Temporary Finance Officer

About the job


American Institutes for Research (AIR) is seeking a Temporary Finance Associate to work from its office in Nairobi, Kenya. The Temporary Finance Associate will support the strengthening of finance systems and the maintenance of their integrity. The Temporary Finance Associate will be responsible for updating and generating timely financial information for AIR’s headquarters, cashflow management, payroll administration, and smooth running of the finance department.

This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and supports American Institutes for Research’s headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, USA. AIR is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.
As a temporary position, the Finance Officer will be employed for 4 months.


Responsibilities Include

Vendor Payments/Accounts Payable

Assist in preparation of payment vouchers and Journal Vouchers. Identify the proper account codes for each transaction.
Compile relevant support documents for each payment.
Coordinate with the operations team on pending payment packages.
Ensure timely upload of approved payment packages by linking them with relevant payment vouchers/Journal Vouchers.
Assist in preparation of other documentation ahead of the external audit.

Project Support

Compile field payment documents and field expenses.
Liaise with the field coordinators and staff to ensure timely submission of expense reports.
Assist in scanning and reviewing the field casuals paper timesheets.

Travel Support

Ensure timely submission of travel authorization forms/activity advance request forms.
Co-ordinate with staffs for timely submission of expense reports/relevant support documents.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or relevant field.
3 years of professional work experience in accounting, finance control, or related work.
Partial CPA preferred.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Experience with digital accounting systems, such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Office packages.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and understanding of accounting and financial reporting principals and practices.
Good with numbers, figures, and analytical acumen.
Good knowledge of internal control systems and experience with accounting and auditing tools is an asset


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Applicants must be currently authorized to work in Kenya on a full-time basis. Employment-based sponsorship is not available for this position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

About American Institutes for Research

Since 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has been advancing evidence to evolve systems, improve lives, and ultimately create a better, more equitable world. We are a nonprofit research and technical assistance organization working to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. Our experts in education, health, workforce, human services, and international development follow the evidence to find and apply solutions that will work. Our work helps policymakers make important decisions based on evidence, and we work with leaders, organizations, and communities to create more effective programs. We never stop digging to find what works and where we have more to learn.