South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Current Employment Opportunity

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18 Mar, 2020

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Accounting Jobs in South Africa

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) based on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand is an independent foreign policy and development think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa.



Job Title: Accountant (ACC03/2020) 
Location:  Johannesburg
Employment type: 12-month contract, renewable based on performance

The purpose of this position is to find an accountant to support the overall integrity of financial reporting. The position will develop an in-depth understanding of project and programme budgets and will monitor and report programme financial performance in accordance with the requirements of the different donor and organisational requirements. He/she will support the production of the Institute’s management accounts and fixed assets register.


  • The Accountant will:
  • Prepare monthly donor reports, supporting schedules as well as monthly and annual reconciliations of expenditure of donor reports.
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ensure that financial reports are timeously circulated, are accurate and reliable.
  • Take responsibility for the fixed asset register and supporting processes.
  • Assist the Head of Finance with compiling the management accounts.
  • Support financial aspects of program audits and ensure audit requirements and recommendations are monitored.
  • Provide support and coaching to the Junior Accountant.
  • Ensure compliance with legislation, international accounting best practice and standards.
  • Essential experience, skills, qualifications:
  • A bachelors’ degree in accounting/financial management
  • Accredited accountant from a recognised accountancy body – desirable
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in financial management and administration
  • Advanced Excel skills, including complex financial formulae
  • Experience in PASTEL accounting system
  • Ability to create positive relationships with donors, project teams and other stakeholders across the organisation
  • Excellent communication and written English skills
  • Good planning and organisation skills
  • Flexible approach to work and willing to play a full role in ensuring the success of the team
  • Proven track record in preparing monthly management and donor reports to deadlines and required standards


To apply

Candidates for this position should submit a motivational letter quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for, a comprehensive CV, together with the names of three referees with their contact details to Shannon Gard (


Application Deadline: Friday, 20 March, 2020

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