Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
KTK-BELT, INC. is a non-profit organization that is tax-exempt in the United States under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). KTK-BELT’s mission is to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. It works with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The idea is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University, to share their indigenous knowledge while also physically conserving threatened species and landscapes.
Scope of work:
The Accountant will work directly under the supervision and instruction of the KTK-BELT Co-directors and be based in Eastern Nepal. S/he works directly with local Learning Grounds directors and admin officers, to ensure smooth and risk-free financial operation. S/he helps develop annual budgets, maintains accounts for different grants to ensure donor compliance and best practices, prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements according to Donor and GoN requirements, conducts internal audits and works with external auditors to ensure efficient and accurate compliance, and keeps record of any financial irregularity and/ or settlements.
The officer will also be responsible or the daily flow of logistical and administrative works, as directed. S/he will also be responsible for carrying out the internal and external audits for the local Learning Grounds partners, keeping track of investment by KTK-BELT in Learning Grounds activities and programs, tracking gross income and expenditure of Learning Grounds, and communicating with project co-directors regarding whether or not income/ expenditure targets are being met. S/he will also develop annual budgets for each Learning Grounds, under the direction of KTK-BELT co-directors. S/he will be responsible for timely stipend and salary disbursement and setting up a professional system for time sheets, advanced payments, and reimbursement.
Responsibilties Related to Accounting:
Develop a long-term accounting system for KTK-BELT and Learning Grounds that is sustainable, transparent, efficient, user-friendly, useful for audits and reporting, and compliant with all national and international laws.
Responsibilties Related to Auditing:
Organize annual audits in accordance with International Standards of Auditing. Institutionalize and implement internal auditing practice for KTK-BELT and Learning Grounds
Responsibilities Related to procurement:
Develop a long-term procurement system, which embodies best practices and is compliant with all laws, while meeting the specific nature of KTK-BELT’s projects and initiatives.
Qualifiactions/Special Skills and Experience: