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Finance Assistant - Accounts

International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Recruiting a Finance Assistant - Accounts

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium ( – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient. 

CIAT conducts research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (

CIAT is seeking a Finance Assistant - Accounts with the main responsibility of providing timely and efficient accounting support to CIAT corporate accounting process. 

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and reports to Accounting Team Coordinator - Africa.

Main responsibilities include:
  • Account Register - Oracle data entry, review and posting; web journal data review, approval and posting.
  • Support the payroll process, payment, recording and posting
  • Register and control of fixed assets accounting
  • Petty cash management
  • Periodic accounts analysis
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Payment processing and documentation
  • Register and update cash flow requirements
  • Support audit process
The candidate shall have the following competencies, skills and experience:
  • Bachelors’ degree in Accounting or Finance and should have attained a minimum of CPA III
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience with proven accounting skills.
  • High level of computer skills, ability to handle complex accounting systems including knowledge of Oracle and ability to learn new applications quickly.
  • Possess high level of integrity and respect for confidentiality.
Terms of employment:

The position is nationally recruited, will be based at CIAT Offices in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The contract will be for one year period, subject to a probation period of three (3) months, renewable depending on performance and availability of resources.

How to apply:

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees. 

All correspondence should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office, P O Box 823-00621, Nairobi, Kenya and email applications to and should clearly indicate “Finance Assistant - Accounts” on the subject line. 

Email applications and CV’s should be saved as one file using the applicant’s last name and first name for ease of sorting.

Closing date for applications: 5th July, 2013

All applications will be acknowledged; only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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