Finance & Compliance Officer, ACCRA, GHANA – Job Reference: F&CO/02/2020

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.

Under its 5-year strategy, AGRA looks to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. Under this strategy, AGRA will deliver through an approach that simultaneously catalyzes change at farmer level, strengthens input and output market systems and puts government at the center to enable and champion private-sector-led agricultural growth at national level.

To support this transformation, AGRA is seeking to recruit an experienced and exceptional individual to the position Finance and Compliance Officer, based at the Accra, Ghana office.

The Position:

Reporting to the West Africa Regional Head, the Finance and Compliance Officer will perform compliance oversight of USAID regulations, advise the Country manager on issues of timeliness and seek ways to accelerate processes internally such that deliverables are met, offering insight on potential bottlenecks to delivery.

The Finance and Compliance Officer will also be the primary point of contact for grantees with respect to training needs and questions as they concern grant implementation and will further liaise with AGRA executives and AGRA’s internal audit unit to draw attention to specific capacity concerns of sub-grantees in the general area of grant, systems, and policy compliance. In addition, the person will provide finance administrative support to the Country Office

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support process to ensure Ghana country office meets professional standards, accepted business practices, donor awards and internal standards.
  • Ensure ethical and a pragmatic approach to compliance to assist the Ghana office manage risk and maintain a positive reputation.
  • Address grantees and employee concerns or questions on compliance matters.
  • Educate staff and grantees in instituting practices that will ensure the highest possible level of compliance.
  • Assist in Grant pipeline updating and monitoring.
  • Assist in financial fiduciary and checking concurrence to award terms on financial reports to donors.
  • Assist the country managers on operational issues.
  • Payroll preparation (including routine update of payroll information, posting and reconciliation.
  • Cost allocation in collaboration with management accounting.
  • Review of payroll system and interface with Navision and reconciliation/linking in collaboration with IT (business systems analyst).
  • Ensuring receipt of timesheets and ensuring payroll costs allocation as per timesheets.
  • Review of staff accounts reconciliation, generation of payroll adjustments and communication to staff.
  • Bank reconciliations and resolution of outstanding issues and any detected anomalies.
  • Tracking of income including donor receipts due and maintaining of tracking schedules on pending pledges in collaboration with programs finance team.
  • Review of travel claims, accountabilities, staff claims in the accounting system and on hard copies (journals and invoices).
  • Assist in the preparation of financial statements and schedules.

Academic, Professional Qualifications and Relevant experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, an MBA in a relevant field will be an added advantage. 
  • A fully-qualified CPA/CA/ACCA/CIMA certification.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, or financial monitoring, or auditing and compliance.
  • At least 4 years of experience in international development, including experience in development projects funded by donors.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working on USAID funded projects as sub awards/ grants/ finance/ compliance officer.
  • Familiar with and experience in working with International Finance Regulations and Reporting Standards and requirements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of taxation regulation in Ghana and West Africa.
  • Proactive: alertness and vigilance to potential breaches in compliance and actively enforcing a mandatory reporting policy and seeking out any weakness and offering solutions.
  • Intelligent and willing to keep learning on constantly changing legislation and awards expectations.
  • Hands-on knowledge of the major ERP software would be a distinct advantage;
  • Excellent English and knowledge of local languages an asset.

An attractive remuneration package commensurate with this position’s responsibility will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail and telephone contacts) to recruit@agra.org. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of the application e-mail.

To be considered, applications must be received by 17th February, 2020.

For more information on AGRA, applicants can visit www.agra.org

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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