World Concern International, a Christian Relief and Development Organization, wishes to recruit a qualified and competent person for the following position.

Position Title: Administrative Accountant

Duty Station: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Contract Length: One Year Renewable Contract

Position overall objective: Oversee management of accounting information systems, validate system integrity and ensure timely production of reports and accounting information. Manage the Somalia office support functions ensuring coordination of logistics, supervision of office staff to provide effective support to field operations.

General Description of the Job
 
  • Ensure that all financial transactions are processed in a timely manner in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and WCDO policies and procedures.
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of all assets assigned to or procured by the Program.
  • Lead the budget preparation process by providing technical support as proposals are being written or amended ensuring the budget caters for essential organizational costs.
  • Ensure all expenditures are reasonable, allocable and allowable under the donor requirements.
  • Monitor income and expenditures advising program staff (Program Manager and Country Director) on financial status of program(s)
  • Monitor donor fund balances (TRR’s) advising PM and CD when program expenses are projected to overspend existing balances.
  • Establish and maintain an efficient physical and electronic document filing system for all financial transactions, reports and other relevant information.
  • Create and implement a system for gathering, storing and retrieving key program information required for annual audit compliance.
  • Investigate and report on any issues raised from Nairobi office with regard to Financial Management.
  • Provide regular, accurate reports on the program financial status to the Country Director, Program Manager and Nairobi as requested.
  • Advice the Country Director on any matter arising that poses financial or organizational risk.
  • Monitor cash flow, project cash needs and request transfer of funds from Nairobi to ensure smooth program operations.
  • Oversee the cash handling procedures in the office to ensure they meet the needs of staff in the field and provide for the least amount of risk to people and the organization.
  • Actively develop the capacity of National staff to take on increasing responsibility and improve quality in the area of finance and accounting.
  • Coordinate all logistics for the program including but not limited to purchases, transportation, repair of vehicles, payment of recurrent bills etc., and ensuring sufficient separation of duties to promote organizational integrity.
  • Ensure the office environment presents WCDO professional standards by being clean, secure and generally conducive for all staff to work in.
  • Develop a schedule for and lead implementation of routine checking and maintenance of all facilities, equipment, furniture at all field locations
  • Initiate and manage transport and tracking of national and field office staff, materials and assets in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Provide administrative support for human resources maintaining relevant staff personnel files, administering payroll, remittance of taxes or medical funds, coordinating leave schedules etc.
  • Ensure staff complete and submit in a timely manner the monthly Personnel Activity Report (PAR). Review the PAR’s for accuracy and completeness. Maintain a system of expense allocation that is based on the PAR reports so that staff time is charged to the appropriate program or grant.
  • Actively develop National staff by mentoring, delegating or recommending training which will grow their capacity to take on more responsibility and competently perform departmental functions in your absence.
  • Complete any other activities that support office and field operations of the program.
Fundamental Expectations:
  • Express the love of Christ in Word and Deed
  • Respect for others.
  • Ascribe to World Concern’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and Policies.
  • Participate in staff meetings and team building forums
  • Lead by example.
  • Actively be involved in fostering a growing healthy spiritual environment among all staff
  • Attitude of a servant leader desiring to build others.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree from a recognized University or related field with at least two years experience in a similar position. Alternatively, a CPAK/ACCA holder from a recognized institution with a minimum of three years experience in a similar position.
  • Familiarity with not-for-profit Accounting systems will be required.
  • Experience working with US Government grants. Working knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Above average functional knowledge of Excel and MS Office suit.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience working cross culturally
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili; both written and verbal
Working Environment and Conditions
  • Basic office environment with periodic disruption of power, water, internet etc.
  • Based in Hargeisa with R&R as per policy and travel to Regional Office as requested.
  • Living arrangements are in a team house or guest house with basic accommodations.
  • Working and living in a cross-cultural, sometimes unstable or insecure environment.
  • Periodic travel to more remote field locations.
  • A political, gender sensitive office setting.
  • Limited access to medical facilities. Health and hygiene standards are often poor.
  • Drug free environment including alcohol and tobacco.
Interested candidates are required to submit a letter of application indicating their suitability to this role, curriculum vitae and contacts of three referees to worldconcernhr@wcdro.org by Friday 15th July, 2011.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations.

Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach 9 million people in more than 40 countries. Over the last five years, more than 90 percent of the agency's resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.

Mercy Corps has recently been awarded programs in Rift Valley and Central Province under USAID’s Yes Youth Can! initiative.

The Yes Youth Can initiative is a USAID program designed to empower Kenya’s youth population in areas recovering from the post-election violence in 2008, through building capacity of youth groups and organizations to engage with markets, governments and communities, and to pursue their legitimate needs and interests more effectively in a way that builds positive inter-ethnic networks.

Mercy Corps Thika office is currently recruiting for the competent and dynamic individual for position of Cleaner based in Thika.

The Cleaner will work within the Logistics department of Operational Support structure, committed to provide reliable and compliant support to program activities in order to achieve efficient service to program beneficiaries

Essential Job Functions:
  • Maintain the cleanness of the office, kitchen facilities and bathrooms; dusting, vacuuming, washing etc.
  • Do the laundry of office (curtains, kitchen and washroom towels included)
  • Identify needed repairs in the office premises and alerting the Logistics & Admin officer.
  • Help in preparation and serving of meals.
  • Be available to help the Logistics & Admin Officer organize and plan for meetings and gatherings.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Experience carrying similar job functions.
  • Responsible, trustworthy, punctual, and clean.
  • A working knowledge of Kiswahili is desired.
  • Must have initiative and work largely unsupervised.
Success Factors: Honest, clean and punctual

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualification and experiences should submit by July 7th, 2011 4.00 p.m. their application letters and/or detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of academic certificates to: Logistics/Admin Officer, Mercy Corps Thika Office situated in Ngoingwa Estate Off Mangu-Gatukuyu Road in Sijas Area

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted

The deadline for this advertisement has been extended of from June 30th 2011 to July 7th 2011

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Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations.

Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach 9 million people in more than 40 countries. Over the last five years, more than 90 percent of the agency's resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.

The Yes Youth Can initiative is an upcoming USAID program designed to empower Kenya’s youth population in areas recovering from the post-election violence in 2008, through building capacity of youth groups and organizations to engage with markets, governments and communities, and to pursue their legitimate needs and interests more effectively in a way that builds positive inter-ethnic networks.

Mercy Corps Kenya has been responding to the violence in Kenya following disputed presidential elections in December 2007 through the Local Empowerment for Peace (LEAP) program in Rift Valley province. LEAP is working with communities especially affected by the violence to build the capacity local level Peace Committees and stimulate dialogue on the underlying causes of conflict.

The project has a strong Youth focus through cash-fork programming for at-risk beneficiaries and longer-term income generation activities for youth-led microenterprises. The sister program, LEAP Sport is supporting more than 3,000 inter-ethnic sports teams with training in teamwork, cooperation, reconciliation, and non-violent conflict resolution.

In addition to the Rift-Valley Program, MC was also awarded the Central Region Yes Youth Can Program by USAID which is based in Thika Town.

General Position Summary:

The Program Officer is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the Economic Empowerment component of the Yes Youth Can initiative. The USAID -funded program seeks to genuinely empower youth in Kenya to develop themselves for greater voice in national and local reforms as well as create new opportunities for livelihoods that meet the aspirations of young Kenyans.

The program will support youth in achieving positive change in three major areas:

(1) increased work skills/employment;

(2) increased citizenship/civic engagement, and

(3) increased inter-ethnic engagement.

It is expected that activities will include youth-driven mobilization initiatives that benefit communities and promote citizenship; creation of opportunities for life and employment skills; and initiatives to bring together youth of different ethnicities.

The Program Officer will work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor – Economic Empowerment to implement economic empowerment activities for Kenyan youth in Rift Valley Province.

Economic Empowerment activities include comprehensive life skills, job-skills, and entrepreneurship training for qualified groups of young people in Rift Province. Participants will be eligible for a small-grants program for micro and small enterprises, and job-placement services in urban centers.

The Program Officer will assist in overseeing the delivery of livelihoods trainings as well as monitoring/reporting of partner and staff activities. The position-holder will also supervise Field Officers for this component.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Support economic empowerment activity implementation in job skills and employment activities as well as assisting on-the-ground identification of constraints and opportunities;
  • Assist in the identification of economic opportunities in various value-chains for young people
  • Support for the management and mentorship of local program staff and other partners, gradually transferring skills and capacities;
  • Work with other project staff on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, joint monitoring and evaluation of program activities and achievements towards project goals.
Supervisory Responsibility: Supervision of the Economic Empowerment Field Officers.

Reports Directly To: Senior Technical Advisor – Economic Empowerment, Yes Youth Can

Works Directly With: Field Officers, Program Manager, Program Officer (General), Gender/Training and Civic Engagement Specialists, Operations/Finance Staff, M&E Officer

Knowledge and Experience:
  • BA/S or equivalent in social sciences, economic development, or international development;
  • Minimum of 3-4 years experience in international development;
  • Technical expertise in youth livelihoods development
  • Experience managing youth, microenterprise, job skills/employment and/or civic education programs;
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host government, NGOs and other partners;
  • Ability to effectively work with partners, and with a range of program and external stakeholders;
  • Fluency in Kiswahili
Success Factors:
  • Innovative and decisive approach to work
  • Creative and insightful as regards programming for youth and reconciliation
  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques
  • Cultural knowledge, sensitivity and respect
  • Commitment to work in the project for its duration
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before July 8, 2011 4.00 p.m. a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent or supervisor) to hr@ke.mercycorps.org

Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject “Application for the position of Program Officer, Economic Empowerment”.

Applications without this subject heading will be disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

Only qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted

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