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Senior Accountant Job in Nairobi Kenya

Background: The Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) with funding by the European Union (EU) and supervision by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). 

The Programme which shall cover 8 counties has the objectives of contributing to national food security by increasing the production of the targeted cereal staples (Maize, Sorghum and Millet and pulses), increasing incomes of the smallholders in the production areas, and supporting smallholder farmers in graduating from subsistence to commercial agriculture. 

The programme will run for a period of seven (7) years. The Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) for KCEP located in Nairobi shall be responsible for the overall coordination and management of the programme. 

In addition, the programme will have two sub-units of the PCU, one in Nakuru and the other in Siakago Town (Embu County).

Senior Accountant (SAC) - Nairobi 

Ref. SAC07
Reporting to the FMA, the SAC will be responsible for:
  • Preparation of programme accounts;
  • Preparation and submission of periodical financial reports;
  • Verification of supplier’s invoices for payment, including service providers’ requests for funds, and timely implementation of payment procedures;
  • Timely posting of all project accounting vouchers on the accounting software;
  • Exercise proper custody of all posted vouchers and other accounting documents;
  • Preparation of withdrawal applications;
  • Replenishment of operational account with programme bank account.
  • Facilitate financial audits and implementation support missions;
  • Regular sharing of account printouts by components to the heads of component for analysis and comments;
  • Advice to management on accounting and administration matters;
  • Any other duty assigned by the FMA.
  • Bachelors’ degree in accounting and finance from a recognised institution plus a professional accounting qualification (CPA(K), ACCA or equivalent).
  • At least 5 years’ practical experience in a project financial management unit and acquainted with accounting procedures in the public administration sector or with internationally financed projects;
  • Previous experience with Donor-funded procedures and financial regulations would be an added advantage;
  • Good knowledge of computer applications in accounting such as TOMPRO, PASTEL, SUN;
  • ability to work under pressure and meet crucial deadlines;
  • Fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in English and in Kiswahili.
Application Process
1. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above positions. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
2. Each application should be accompanied by a CV and cover letter indicating the Reference Number for the position. 

The prescribed format of the CV should be downloaded from the ministry’s website:

Applicants for positions in the Nakuru or Siakago Town sub-units should clearly indicate the preference (Nakuru or Siakago) as in the reference numbers. 

Photocopies of Identity Card and relevant certificates and credentials should be enclosed.
3. Those who had previously applied should re-apply if they meet the qualifications
4. Each application in a sealed envelope should be addressed to:
The Principal Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
State Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30028-00100,
The applications should be received by Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10.00am. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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