Position: Finance Officer

Masifundise is a civil society organisation with a long track record in the small-scale fishing sector. Its aim is to promote and advance human rights and Food Sovereignty in small-scale fishing communities in South Africa, and globally. Masifundise empowers fishers and community-based activists to become agents of change in order to 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.

Masifundise has an exciting opportunity for a Finance Officer in its Finance Unit.

The successful candidate must have a positive attitude and emotional intelligence. The ability to adapt, have resilience and good communication skills is imperative. Further to this, we are looking for someone with integrity, excellent mathematical skills, and an understanding of data privacy standards. As a member of the Finance Unit, you will work closely with the Finance Manager as well as with the Office Administrator.


Organisational Budgets
• Support the Finance Manager 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 and verify 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 meetings.

• 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 Financial Manager
• Work as a member of the Finance team, as requested, in consultation with the Financial Manager


  • Degree in accounting or finance.
  • 3-5 years work experience in the accounting field.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel and accounting software.
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Strong knowledge of bookkeeping.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of the wider team
  • Experience in the NGO field will be an advantage.

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

To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV with at least 2 contactable references, to vacancies@masifundise.org.za using the position you applying for as the subject line.

Closing date: 17 November 2023
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will take place 28 – 29 November 2023.

Date of Commencement: 15 January 2024

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