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Vacancy for Finance Manager at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan



Vacancy for Finance Manager at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan

IITA is an international non-profit research-for-development (R4D) organization created in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported primarily by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our R4D is anchored on the development needs of sub-Saharan Africa. We develop agricultural solutions with our partners to tackle hunger and poverty by reducing producer and consumer risks, enhancing crop quality and productivity, and generating wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. http://www.iita.org/

Position/Responsibilities: The position of STCP Finance Manager will be based at the STCP Regional Office in Accra, Ghana. The STCP operates in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon and therefore the Finance Manager will be expected to travel to these countries. The position will coordinate and provide support to the country offices on all accounting and financial matters and prepare regular financial updates for management. The position will be responsible for the final preparation of all STCP financial reports for specific projects. In collaboration with the country offices the position will analyse cost data of major activities and prepare study reports. He/She will report to the STCP Program Manager.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

a. Monitor funds disbursed by the STCP by specific activities and funds available.
b. Regularly update the STCP Program Manager on financial matters.
c. Ensure that each STCP country has a fully operational accounting and finance system in place.
d. Assist in the implementation of finance policies, procedures and systems in the STCP.
e. Ensure compliance with IITA procedures and guidelines at country and regional levels.
f. Review country and regional financial reports for completeness and accuracy.
g. Assist in the drafting of project proposals.
h. Assist, in conjunction with IITA Contracts & Grant Office, in the preparation of project contracts with donors and partners.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:
Advanced degree in a relevant field – accounting, business administration, public administration, and management, preferably an MBA
Must be a Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Accountant
Preferably with 10 years progressive experience in managing corporate finance, including reporting to senior management
Excellent interpersonal and team building skills
Proficiency in at least one major enterprise management system (oracle, sun, etc.) and relevant computer applications
Experience in a multidisciplinary research organization and cross- cultural environment, preferably in a not-for-profit organization and rural development would be advantageous
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is essential
Experience in staff training and mentoring will be an advantage
Knowledge of French is an added value

General information: Initial appointment is for two years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars. This is a regional position and is open to nationals and residents of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria.

TO APPLY
Applications:
Applications including curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager. Please complete our online application form using this link: http://old.iita.org/cms/details/job_application.aspx

CLOSING DATE: November 15, 2010

IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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