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Career Opportunities at the Council of Governors in Kenya

Council of Governors Job Opportunities
Background: The Council of Governors (CoG) is established under Section 19 of the Inter governmental Relations Act 2012 with the mandate to provide a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20). 

The Council operates under Sectoral committees which define engagement with The National Government agencies and other stakeholders.

Director, Finance and Administration
Objective of the position: This position provides critical financial leadership and operational oversight to ensure effective management of all organizational systems and committees’ administration. 

This is the key focal point for finance at the Council of Governors and needs to operate closely aligned with the strategic goals and objectives of the CoG. 

This includes leadership participation in helping to establish and lead the CoG performance and growth strategies, establishing and maintaining key metrics, and supporting the Finance, Commerce and Economic Affairs Committee in all matters relating to the PFM Act at both County and National Level. 

The person will also be responsible for the direction, oversight and ensuring the installation of a favorable financial systems.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Director of Finance and Administration is a leadership position reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for;
  • Overseeing the planning of the activities and operations of the Finance Department; coordinate assigned activities with other CoG departments and Government Agencies; and providing policy, technical and administrative support to the CoG.
  • Providing oversight role and participate in the development of the department’s work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; implement policies and procedures.
  • Providing technical support to the Finance, Commerce and Economic Affairs Committee of the Council of Governors.
  • Assisting the Directors of Legal, Cooperate communication and Programs in specific thematic areas.
  • Supporting the CEO in resource mobilization and follow up on budgets submitted to the National Treasury.
  • Serving as a liaison officer between the National and Council of Governors on issues of Financial Management. ( Budgeting and planning, cash flow analysis e.t.c)
  • Providing periodic updates to the Council of Governors and the CEO on the financial position of the organization.
  • Preparing policy documents for the organization.
  • Responsible to all audits.
  • Representing the CoG at stakeholders’ meetings and provide the Council position.
  • Manage the Finance, administration and Human Resources departments of the organization.
  • Providing leadership in implementing the payroll, finance, HR, billing, code enforcement, work orders, legislative systems, IFMIS Functionality e.t.c.
  • Other duties will include: hiring & evaluating accounting and financial professional and para-professional staff; supervising other professional and/or management staff, interacting with elected and high-ranking appointed public officials; assuming overall responsibility for preparation of CoG budget and governmental financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Performing any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
  • Must be a CPA (K) holder and registered with ICPAK.
  • Master’s degree in finance and administration or any other related field from a recognized university.
  • An understanding of the PFM Act in line with the devolved functions
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in government finance and accounting at a high management and supervisory level.
  • Has an understanding of Principles, practices of public administration, including management, organization, planning, cost/benefit analysis, budgeting, and project management and evaluation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to Work with numerous customers and vendors; Build consensus to bring successful conclusion to various issues
  • To simultaneously manage and/or work on a multitude of project; and Prepare, administer, and monitor project budget.
  • Ability to make presentations and conducting meetings.
  • The desired candidate must possess strong problem resolution skills, critical thinking and interpersonal skills to help identify and resolve issues.

Council Secretary / Chief Executive Officer

The Secretary / Chief Executive Officer is the Accounting officer of the Council of Governor’s and is responsible for the administrative, managerial and other activities of the council. 

He/She will serve as a Secretary to the Council of Governors.

Specific duties and responsibilities will entail:-
  • Implement the decisions of the Council;
  • Facilitate, coordinate and ensure execution of the Council’s mandate;
  • Responsible for administration and management of the secretariat resources.; 
  • Resources mobilization for the Council’s activities both from national budget and other sources;
  • Strengthening strategic collaborations, linkages and partnerships and donor support;
  • Formulating and implementing authorization mechanisms;
  • Directing, organizing and administering programmes, projects and other affairs of the Council;
  • Promoting and encouraging private sector involvement in the Council’s affairs;
  • Overseeing the development of short, medium and long term implementation plans activities, infrastructure, staff and budget requirements of the Secretariat;
  • Overseeing the Council’s technical and operational affairs including team leadership, research, capacity building, budget and financial management, human and technical resources;
  • Liaising with government at County and National level on various issues on behalf of the Council;
  • Liaison with members in accordance with Executive Committee directions on day to day administration and management of the affairs of the Council;
  • Implementing and monitoring policies, strategies and decisions of the Committee;
  • Developing policies, tools and guidelines designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Council operations; and
  • Supporting the Council through leadership with education and training support.
  • Attend all CoG meetings as secretary.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
  • Be a citizen of Kenya;
  • Hold a Master’s Degree from a University recognized in Kenya.
  • Should have 10 years’ experience and knowledge in any of the following: Public Administration and Management or Law or Human Resource Management or Economics and Financial Management
  • Demonstrate appreciation of devolution
  • Meets the requirement of leadership and integrity as set out in Chapter Six of the Constitution.
  • This is a high level position and the person is expected to possess the following competencies:-
  1. Leadership qualities
  2. Strategic thinking
  3. Problem solving and analysis skills
  4. Decision making
  5. Performance Management
  6. Results driven management
  7. Innovativeness
  8. Strong Communications and Interpersonal Skills
  9. Influencing and Adapting to Changing Environments
  10. Integrity and Ethical Values
Terms and Conditions of Service: These will be in accordance with the Council of Governors Salary guidelines.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and a copy of ID to describe interest and relevance to the position to by 30th July 2015.

For detailed job description please visit the Council of Governors’ website:

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