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Finance Officer
Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation. Represented in 38 countries with over 1100 employees, it promotes - since 1959 - economic, social and environmental development.

The organization has been operating in Southeast Asia since 1971. In recent years Swisscontact has been developing its presence in the Mekong region, developing a portfolio of initiatives in agriculture, tourism, and skills development across Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Swisscontact is focusing in Lao PDR in the areas of skills development and private sector development in tourism.

Finance Officer

Begin of Employment:   August or as mutually agreed

Contract Duration:      15 months with possibility of extension

Report to: Finance and Administration Manager

Place of work:   Vientiane Capital

Overall Tasks

The Finance Officer supports the finance and administration team to complete all tasks to ensure the smooth operation of Swisscontact’s country operation in Lao PDR with respect to finance work and reporting requirements.

Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Prepare payment vouchers in Human Resources Information System (HRIS) in line with project and office requirements
  • Ensure all payment vouchers/payment receipts are adequate as supporting document and follow Country Manual such as travel policy, cash management, and procurement standards
  • Do project accounting using Sextant accounting system
  • Support external auditing processes according to specific instructions and assure implementation of audit recommendations
  • Process payments of salaries and other benefits to project staff
  • Ensure project staff settles advances requested in a timely manner
  • Ensure proper petty cash management in line with Swisscontact guidelines
  • Maintain bank accounts and prepare monthly bank reconciliation statements
  • Review financial reports of project implementing partners and process payments timely and accurately
  • Ensure proper filing of documents related to finance
  • Assist in procurement of goods in line with the procurement system
  • Ensure maintenance of inventory list and control of Swisscontact’s office and project assets
  • Perform other reasonable finance and accounting tasks as required by the Finance and Administration Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/ Finance, Business Administration, Technical College or similar field preferred
  • At least 3 to 4 years work experience in accounting/finance field. Preferably in the development, cooperation field with donor agencies and INGOs. Experience with LuxDev and SDC projects is an added value
  • Experience in the management of material resources (purchase orders, accounting, etc.)
  • Ability to interpret financial procedures and standards and apply them
  • Proven skills to work with Accounting Software as well as the MS Office Suite
  • Must be a Lao citizen or have full rights to work in Lao PDR
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Self-reliant, responsible, accurate in work, inquisitive mindset and willingness to learn
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team
  • Organised and able to cope with multiple deadlines
  • Proficient in written and oral communication both in Lao and English
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender, diversity and inclusion 
How to apply
  • Send a CV (no more than 4 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) in English stating why you are interested in working with Swisscontact as HR and Compliance Officer to 
  • Applications should be addressed: ‘Job application: Finance Officer’
  • Only shortlisted will be contacted

In view of the team composition, applications by women candidates are highly encouraged.  We offer a challenging scope of duties with personal responsibility. Are you interested in a fascinating job in an international context, and strive for contributing to excellence and making a difference? The deadline for applications is 16 August 2020.

We especially welcome applications from female candidates
Swisscontact Laos
Advert_Finance Officer 20200729.pdf
Jul 29th 2020

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