Mercy Corps Finance Assistant Job

Location; Nairobi

Essential Job Responsibilities

Financial management

  • Maintain custody of the office cash fund and make daily payments of approved transactions.
  • Prepare cash payment vouchers and ensure that all cash transactions are fully and properly documented.
  • Perform daily cash count with the Finance Officer or other person assigned.
  • Record payment vouchers daily in the cash sub-journal.
  • Maintain the uncleared cash advance file and prepare past due advance report for the Finance and Compliance Manager on monthly basis.
  • Check-signers for review and signature.
  • Prepare bank payment vouchers and ensure that all bank transactions are properly and fully documented.
  • Record payment vouchers daily in the bank and cash sub journal.
  • Prepare cheques or wire transfer requests based on fully approved documents and present to approved.
  • Counter check expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment.
  • Prepare photocopies of vouchers and other supporting documents as required for the monthly reporting package to HQ Finance.
  • Support Finance Officer with monthly/Quarterly balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Preparation of Month Amortizations as he/she may be assigned.

Filing & Archiving

  • File all cash and bank vouchers and maintain voucher filing system such that files are updated, complete and safeguarded.
  • Assist with Sub-grant management and organizing sub-grant files.


  • Support Finance Officer with processing of withholding VAT and withholding tax as per KRA regulations.
  • Support with VAT Balance sheet reconciliations on monthly basis and submit to the Finance and Compliance Manager monthly.


  • Support Snr Finance Officer with preparation of payroll accrual entries.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning 

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • None.


  • Reports Directly To: Finance Officer
  • Works Directly With: Country Finance Team, Program teams and Regional Teams

Knowledge and Experience

  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field.
  • Minimum CPA II or other relevant accounting qualification.
  • At least one year experience in accounting, bookkeeping or cashiering, including experience with double-entry accounting preferably in an international NGO.
  • Familiarity with major international donor rules and non-profit accounting.
  • Familiarity with computerized, double-entry accounting software.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Accuracy in the processing of cash transactions, mathematical aptitude and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills.

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