arm girls with the skills to negotiate and redefine what they are told is possible, so every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning and livelihood.
When a girl unlocks her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do so too. She starts a ripple effect that impacts her family, her community, her country. That’s the Girl Effect.


Context of the role

Girl Effect’s global finance function is rapidly evolving to meet the changing needs of our dynamic organisation and of girls around the world. Over the coming months we are refreshing the way we work, ensuring that we have robust controls around all our key finance processes.

We are seeking a meticulous, conscientious, confident and passionate person to join the Girl Effect Global Finance team, with colleagues in offices in Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and India – and the UK and US.

Reporting to the Finance Manager, you will be responsible for the purchase ledger which will include managing the invoice process, including making bank payments to UK and international suppliers. You will be responsible for managing the supplier ledger which includes reconciling supplier statements on a monthly basis. Furthermore, you will also be responsible for credit card postings and reconciliations. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining the petty cash,  processing invoices, expenses receipts and advances.


Desired skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least two years’ experience working in a finance transactions role. Although being CPA (K) qualified would be advantageous, we would also consider colleagues with more extensive practical experience who are working towards such qualifications. Ideal candidates will need to be familiar with core accounting principles.
  • Have experience working with one or more accounting packages
  • Have direct experience of working in an accounts payable, accounts receivable or both functions
  • Be confident in managing a competing set of priorities and able to manage their own time effectively
  • Be eager to work in a small, high-functioning team working remotely with colleagues across the globe
  • Be used to operating in a dynamic, agile organisation 

Key responsibilities

Accounts Payable

  • Receive and check all supplier invoices against our bespoke contract management system to ensure supplier invoices are in accordance to pricing agreements and flag any discrepancies with managers and suppliers.
  • Process all invoices into the finance systems for payment in accordance with agreed timescales, ensuring that invoices are coded correctly and appropriately authorised.
  • Ensure the Accounts Payable account is reconciled to the balance sheet and maintained correctly
  • Run the transaction listing report weekly and chase budget holders to ensure they approve any outstanding invoices in time for the payment run.
  • Receive, check and process employee, director and external customer expenses and ensuring they are in line with the Company’s expenses policy
  • Liaise with and resolve internal and external queries in a timely and well communicated manner with suppliers, contractors and other third parties via telephone, email and face to face in a highly proactive manner.
  • Monthly preparation of top 10 supplier statement reconciliations and resolution of any issues that arise as a result of the reconciliation including chasing missing invoices and credit notes.
  • Monthly review of Trade Payables Reports and investigation and resolution of long standing credit/debit balances and problematic transactions.
  • Preparing and posting journals where required.

Corporate Cards

  • Reconciliation and processing of corporate credit cards ensuring that digital bank statements are received from the bank and sent to card holders and approvals are properly documented
  • Reconciliation and processing of corporate travel agency invoices, ensuring that digital statements are received from the supplier, verified along with receipts and uploaded into the finance system. 

Petty Cash

  • Manage the petty cash process on a daily basis ensuring that cash requests are actioned (when relevant)
  • Ensuring petty cash is topped up and an operational balance held (when relevant)


  • Assisting the Finance Team with month end activities in general to support an efficient and effective close process
  • Maintenance of our filing system, ongoing filing and general office administration including scanning, answering telephone calls, photocopying, compiling and responding to emails and archiving
  • Providing onboarding training along with the Finance Manager to all new starters as it relates to Staff Expenses, Credit Cards and Invoice processing.
  • To ensure audit compliance and take on a proactive approach to fully understand general ledger/accounting processes and coding invoices in the finance system.
  • Assisting the Finance team on any ad hoc reports and analysis.
  • Other duties that are deemed necessary to support the business as and when required.

What else you should know

As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls. Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to
work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.

Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds. 


This role is being recruited as a 12 month fixed term contract.

Closing date for applications: 11th February 2021




Girl Effect

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