Finance Associate Job Vacancy in Kenya - Ona Systems Inc.

Position Title: Finance Associate

Who we are

Where need is greatest, use data to transform lives

Ona is an award-winning social enterprise based in Burlington, VT and Nairobi, Kenya that develops technology solutions to address some of the world’s most intractable problems with a focus on global health and development. The world’s leading development organizations rely on the software solutions we develop to be more data-driven and accountable to the people they serve.

We make tools that provide opportunities for organizations to make better use of their data to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges, including: maternal and child health, education, community resilience, agriculture, environmental sustainability, access to infrastructure and government accountability.

Ona works with its partners to develop data solutions based on technologies Ona develops. These include Ona Data — a mobile data collection and visualization platform, Canopy — our new enterprise analytics solution and OpenSRP, a mobile health platform Ona is developing in partnership with the World Health Organization.


We are looking for a Finance Associate who will be responsible for preparing financial reports and maintaining records of assets, liabilities, revenue, expenditure and payments. They will conduct regular checks of the internal controls, lead preparation of the monthly accounts closure of the organization and ensure that disbursements are in accordance with the organizational and/or project budget(s).

This role will report to the Director of Administration and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Key Roles and responsibilities


  • General accounting tasks, including reconciling and maintaining balance sheet accounts and general ledger operations, preparing journal entries, preparing monthly closing and financial reports, preparing account/bank reconciliations.
  • Preparing tax returns i.e VAT and PAYE and uploading them to Itax.
  • Petty cash management.
  • Payment processing this includes, preparing expense vouchers, checking travel expense reports for accuracy and ensuring reimbursements are done.
  • Ensure all expenses are within the assigned project budget and verify the completeness of all required supporting documentation for all payment vouchers.
  • Initiate bank transfers and following up to make sure that approval of the wires are done;
  • Prepare financial reports for clients (when need arises).
  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly and year end closure of accounts, including bank reconciliation, and submit reports to the Operations Manager as per prescribed deadlines.
  • Ensure account receivables and payables activities are performed accurately and timely.
  • Settle amounts due, or recover outstanding receivables.
  • When called upon, assist in designing, implementing, and maintaining audit-compliant internal financial controls.
  • Prepare and coordinate financial audit and ensure timely and effective follow up of the audit observations and recommendations.
  • Prepare staff payroll administrations, including fringe benefit computations.
  • Ensure that the cashflow system is up to date and liaise with the Operations Manager incase of any discrepancies.

Business Development & Project Support

  • From time to time, assist with Business Development which includes client budget preparation.
  • Working closely with the Project managers monitor and manage Avaza (timesheet tracking tool).
  • Orientate all new staff and offer refresher training to existing staff, on all financial policies and processes.
  • Liasing with the Project Managers, ensure timely submission of timesheets by Ona staff on a weekly basis.

Client communication

  • Ensure timely and accurate invoicing of clients.
  • Client correspondence and communications pertaining to their accounts, invoices and amounts payable.
  • Follow up on account receivables and ensuring that payment is received as per the invoice due date.
  • If called upon assisting in the preparation of quotations for the Ona products;

Procurement and Inventory

  • Carry out benchmarking exercises and supplier reviews to obtain value for money on its purchases;
  • Manage the procurement process in compliance with Ona policies and requirements; maintain updated vendor lists and vendor performance files.
  • Ensure adherence to all internal controls/compliance within the different procurement processes – bid solicitation/review/approval, purchase orders, documentation of goods/services received.
  • Ensure the consistency of procurement records management; create and comply with standard records file list for all procurement activities/
  • Liaising with the Operations Specialist to ensure that inventory is recorded and assigned inventory label number.


  • Ensure proper and complete documentation and filing for easy retrieval of all accounting related documents;
  • Identify and provide feedback and suggestions to management related to improvements to Ona policies, procedures, processes and accounting systems and related programs;
  • Implement Ona’s procurement of goods and services in accordance with the prevailing policies and procedures, obtain written requests for quotations, tracking items ordered, and maintain inventory control and contract tracking system; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Ona Management and the Direct Supervisor;

Team Player/Company Ambassador

  • Represent the company and Spread the word about our products and services

Key requirements


  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant work experience.
  • CPA-K or ACCA.
  • Knowledge and hands on experience with Xero (accounting software).
  • Experience in budget monitoring.
  • Excellent computer literacy in Excel and Word.


  • Work experience from software engineering companies or an international organization.
  • Post graduate Degree in the field of Finance and accounting with 4 years working experience.


  • Good interpersonal skills, within a multicultural setting.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Proactive approach to work and able to work with limited supervision.

How to apply

How to apply

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Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received, Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.