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February 11, 2013

Career Opportunities As Admin & Finance Officer and Program Assistant At AGRA

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2006 to work with African governments, farmers, donors, NGOs and the private sector to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa through agricultural development targeted at resource-poor farmers. AGRA has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and an office in Accra, Ghana.
The Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets in Africa (SAIOMA) program has as its ultimate goal the promotion of inclusive agriculture sector growth in selected countries in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia by the end of 2015.
The primary beneficiaries for this program are rural smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.
AGRA is seeking to recruit experienced and exceptional individuals to fill the following positions for the SAIMOA program:
Administrative & Finance Officer
Ref: AFO – 02/13
With dual reporting responsibilities to the SAIOMA Team Leader and the AGRA Finance Manager, the Administrative & Finance Officer requires a seasoned accountant with a strong background in accounting for USAID-funded projects.
Primarily a financial role, the position will focus on ensuring that internal and external reporting deadlines are being met and USAID and other donor guidelines are being adhered to.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Managing the day-to-day financial operations of the SAIOMA project and ensuring the timely submission of all accounting information and reports as required by USAID;
  • Strengthening SAIMOA financial controls and preparing SAIOMA annual budgets in coordination with the Team Leader and Program Officers;
  • Maintaining and updating all accounting records in a timely, accurate, efficient and secure manner and facilitating periodic compliance audit visits;
  • Overseeing the logistics, procurement and administration activities of the SAIOMA project in line with AGRA & USAID procedures;
  • Following up SAIMOA grantees, staff and / or consultants to account for monies advanced to them and ensuring adherence to statutory requirements; and
  • Training finance and program staff in SAIOMA systems, principles of financial reporting and financial and administrative control for field-site operations.
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related discipline;
  • CPA (K) or ACCA certification;
  • At least five (5) years’ relevant post-qualification experience in administration and accounting of USAID and other donor-funded projects; and
  • Knowledge of Serenic Navigator and fluency in French will be an added advantage.
Program Assistant
PA – 02/13
Reporting to AGRA Program Officers and working closely with the grants management unit, the Program Assistant provides administrative, grants and logistical support to a program.
Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Assisting Program Officers in submitting proposals to the grants unit in the required AGRA format;
  • Assisting the Program Director and the Program Officers in reviewing funding requests and processing declinations;
  • Assisting the grants unit in following up on overdue reports and ensuring that the same are presented to AGRA in the required format;
  • Processing all program administrative requirements including facilitating consultancies, travel, grants and contracts;
  • Following up on program approvals for grant extensions, amendments, or cancellations and ensuring that all documentation required for the process is gathered and forwarded to the grants unit;
  • Maintaining records of all program administrative expenses;
  • Assisting Program Officers with research;
  • Handling all conference, meetings and workshop logistical arrangements for the program and writing reports for the same;
  • Handling phone calls and appointments for the Program Officers; and
  • Receiving and recording all incoming correspondence and handling general enquiries for the program.
Key Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
  • Bachelors’ degree in business administration or a related field;
  • At least three (3) years’ work experience in a closely related field, preferably in a not-for-profit organization;
  • Computer proficiency, especially in MS Office applications; and
  • Excellent command of English. Fluency in French will be an added advantage.
These positions will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, on a 3-year fixed-term contract.
Attractive remuneration packages commensurate with the responsibilities of the positions will be negotiated with the successful candidates.
For more information applicants can visit the AGRA website:www.agra-alliance.org.
If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for these roles, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts and quoting the relevant reference number.
To be considered, your application must be received by 22 February, 2013 addressed to:
The Director
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
Deloitte Place, Waiyaki Way
Muthangari, Westlands
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: agra@deloitte.co.ke
Tel:  +254 20 423 0000

1 Comment on this Article


    Interested in a position of Programme Assistant – PA-02/13. I am a banker having worked for the last 15 years in Kenya Commercial Bank Limited, with 15 years experience, I am confident I can perform my duties deligently.

    Hope to be selected for the position. Will submit my CV in a separate cover.

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