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Finance Assistant Job in Kenya

Industry: Nonprofit / International Development / Agriculture
Function: Corporate
Position: Finance Assistant
Employer: One Acre Fund
Job Location:Kakamega, Kenya

Commitment: Project Position

Organization Description: One Acre Fund is a start-up NGO in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. 

We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more than 100% average gain in farm income per acre.  

We are growing quickly. In six years, we have grown to serve 135,000 farm families with more than 1,000 full-time field staff.

Job Description: One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organization; increasing the number of sublocations and districts we work in each year.  

We are about to construct a new office facility to accommodate around 250 employees and a residential facility with 60 dwellings in the Kakamega region. 

We are seeking individuals to manage the on-site financial activities on behalf of One Acre Fund. 

Contract details: Project and subject to performance, possibly leading to a permanent position

Candidate Profile 

Interested Applicants must meet the following criteria and requirements (all of equal importance):
  • Completion and good results in high school and college;
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar capacity, with excellent references.  Construction experience is preferable, but not essential;
  • Accounting/Finance background preferred;
  • Strong work ethic and strong numerical skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Good computer literacy and database management abilities, particularly with Microsoft Excel;
  • Quick learner and team player;
  • Excellent written and verbal communicator in English and Kiswahili;
  • Strong sense of accountability and responsibility;
  • A logical mind with the capacity to overcome difficult problems creatively;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • A strong sense of ethics, honesty and integrity;
  • Ability to work under pressure, producing quality work with little supervision;
Roles and Responsibilities
  • To protect One Acre Fund’s financial position throughout the construction phase;
  • Approve and agree the appointed contractor’s monthly valuation;
  • Helping to create a robust Bill of Quantities prior to construction and compiling an estimated project cost;
  • At the pre-construction phase to be working with the project programme to produce a projected cash-flow throughout the construction phase;
  • Working with an assistant to confirm measured works completed and comparing with the Bill of Quantities;
  • Comply with One Acre Fund’s financial audit procedures to ensure financial transparency of the project;
  • Represent One Acre Fund in a professional manner, reporting on progress and anticipated issues arising;
  • Report to One Acre Fund Construction Manager;
  • Provide constructive feedback to One Acre Fund of ways to improve the financial reporting procedure, and to be constantly looking to deliver a high quality project and ensure that best practice is followed.
Career Growth and Development: One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and through regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.
Location: Kakamega, Kenya
Preferred Start Date: As soon as possible
Compensation: Competitive Salary.
Benefits: Airtime, Transportation allowances and performance based Incentive
Career development: Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund Kenya is an equal opportunity employer; both women and men of integrity are invited to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to (Subject line: Finance Assistant + the place you heard of the position).

Interested Applicants to submit their resumes and cover letter by the 8th of October 2014.

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