We are a small start-up NGO located in Lebanon working with displaced Syrians and Palestinians as well as vulnerable Lebanese communities. Our work consists the provision of funds for emergency medical care as well as food and aid distributions and education initiatives in refugee settlements in the Bekaa Valley near the Lebanese/Syria border.
Our operations in these areas began in December 2015, and we are well-established with the local communities and other NGOs in the region. We rely on the contributions made by volunteers who travel to Lebanon and donations made by individuals and other aid organisations.
As part of our efforts to further establish ourselves as a permanent, ongoing organisation in the region, we are planning to employ Xero or Quickbooks software to manage our accounts. This must be carried out in such a way that allows restricted funds (funds provided by doners for specific purposes eg 'food') to be tracked from the doner through to the purchase. Ideally, we would also like to be able to send payment receipts from vendors back to donors. This may be tracked in Xero or Quickbooks, or else in our CRM - CiviCRM.
We have the usual accounting requirements such as a Chart of Accounts and receipts/payment to be entered into the system. Furthermore, we need to establish budget lines (or classes in QB) to track our restricted funds, and to assist in planning.
We are seeking the skills of an experienced accountant who is capable of carrying out these tasks, however we would like this person to act as a trainer for our Financial Officer, to train him on how to set up and use Xero (at this stage).
Experience with accounting needs of not-for-profits or NGOs preferred.
If the freelancer has experience with CiviCRM, this would be a huge advantage.