Thursday, May 28, 2020

African Development Bank Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP-II & III) – Somalia and Sudan Components

Vacancy Announcement

  1. BACKGROUND

Following the drought in the IGAD region in 2010/11 consultations amongst development partners led to a consensus that efforts should be made  to participate in joint program planning and design at country and regional levels in order to coordinate financing instruments, under the coordination of IGAD and its Member States. Subsequent to that, the African Development Bank (AfDB) embarked on the process of developing a region-wide multi-phased programme in the IGAD region as part of the Horn of Africa Drought Resilience Initiative. The AfDB-funded program is called the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program II (DRSLP-II). Its sector goal is to contribute to poverty reduction, food security and accelerated sustainable economic growth through enhanced rural income. The DRSLP II & III are aimed at enhancing drought resilience and improving the sustainable livelihoods of the pastoral and agro-pastoral population in the ASALs of the IGAD region. 

The Sudan (DRSLP II &III) and Somalia components are part of the second phase of this multinational programme that covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan. In Somalia, the project will be implemented in Puntland, Somaliland and South Central regions of Somalia; while in Sudan, it will be implemented in (i) Gedarif State, (ii) Kassala State and (iii) White Nile State. The DRSLP II has 4 components: (1) Natural Resources Management; (2) Market Access and Trade; (3) Livelihoods Support; and (4) Programme Management and Capacity Building and will be implemented over a period of 5 years, through the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Government of Sudan (GoS) structures especially at State and Localities levels.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) acting as a Third Party signed  a tripartite grant agreements with FGS, Sudan and  the African Development Bank (AfDB) for managing fiduciary functions of the projects, established  a Fund Management Unit (FMU) at Djibouti that will coordinate the implementation of the DRSLP II for Somalia and DRSLP II & III projects of Sudan. DRSLP II & III Sudan projects are implemented by Federal Project Implementation Unit, State Project Implementation Units in Gedraef, Kassala and White Nile states. DRSLP II Somalia project is implemented by Implementing Agency under the supervision of IGAD/FMU IGAD/FMU will be headed by a Project Coordinator responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations, supported by a Procurement Specialist, an Accountant and an Administrative Assistant for both DRSLP II & III Somalia and Sudan projects. 

IGAD now wishes to fill the position of an Accountant who will lead and coordinate the accounting and financial functions of the FMU, Somalia and Sudan DRSLP II & III Projects. 

The Assistant Accountant closely work with Accountants of DRSLP, Somalia and Sudan

  1. DUTIES AND RESPONSiBILITIES

The Assistant Accountant will be responsible for:

  • Assist the Accountant in Preparing the project Work Plan and budget;
  • Assist the Accountant in Preparing the project accounts and processing of all accounting transactions, including payroll, operating expenses, payment vouchers and  other expenses; withdrawals and issuance of acknowledgement of receipt, coupons;
  • Assist the Accountant in preparing and following up of the disbursement requests;
  • Maintaining proper files and records; accounts and related documents;
  • Making monthly bank reconciliation of project bank accounts, reviewing of cash at banks and on hand; and general ledger and fund accounts;
  • Assist the Accountant in Producing standard and customized financial/accounting reports; and a variety of standard and customized financial/accounting reports;
  • Assist the Accountant in Preparing timely submission of quarterly interim and annual financial reports;
  • Facilitation of the project audit by external as well as internal auditors;
  • Execution of other functions as may be assigned by the Accountant or FMU Coordinator.
  1. QUALIFICATIONS 
  • A Minimum of a BS. C degree or equivalent with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Finance, Accounting or Commerce);
  • Membership to an Accounting Professional Body, such ACCA, CP or /and IIA, will be an advantage;
  • A minimum of 6 years of direct relevant experience in accounting, including broad expertise in the management of accounts on development partners (WB. AfDB, EU, USID etc) funded projects, and/or public and/or private sector;
  • High level of personal and professional integrity with strong analytical skills and ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Proven analytical and evaluative skills on key accounting issues and problems;
  • Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in writing in English;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and orientation as a team member; Ability to deal sensitively and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues;
  • Familiarity with the African Development Bank Accounting Guidelines is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated skill in computer application and use of software programs is an essential requirement.
  1. LANGUAGE SKILLS

 Proficiency in English Language is required.

  1. REMUNERATION

Remuneration will be negotiable, based on the successful applicant’s qualification and experience; and in accordance with the African Development Bank’s “Rules and Procedures for the use of Consultants”

  1. How to apply: 

Please, submit /e-mail your CV and short cover letter to address below by 7th June 2020 at or before 2:00pm (Djibouti time) with a subject line of “Assistant Accountant DRSLP II & III-FMU”.

Address to apply: to IGAD HR recruitment@igad.int, cc to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted 

IGAD is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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