Job Opportunity at AGRA – Finance Officer
Finance Officer About AGRA
Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) 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.
Under its current strategy, AGRA continues to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farmers. 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.
AGRA and the UK governments Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) initiated an Africa Food Trade and Resilience (AFTR) program in order to propel agri-transformation through improved trade. The AFTR is a five-year program (2018 – 2023) and aims to stimulate an increase in regional food trade in sub–Saharan Africa (SSA), contributing to satisfying a growing food demand and to addressing food shortages through regional food production, processing and trade, and generating more rural jobss, climate resilience and income for farmers, and generate robust evidence on how private sector solutions can scale, with the ultimate aim of de-risking markets and mobilizing finance.
The program, which is in its third year now, has two components: (i) work with companies that source, process, and trade food in the region, to maximize investment, coordination and benefits to smallholder farmers and (ii) contribute to improve the transparency and predictability of government policies to unlock regional food trade. A lot of progress has been made so far including direct investments in structuring supply chains for food, investments around data and evidence systems as well as policy reforms aimed at improving the enabling environment for functional regional supply chains.
The program now seeks the services of an experienced Finance Officer to support program implementation on a temporary basis.
The role will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
NEW TANZANIAN JOBS, INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
At AGRA we believe Agriculture is the single greatest opportunity to deliver inclusive economic growth, jobs, and health to the African continent. An alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent combined with an inclusive and diverse workforce from 24 nationalities. Our values of (I-RISE; Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship and Equity.) espouse our commitment to a call to action to go beyond ourselves as we arise and transform Africa’s Agriculture.
When you join us, we present you with intellectually stimulating assignments and structured career advancement with 30% of open roles being filled internally through promotions and transfers, and a Leadership commitment for this ratio to increase. This is after setting you up for success with a World Class Onboarding for new hires where a bespoke induction trains on all aspects of the role that you will need to succeed. You will gain a full understanding of our lofty ambitions to transform African agriculture, and how you can contribute to an amazing employee experience.
We are looking for people who are passionate about Africa, curious and collaborative to join our innovative, growing, and multidisciplinary team.
For more information on AGRA, applicants can visit www.agra.org
Reporting to the Regional Finance Officer – Tanzania, the temporary Finance Officer will be responsible for providing finance administrative support to the assigned countries and regions under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Finance Officer. The East Africa region Finance office processes transactions for Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda all of which are managed by AGRA directly. S/he will be responsible for creation of journal entries, payments to staff and vendors, reconciliation of staff and vendor accounts, filing of finance documents and providing required support to audits.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and maintains financial analysis and reporting activities for assigned countries and regions
Prepare finance reports and account reconciliation reports according to company policies on periodic basis
Identifies and resolves invoicing issues, accounting discrepancies and other financial related issues for the countries and regions
Supports the annual financial audit processes through the preparation of standard reports as well as other custom reports as requested within the legal and regulatory requirements
Initiates and manages countries and regions budgets and forecasts
Provides oversight of any staff providing financial and admin support in the countries.
Creates finance journal entries as required for assigned countries and regions.
Leads in the management of account payables and receivables activities for the countries and regions
Collaborates with the finance and HR teams in preparation of financial reports and statements for assigned countries and regions.
Aligns and reconciles countries and regions monthly general ledger balance, invoices and credit card statements
Sets guidelines to ensure maintenance of the general and subsidiary ledgers
Plans and prepares tax documents for timely filing of company tax
Organizes and maintains all countries and regions financial records and files as per the company policies
Organizes the administration processes for all payroll activities as well as oversees vendor payments etc.
Plans for all bill payments and customer invoicing as per the deadlines with the countries and regions
Sets ways to streamline/improve the processes and procedures for operational efficiency of finance reporting and budgeting systems within the assigned countries and regions.
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in Accounting, Finance, or Financial Monitoring.
Knowledge of global, country/government accounting standards.
Experience in working with similar organizations or institutions will be an added advantage.
Thoroughly familiar with and experience in working with finance regulations and reporting standards and requirements.
Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
Strong ability to influence positively both upwards and downwards.
Proven leadership ability to develop and empower employees to achieve their best with a team approach.
Deep understanding of the financial environment within which AGRA is operating.
Highly organized, results and detail orientated with a very hands-on approach.
Excellent leadership, organizational, and problem solving/decision making ability.
Intelligent, motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent work experience.
An MBA in any relevant field an added advantage.
CPA or equivalent certification.
Strong analytical, data mining ability.
Understanding of auditing techniques to help ensure countries and regions financial operations remain in compliance.
Computer proficiency in spreadsheets, presentations and reporting software.
If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, kindly submit your application with a detailed CV (including your e-mail address and telephone contacts to [email protected] noting to quote the job reference number in the subject of your email)
To be considered, applications must be received on or before 21st March 2022.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
AGRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer