Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Treasury Accountant

Vacancy Announcement: Treasury Accountant

Ref No. NRS/111/052015

icipe - African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. 

Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity.

The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations not only across Africa but also the globe.
icipe wishes to urgently recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Treasury Accountant in the Finance and Administration Department, Accounting Section. 

The position is tenable at the icipe Duduville Campus in Nairobi, Kenya. 

This is a two-year contract, with a possibility of extension after successfully completing a six-month probation period of the first contract. 

Overall purpose of the job
  • Daily cash reporting and daily execution of cash activity including receipting and payments.
  • Preparation of cash and bank reconciliations.
  • Preparation of journals to capture transactions in the General ledger.
  • Daily execution and reporting of cash activity by maintaining daily and monthly report of transactions;
  • Receive cash and cheques from staff and suppliers and issue receipt vouchers;
  • Disburse funds from the cash office upon approved requests and issue payment vouchers;
  • Carry out regular cash counts at the beginning and end of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change;
  • Prepare bank transfers and journal templates for verification and upload on the online banking;
  • Prepare cheque payments for suppliers and statutory deductions, where necessary and deliver payment - remittances to suppliers;
  • Process the monthly casual staff payroll, attaching requisitions and supporting contracts, forward for verification and payment;
  • Process the journals for payments, bank charges and interest for review and posting into the ledger;
  • Perform reconciliations for cash imprest and bank account on a daily basis and at the month-end;
  • Assist in preparing the statutory returns, files and retrieve records and reports as requested;
  • Assists in providing supporting documentation and/or information on internal process that is required for audit purposes;
  • Provide assistance and training to others and especially to the attachees in the work unit;
  • Support the Senior Treasury Accountant and perform any ad hoc tasks as required by supervisor.
Requirements / Qualifications
  • Accounting degree in business administration/finance required with a minimum CPA-II certificate in accounting.
  • Well-rounded treasury or payables background of 3 years with experience of multi-currency payments.
  • Excellent skills using MS Word, Excel, Access and Internet Explorer, and familiarity with Sun-system accounting will be an added advantage.
Knowledge and skills required for performing the job

The suitable candidate must possess the following:
  • Strong organisational skills, be self-motivated and have the drive and enthusiasm to inspire and effectively engage staff with financial issues;
  • Possess exceptional analytical reasoning skills to think problems thoroughly and generate solutions;
  • Self-motivated individual with effective organisational skills;
  • Ability to undertake multiple tasks, prioritise and at the same time without losing focus;
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships;
  • Proficiency in communicating with the management and staff of the company;
  • Must be proactive, with the ability to work under pressure and meet and surpass project deadlines.
Reporting: This position reports to the Treasury Manager.

The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

How to Apply

All applications must arrive via email on or before 12th June 2015, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. 

Please quote the job reference number NRS/111/052015 on the email subject line. 

Interested applicants should submit: 

(a) a confidential cover letter, 

(b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and 

(c) a one-page statement of suitability, and remuneration package to:

A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

icipe is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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