Bio Watch South Africa : Finance Officer

Bio Watch South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 21 April, 2019
Opportunity type: 

Position:  Finance Officer: Durban

One Year – Fixed Term Contract

Established in 1999 as an environmental justice NGO, Biowatch works with small-holder farmers, other civil society organisations and government to ensure that people have control over their food, agricultural processes and resources, and other natural resources, within a bio-diverse, agroecological and sustainable system.
Biowatch South Africa holds the fiduciary responsibility for the regional Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI).  The primary aim of SKI is to revive and enhance traditional seeds and knowledge systems and to deepen understanding about their functioning, within the context of supportive agricultural, cultural and ecological practices.

Purpose of the role

To support the Finance and Operations Manager in the following areas;

Processing payments (capturing payments, ensuring documentation in order, managing petty cash and bank reconciliations), creditors and invoicing, management reporting (preparing monthly reports for finance committee on expenses and expenditure), preparation of funder reports and project budgets, administer and manage the petty cash and recons for the Mtubatuba Office and work on site when required. Preparation of VAT Returns and other statutory documents (NPO Directorate, WCA, EMP – payroll, Tax return, Tax clearance). Provide assistance with audits (Maintain the Fixed Asset Register and depreciation and the Durban office inventory and preparation of files and documents for the annual and project specific audits), Process staff claims monthly, credit card reconciliations, staff training on financial policies and procedures and expense reports for Durban Office.
Essential requirements for the Finance Officer:

  • BComm Accounting/ Equivalent
  • Minimum of 3yrs experience in Accounting field
  • Non-Profit Organisations Experience
  • Accounting package (Pastel)
  • English Proficiency
  • Code 8 drivers’ licence

Personal attributes:

  • Innovative and analytical thinker with strong communication and accounting skills
  • Excellent Communicator
  • Good listener
  • Ability to work in a team of people with diverse backgrounds and experience
  • Ability to be flexible and hear the opinions of others

Biowatch is an equal opportunity employer. Biowatch reserves the right to withdraw the position if no suitable applicants are found.

Previous experience in an NGO or similar role would be preferential.
If you are interested in applying for this position, email for an application form and a detailed job description.

Salary Range: R180 000 – R240 000 Per Annum Cost to Company

Start Date: 1 June 2019


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