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Position: Finance & General Administration Manager

PISP HQ in Marsabit, Marsabit County


Pastoralist Integrated Support programme (PISP) is a leading national NGO in Northern Kenya and has formidable social investment in thematic field of Water Sanitation and Hygiene(WASH), Nomadic Education, Pastoralist Livelihood Development, Disaster Risk Reduction, Good Governance and Capacity development Programmes in Marsabit County.

Position Information:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Finance & General Administration Manager will manage all the Finance, Accounting and administrative function at PISP .The candidate will work closely with other PISP departments and partners.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Preparation and analysis of grant financial reports as per the grant agreement and monitor the funding receipts, supervise the finance & Administration team and ensure smooth and accurate flow of data and information to and from PISP and partners.
  • Maintain the suppliers cycle and procurement process as per PISP policy
  • Lead budget preparation process by providing instructions and guidance in the formulation of resource allocation. Perform quarterly budget analysis and report on expenditure trends, projected budget overruns and recommend corrective measures where necessary.
  • Ensure that the accounting, financial reporting and other financial management arrangements meet the requirements of the relevant financing agreements
  • Preparation of Financial Management Reports and facilitation of audits.
  • Any other assignments as given by the Executive Director.
Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration and Management. MBA will be an added advantage. The individual should also be a Chartered/Certified Public Accountant (CPA – K, ACCA), has an affiliation and an active member of a professional accounting body.
  • Minimum of 5 years (of which at least 2 yrs in the management position) of progressively responsible professional experience in financial management and accounting in a similar position in an international organization, non-governmental or development organization, or other related area. Experience in the duty station of potential assignment is an asset.
  • Proficiency in ICT with demonstrated experience in MS Office, data management, the PASTEL accounting package as well as other accounting packages.
  • Understanding of national laws and practices in regard to financial and taxation policies.
  • Personal drive, team player and process thinker.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment.
Terms and Conditions

PISP is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and a collegial working environment.

The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years with six(6) months probation period, with potential for extension and renewable subject to assessment of performance and availability of funds.

PISP offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment, believes that staff diversity promotes excellence, and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the listed qualifications/competencies/skills and a detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address).

All correspondence should be addressed to the

Executive Director,
Pastoralist Integrated Support programme (PISP),
P.O. Box 298-60500,
Marsabit, Kenya

OR via email: admin@pisp.org

Applicants should indicate “Application for Finance & General Administration Manager” on their application letter or email submission.

Applications will be considered until Thursday 26th, January 2012.

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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Chemonics International, a U.S. based international development consulting firm, is recruiting for an anticipated three to five year USAID-funded project.

The project is expected to accelerate efforts to address poverty and food security needs in Kenya by identifying, testing, cultivating, adapting, and scaling private sector innovations in select agriculture value chains that have the potential to general significant increases in household income and/or nutrition and promote equal opportunities for women, youth, and other vulnerable groups.

Minimum qualifications for all positions:
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with private sector, international donors, and/or government officials
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Fluency in English required.
Chief of Party / Deputy Chief of Party
  • Advanced degree in business, economics, or related field preferred
  • Experience developing and/or managing large grant programs, ideally in agriculture
  • Proven ability to structure and broker relationships and deals
  • Demonstrated success mentoring and building capacity of entrepreneurs and/or small organizations in organizational development, financial management, leadership, etc.
  • Knowledge of new applications of technology/service delivery practices in agriculture sector globally a plus
  • Kenya and/or East Africa experience preferred
  • USAID experience a plus.
Local Capacity Building Coordinator
  • Advanced degree in business, economics, agriculture, or related field preferred
  • Experience designing and implementing capacity building and/or training programs
  • Knowledge of private sector, agriculture sector, and/or start-ups in Kenya
  • USAID experience a plus.
Fund/Investment Manager(s)
  • Degree in business, economics, agriculture, or related field
  • Experience in organizational development, capacity building, and management
  • Knowledge of agriculture sector in Kenya preferred
  • Experience working with start-ups a plus
  • USAID experience a plus.
Agriculture Sector Advisor
  • Advanced degree in agriculture or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience providing technical assistance to agriculture sector in Kenya
  • Specific experience in High Rainfall Zone 1 (Nyanza and Western Provinces, part of Rift Valley Province) and/or Semi-Arid Zone 2 (Parts of Eastern Province and one district in Coast Province) a plus
  • Knowledge of new applications of technology/service delivery practices in agriculture sector globally a plus.
We are also seeking qualified individuals, preferably with USAID experience, for:
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: project M&E, impact evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, effort minimization/maximization, efficiency/efficacy gains, etc.
  • Finance & Administration
  • Grants Management
  • Communications
Application Instructions

Please send CV, cover letter, and contact information to chemonics.kfie.recruit@gmail.com by February 1, 2012, indicating area of expertise in the subject line.

No telephone inquiries please.

Only finalists will be contacted.

Please visit www.chemonics.com for more information on our company.
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The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is a leading regional multi-disciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and policy makers that promotes science, technology and innovation (STI) policy research, dialogue and practice, for African Development.

Its mission is to improve the quality of science, technology, and innovation research, policy and practice for sustainable development in Africa.

ATPS works primarily through its National Chapters in at least 27 African countries, and with a chapter in the UK and the US to represent the African Diaspora.

ATPS supports science, technology and innovation capacity building for African development through knowledge generation; knowledge brokerage; knowledge dissemination & outreach; and knowledge valorisation.

Its research and training efforts focuses on building a culture of innovation to address topical and emerging development challenges in the continent including climate change, health care delivery, integrated management of environmental infrastructure including land, water, and biodiversity, etc for sustainable ecosystem services, community livelihoods, and poverty alleviation.

ATPS also supports thematic and facilitative programs to broker the socialization of science and technology in Africa through democratic governance of knowledge and technology sharing and the up scaling and down scaling of indigenous and emerging technologies (biotechnology, ICTs, nanotechnologies, etc) to facilitate equitable partnerships within the continent and beyond.

For more details about ATPS, please visit our website at www.atpsnet.org.

ATPS is seeking to recruit a dynamic individual to fill the position of Communications and Outreach Officer to be based at its secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya.

Reporting to the Senior Communications Officer, he/she will be responsible for ensuring that the ATPS research outputs are published and disseminated.

In liaison with the ATPS Research and Training Team, he/she will ensure that outputs from ATPS thematic and non-thematic activities are published in relevant media, and effectively communicated to relevant stakeholders.

The post holder will also assist in the development of the ATPS web-based Knowledge for Development and Outreach program to bridge the gaps between science, technology and innovation research, policy and practice in Africa.

Major responsibilities will include:
  • Assist in writing, editing, proof-reading and designing of all ATPS publications on a timely basis;
  • Collecting information and stories necessary for the publication of in-house newsletters twice a year, news articles, bibliographies, brochures, program promotions, media outreach, etc. on a timely basis;
  • Assist the ATPS Research, Training and Communications team to organize peer review of ATPS Research outputs for publication in ATPS publication series: ATPS Research Paper Series, Working Paper Series, and Techno Policy Brief Series;
  • In liaison with the ATPS Research, Training and Communications Leader, assist ATPS national chapters and researchers to edit relevant ATPS research publications including articles in international journals, ATPS publication series, popular articles, book volumes, and publications in the fourth estate;
  • Run the ATPS Information Resource Centre;
  • Work with consulting designers, editors and other suppliers to publish institutional documents;
  • Assist the Senior Communications Officer in organizing media and public awareness events and campaigns and other special events, such as the Scientific Revival Day of Africa;
  • Prepare ATPS promotional and advocacy materials;
  • Maintain contact with press, information professionals, communicating with libraries and publishers for documents and information requested by ATPS staff;
  • Assist the team in media outreach and information dissemination-related activities and supporting the implementation of relevant public events;
  • Design communications media and advertising materials to effectively represent the network’s products and services;
  • Assist in the design and planning of advocacy and communications strategy plans ;
  • Assist the team in undertaking research on topical issues as identified by the Research, Training and Communications Leader;
  • Undertake such other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
Required skills and qualifications
  • A Masters Degree in Communications, Journalism or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Must have attained a First Class or Second Class Honours Upper Division (or the equivalent) in their first degree/Bachelors degree;
  • At least 3 years proven experience in communications, preferably with an International organization.
  • Experience in Journalism and editorial work;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Good knowledge and experience in using computers;
  • Ability to undertake research will be an advantage;
  • Desktop publishing and Web design skills will be a distinct advantage.
  • Proficiency in French and Experience in Public relations will be a major advantage.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a good team player
The vacancy is expected to be filled by 29 February 2012 but will be left open until a suitable candidate is found. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful applicant. The initial contract period will be one year, renewable based on performance.

Qualified candidates should send a detailed letter of interest and curriculum vitae to hr@atpsnet.org, no later than 15 February 2012.

The Executive Director
African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
3rd Floor, The Chancery Building, Valley Road
P.O. Box 10081 00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya

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