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Accountant – Zambia & Zimbabwe
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
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Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Pay band:6/G (ZMW 29,419) Location: Zambia or Zimbabwe Contract type: Fixed Term, 4 years Requirements: Existing rights to live & work in Zambia OR Zimbabwe Closing date and time: 21st September 2018 (23:59 UK Time)
Role Purpose

This role is responsible for the end to end accounting process in Zambia and Zimbabwe, including month and
year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with
accounting practices and corporate policies. This is a supporting role in the Financial Controlling and Accounting process which is a key function in the new organisational structure emerging from the Financial Transparency recommendations.

Main Accountabilities 
The post-holder will (across operations in Zambia and Zimbabwe:
  • Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month-end pre-closing steps and provide support as required for the financial month-end closing steps.
  • Maintain financial records as per corporate policy and internal audit
  • Provide support as required on accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting.
  • Provide support as required with manual journals and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
  • Assist with reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  • Assist Senior Accountant with preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns.
  • Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy addressing issues in a promptly manner.
  • Assist Senior Accountant with provision of information to internal / external auditors.


Regional and Functional Team Working:

• Contribute to ensuring the policies, procedures and systems are delivered with integrity.
• Work closely and effectively as part of the regional and global finance teams.
• Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times. 

We are looking for someone with:
• Highly organised and deadline oriented.
• High level of accuracy and  attention to detail.
• Proven accounting experience.
• Experience of an ERP system.

For further information please review the documents below: 

Role Profile
BC Core Skills
BC Behaviours

Closing Date: 21st September 2018 (23:59 UK Time)

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The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.