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Finance Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya

CNFA is a Washington, DC - based, non - partisan, not - for - profit international development organization dedicated to stimulating sustainable economic growth and to reducing poverty around the world by nurturing entrepreneurship, agricultural enterprises and market linkages. 

Applications are invited from qualified candidates to serve as theFinance Specialist for a USAID funded program based in Nairobi, covering North East Province and Tana River District. 

The successful candidate will serve a fixed term contract to June 6th 2013.

General Responsibilities

The Finance Specialist will be responsible for overall project finances; will develop the project’s financial plan, including monitoring and reporting systems that meet the funders requirements; and will manage contracting activities. 

This individual will serve as the primary communication link on financial, administrative, and agreement compliance matters as they relate to our programs in Kenya and with our partners, sub grantees, and funding agencies.

Primary duties and responsibilities
  • Advising project staff and sub grantees on federal grant requirements and providing training on financial management and record keeping, new systems, and policies. 
  • Ensuring compliance with donor and organizational requirements. 
  • Managing financial and regulatory aspects of US federal and project relationships.
  • Overseeing the day-to-day monitoring of financial activities, human resources, subcontracting, and consultant procedures.
  • Working with the Senior Vice President for Operations and Compliance, the Chief of Party and technical staff to develop and coordinate the annual work plan with the budgeting process with partners and staff in compliance with federal and foundation regulations.
  • In coordination with CNFA’s Headquarters, overseeing the project accounting and financial management system to ensure that the financial planning, monitoring, and reporting needs of federal and foundation, the Country Directors, and partners can be met in a comprehensive and timely manner. 
  • Providing appropriate information, advice, and technical assistance to partners on project-related financial, administrative, and compliance issues including: 
  1. Clear guidance on financial reporting requirements and feedback on monthly budget monitoring and reporting;  
  2. Financial and compliance prequalification of reviews of potential local partners, 
  3. Coordinating receipt of appropriate audit reports, review, and follow up of audit findings, 
  • Guidance on all aspects of agreement compliance issues including procurement, property administration, and amendment processes. 
  • Supervising project procurement and inventory functions, ensuring that such procurements comply with federal requirements. 
  • Managing systems to monitor financial and grants management needs, and training staff to use the system. 
  • Regularly visits project sites as well as the sub-contractor offices in those districts slated for intervention.
  • Ensures that appropriate security procedures and roles are followed by the project staff. 
  • Supervising and coordinating effective close down of project at end date.

Education: Bachelors and Masters degree in business field and CPA/ACCA/CA qualification is required.

Work Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience in senior management position with at least five (5) years in management of USAID funded project- finances.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English and Kiswahili.

Interested candidates may submit resume and cover letter to by Monday, 3rd September 2012.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

CNFA is an “equal opportunities” employer.

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