Closing Date: Sunday, 16 October 2011

Title: Project Accountant Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Position Description:
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an international, nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies and the strengthening of transitional democracies. Founded in 1987 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 120 countries. 

In preparation for the 2012 elections, IFES will be implementing a capacity-building program in support of Kenya's electoral process in the areas of election technical support, voter registration, and voter education among others. IFES seeks a Project Accountant to assist with the financial management of the office under the direction of the IFES Operations Manager according to the duties and responsibilities listed below. This is 1 year renewable contract and contingent upon funding from USAID.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Preparation of monthly financial reports with supporting documents to IFES in Washington;
  • Manage petty cash fund including preparing regular petty cash reconciliation;
  • Preparation of office payments;
  • Assist with the development and enforcement of proper internal controls with respect to cash management;
  • Prepare and disburse IFES payroll for the field staff;
  • Prepare bank reconciliations;
  • Data entry of financial information into Quick books;
  • Prepare field expense reports;
  • Bring into order and file all accounting documents;
  • Assist with budget analysis and developing pipelines; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and skills:
  • A University degree in Accounting, Business, Economics/Financial Management with at least part qualifications in CPA,ACCA,CIMA
  • At least four years related finance/administration experience;
  • Two to three years of experience working with an international organization preferred.
  • MS Excel skills required; working knowledge of Quick books preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with high ethical standards;
  • Good judgment and Initiative as well as ability to take direction;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • USAID financial management experience a significant plus
Additional Requirements:
  • Applicants must be Kenyan citizens or third country nationals permanently residing in Kenya.
  • Applications must contain: Letter of application and curriculum vitae
Deadline: 16th October, 2011
Applications to be sent to:

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Closing Date: Thursday, 13 October 2011

THE CONSULTANCY: The IDLO Program titled "Supporting the Kenyan Constitutional Implementation Process" aims to support Kenya in the effective, efficient, and sustainable implementation process of the 2010 Constitution, by assisting with drafting new legislation in accordance with the Constitution and international best practices, building long-term legislative capacity, and improving application of the new legislation. 

The focus throughout the Program will be on capacity building for Kenyan institutions and individuals. Reporting to and under the direct supervision of the Field Program Manager, the Field Program Legal Officer (FPLO) will support the project implementation to ensure timely and effective achievement of the project objectives; support project monitoring and documentation and provide regular reports to the Field Program Manager on Program Implementation and technical inputs as required for IDLO Nairobi project concept papers and proposals; work in close cooperation with IDLO Nairobi partners including the Kenya Law Reform Commission, the State Law Office, the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, the Law Society of Kenya as well as development partners (including donors), civil society and other stakeholders, to achieve the aims of the Program. 

The FPLO will also be expected to work in close collaboration with the Field Operations Unit in IDLO Rome Headquarters. Specific tasks will include: - Legal research and analysis; - Administrative and technical support to the Field Program manager and visiting experts; - Drafting reports of events and meetings; - Representing IDLO at meetings on request of Field Program Manager; - Gathering and organizing data relating to the Project Monitoring Plan; - Providing regular input into the design of project activities. - Any other tasks as reasonably requested by the Field Program Manager 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE IDLO Nairobi seeks a Field Program Legal Officer (FPLO) with a genuine interest and passion for the organization's mission as well as for the importance of its operations in Kenya. IDLO will give strong consideration to candidates who have specific experience in constitutional implementation/legislative reform work or projects in Kenya.

 ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE The successful candidate will have a law degree, with 3-5 years experience in legal and development sector. The candidate will be familiar with results-based management approaches to program management. Recent experience and knowledge of the Kenyan legal and political system, and the relevant institutions, is a significant advantage. 

Candidates must bring excellent oral and written communication skills as he/she will be required to interact closely with government departments, ministries, and other high-level officials. The selected candidate will bring a high level of motivation, excellent judgment, a responsible attitude, and team spirit to this role. 

He/she will have the knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with colleagues and project stakeholders. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency or a working knowledge of Kiswahili is advantageous.

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Closing Date: Friday, 07 October 2011

  • Within the corporate IT guidelines, lead and manage all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Systems, ICT Infrastructure, Corporate connectivity, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity conforming to Information Security Policies including ICT staff capacity in the office to ensure that all UNICEF staff are capable of using ICT resources with access to the right information at the right time.
  • Manage the IT/Telecommunications function of the Country Office and all sub-offices in support of UNICEF country programmes.
Advanced university degree in information management, with specialized training in computer science, information systems and/or Telecommunications, as below*: i. Specialized training in information system technology, information system concepts and processes, and organizational functions and general management. Postgraduate training in: information systems principles, database management systems, structured systems analysis and design; information systems project management ; information system planning and policy; operating systems ; client/server applications and environment. Or ii. 

Specialized training in telecommunications technology, management and policy with up-to-date coverage of the issues and trends. Postgraduate training in: management information systems ; advanced programming; data communications and network, computer networking, telecommunications management, telecommunications policy and environment; distributed information systems ; information security and control. 

Six to Eight years progressively responsible professional work experience in information management with increasing management-related content at national and international levels. Experience in planning and/or supporting the physical technical environment necessary for a field office to function. Fluency in English and another UN working language.

*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Key Expected Results:
    • Manage Country Office ICT functions. Prepare ICT workplan and budget, including implementation of the plans, ensuring:-
    • All ICT infrastructure components are fully supported, upgraded and managed.
    • All Communications systems comply with MOSS requirements.
    • Availability of all Business Applications ie. ProMs, Notes, Cognos etc. with a properly monitored disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
    • Supervise upgrading of hardware, software to commensurate With ICT staff skills as per ITD guidelines. Supervise ICT staff in Country Office.
    • ICT Staff skills development and training.
    • Conceptualize, plan and coordinate ICT initiatives within the framework of the Country Office and sub- offices work plans, including:-
    • ICT infrastructure and Data Centers Management/Upgrade.
    • Connectivity and Communications Networks.
    • Standards and Information Security Policies.
    • Upgrade and Roll-out Management of Applications
    • ProMS/Cognos/Notes and other MI System Support.
    • Internet/Intranet strategy for Business Support.
    • Local and Global "Help Desk" Management
    • UN Inter-Agency ICT Initiatives on common connectivity and MOSS preparedness.
    • Monitor and prepare analytical reports for CMT on:
    • Business Continuity and Progress on above.
    • ICT capacity in each office/section.
    • Opportunities for cost sharing between sub-offices and/or UN Agencies in ICT undertakings.
    • Availability of ICT resources (training, procurement source, consultants etc.)
    • Identify ICT/MIS needs that are not properly addressed within existing initiatives or by ITD standards.
    • Provide feedback on service delivery from ITD NYHQ.
    • Information Security Policies.
    • Strategic ICT plans that would impact business processes.
    • Actively participate in the One UN ICT working groups.
    • Manage ICT Help Desk Support and Service Delivery.
    • Establish and manage an office ICT Group
    • Organize ICT/MIS training for staff.
    • Establish and manage Global and Local ICT Help Desk.
    • Work with ICT members to identify areas where changes are required to ICT/Information Management policies, guidelines and standards,
    • Communicate recommendations through Regional Office to ITD.
    • Local MIS System Support
    • Work with CMT members, to identify Information Management /ICT needs and advise on the appropriate technology and solutions.
    • Without duplicating, design oversight management systems to address specific Country Office needs with corresponding approval from RO.
    • Work with Information and Communication staff to facilitate their use of Internet/Intranet in their advocacy/communication work.
    • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Adjusts team or department's approach to embrace changing circumstances.
Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.

Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.

Sets clearly defined objectives and plans activities for self, own team or department.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation. If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children's rights organization, would like to hear from you.

Visit us at to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-001640. Applications must be received by 7 October 2011. Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Closing Date: Monday, 31 October 2011

Dynamic, experienced leader sought for Country Director of TechnoServe Tanzania
Do you have the experience, skills and passion to help build businesses that increase prosperity in some of the poorest parts of the world?

TechnoServe (TNS) is an international, non-profit economic development organization founded in 1968 out of a conviction that a vibrant private sector is an essential foundation for economic growth and poverty reduction. TechnoServe undertakes targeted, catalytic technical assistance and other programming to increase the competitiveness of entrepreneurs, businesses and industries that in-turn provide sustainable employment, inclusion of the poor and increased incomes. TechnoServe operates in 25 developing countries with over 900 employees. 

A substantial portion of our work is in agriculture, enhancing farm productivity and commodity quality and addressing gaps in processing and other agribusiness capacities.
Strong private sector partnerships at the global, regional and local levels are a hallmark of our approach. Our senior staff/global hires are exceptional professionals from a diverse range of sectors including consulting, agri-business, financial services and development, among others, all with a shared commitment to driving inclusive development through the commercial sector. 

TechnoServe Tanzania is an emerging flagship platform working with more than 100,000 direct beneficiaries to help them improve their incomes and livelihoods. Our 150+ staff work across multiple value chains - including staple crops such as maize, rice and cassava, and cash crops including coffee, cocoa, cotton and tomatoes, among others - to help farmers shift from subsistence to commercial enterprise by improving productivity, establishing farmer-owned enterprises and creating market linkages with reliable buyers in local, regional and international markets. 

In addition, our teams work with many of Tanzania's agro-processors to increase the growth of their businesses and strengthen the agro-processing sector overall with technical assistance and business advisory services.

Lead all aspects of TechnoServe's operations in Tanzania to achieve sustainable economic development in a cost-effective manner.
  • Impact: Strategically select areas of work, partnerships and methodologies that most effectively contribute to poverty reduction, and assure excellence of implementation through total quality management and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Leadership: Develop, inspire and enable a team of Tanzanian and international professionals to deliver high quality results, and effectively manage human resources, finance and back office functions to optimize cost-effectiveness.
  • Fundraising: Secure funding to sustain and grow TechnoServe's contribution to the economic development of Tanzania.
The duties and responsibilities of this position fall into four broad categories: Fundraising, Operations, Leadership (people and strategy) and Administration.
  • Regularly develop and adapt the country strategic vision and direction and execute it in keeping with TechnoServe's overall strategic plan;
  • Establish and foster relationships with a broad network of donors, practitioners, government representatives and business leaders in the Tanzanian economic development field, assimilating and contributing to new developments in the sector;
  • Recruit, orient and provide for the professional development of highly effective staff in all functions;
  • Motivate, inspire and enable a team of Tanzanian and international professionals to deliver high quality results
  • Identify and pursue innovative solutions to poverty reduction
  • Identify opportunities where TechnoServe can play a role in catalyzing more competitive, inclusive industries and entrepreneurship;
  • Undertake industry assessments, market research and other analytical exercises that generate insight into opportunities for TechnoServe to achieve its mission
  • Secure funding for the country program by developing concepts, leading sound project design and writing winning proposals;
  • Cultivate and maintain TechnoServe in-country partner and donor relationships with USAID and other US government agencies; local government, bilateral and multilateral development/donor organizations; foundations and relevant local NGOs; private sector associations and corporations.
  • Oversee the design, planning and high quality, timely execution of TNS programs in the field;
  • Plan for and execute robust monitoring and evaluation of program outputs and outcomes;
  • Ensure cost-effective delivery of donor and client commitments
  • Contribute to the documentation and sharing of knowledge within the broader TechnoServe community
  • Ensure high quality and timely donor reporting;
  • Oversee all TechnoServe Tanzania financial affairs, including budgets, adherence to effective internal financial controls and review of monthly financial reporting;
  • Act as legal representative of TechnoServe in Tanzania, conducting all affairs with the government, the media and partners in keeping with TNS policies and procedures;
  • Maintain good governance practices for all TechnoServe related entities in Tanzania in accordance with Tanzanian law;
  • Responsible for participation and compliance with all TNS corporate processes such as the annual planning process, attendance at the annual CD meeting, preparation of Program Status and pipeline reports and overseeing the correct and complete updating of the core indicator database.
  • Advanced degree in business, economics, agriculture or related field with 10-15 years solid professional experience with progressively higher levels of responsibility
  • A minimum of 2 years experience leading a business unit or large-scale project with responsibility for all aspects of operations
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working in a developing country, preferably in east or southern Africa.
  • Demonstrated ability to form, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results
  • Proven capacity to represent your organization among a diverse range of stakeholders and to fundraise effectively
  • Clear evidence of operations management and administration skills
  • Strong diplomatic skills to support effective work with government, implementing partners and donors
  • Prefer private sector experience in management consulting, agri-business and/or food processing, financial services or equivalent with strong entrepreneurial skills
  • Strong analytical as well as oral and written communications skills a must
  • Fluent reading, writing, speaking and computer literacy skills in English
  • Good working knowledge of economic development, agricultural value chains and entrepreneurship promotion
Reports to: Regional Director for East Africa
Position Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; requires moderate travel within Tanzania and internationally

To Apply: Please submit a; resume, cover letter, salary history, three references and the source by which you came to learn about this opportunity i.e. Economist, DevEx, Inside NGO, alumni networks etc., to: Place position title in the subject line. Please include all documents together. No phone calls please.

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