Senior Finance Officer - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Senior Finance Officer

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for a nationally recruited position of Senior Finance Officer .The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a member of a world-wide network of International Agricultural Research Centers. IITA's research focuses on smallholder cropping systems in sub-Saharan Africa. IITA has a regional hub in Oar es Salaam, Tanzania which co-ordinates the work of the institute in East Africa.

Duty Station: This is a Nationally Recruited Position and the incumbent will be based in Oar es Salaam


Terms of Reference

Serve as IITA Dar Station Finance Officer, thereby taking responsibility for the under listed tasks:
Assist in preparation of the Station's capital and operating budget
Oversee the operation of imprest account for the station in conjunction with HQ Finance Office,and ensure the Station has adequate funds for its operations
Review monthly reconciliation of bank accounts and cash
Supervise all accounts staff
Review and approve expense claims for processing
Review processed claim forms for payment
Review payment of procurement claims for accuracy and compliance
Ensure compliance to IITA's Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) on Finance & Accounting, and all other financial operating guidelines
Monitor outstanding travel/cash advances
Ensure all cash and cheques under custody are disbursed/or banked in accordance with the
Institute's accounting policies and guidelines
Maintain all necessary accounting records
Support scientists on monitoring cost centers operating within the Hub.
Provide support to the Hub Head of Finance and Administration to streamline financial policies and procedures in IITA EA Stations (Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya-Nairobi ILRI).
Conduct regular checks and ensure accounts staff in all IITA EA Stations comply with financial guidelines and procedures of the Institute.
Identify training needs, and organize in-house training, of accounting personnel and other staff (including Scientists and Administration) on accounting controls and procedures, budget monitoring, etc.
Co-ordinate audit activities and other assurance and monitoring providers across all EA Hub
Perform the role of second reviewer of FINIX transactions in IITA EA Stations.
Support stations in IITA EA on budget monitoring of administrative and cost recovery cost centers
Review monthly reconciliation of bank accounts in IITA EA Stations.
Provide technical support and back stopping to all accounting staff in the IITA EA stations.
Any other finance-related duties assigned by Director of R4D EA Hub and Director of Finance.
This position reports to Head of Finances and Administration for EA Hub.

Required Qualifications / Experience

It requires a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience. He/she must have a recognized professional accounting qualification.(ACCA, CPA, ICA, ACMA etc.) A previous experience with any of the big 4 will be an advantage.

'General information:
The initial contractor the position is for two years: renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. This is a nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.


Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email. If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left hand side of your envelope.

Please note that any applications without the reference indicated will be automatically disqualified. Closing date: Two weeks from the date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Applications: Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge - Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

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