Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Finance Officer Jobs

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Finance Officer Jobs

Job Id: 204770

Category: Accounting and Finance
Location: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

Position: Senior Finance Officer

Term of Employment: One Year

Duty Station(s): Addis Ababa

Required Number: One

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Application Deadline: April 19, 2019


The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is a strategy and delivery oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of the country’s agriculture sector.

The ATA envisions that, by 2025, smallholder farmers are commercialized with greater incomes, inclusiveness, resilience and sustainability, contributing to Ethiopia’s achievement of middle-income country status.

The agency focuses on two primary national approaches to catalyze agricultural transformation.

First, we support the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), its affiliate institutions, and other partners to identify and address systemic bottlenecks within an Agricultural Transformation Agenda.

Second, we support Regional Governments to accelerate development of high-priority commodity value chains in clearly defined geographic clusters, through the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters (ACC) Initiative.

Our major activities include conducting strategic and analytical studies, providing technical implementation support, coordinating platforms to better integrate partners and projects, and designing and directly leading a number of implementation projects.

Our headquarters are in Addis Ababa, and we have regional offices in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regional offices, allowing us to work closely with a wide range of public, private and development sector partners across the country.

Our Culture

We have an exceptional team of highly competent employees with a proven track record of success in managing complex activities and achieving transformational results.

Our culture is one where talented, dedicated and adaptable individuals are committed to doing their best and exhibit great team work to achieve excellent results.

At ATA, we provide an exceptional platform for people who want to achieve their highest potential and make a meaningful contribution in changing the country’s agricultural sector.

We offer rewarding work in a young, fast-paced growing organization with passionate, committed, motivated colleagues and excellent career development and training.

We recognize our most valuable assets are our staff and are committed to providing our employees with the tools, training and mentorships necessary to achieve their career goals.

Purpose of the Position

Support the Finance manager in managing the team to ensure that all Disbursements, Treasury Managements are carried out in an efficient and effective manner, and in accordance with the ATA financial policies.

Ensure that internal financial controls relating to Disbursements & Treasury Management are maintained throughout the organization and that accounts are maintained in accordance with ATA policies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Finance Manager in ensuring smooth implementation of robust and adequate financial systems and procedures in line with ATA finance policies and good accounting practices;
  • Maintain the integrity of ATA Agresso ERP based computerized accounting systems
  • Carry out checking & verifying payment requests before and after posting transactions into Agresso ERP Accounts.
  • Ensure that all payments are completed within agreed timescales, and only when authorization is
    received as per the ATA financial policies.
  • Ensure that all financial transactions are fully supported, accurately coded and that they are all captured in Agresso ERP on timely basis – supporting documentation is properly filed for ease of retrieval
  • Implement internal working procedures on cash, creditor and debtor management;
  • Maintain accrual and prepayment accounts in accordance with ATA policies;
  • Ensure petty cash, banks, floats and advances are processed in accordance with ATA policies and reconciled on a monthly basis
    ensure that monthly salaries are paid in a timely fashion
  • Ensure taxes are deducted from salaries and paid according to government legislation requirements
  • Ensure safe security of cash in the office and coordinate weekly and monthly cash counts, including spot counts;
  • Ensure accurate cash flow forecasts are completed, and cash and bank balances managed in the organization to minimize balances;
  • Ensure transfers to field offices are completed accurately and on a timely basis
  • Ensure that systems are put in place to assure document security and ease of retrieval for a complete audit trail from the System Accounts records to supporting documentation and vice versa;
  • Ensure that internal financial controls relating to Financial Data, Receivables, cash on hand and bank are consistently applied e.g. maintaining authorized bank signatories list in accordance with scheme of delegation
  • Directly lead, manage and motivate the disbursement officers, accounts clerk & cashiers and ensure that they have clear work plans & performance management is integrated in day to work activities.
  • Build capacity of the team in respect to finance processes and procedures;
  • Support internal and external audit processes & Assist the Finance Manager in producing Financial Reports.
  • Support in ensuring that audit recommendations (internal and external) are implemented
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects ATA’s commitment.
  • Performs any other duties and tasks assigned by immediate supervisor, which are commensurate with the responsibilities and level of the post

    Job Requirements

    Required qualifications, competencies, skills, training and experience:
  • Minimum Bachelor Degree from recognized University in Accounting or Finance.
  • At least 6 years professional experience, out of which 4 years’ experience is as Senior Finance Officer in Gov’t, Donor Gov’t Bilateral & Multilateral organizations, International/Local NGO’s or relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Special Training- Computer literate, particularly Agresso ERP & Quick Books System
  • Knowledge of local laws of the country · Flexibility and ability to stay effective and motivated in a fast changing environment.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours and work with other staffs
  • Commitment to ATA values
  • Fluency in English and Amharic and/or other Ethiopian languages is highly desired

    How to Apply

    Application Instructions

    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send
    (i) a cover letter,
    (ii) CV (maximum 5 pages), and
    (iii) a completed online ATA Application Form at Or email to

    Also, please Do not submit scans of certificates with your application form.

    Women are highly encouraged to apply.

    NB. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency Senior Finance Officer Jobs

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