Tax & Finance Officer at John Snow Inc.(JSI)

Job Description


John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management firm, headquartered in the United States, dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. JSI has been implementing public health work in Ethiopia for over 25 years.

JSI is implementing the five-year Digital Health Activity (DHA) in Ethiopia, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The purpose of this Activity is to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) to improve the quality of health services and create a sustainable health care system through the use of data for decision making, as well as to provide similar services to other countries in Africa or to respond to a crisis in Ethiopia (as needed). The primary objectives of the Activity are to 1) support information technology systems and data repository at all levels; 2) build a culture of data use; and 3) improve capacity and governance of MOH health information systems management.

The Tax & Finance Officer works with the Finance and Operation Team in various accounting activities on a daily basis, and with other JSI project Finance managers to ensure monthly taxes (payroll income tax, Pension and withholding tax) are accounted and submitted to ERCA using approved formats. S/He is responsible in managing e-Tax filing and payment system with ERCA in monthly basis, maintaining documentation and the system. S/he shall also assist DHA in accounting and financial management tasks as assigned.


Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Manage John Snow Inc. Digital Health Activities’ taxes and related data (employee income tax, withholding tax, pension, and cost share payments) collection, verification, filing, maintenance, payment, and sharing the reports to DHA.
  • Train and assist DHA’s  accountants on the management of taxes.
  • Responsible to maintain e-Tax system, including password maintenance.
  • Facilitate ERCA VAT refund process to DHA; ensure that refund received are correctly allocated and transferred to each project in reasonable time.
  • Liaise with the Mission for any refund collection and other process.
  • Ensure that all expenses are properly authorized and documented before payment through checking correct budget codes and seeking prior approval
  • Ensure that all payments are prepared on time and in accordance with all financial guidelines and approval procedure including processing check payments to supplier and staff on a timely basis
  • Review settlement of travel and training advances against JSI travel policy and prepare journal entry
  • Ensure data entry into QuickBooks is done timely and accurately
  • Ensure all financial and local government regulations are adhered to
  • Responsible for implementing JSI’s Accountability Framework and Code of Conduct, and adhering to JSI’s polices on fraud management
  • Assist Finance Manager in month end field account preparation
  • Expected to travel 10% of her/his time
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor
  • Job Requirements


     Applicants for this position should possess the following qualifications:

    • B.A. Degree in Accounting or business management with a minimum of five years’ work experience as an accountant. Experience working in INGOs is a plus.
    • Minimum five years of experience in accounting or finance field
    • Experience with USAID-funded projects preferred
    • Good knowledge of accounting and financial management.
    • Excellent skills in Excel and able to access intranet are required. Good knowledge of other MS applications and working on accounting software is a plus.
    • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills, experience working with multiple projects is a plus.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
    • Creative, Liaising & handling clients and stakeholders well is a plus.
    • Ability to work under pressure, deal with multiple tasks and respect deadlines.
    • Able to work with minimum supervision, independently and manage time efficiently.

    Interested and qualified applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter to no later than December 19, 2019. You must include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. If this is not included, your application will not be considered. Any applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

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