Company: Sakchyam Access to Finance
The Sakchyam Access to Finance for the Poor Programme (Sakchyam) is an initiative funded by UKaid as part of an agreement between the Governments of Nepal and the UK. It is implemented by Louis Berger for the Department for International Development (DFID Nepal) in partnership with local and international institutions. Sakchyam is working with the public and private sectors to leverage access and facilitate financial sector development in Nepal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and for poor people with a focus on Karnali Province, Province No. 5 & 7, and beyond.
To do so, the programme focuses on three main outputs:
1. Improved SME Finance as banks and other financial institutions provide more and better products and services to these enterprises.
2. Strengthened capacity of microfinance financial institutions (MFIs) as well as other formal and semi-formal financial institutions, to provide services in selected districts
3. Improved financial capability of enterprises and households in priority districts
It has also established the Sakchyam Challenge Fund that attracts and leverages private sector proposals that encourage innovative, new products and services aimed at poor people and communities, which deliver socio-economic benefits to a large number of poor people, but are still commercially-sustainable.
The Programme, now is looking to fill following positions:
Position: Administration and Finance Manager
The Administration and Finance Manager will be responsible for overseeing all financial accounting and general office services for a high-quality, results-oriented project. S/he will be responsible for maintaining the programme’s financial integrity, preparing all financial reports efficiently and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, local government regulations, Louis Berger policies and procedures, and donor requirements throughout the life of the project. S/he will also be responsible for overseeing human resource management aspect of the national staff.
The key responsibilities of the Administration and Finance Manager is as follows:
• Manage the accounting, finance and administration components of the program, including the various petty cash funds and field office finance, accounting and administrative activities
• Ensure consistency with Louis Berger’s standard operating procedures, policies and accounting principles
• Develop procedures for monitoring and analysing 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
• Coordinate and oversee program tendering and procurement activities in country
• Ensure financial reporting is in accordance with DFID’s 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 finance officer (disbursement, receipt and general journal vouchers) for expenditures and ensure that expenses are reasonable, allowable and allocable to the project
• Review and approve field office fund request
• Oversee payroll procedures for national staff, administer payroll, and monitor employee time keeping
• Develop and implement office administrative and personnel systems
• Oversee execution and timely renewal of contracts with consultants, sub- contractors, service providers and vendors, owners of leasehold properties, and others
• Maintain financial controls and procedures for the management of funds and sub awards/contracts
• Liaise with the Team Leader 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 administrative for the project
• Monitor consortium and partners’ management of funds and cross check source documents
• Maintain financial files and support annual audits
Candidate will report to: Team Leader
Minimum Qualifications and Experiences:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
• Knowledge of the Government of Nepal’s taxation policies, laws etc
• A minimum of 7 years’ progressive financial management and administration experience on international development projects
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, ethical management skills and excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong analytical and computer skills, especially with accounting software, spreadsheets and financial analysis
• Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills in English and Nepali
• Prior experience with financial management of a DFID funded programme will be an added advantage
Last date to apply: January 18, 2019.
HOW TO APPLY
An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience and qualifications will be offered to the right candidate for the above-mentioned positions. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter stating the motivation for applying and salary expectation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 PM Nepal local time, January 18, 2019.