Head Of Accounting at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC)

Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

Role Summary

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Head of Accounting oversees all accounting activities in the organisation and also for ensuring that Ol Pejeta’s financial information is complete and financially sound; that they are managed through a robust and proactive reporting system and provide accurate, financial reporting insights to enable comprehensive financial decision making.

Specifically the role oversees all the day to day aspects of the accounting and reporting functions and is involved in the supervision and management of general accounting activities, analyses, partnerships, and the maintenance of effective internal controls while ensuring statutory compliance in all accounting initiatives. The position is also expected to work with other departmental heads and staff on financial matters that cut across the entire organisation.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Competencies

  • Qualified Accountant (ACCA or CPA or equivalent) and degree in related field e.g. Accounting or Finance.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience at a Senior Accountant level.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills and previous experience in using the Infor10 SunSystems application or other ERP system would be an advantage.
  • A solid background in financial policy development and experience in developing and enforcing internal financial controls and procedures.
  • Good knowledge of IFRS and Tax Management under Kenyan tax laws
  • Ability to combine trading and grant/donor activity and accounting for both incomes and expenditure.
  • Capability in a multi-currency financial environment encompassing budgeting, reporting and foreign currency exposure analysis.
  • Established track record of delivering quality product to tight deadlines and of balancing multiple commitments
  • Interact with diplomacy and tact and follow-up on requests in timely and efficient manner.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills to effectively present information, strengthen capacity, respond to questions, and write reports, policies and procedures, and other critical documents.
  • Self-motivated, results focused and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating respect for, and understanding of, cultural differences and the management thereof.
  • Strong staff management and team building and mentoring skills.
  • Good problem-solver, analytical, creative, innovative and dependable.

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