SENIOR FINANCIAL CONTROLLER ( SFC )
The Government of The Gambia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have developed the Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture (ROOTS) project. The project is funded by IFAD along with the Government of The Gambia and other Development partners. The project will be implemented in six years period from 2020 to 2026. The main components of the ROOTS project are the followings:
- Component 1 (agricultural productivity and climate change adaptation);
- Component 2 (market access); and
- Component 3 (institutional development, project management and citizen engagement).
Reports to: Project Director
Duty Station: Based in PSU Headquarters, with regular field visits as required for implementation support, reporting and coordination.
Duration of Assignment: Up to six years; following successful completion of six-month probationary period; with renewable contract if performance is satisfactory.
Summary: The SFC will manage all activities related to administrative and financial management. She / He will report directly to the project director and provide oversight of administrative, accounting and financial activities. She / He will ensure transparency and traceability of financial entries and exits and optimization of assets.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
The FAM will be responsible for maintaining ROOTS’ financial integrity, preparing all financial reports efficiently and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), local government regulations, policies and procedures, and donor (IFAD) requirements throughout the life of the project.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manage the accounting, finance and administration components of the program in the country, including the various petty cash funds and finance, accounting and administrative activities
- Ensure consistency with ROOTS standard operating procedures, policies and accounting principles.
- Develop procedures for monitoring and analyzing project budgets, which allow accurate projection of expenditures and comparisons of actual and budgeted spending.
- Coordinate monthly requests for funds, based on budget and cash flow projections, to ensure the project has all necessary funds for operations;
- Ensure financial reporting is in accordance with donor contractual requirements;
- Advise project staff on financial health through the provision of regular and timely financial expenditure reports;
- Review and approve all vouchers prepared by the procurement officer (disbursement, receipt and general journal vouchers) for expenditures and ensures that expenses are reasonable, allowable and allocable to the project;
- Review and approve field office fund request;
- Oversee payroll procedures for staff, administer payroll, and monitor employee time keeping;
- Develop and implement regional office administrative and personnel systems;
- Maintain financial controls and procedures for the management of funds and sub awards/contracts;
- Produce budget projections and reports for submission to IFAD;
- Liaise with the Project Director to ensure the project needs are being met in terms of accounting, contracts, human resources, IT, and operations;
- Supervise project staff and consultants working on finance and administration for the project;
- Monitor partners’ management of funds and cross check source documents;
- Oversee sub-grants and associated financial oversight;
- Maintain financial files and support annual audits.
- Education: Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field of Agriculture
- Experience: A minimum of 10 years’ progressive financial management and grants management experience on international development projects; demonstrated working knowledge of IFAD rules and regulations.
Proven experience managing the finances of large ($20M) projects; demonstrated ability to implement a financial system for development projects. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.
- Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required; Experience in reporting to donors in an NGO environment; Good understanding of the laws of Gambia related to tax, insurance, etc. Strong analytical and computer skills, especially with accounting software, spreadsheets and financial analysis.
- Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
- People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
- All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
- Only applications received through the provided link will be considered.