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Vacancy: Senior Officer, Compliance
 
Job Ref: ICPAK 004/2015
 
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) is the professional organization for Certified Public Accountants in Kenya established in 1978 by the then Accountants Act, CAP 531 subsequently repealed to Accountants Act no. 15 of 2008. 

It is also a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global umbrella body for the accountancy profession. 

Since its establishment, ICPAK has been dedicated to development and regulation of the accountancy profession in Kenya so as to enhance its contribution and that of its members to national economic growth and development. 

In its endeavor on institutional strengthening, ICPAK is seeking to recruit dynamic, self-driven and results oriented individuals to fit in a team meant to make it a world class Professional Accountancy Organization.
 

Job Summary: Reporting to the Manager Compliance in the Professional Services Division, the Senior Officer Compliance will be a key member of the Institute and is expected to understand, support, and promote quality of professional accountancy services that members provide to the public.
 
The officer will closely work with the Registration and Quality Assurance Committee (RQAC) and will responsible for planning and conducting the audit and assurance reviews. 

In addition, the Officer shall undertake capacity building initiatives of members engaged in public practise in compliance with International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and the International Standard on Quality Control 1(ISQC 1) and standards developed by the standard setting boards of IFAC and promulgated by the Institute.
 
This position is placed at Senior Officer Level – ICPAK Grade 6
 
Job Profile / Responsibilities: The position requires a person who is ‘hands-on’, highly organized, able to work with minimum supervision, and has excellent communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Essential duties and responsibilities shall include those listed below; other incidental duties may be allocated from time to time:
 
The duties and responsibilities include among others:
 
1. Quality Review Process (Audit Quality Reviews)
  • Preparation, continuance and revision of the Audit Quality reviews (AQR) annual calendar
  • Conducting reviews, making recommendations and ensure implementation of corrective action plans from audit firms
  • Reviewing the audit methodology used by members in practise to ensure they are up to date and relevant
  • The review of working engagement paper files to check on compliance with audit procedures as prescribed in the ISA’s and also compliance with IFRSs and other standards, laws and regulation.
  • Communication of audit quality review findings to the registration quality assurance committee
  • Making recommendations as may be appropriate on firms and members in practise on identified weaknesses in the reviews
2. Standard Implementation
 
Support the implementation of Auditing Standards and other promulgations of standard setting boards and other Guidelines, Policies, Laws and Regulations pertaining to the practice of accountancy in Kenya;
  • Support outreach activities under the direction of the Compliance Manager to create awareness on new standards issued and their impact.
  • Developing appropriate guidelines and providing any necessary technical support to facilitate better understanding and implementation of standards in conjunction with other technical staff.
  • Develop mechanisms to sensitize practitioners and the public on Audit Quality Reviews.
  • Coordinate and assist in the process of updating reference materials being used by practitioners to reflect the changes in the standards annually i.e. Audit manual, model audit file, review checklists etc.
  • Responding to queries raised by practitioners and other members of ICPAK and Committees.
  • Participating in ICPAK trainings and in house trainings on Audit Quality Assurance, ISAs and other related topics/issues.
3. Meetings
  • Prepare agendas and papers for RQAC meetings on quality reviews.
  • Attend and participate in ICPAK and relevant task force meetings; minute deliberations and decisions affecting members in practice.
  • Provide administrative support to the RQAC and contribute to the organization and efficient operation of ICPAK meetings and related activities.
4. Support of the ICPAK External Relations
  • Conduct research on issues affecting compliance with International Standards on Auditing and other pronouncements by standard setting boards and developments on legal and regulatory environment impacting on audits as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of ICPAK position papers on legislations affecting the audit and assurance practice.
Person Profile
 
Skills Required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) savvy
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Project management skills, with ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple work streams concurrently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Key Competencies
 
The successful candidate shall demonstrate the following personal attributes:
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, organize priorities and meet deadlines
  • Capable of working in a team and with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with external stakeholders, and across multiple cultures
  • Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work with minimal supervision or as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to handle changing priorities while remaining calm under pressure
  • Proactive, service-oriented attitude
  • Able to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information into summaries
  • competency in accounting packages
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
Qualifications and Experience:
  • A holder of Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business Management or its equivalent
  • A holder of CPA (K) or any other globally recognised accountancy qualification
  • Five (5) years working experience recommended
  • At least four (4) years relevant work experience (e.g., in professional practice, a professional accountancy organization, office of the auditor general or accounting environment).
How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their application letter, CV and other scanned relevant documents clearly indicating the position applied for, current and expected salary to the following: complianceofficer@icpak.com

Vacancy: Senior Officer, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance
 
Job Ref: ICPAK 003/2015
 
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) is the professional organization for Certified Public Accountants in Kenya established in 1978 by the then Accountants Act, CAP 531 subsequently repealed to Accountants Act no. 15 of 2008. 

It is also a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global umbrella body for the accountancy profession. 

Since its establishment, ICPAK has been dedicated to development and regulation of the accountancy profession in Kenya so as to enhance its contribution and that of its members to national economic growth and development. 

In its endeavor on institutional strengthening, ICPAK is seeking to recruit dynamic, self-driven and results oriented individual to fit in a team meant to make it a world class Professional Accountancy Organization.
 

Job Summary: Reporting to the Manager, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance, the successful candidate will ensure successful completion of audit assignments including Audit planning, execution and reporting. 

Moreover he/she will be expected to identify areas of internal control weaknesses and areas of non compliance within the Institute and provide sound and practical recommendations to management.
 
In addition, the successful candidate shall ensure that risk management culture is instilled within the institute by facilitating the work of the risk champions in accordance with the ICPAK risk Management Framework. 

He / she shall prepare periodic risk management reports to the Institute’s Risk Management Committee (RMC) for consideration.
 
This position is placed at Senior Officer Level – ICPAK Grade 6
 
Job Profile / Responsibilities: Essential duties and responsibilities shall include those listed below; other incidental duties may be allocated from time to time:
 
1. Ensure internal controls are working effectively.
  • Plan and conduct internal audits of various functions within the Institute including operational and financial audits;
  • Develop audit programs and review procedures relevant to audit objectives;
  • Document audit work and findings in accordance with accepted auditing standards;
  • Obtain and review audit evidence and ensuring that the audit conclusions reached are supported by appropriate and relevant audit evidence;
  • Identify weaknesses in internal controls / business processes in the institute;
  • During audit process, engage with auditees seeking clarifications on various exceptions noted before drafting the audit report;
  • Communicate control issues raised during the audit process, offering recommended solutions relevant to business and the risk identified.
  • Conduct follow up on audit recommendations to ensure implementation of agreed corrective actions;
2. Facilitate the effective implementation of the Enterprise Risk Management in the Institute.
  • Facilitate risk management processes by undertaking risk identification, assessment, mitigation and Monitoring & reporting.
  • Facilitate periodic /monthly meetings with the Institute’s risk champions
  • Ensure departmental reports on risk management including risk registers are reviewed by the risk champions in collaborations with the risk owners.
  • Compile risk management reports from business units and forward to Risk Management Committee (RMC) for deliberations through the Manager Audit, risk & Compliance.
3. Check the Institute’s compliance with various legislations, agreements, MoU’s etc
  • Conducts compliance checks to provide assurance on the Institute’s compliance with various legislations, treaties, MoUs etc
  • Highlight in periodic (Quarterly) reports areas of non-compliance and discuss the same with responsible managers;
Person Profile
 
Skills Required
  • Report writing Skills, 
  • Microsoft Office Skills, 
  • Managing Processes, 
  • Organization, 
  • Analyzing Information and 
  • Communication skills
Key Competencies
 
This position will be suitable to persons with;
  • good understanding of auditing work and the accountancy profession in Kenya
  • competency in accounting packages
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
  • ability to communicate well both to internal and external stakeholders
Qualifications and Experience:
  • A holder of Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business Management or its equivalent
  • A holder of CPA (K) or any other globally recognised accountancy qualification
  • Five (5) years working experience recommended
  • Three (3) years relevant experience in internal or/and external audit
How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit their application letter, CV and other scanned relevant documents clearly indicating the position applied for, current and expected salary to the following: internal auditor@icpak.com

Vacancy: Senior Officer, Technical Services
 
Job Ref: ICPAK 005/2015
 
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) is the professional organization for Certified Public Accountants in Kenya established in 1978 by the then Accountants Act, CAP 531 subsequently repealed to Accountants Act no. 15 of 2008. 

It is also a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global umbrella body for the accountancy profession. 

Since its establishment, ICPAK has been dedicated to development and regulation of the accountancy profession in Kenya so as to enhance its contribution and that of its members to national economic growth and development. 

In its endeavor on institutional strengthening, ICPAK is seeking to recruit dynamic, self-driven and results oriented individual to fit in a team meant to make it a world class Professional Accountancy Organization.


Job Summary: Reporting to the Manager Technical Services in the Professional Services Division, the Senior Officer, Technical Services will be a key member of the Institute and is expected to understand, support, and promote the development and implementation of accounting professional standards.
 
The Senior Officer, Technical Services will work closely with the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) and will be responsible for planning and conducting research and analyses, supporting the Institute activities in the submission of ICPAK comments to standards setting boards, issuance of technical resources to support the development and implementation of professional standards.
 
This position is placed at Senior Officer Level – ICPAK Grade 6
 
Job Profile / Responsibilities: Essential duties and responsibilities shall include those listed below; other incidental duties may be allocated from time to time:
 
The position requires a person who is ‘hands-on’, highly organized, able to work with minimum supervision, and has excellent communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
 
The duties and responsibilities include among others:
 
1. Standard Setting Process (Standard Development)
 
Support the development of professional standards impacting on accounting and financial reporting;
  • Plan, coordinate, and support of PSC, including preparation of high quality agenda papers for relevant projects, and discuss project progress against objectives and timetable as appropriate.
  • Maintain and update the discussion papers, exposure drafts and consultation papers log.
  • Identify key developments in the legislations and other regulations affecting the accountancy profession and propose for the development and issuance of guidance.
  • Prepare draft staff position for circulation to members of the Institute seeking their views on documents issued by standard setting boards
  • Prepare draft submissions on exposure drafts and discussion papers issued by the standard setting boards.
  • Follow-up to ensure draft comments are reviewed and approved in a timely manner and submitted to standard setting boards.
  • Publications of articles on development in standard setting arena in the e-newsletter, through e-connect and the media where necessary.
2. Standard Implementation

Support the implementation of professional Standards and other Guidelines, Policies, Laws and Regulations pertaining to the accountancy profession;
  • Support outreach activities under the direction of the Technical Manager to create awareness on new standards issued and their impact.
  • Prepare draft publications on updates on standards issued by the standard setting boards and other interpretations, and legal developments through the technical e-newsletter.
  • Maintain an accurate and current listing of outreach presentations and other ICPAK activities for internal and external reporting purposes and inclusion in the ICPAK Annual Report
  • Developing appropriate initial guidelines and other Templates and providing any necessary technical support to facilitate better understanding and implementation of professional standards under the direction of the Technical Manager.
  • Review and recommend for update on an annual basis the technical guides developed in the past to ensure that they are relevant.
  • Maintain and update technical helpdesk - Technical support to members, issue tracker where timelines for responding will be agreed upon and a specific staff as the contact point for any technical matter that comes on board.
  • Facilitate in-house and branch training on specific standards.
3. Monitoring Compliance
  • Environmental scanning to identify implementation challenges and recommend changes to the legal environment impacting the accountancy profession.
  • Co-ordinate receipt of reports on compliance with relevant regulations impacting accountancy from the respective regulators.
  • In conjunction with the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (PSASB (K)), carry out surveys on needs adoption challenges on use of all IPSAS
  • Spearhead the Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards - review annual reports and financial statements of various entities through FiRe Award to assess compliance levels.
4. Meetings
  • Prepare agendas and papers for PSC meetings in relevant projects.
  • Attend and participate in ICPAK and relevant task force meetings; minute deliberations and decisions.
5. Support of the ICPAK External Relations
  • As necessary, conduct research on issues affecting implementation of professional standards and developments on legal and regulatory
  • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of ICPAK position papers on legislations affecting the professional accountants.
6. Organizational Development
  • Provide administrative support to the PSC and contribute to the organization and efficient operation of ICPAK meetings and related activities.
  • Coach and mentor the ICPAK officers within the division and assist in achievement of performance goals.
  • Risk champion for the department
Person Profile
 
Skills Required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) savvy
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Project management skills, with ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple work streams concurrently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Key Competencies
 
The successful candidate shall demonstrate the following personal attributes:
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, organize priorities and meet deadlines
  • Capable of working in a team and with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with external stakeholders, and across multiple cultures
  • Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work with minimal supervision or as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to handle changing priorities while remaining calm under pressure
  • Proactive, service-oriented attitude
  • Able to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information into summaries
  • competency in accounting packages
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
Qualifications and experience:
  • A holder of Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business Management or its equivalent
  • A holder of CPA (K) or any other globally recognised accountancy qualification
  • Five (5) years working experience recommended
  • At least four (4) years relevant work experience (e.g., in professional practice, a professional accountancy organization, office of the auditor general or accounting environment).
How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application letter, CV and other scanned relevant documents clearly indicating the position applied for, current and expected salary to the following: techservicesofficer@icpak.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Applications should be received on or before close of business on Friday 19th June, 2015.

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