Accounts Manager – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Accounts Manager

Country: Timor-Leste
Organization: WorldFish Center
Closing date: 19 Dec 2021

Position: Accounts Manager

Location: Dili, Timor Leste

Application Deadline: 19 December 2021

Type of contract: 3 years fixed term-contract

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)


WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).


The Accounts Manager leads the finance function in WorldFish Timor Leste Office. This role includes:

  • Implementing strategic financial decisions,
  • Ensuring that proper accounting and bookkeeping procedures are performed in accordance with international accounting standards,
  • Project accounting to provide timely and accurate financial reports to management and donors; and
  • Ensuring that WorldFish’ policies and guidelines, and donors’ rules and regulations are adhered to.

The Accounts Manager is also responsible for the supervision of all staff providing financial support services in Timor Leste, as well as providing training and supporting the wider stakeholders as and when needed. S/he is expected to work collaboratively with colleagues in and outside Timor Leste, staff at donor/partner organizations, government and bank officials and any other stakeholders, to deliver organization and project outcomes.

We are looking for an Accounts Manager who has significant demonstrated experience in the five key responsibility areas below:

  1. Management of all core financial accounting processes including month and year end.
  2. Project accounting required by large international donors including the preparation of accurate and timely donor reports following donor rules and regulations.
  3. Support to program managers in budget preparation / revision, FTE resource allocation and active participation in program spend reviews.
  4. Management of a small team of finance staff who support multiple donor funded projects and the financial administration of the Country Office.
  5. Management of a USAID funded project with sub grantees.

Applications will only be only considered if applicants provide a 2**-page document (maximum) aligning their experience to all five requirements above.**

Required Skills and Qualifications

This job might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or similar and a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA, CIMA, CPA, MICPA or equivalent).
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant work experience of which at least 2 years are from a similar managerial role.
  • Excellent working knowledge of accounting processes and management.
  • Strong leadership skills, particularly with regards to team capacity building and able to manage diversity and gender issues. The position holder must demonstrate that he/she is able to make high-level decisions on a timely basis, set priorities, meet deadlines and solve problems.
  • Must be conversant with international accounting standards i.e. IFRS/IAS and donor rules and regulations (USAID/EU) relating to project/program accounting and financial reporting.
  • Should be knowledgeable in local laws and regulations i.e. labour laws, business/contract law and tax legislation.
  • Good command of English (both verbal and written).
  • Strong sense of professionalism, business ethics and integrity.
  • Hands-on experience with reputable ERP systems such as Oracle, SAP, or Unit 4; and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Teams applications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines with minimum supervision.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Have worked for USAID/EU funded projects in similar capacity including facilitating donor audits and implementing audit recommendations.

Salary & Benefits

This position is only open to citizens of Timor-Leste only. WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, 15% employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others.

Our Offer

The position will be based in Dili, Timor Leste. Interviews are expected to be held in December 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend the virtual interview session. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial of three (3) years fixed-term contract, with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding situation.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online here latest by 19 December 2021:

  • A cover letter (1-page max) explaining how you will add value to WorldFish if you were successfully appointed;
  • A supporting document (2-page max) explaining how your experience aligns with our 5-core responsibility areas;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

*Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.*

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.