Project Accountant

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About WorldFish   

“WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. 

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About the Position  

WorldFish is seeking a motivated, dynamic, and energetic team player who will be responsible to lead the delivery of quality financial management of the Africa Portfolio (Malawi/Zambia/Others) and Global Bilateral Project and Initiatives Program. This role includes insuring that all project transactions are correctly accounted for, compliant with donor expectations, documented and properly reported. 

Key Responsibilities   

  • Ensure financial records are submitted and financial information is entered into OCS (accounts system) on time following WorldFish / donor’s financial rules and regulations. 
  • Ensure that project expenses are accounted for accurately in the system, and reported to the donor, according to agreed timelines. 
  • Assist in project management and project administration from project initiation to project closure including, but not limited to, maintaining proper project accounting files and master data, and responding to external and internal queries. 
  • Reconcile project bank account(s), project subsidiary ledgers and records to control accounts and with relevant parties, where applicable. 
  • Ensuring that all donor-purchased assets are updated in system.
  • Ensure partner financial management (i.e. financial input to Program Participant Agreement (PPA), advance monitoring and review of partner expenditure) are compliant with WorldFish and donor’s financial rules and regulations. 
  • Assist the Regional Finance and Operations Manager with the financial and grants management and administrative matters of the project and provide financial support regarding the annual work plan and budget ensuring the cost efficiency and value-for-money at every stage. 
  • Support staff in the budgeting and forecasting of project activities and reporting them to the donor and other stakeholders. 
  • Perform all other relevant duties that may be needed to ensure the overall efficient implementation of the Bilateral Project and Initiatives Program. 
  • Undertake other tasks as appropriate to further advance relevant strategies and initiatives and as discussed with WorldFish and One-CGIAR’s leadership. 


The successful candidate will have: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or similar and working towards qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA, CIMA or equivalent). Part-qualification will be considered with strong work experience. 
  • Office and Teams applications and hands-on experience with reputable ERP systems such as Oracle and SAP. Minimum 3 years of progressive post qualification relevant experience aligned to the key responsibilities for this role. 
  • Must be conversant with international accounting standards i.e. IFRS / IAS. 
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft 
  • Experience of working with teams across geographical borders with strong sense of professionalism, business ethics and integrity. 
  • Excellent command of English language – both written and verbal. 

Desirable Skills/Experience 

  • At least 2 years working experience in an international non-profit organization. 
  • Experience working for a USAID/EU donor funded project in a similar capacity. 



This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including comprehensive benefits (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possibility for extension, depending on funding and performance.  

Your application must include: 

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae, 
  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above; and 
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position. 

To be considered, applications must be submitted by no later than 24:00 (MYT), 19 April 2024

Location: The post holder will be based in Penang, Malaysia. This position will involve international travel. 

The screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment  

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.  

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.  

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.  

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.  

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