BACKGROUND ON PROSPERITY CATALYST
Prosperity Catalyst (PCat) is a nonprofit, organized in 2012, that incubates women-led businesses in distressed regions of the world. We do this by supporting, training, and inspiring women to become economically independent; building their business and vocational skills; assisting them to access finance; and connecting them to a for-profit export hub, which links them to local and global markets.
In 2013, PCat launched a three-year program in Baghdad, Iraq, where it has trained and employed over 75 women to produce candles. Through a partnership with a for-profit candle company, PCat engaged a designer to develop a unique product offering for global markets, called the Akkadian Collection. In September 2016, PCat was awarded a new grant from a US Government source to expand its operations in Iraq to serve Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Kurdistan, many of whom came from areas held by ISIS. Under this program, we provided technical training to 600 women and employed over 120 in the production of jewelry and quilts. The Iraqi candles, jewelry, and quilts are all sold our PCat’s e-commerce site as well as to wholesale buyers for resale. In 2019, we expanded our operation in Iraq to include a total of six target areas where we will be working with a wide range of artisans, the majority women, developing a variety of products for the local and international market.
In 2013, PCat launched a women-led candle production and export company in Haiti called Fanm Limye (Women Illuminated). Over the last three years, PCat has worked with 42 artisan groups in Haiti, delivering business planning and management training. PCat purchases Haitian candles and jewelry from our artisan groups which we sell direct to customers on our e-commerce site as well as to other retailers. In addition, PCat is working along the value chain to improve the quality of raw materials, while improving the incomes of women in rural areas. Our focus has been on training over 500 beekeepers, the majority women, from whom we buy wax for our candles. Soon they will launch a line of natural honey to be sold in the local market.
Prosperity Catalyst is seeking a qualified person or firm to be responsible for ensuring the organization has strong financial and inventory management systems suitable for a small, but growing non-profit organization that also operates a for-profit business selling artisan products from Iraq and Haiti. PCat currently operates from three offices: two field offices abroad, and a US-based operation. PCat is funded by UN, US, and German government grants, private foundation grants, individual donations, and earned revenue.
This position reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with the two field teams and their managers based in the US. The half-time Accounting Manager/Firm will ensure our financial and inventory management software and systems are up to date and suited to our needs, perform the day to day accounting, prepare monthly reports for each office detailing expenses by line item and source, assist staff to prepare budgets and quarterly reports for our donors, make payments to vendors, make tax filings, and engage with our auditing firm as required. In addition, the Accounting Manager/Firm will manage relations with PCat’s payroll company and insurance companies.
This is a 20 hour/week, remote position, which will require occasional site visits to partners in the Massachusetts area.
The selected candidate/firm will have at least 3 – 5 years of experience managing a complex accounting office. S/he will ideally have experience accounting in multiple currencies, working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations, managing US Government funds in compliance with USG rules and regulations, and be familiar with tracking and valuing inventory located in multiple countries. Experience working with Quickbooks or similar accounting systems and a proven ability to work collaboratively and productively with non-financial staff and of serving as a mentor to field-based staff from various cultural backgrounds is ideal. S/he will be a team player, passionate about delivering results, a good communicator, and not afraid to ask questions. French and/or Arabic language skills would be plus.
DETAILED TERMS OF REFERENCE
Financial, Procurement and Sub-award Policy Manuals
Field Financial Management Systems, Reporting, and Disbursements
HQ Financial Management Systems, Transactions, and Reporting
Donor and Finance Committee Reports and Meetings
Job ID: 239883359