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Accounts Assistant - Garissa: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Jobs in Kenya

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is supporting the implementation of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). This five (5) year project employs a community-based integrated development approach to help lift rural communities out of the poverty trap that afflicts more than a billion people worldwide.

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) is supported by Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization, whose vision is the eradication of extreme global poverty.

Millennium Promise’s mission is to encourage individuals and organizations to join the fight against global poverty, disease, and hunger through an unprecedented campaign that draws on the support of all parts of society — individuals, businesses, charitable organizations, faith-based groups, governments — to ensure the success of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and the end of extreme poverty by 2025.


ICRAF/MVP is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of an
Accounts Assistant. The incumbent will be based in Garissa.

Reporting to the Team Leader and Science Coordinator, Garissa & Finance and Administration Manager, Nairobi, the Accounts Assistant’s responsibilities are to:

  • Make and follow-up on payment to creditors
  • Assist in local purchases and follow up with local suppliers to ensure conformity with regard to taxes (VAT)
  • Prepare and submit monthly expenditures to ICRAF HO, ensuring that the reports are accurate and timely
  • Prepare bank reconciliation and financial returns on monthly, quarterly and other periods specified by the Team Leader Management
  • Monitor the budgets; verification and proper allocation of expenditure.
  • Assist staff to code expenses correctly and informing them on budget status on a regular basis
  • Coordinate budget preparation in liaison with budget holders
  • Secure all MVP assets, tagging and maintaining an assets register
  • Documentation and safe storage of all financial reports and documents
  • Follow up on day to day correspondence with Millennium Villages Project and stakeholders as required by the Team Leader.
  • Handle the petty cash imprest account
  • Handling cash surrenders and verification of returns from the field;
  • Any other duties assigned related to the position


  • CPA part two or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of accounting software packages and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work in a across cultural and multi disciplinary environment
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge in book keeping & accounts, financial returns & report writing
  • Honesty, commitment and maturity
  • Productive under minimal supervision and work under high pressure
  • Ability to communicate well, supervise others, build capacity and integrate well with team and work beyond normal working hours
  • Ability to respect and promote individual and cultural differences
  • Honest, committed and mature
  • Productive under minimal supervision and work under high pressure
  • Ability to respect and promote individual and cultural differences

Terms of offer

ICRAF/MVP is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial working environment.

The contract is for an initial period of one (1) year, renewable subject to a three (3) month probation period, assessment of performance, and availability of resources.

ICRAF offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment, believes that staff diversity promotes excellence, and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone and fax numbers and email address).

Applications should indicate "Application for an Accounts Assistant — Garissa” on their application letters OR email submissions.

All correspondence should be addressed to the

Human Resources Unit,
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),
P.O. Box 30677,
Nairobi, Kenya

OR via email: icrafhru @

Applications will be considered until 12 March, 2010.

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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