Masifundise is a civil society organisation with a long track record in the small-scale fishing sector. Its aim is to promote and advance Food Sovereignty in small-scale fishing communities in South Africa, and globally. It aims to do this by empowering fishers and community-based activists to become agents of change within their own communities, organisations, and social movements, as well as facilitating and strengthening participatory governance, enabling fishing communities to secure their social, economic, and political rights and promoting principles of social, economic and environmental justice and the right to autonomy and sovereignty of civil society.

Masifundise has the following exciting internship opportunity available to expand and assist our operational and programme staff to drive our strategic vision and mission that integrates three national programmatic areas: Inland Fisheries; Coastal Livelihoods; and Capacity Building. 

Finance Intern

The Finance Intern will gain exposure to the processing and reconciliation of all documents for payments, and to provide support to the Finance Unit with all creditors /accounts payable and related tasks.


Organisational Budgets

  • Support the Finance Manager (FM)with the development of the annual organisational plans and budgets.
  • Prepare budgets, monitor spending and exercise budgetary control over operational and programme budgets
  • Implement budget revisions as instructed by the FM
  • Identify and alert the FM to anticipated variances in line items in excess of 10% of the approved operational and programme budgets
  • Prepare other project budgets as indicated by the FM

 Financial Systems

  • To prepare, code and capture all transactions and all journal entries


  • To process all local and international payments.
  • Capture, verify and release payments
  • Collect and file all payment requisitions and supporting documents
  • Ensure that Proof of Payments are sent to service providers

Statutory Payments

  • Prepare and submit to SARS, the Department of Labor and Social development.

Financial Reports

  • Assist with the preparation of reports to donors, the Board of Trustees and Management.


  • Assist with ensuring that salaries payments and basic deductions are accurate


  • Assist to prepare specific projects and annual organization audit

Other Tasks

  • Any other tasks assigned by the FM.
  • Work as a member of the Finance team, as requested, in consultation with the FM



  • Degree in Finance, Accounting or equivalent
  • Ability to use basic MS Word functions
  • Ability to use intermediate MS Excel functions (creating spread sheets and using financial functions)
  • A good working knowledge of MS Outlook
  • Appreciation of the importance of meeting deadlines
  • Ability to prepare reports
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated with a desire to learn

To apply, please submit a CV with at least 2 contactable references, to using the position that you are applying for as the subject line.

Closing date: 5pm – Friday, 20 January 2023

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The position is located in Cape Town, South Africa, South African labour laws will apply.


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