Accounting mandate in Tanzania – Winter 2019

Categories: Missions recruiting, Tanzanie

Terre Sans Frontières is an international cooperation organization that supports and strengthens its southern education, health and community development partners. TSF has been sending volunteer professional volunteers to work with its partners in the field for 15 years. The following organizations are part of TSF’s Without Borders family: Dentistes Sans Frontières, Optométristes Sans Frontières, Homéopathes de Terre Sans Frontières and Physiothéraîe Sans Frontières.

During their missions, the volunteer volunteers will support and guide the groups they are sent to work with. The purpose of this administrative and accounting support is to facilitate sustainable development in the field, rounding out the local resources at the heart of the interventions.


Tanzania (Moshi, and around Moshi)

Mission length

January 25th to February 10th 2019
(Mission preparation and planning required before departure)

Number of volunteers sought

Two volunteers per mission with the mission chief


Mission objectives

Volunteers will work with Tanzania United Parents Secondary Schools (TUPSS) in Tanzania to develop a uniform chart of accounts for the organization’s member schools, and begin the migration from a manual accounting system to a computerized one (QuickBooks software). The intervention plan includes accounting training and training on how to use QuickBooks for the schools’ employees. Volunteers will review how operations are organized with school employees, as well as use QuickBooks tools as much as possible to manage student files and produce accounting documents, such as invoices and covering letters.

A preliminary diagnosis of TUPPS schools identified opportunities to improve accounting and management practices, in particular those relating to the application of accounting principles, activity-based management, financial analysis, cash management, budget planning and efficient use of the accounting system (QuickBooks).

Subsequent missions made it possible to understand and document the processes of the key management functions of two flagship schools, which will serve as models for the other schools in the group, as well as simulate the transfer of transactions related to student registration to QuickBooks.

During this mission, volunteers will migrate the entire accounting system to QuickBooks, make the necessary adjustments, and organize and implement the required improvement with school employees. Volunteers must continually strive to provide employees with the basic training needed to ensure the work is accurate and sustainable.

Familiarity with QuickBooks, accounting experience in small and medium organizations, and the ability to simplify accounting concepts and teach them to people who do not have any academic background are essential to the mission’s success.

TUPPS is a non-government institution that comprises a network of 14 secondary schools in various regions of the country. The organization’s objective is to improve cooperation between its schools in order to ensure the highest educational standards in Tanzania. Nearly 9,800 students, of which 59% are girls, attend the schools. In addition to the education provided, these schools hold income-generating activities related to agriculture, livestock, baking and machinery.

Job description

Volunteers will provide QuickBooks expertise and leverage their skills to attain the mission objective.

Before the mission :
• Become familiar with the mission schools
• Follow up on the chart of accounts model based on the mission schools’ transactions
• Monitor the continued implementation of the approved chart of accounts
• Prepare training content and materials
• Attend a pre-departure meeting

During the mission :
• Implement the chart of accounts
• Provide training and knowledge transfer sessions
• Keep a daily log of the mission

After the mission :
• Follow up with the visited partner
• Draft a final mission report
• Provide photos to document the mission

Volunteer requirements

Accounting diploma

Work experience
• At least two years of practice in an accounting position
• Experience in setting up QuickBooks
• Experience in using QuickBooks for accounting and payroll management
• Experience in management accounting (activity-based accounting)
• Experience in an educational environment, an asset

• Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks software
• Knowledge of school organization, a plus
• Good communication and knowledge transfer skills

Cooperation experience
Previous experience, an asset

Work language(s)

Computer tools

Personal qualities
• Espousal of TSF’s values and principles
• High degree of comfort with modest living conditions
• Marked ability to work in an intercultural context
• Remarkable flexibility and adaptability
• Excellent team player
• Good organizational and planning skills
• Great professionalism

Volunteers will be responsible for funding a portion of the mission’s expenses.


Send your application with a resumé and letter of interest to Mme Annie Durand.
The deadline to apply is November 26th.

Thank you for your interest in TSF activities. Please note we will only contact selected candidates for an interview.

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