Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Finance Officer The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Finance Officer
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) ¡s a private, non-denominational, development agency promoting creative solutions to problems that impede social development. 
AKF (East Africa) seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, literacy and health, with a special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in coastal and other resource-poor areas. 
AKF(EA) works in five sectors including Health, Education, Early Childhood Development, Rural Development and Civil Society  enhancement. 
Over the last several years, the Foundation’s EastAfrica programmes have evolved and expanded in response to government policies, beneficiary demand and assessment of needs. 
In order to optimise its efficiency and effectiveness as a development actor in the region, AKF (EA) seeks to support and improve innovations that create viable solutions to community problems that impede development. 
The Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) is a five year project co-funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and AKF that aims to sustainably improve learning outcomes, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy, for pre-primary and primary students in selected areas of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. 
The project components include a) professional development of educators, b) strengthening institutions and education support systems and c) enhancement of evidence based knowledge for policy dialogue.
AKF is inviting applications for the position of Finance Officer.

Reporting to the Project Director, the main responsibility of the Finance Officer will be to support the SESEA Project Coordinating Unit Office in coordinating and managing the SESEAfinancial accounting and reporting functions within the various implementing agencies.

Key Responsibilities Include:
·                     Reviewing and ensuring that all the SESEA grant financial reports are prepared and submitted on timely basis, accurately and in line with the CIDA requirements.
·                     Generating financial analyses on periodical basis on the grant financial information that will provide management with information for decision making.
·                     Reviewing funding requests/projections from the implementing agencies and managing the disbursement of the funds to the various agencies in consultation with the AKF EA Regional office.
·                     Conduct training and provide support to the finance team in the various agencies in regard to the SESEA grant.
·                     Consolidate all the financial information and be the focal person for all financial related issues under the SESEA grant.
Required Qualifications and Competencies
·                     Minimum of three years progressive experience in accounting and financial management operations preferably in a non-profit, international development environment.
·                     Minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Finance and I orAccounting, together with a professional qualification.
·                     Excellent organisational, inter-personal and communications skills.
·                     Knowledge of donor/grant processes and procedures is highly desirable.
·                     Audit experience a valuable asset.
·                     Working knowledge of information technology and its applications in office settings.
·                     Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple tasks, demands and deadlines with a positive and constructive attitude under minimal supervision.
·                     Strong sense of responsibility, professionalism and thoroughness.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees by 15th July, 2013 to the Regional Human Resource Director, Aga Khan Foundation, East Africa, via e-mail to recruitment-akfea@akdn.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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