Finance Officers Recruitment at Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

The World Bank Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support Improvement Project (APPEALS) Project seeks to catalyse improved livelihood through increased agro-processing and significant growth in productivity. Eligible beneficiaries are small farmer groups or cooperative societies, small and medium commercial farmers, and youth and women. The project aims to increase value addition of priority agricultural value chains in six states, including Kaduna.

The Project Implementation Unit for the APPEALS Project requires the following key staff:

Position Title: Finance Officers (Project Accountant and Internal Auditor): (State)- to be recruited by the PFMU and deploy to the project

Functions and Responsibilities:
Specifically s/he will be responsible for, but not limited to:
i) Reviewing, and implementing documentation provided in project implementation manual.
ii) Overall framework and standard system of accounting for the project, including unified charts of accounts, expenditure codes and accounting records consistent with Government Financial Instruction and meeting international accounting standards.
iii) Designing financial reporting formats that provide for variation and variance analysis, and financial performance indicator.
iv) Training all accounting staff on the operation of the accounting system and preparation of financial report.
v) Implement an effective internal control system.
vi) In collaboration with the Management team, consolidating the AWPB, and progress reports for submission to State Ministry of Agriculture, WB.
vii) Reviewing procurement requests and withdrawal applications to ensure correctness and that they are in line with established procedures.
viii) Liaising with the Internal and External Auditors, Government AuditorGeneral and follow-up on audit queries/management letters.
ix) Monitoring of physical achievements against expenditure
x) Carrying out other related tasks as agreed with the State Project Coordinator

Qualifications and Experience Required:
i) B.Sc. in Accounting, with professional qualifications e.g. ACA, CNA, ACCA etc;
ii) 5 years post qualification experience of which at least 3 years must be at the senior management level, preferably a production or trading business or large rural development project;
iii) Must have experience in planning, budgeting and financial control and management;
iv) Experience in accounting, procurement and disbursement procedures under internationally financed project will be an advantage;
v) Good interpersonal relationship, transparently honest, team worker and possess ability to train counterparts; excellent writing and spoken English.
vi) The State Head of Project Financial Management Unit will be responsible for the above officers in the Project (Not to be advertised)

General Notice
All applications should be submitted not later than 12noon on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 to the:
Office of the Commissioner
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
State Secretariat
Yakubu Gowon Way, Kaduna.

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