DRYDEV Finance and Compliance Officer – Sahel Node

World Agroforestry Centre, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th July, 2015

Job Description

About the position

• The DRYDEV Sahel Finance and Compliance Officer will ensure overall financial compliance and effective financial management and reporting, and ensure diligent posting of financial transactions into the accounting system etc.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Sahel DRYDEV Sahel Programme Coordinator, the successful candidate will mainly be assigned to the following

Financial Operations
• Liaise and consult with the Financial Service Unit at ICRAF headquarters in Nairobi on all DRYDEV financial and budget related matters
• Prepare, monitor and review (any time needed) the DRYDEV Sahel annual budgets as per ICRAF POWB
• Perform quarterly budget analysis and report to the DRDEV Sahel Programme Coordinator on expenditure trends, projected budget overruns and recommend corrective measures where necessary

Financial compliance
• Review the accuracy of monthly expenditure reports for DRYDEV Sahel and highlight issues arising for follow up;
• Prepare and/or review all monthly balance sheet account reconciliations for DRYDEV in collaboration with the Sahel Finance Officer;
• Monitor petty cash used for DRYDEV Programme activities;
• Ensure proper internal control over all financial transactions related to the DRYDEV Sahel;
• Undertake quarterly financial control visits to all the DRYDEV Sahel partners to ensure that ICRAF and the donor procedures and requirements are adhered;
• Carry out six-monthly pre audits to support partners in preparing for the annual auditing;
• Assist with internal and external annual auditing of DRYDEV in the Sahel;

Financial Reporting
• Consolidate DRDEV Sahel Monthly financial reports, and prepare annual financial statements;
• Review project partner six-monthly financial reports and annual financial reports;
• Assist DRYDEV Finance team at HQ to consolidate financial reports for submission to the donor;

Financial transaction
• Oversight of financial and budgetary issues of the DRYDEV Programme and related in collaboration with WCA and EA regional and HQ colleagues;
• Work with various units in WCA and EA regions and with the Contracts and Grants Office, and assist with processing of Letters of Agreement with implementing partners;
• Following up to ensure that Programme payments to partners are effected in good time;
• Perform all other transactions coming the DRYDEV Sahel partners;

Asset Management
• Maintain schedules of fixed assets and a filing system for the DRYDEV Sahel within the established format and procedure and ensure data safety;
• Maintain an accurate fixed asset register (capitalization, depreciation and disposal) for the DRYDEV;
• Carry out any other tasks requested by the Sahel node coordinator or the supervisor.


• Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting, Business Administration
• Minimum 5 year experience in a similar position within an international or reputable national organization, preferably in an international organization
• Ability to build good working relationships with colleagues at all levels;
• Mastery of computer (MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) and internet;
• A professional and flexible approach to work, with the ability to prioritize;
• Adherence to high quality of work;
• Good written and oral communication skills (proficiency in both English and French);
• Good interpersonal skills;
• High level of financial management and budgeting;
• Proficiency in the use of one or more than one accounting software;
• Good command in both French and English
• Exceptional attention to detail
• High level of integrity


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