Accounting Assistant - MicroMentor & Mercy Corps NW
NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy
The salary range for this hourly position is $39,000 - 41,000 ($18.75-19.71/hour) depending on experience. This position is funded through the end of 2021.
This posting will close on March 2, 2021, at 5 PM Pacific Time.
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
The Program / Department / Team
MicroMentor is an initiative of Mercy Corps’ Innovations Team. MicroMentor connects entrepreneurs and business mentors on an easy-to-use social platform that strives to overcome geographical limitations and deliver business resources at scale to under-resourced communities around the globe. We are the world's largest network of free business mentoring. Entrepreneurs matched with a mentor have shown significant results in terms of improved job creation, business survival, and revenue growth. Since inception, our community has grown to more than 115,000 entrepreneurs and 43,000 mentors across 180 countries. Our team is diverse, driven, hardworking and highly committed to the mission of helping small businesses thrive through mentoring.
Mercy Corps Northwest As the U.S. field office of Mercy Corps, Mercy Corps Northwest (MCNW) works to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific NW. Our programs support up to 2,100 small business owners each year; reduce prison re-entry rates for participants by 50%; improve services at more than 30 local nonprofits; and support under resourced communities with disaster preparedness knowledge. At MCNW, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to improve their life regardless of their background. By investing in those without ready access to resources, existing economic disparities will become more equitable, and motivated, hard-working individuals and families will have opportunities to break intergenerational cycles of poverty for good.
General Position Summary
The Accounting Assistant will support both MicroMentor and Mercy Corps Northwest with the timeliness and accuracy of financial information by performing key accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliation and other general accounting duties.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Processing of accounts payable and expense reports
- Monitoring vendor/consultant contract spend down as necessary
- Assistance with invoicing and tracking of accounts receivable
- Gather, organize and track supporting documentation
- New vendor and consultant set up
- Assist with account reconciliations
- Assist procurement with document preparation
- Assist with fiscal reporting as needed
- Carry out additional related duties and help with special projects on an as-needed basis
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 Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly To:
MicroMentor Finance Manager, Sara Fustolo
Works Directly With:
MicroMentor and Mercy Corps Northwest Team members
Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please submit a cover letter that clearly shows how your experience meets the minimum qualifications and prepares you to perform the key responsibilities of this role; be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.
- BA/S or equivalent experience in business, finance, banking, accounting or other relevant field is required (international education and experience will also be considered).
- 2+ years accounting experience, non-profit experience preferred
- Strong computer skills in Google sheets and MS Office programs
- English fluency required
- Knowledge of Mercy Corps Policies, specifically the Field Finance Manual and Intercompany Guidance preferred
*Transferable skills: Any skills you have gained through education, volunteer or work or life experience (including the military) that are relevant for this position will be considered. Be sure to describe any transferable skills and how they apply to this position in your cover letter.
The ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment while maintaining the respect of staff and colleagues is essential for this position. The successful Accounting Assistant will demonstrate an understanding of accounting practices and procedures, strong attention to detail, an understanding of general accounting principles, and the ability to act responsibly and ethically when working with sensitive financial information. This ideal candidate will also have strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize workload.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability and make effective communication a priority in all situations. Mercy Corps is a highly collaborative and lateral organization that encourages strong self-initiative as well as team spirit. In order to succeed in this environment, the candidate should be highly organized, and innovative. They should have the ability to work under pressure to complete multiple tasks and meet demands and deadlines with a positive, constructive attitude under minimal supervision. They should also demonstrate proud workmanship, good communication, and collaborations skills.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position will be based in Portland, Or.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. 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.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development**Diversity, Equity & Inclusion**
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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