Senior Program Accountant – Canada Country Office

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Senior Program Accountant – Canada Country Office

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date February 19, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Canadian Feed the Children
Location Toronto, ON
Category Accounting / Finance
Client Canadian Feed The Children
Contact Information
melissa.[email protected]

Senior Program Accountant – Canada Country Office

Location:  Toronto Head Office (preferred)
Type: Permanent Full Time

Canadian Feed the Children’s vision is a world in which children thrive, free of poverty. For nearly 35 years, CFTC has been working with local partners in Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Bolivia, and with Indigenous communities in Canada, to deliver programs that have positive, meaningful, and sustained impact on the health, education and well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of their families and communities. If you share our passion for bettering children’s lives, and you thrive in a collaborative, values-based culture please consider applying for this role.

Our head office is in North York however, we continue to work from home/remotely during these unprecedented times. We hope to be back in our office space at some point in the future however we are choosing to be ultra-safe out of respect for the health and well-being of our employees.

About this Opportunity

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance and acting as the main finance support to the Canada Country Director this full-time role is responsible for the review, management and oversight of the financial activities for the CFTC programs operating in partnership with Indigenous communities throughout Canada. This includes monitoring the financial progress of CFTC Canada programs, maintaining the chart of accounts, reviewing and updating budgets, completing financial reporting packages and being the main contact for the country office when it comes to financial reporting.

You will need to possess strong financial analysis and management skills. In this role you will set up and maintain program specific accounts in the CFTC accounting system, prepare program reports and schedules, assist with the development of programs including review of proposals and contracts/Contribution Agreements, as well as providing assistance to partner organizations, partner communities and CFTC country offices. You will also liaise with corporate and program auditors, partnering organizations and communities, and institutional donors. A key aspect of this position is the monitoring of financial activities, investigating variances, providing guidance and support to partners, conducting financial analysis and making recommendations.

Ongoing compliance with CFTC policies is a condition of employment and a requirement of this position. These policies include but are not limited to child protection, confidentiality, respect in the workplace and code of conduct.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Set up and maintain financial records for the Canadian program expenses, ensuring a solid audit trail while complying with CFTC’s accounting, financial, administrative and other policies and also ensure full compliance with CRA rules and regulations
  • Provide leadership, financial advice and technical guidance for the Canada country office, while liaising with Programs and Development teams, and partner organizations and communities to ensure compliance with CFTC policies and procedures, government regulations and contracts/Contribution
  • Perform budget data entry and ongoing monitoring of actual spending versus the approved budget and report discrepancies as required by the Country Director. Provide regular monthly expenses reports by GL; by location to the Country Director for review;
  • Researches, compiles and prepares budget and work plan figures for proposals and existing programs.
  • Responsible for accounts payable, including record keeping, vendor statement reconciliations, filing, archiving and anticipated cash-flow
  • Responsible for accurately recording expenses, ensuring proper back up documentation and propriety of charges incurred with corporate charge cards and ensuring timely payment of monthly
  • Produces and analyzes financial reports for the Canada Country Office and partnering organizations and communities. Review and process program expenditures to ensure compliance with CFTC policies, donor instructions, government guidelines and terms of the relevant contract/Contribution
  • Ensures Canada Country Office financial reports, other incoming reports, expenditures and requests for advances are accurate and complete, records disbursements and expenditures, and follows up on all
  • Prepares and reviews various Canada Country Office financial reports, ensuring compliance with contracts and agreements, and reconciling with accounting system (full reporting includes revenue recognition, interest allocation to programs, program cash flow management, generating/compiling periodic re-forecast, and budget/forecast variance analysis).
  • Reviews partner contracts, contribution agreements and sub-contractor agreements, provides recommendations for revision, when
  • Assist Development teams to develop proposal budget, to set up accounting codes and reports to ensure the set up will fulfill all the donor’s reporting requirements. Prepare journal entries to allocate eligible Head office and Canada Country Office costs according to donors’ agreements. Review programs report to make sure fund is used in the appropriately to review over or under )
  • Assist Canadian Partners to increase their financial capacities to make sure their accounting practices and controls will meet our needs/standards.
  • Participates in preparation and support of the CFTC annual audit and provides information on partner audits.
  • Travels to partner communities in Canada, as required. May occasionally travel internationally to other country offices to support to the finance

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Ideally you possess six to eight years of related financial management and accounting experience supporting programs and partner financial reporting, analysis and
  • You have relevant education such as a Bachelor of Commerce degree, or equivalent with a specialization in Finance/Accounting and relevant work experience. You hold or are currently pursuing a CPA
  • Five to ten years of experience working with Indigenous communities;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous history and culture;
  • Lived experience in an Indigenous community and knowledge of an Indigenous language an asset;
  • Familiar with charitable regulations in Canada;
  • A high level of proficiency with SAGE (AccPac) accounting software plus general knowledge of other packages such as QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, ADP payroll, is part of your skill set.
  • Knowledge of ASPE and ASNPO. High degree of knowledge of Financial Management. Knowledge and experience in financial management practices in international offices and knowledge of program
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work. Ability to work in a team environment and independently, with minimal supervision. Strong attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to thrive under pressure while seeking values-driven and team-based
  • Willing and able to travel within Canada on short term
  • Desire to make a sustainable difference while having fun in the process!

Interested? Please submit your resume and covering letter to: melissa.[email protected]

Please indicate the name of the position in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those under consideration will be contacted. Our recruitment process begins as soon as applications are received. This position will remain open until the successful candidate has been selected.

Canadian Feed The Children is committed to creating a diverse and equality-based environment.

We are committed to ensuring a barrier-free, accessible and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from all people. Upon individual request, we will endeavour to remove any barrier to the hiring process to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Please inform us should accommodation be required at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

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