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Head of Finance and Administration Job in Kenya

Micro - Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT)

Contribute to poverty eradication

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to poverty eradication and at the same time love what you do? 

You are at the right place! 

Read on and see how you can become part of a leading development organization in Kenya that is focused on poverty reduction through sustainable micro-enterprise development activities.

Micro-Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT) was established in 2002 by the Government of Kenya and the European Union to continue with the activities of the Micro-Enterprises Support Programme (MESP), previously implemented by the founders between 1997 and 2002. 

In 2012, the European Union relinquished its rights as a founder and passed those rights to the Danish Representation in Nairobi. 

The mandate of MESPT is alleviation of poverty and creation of employment through support of micro, small and medium enterprises.
Building on MESPT’s vision and our great success over the past 13 years, the organization has set its eyes on an exciting growth plan into the future as articulated through our new brand and strategy.
It is against this background that we are looking for high quality individuals to join our existing team of inspired and talented professionals at MESPT and be part of our growing and exciting future.

Head of Finance and Administration
Overall Job Purpose: Reporting to the CEO, the jobholder provides strategic financial leadership and has P&L responsibility including forecasting, analysis and reporting. 

Responsibilities also include monthly close, compliance, cash flow and cash call management, fund management, special projects and overseeing finance team.

She also provides strategic leadership to Human Resource and Administration functions.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Perform strategic analysis including cost reduction tactics and business analysis.
  • Oversee accuracy of the accounting records and financial systems
  • Ensure budgets of MESPT are implemented and progress regularly reported;
  • Prepare financial statements and other financial reports
  • Design, monitor and supervise internal financial control measures and systems to safeguard the resources.
  • Facilitate the formulation and implementation of sound financial and accounting policies, procedures and systems which are compliant with acceptable accounting policies; legal requirements and grant agreements;
  • Provide operational financial support and guidance to the senior management team on budgeting and financial performance;
  • Formulate the overall MESPT budget and lead departmental budgetary process;
  • Coordinate visits of external auditors in auditing financial statements and other specific audits commissioned by donors and the Board of Trustees;
  • Custodian of company documents and maintains an inventory of fixed assets;
  • Ensures financial reporting complies with prevailing laws and regulations and international financial reporting standards (IFRS);
  • Oversees the Trust’s payroll and ensure it is in conformity with the staff establishment
  • Responsible for the bank accounts, including opening/closing/ operational profile/signature authorizations.
  • Responsible to ensure that treasury operations meet all relevant control and compliance requirements.
  • Oversee MESPT’s Human Resource & Administration functions;
  • Prepares Investment reports
Desired competencies and experience
  • A Masters Degree or MBA or equivalent in relevant area of study
  • A Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, Commerce, Business Management or related field
  • Must be a CPA (K) holder or equivalent
  • Must be an ICPAK Member
  • A minimum of 12 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Knowledge of relevant statutory laws e.g. Tax; NSSF;NHIF
  • Impeccable organisational skill and proven analytical ability.
  • A Strong team player with demonstrated experience in leading teams
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple donor projects
  • Results oriented with proven track record of working to achieve project targets
Important Note:
For all positions, successful candidates should meet the following requirements:
  • Police Clearance Certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID)
  • Clearance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • A Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • A Clearance Certificate from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • A Clearance Certificate from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
Application Procedure
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications in PDF format via email clearly quoting the job title and job reference number in the Subject Area as well as the cover letter. 

The application should include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae indicating telephone contacts, mail address, names and contacts of three (3) referees and current remuneration to email address to reach us by 13th November 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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