Improving the Health of Individuals and Communities


Finance & Accounting Consultant

LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia


DURATION: November 22 – December 13

CONSULTANCY TYPE: Daily Rate Consultancy

POSTING DATE: 11/08/2021

DEADLINE DATE: 11/12/2021


John Snow Health Zambia Limited (JSH) is a Zambian organization committed to working with governments, non-governmental entities, the private sector, civil society, and communities to improve the provision of public health services. JSH is a not for profit organization, specifically a private company limited by guarantee, that was registered in March 2019. Our sectoral expertise includes public health, supply chain management, health information technology, and private sector engagement with demonstrated strong capabilities in each of these areas. Currently, JSH operates in all ten provinces of Zambia. JSH with support from USAID implements two main five-year projects, the Electronic Supply Chain Management Information System (eSCMIS) Project and Zambia Accessible Markets for Health (ZAM-Health) Activity. These projects are implemented with partners including John Snow, Inc. and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

JSH requires support to streamline financial and accounting systems to address aspects of indirect costs and fringe benefits. With the recent addition of ZAM-Health, the organization is now using indirect costs for all USG awards. This shift requires changes in financial policies and accounting systems. The support of a senior accountant/finance specialist is required who has experience with USG and generally accepted accounting principles and IFRS. Knowledge of Zambian standard practices and statutory requirements is helpful. Anticipated support includes harmonizing inputs from both projects, and ensuring general audit readiness specifically around JSH’s indirect cost policy and systems:


  • Review and updates to accounting system and procedures: Finalize methodology for recording overhead revenue and expenses, set up any coding/templates needed, ensure QuickBooks (QB) databases and invoicing is up-to-date for both projects accurately reflecting overhead revenue and expenses, set up the overhead pool. Develop and update related SOPs and/or Finance Manual sections.
  • QuickBooks Harmonization / Mapping: Review of treatment of fringe and overhead in project and corporate QBs databases to ensure alignment. Including review and confirmation of consistency in project numbers, account codes and other database setup. Develop template and complete reconciliations between eSCMIS, ZAM-Health and corporate JSH databases including cash alignment with revenue minus expenses, etc.
  • Set up system for managing, tracking, reporting on the overhead budget: This entails support to finalize the system for management and tracking the organizational overhead budget, what inputs are required from eSCMIS and ZAM-Health for monthly reporting, etc. reporting templates including overhead available versus recovered, system and formats for monthly and annual reconciliations.
  • Finance Policy update: Recommend adjustments to finance policy to reflect new procedures for management, tracking, and reporting on overhead as well as accounting treatment of overhead revenue and expenses.
  • Signatory Policy: Expand the current signatory policy to include a section on overhead costs and signatories for standard categories of overhead expenses (per categories listed in the cost policy statement).
  • Cost Policy Statement: Review cost policy statement and recommend improvements.
  • Fringe benefits: Set up fringe benefits pool for ZAM-Health in alignment with fringe pool existing on eSCMIS. Review/update guidance for recording fringe benefits expenses and accruals in QuickBooks. Harmonize approach between QBs databases.
  • Fringe benefits: Provide analysis of options for recovering fringe benefits as part of overhead rate and guidance on how to transition from direct costing fringe benefits to inclusion in overhead.
    Other as needed/specified during the TA related to the above items.



The Period of Performance for this activity will be from November 22-December 13


​Interested candidates should send an application via email ONLY to In the subject line please indicate the position you are applying for; only those applications that reference the position in the subject line will be reviewed. Your application should consist of a cover letter and CV with three references and full addresses and contact information.

Please note that you do not need to apply if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing Date: November 12, 2021

JSH is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information or political affiliation.

© 2021 John Snow Health Zambia Ltd

This company is registered as Coalition Health Zambia Limited and the organization's trading name is John Snow Health Zambia Limited.


© 2021 John Snow Health Zambia Ltd

This company is registered as Coalition Health Zambia Limited and the organization's trading name is John Snow Health Zambia Limited.