Senior Finance Officer Job in Kenya

 Job Title: Senior
Finance Officer

Hiring Organization: AGRA
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Agriculture
Job Type: Full
Time
Salary: KES
Competitive
Date Posted: 01/30/2024

AGRA
is an African-led institution that actively supports the drive towards
inclusive agricultural transformation and sustainable food systems. We do this
by empowering the continent’s 33 million smallholder farming households to
transform their agriculture from a struggle to survive to profitable
businesses. The continent’s farmers regularly face challenges, and we aspire to
provide uniquely African solutions that respond to their agricultural and
environmental challenges, leading to increased harvests for reduced hunger and
more income.

Working
in alignment with the development priorities of our focus countries, we enable
farmers to access improved and high-yielding seeds, gain knowledge on
sustainable farming, and linkages to profitable markets.


In our
work, we aspire to build the alliances, partnerships, and networks required to
drive an inclusive agricultural transformation. We work with our partners to
create an equitable youth-friendly environment that harnesses the youth
dividend on the continent to drive growth and facilitate open employment
opportunities for young women and men. We achieve our key objectives through a
focus on the following four areas of intervention:

Policy
and state capability – We support governments in creating an enabling
environment for private sector involvement in agricultural transformation.
Seed systems – We trigger higher productivity by increasing the availability
and access to improved seeds by farmers allowing them to increase their
harvests for food security and better incomes.
Sustainable farming – We support farmers in building resilient farming systems
for sustained high yields through interventions such as mechanization and
irrigation.
Inclusive markets and trade – We work to increase the linkages between farmers,
and other market actors for a positive, sustained cycle of commercialization
and reinvestment.
Implementing Our New Strategy Through People

People
are the heart of our organization and remain the true drivers of our delivery
and our impact.

We work
with incredible people and partners who have roots in farming communities
across the continent combined with an inclusive and diverse workforce from over
24 nationalities. Our commitment to a call to action goes beyond ourselves as
we arise to catalyze African Food Systems transformation by being Deeply
collaborative, Executing Excellently, Sincerely Constructive and Increasingly
Entrepreneurial aligned with our values of (I-RISE; Integrity, Respect,
Innovation, Stewardship and Equity).

We are
looking for people who are passionate about Africa to join our innovative,
growing, and multidisciplinary team. Together, we can grow Africa’s food
systems improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Want to join us?

The
Position

Senior
Finance Officer, Program Finance, Job Reference: SFO/FIN/01/2024, Based in
Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel, approximately 30% .

The
Senior Finance Officer, Program Finance is responsible for the overall
financial management of AGRA’s program/awards. S/he will lead collaboration
with the Financial Management team, Financial Accounting team, Grants team,
Internal Audit team, HR, Legal and Program teams to oversee financial policies
and procedures supporting AGRA’s administration and management of the Award
agreements and sub-agreements; and the implementation of financial oversight
mechanisms to ensure financial integrity and compliance with donor requirements
across the programs. S/he will serve as the financial liaison to donors and
will represent AGRA at any donor and project partner meetings. S/he will lead
on resource mobilization and donor contract management; through development of
proposal budgets in conjunction with program teams and Development Cooperation
team, donor awards budget monitoring and financial reporting and leading in
program specific audits. S/he ensures accuracy and alignment of the
institutional annual budget to available award budgets. S/he will ensure
creation of award budgets, financial reports, strong tracking of awards budgets
and expenditures, continuous analysis of project cash flow, ensuring compliance
with AGRA’s policies and donor requirements. S/he will support the institution
in achieving operational efficiency and in optimizing cost allocation and
recovery.

Key
Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepare
comprehensive financial models for various programs to deliver cash flow
forecast, scenario analysis, risk assessment and return analysis.

Work
closely with the project development team to identify, analyze and execute the
most optimum financing solution for AGRA programs (including debt and equity).

Coordinate
with finance providers on due diligence, term sheet negotiations and
documentation

Work with
legal, compliance and program teams to ensure timely compliance with all
conditions precedent and other obligations.

Support
senior management of AGRA on various program financing related matters on an
ongoing basis.

Ensure
high quality finance information is provided and analyzed to enable effective
decision making.

Identify
risks associated to partner capacity and compliance to AGRA rules and
regulations and make recommendations to address these risks.

Assure
soundness of analysis, good business judgment, compliance with policies and
procedures, adequacy of results and that all costs and reasonable fees have
been provided for.

Strong
grasp and application of generally accepted accounting principles and an
in-depth working knowledge of US GAAP.

Support
Proposal Preparations including Bid – No Bid requirements; Cost Estimating;
Pricing; RFP Review; Risk Mitigation; and Negotiation.

Talent
management and development of existing staff while managing team dynamics to
ensure high-performance and positive employee experience.

Communicates
results through presentations, written and verbal communication.

Program
& Finance functions, including Basis of Estimate (BOE) preparation; Budget
preparation, reporting and management; Cost & Variance Analysis; Cash
Management/Working Capital; Forecasting; Contractual Reporting, Cost &
Pricing, Risk Management; Audit preparation and management; and Program Review
preparation.

Provide
leadership, and manage the performance, growth, and development of staff under
the Program Finance function, ensuring they meet their objectives and support
the organization strategy.

Key
Qualifications and Experience required:

Experience
in finance field and 5 years in similar program finance role

Professional
experience in accounting, finance, or financial monitoring.

Knowledge
of global, country/government accounting standards.

A
bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent work experience.

A
master’s degree in any relevant field would be a strong added advantage.

Particularly
strong financial modelling skills, capable of building from scratch
sophisticated “program finance” financial models.

In-depth
understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Knowledge
or familiarity with donor contract types and donor regulations such USAID and
FCDO among others will be an added advantage.

Experience
with general ledger functions and the month-end/year-end close process.

Proficiency
in ERP systems, with a strong track record of successful implementation and
utilization.

Computer
proficiency in spreadsheets, presentations and reporting software.

How To
Apply

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.

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