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Finance Officer (East & Southern Africa)

About the organization

The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods.

As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors

The position

The incumbent in liaison with the Finance Offi cers at ICRAF Headquarters will be responsible for the fi nancial management function of ICRAF East and Southern Africa (ESA) region.

Main purpose of the job

  • To manage all fi nancial information and databases for the ESA region. Provide supervision to Country Finance Offi cers of country offi ces in the region.
  • To provide practical recommendation and advise for improving operational effi ciency in the region and ICRAF in general.
  • To participate in proposal and project budget formulations, project fi nancial monitoring and evaluation and reporting to project managers, HQ and donors.

    Key responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain the ESA SUN system database, fi xed assets database and the online fi nancial statements.
  • Manage the region’s monthly closing and annual fi nalization process as per the ICRAF cut-off dates and ensure the timelysubmission of monthly reconciliations, fi xed assets movements and trail balance.
  • Monitor and prepare the ESA regional annual budgets as per ICRAF Plan Of Work and Budget (POWB).
  • Support the development of project proposal an concept notes as per the ICRAF full costing policy.
  • Preparation and analysis of grant fi nancial reports as per the grant agreement and monitor the funding receipts, supervise the fi nance team in the region and ensure smooth and accurate fl ow of data and information to and from ICRAF HQ and the Node/Country Offi ces.
  • Review and post all monthly project imprest reports received from the ESA Node/Country Offi ces.
  • Custodian of all documents received from the region’s Node/Country Offi ces availing this upon request by donors, auditors and HQ.
  • Maintain and enhance internal controls over fi nancial transactions and business processes.
  • Monitor the region’s project funds, monitor the Node/Country Offi ces’ petty cash disbursements and perform surprise cash counts.
  • Management of advances to Associate Institutions, collaborators/partners and staff personal accounts as per ICRAF Policy.
  • Liaise and consult with the Financial Services Unit (FSU) at ICRAF HQ on all fi nancial and budget related matters.
  • Lead budget preparation process by providing instructions and guidance in the formulation or resource allocation in the region.
  • Perform quarterly budget analysis and report to the Regional Coordinator on expenditure trends, projected budget overruns and recommend corrective measures where necessary.
  • Maintain an accurate fi xed asset register for the region.
  • Train and build a high performance fi nance team in the ESA region.


  • A professional with a degree in fi nance/accounting, CPA (K) or ACCA.
  • Master’s degree in fi nancial management is an advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in fi nancial management and accounting in a similar position in an international organisation, non-profi t or development organisation.
  • Undertaking and application of fi nancial practices, policies, concepts and procedures.
  • Profi ciency in ICT with demonstrated experience in MS Offi ce, data management, SUN accounting package as well as other accounting packages.
  • Understanding of local laws and practices in the Eastern and Southern Africa region in regard to fi nancial and taxation policies.
  • Personal drive and process thinker.
  • Team builder and team player.
  • Creative thinker and capacity to make good judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multi-cultural environment.

    Terms of offer

    The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualifi ed women and physically challenged persons. This position is on local terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to six (6) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

    How to apply

    To check availability of this job and other jobs vacancies and employment opportunities at World Agro forestry Centre, see World Agro forestry Centre (ICRAF) Jobs

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