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Finance Officer

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About ASERD/MRRD

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) within the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Sector Strategy, contributes to the reduction of poverty through the establishment of good local governance, access to rural infrastructure, economic regeneration and the provision of a nationwide disaster and emergency preparedness system. This strategy, however, directly contributes to the achievement of Afghanistan’s Millennium Development Goals.

The project will contribute significantly to increasing the access to thermal energy and electricity through a technology neutral approach, in 19,500 households in 194 rural communities in Afghanistan. This will result in increasing the access to electricity, clean cooking and heating options and will contribute to a tangible reduction in the pre-mature deaths of women and children due to indoor air pollution. The project will pilot seven innovative financing models which once successful will be mainstreamed. The project will also establish conducive policy and regulatory frameworks and capacity development of key stakeholders. It is envisaged that, the project will establish a sustainable rural energy supply approach which can be scaled up beyond the project period.

The ASERD program plans to establish sustainable rural energy services in 194 rural communities in 5 years, providing both electrical and thermal energy services. The efforts will bring sustainable energy to over 19,500 households providing health, economic and social benefits. Most significantly, the major contribution will be the establishment of delivery models that are technology neutral, leverage additional local and international resources, mobilize communities, engage the private sector and financiers to establish a self-sustaining delivery model. The program will also aim to establish the right frameworks for policy, regulation, environmental protection, quality and incentives and develop human and institutional capacities for these delivery models to continue to increase access to energy in Rural Afghanistan.

The Border Electrification Projects aims at providing basic electricity access to border areas adjacent to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran through the provision of a variety of Solar Home Systems (SHS). A total number of 3,000,000 beneficiaries would benefit from the project encompassing 55 districts in 13 provinces.

The main aim of the project is to provide ample stimulus to entice economic growth, health improvement, education gains and other socio-economic benefits in the target areas.



SUMMARY OF DUTIES

The Financer Unit Officer (FO) a) implements and controls the day-to-day financial operations of ASERD/BDEP office, cash transactions, accounting, payments request and so on; b) assists the Provincial Manager (PM) to support and train field office financial staff; c) assist in budget planning and forecasting; d) Ensures the financial policies and procedures of the Finance Manual are understood and adhered to.

Job Summary

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Job Details

Date Posted: 04 Jul 2018 Reference: 775/018/HRCSD/ASERD/MRRD
Closing Date: 18 Jul 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Account/Finance Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 4 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Prepare daily expenses vouchers and process them;
Record financial transactions using accounting software application package;
Maintain proper supporting documents for all financial related data and implement easy access filing system;
Reconciles bank accounts and compares bank balances with books on a monthly basis;
Preparing monthly payroll in coordination with Human Resources Unit and FM;
Generate payments requests and coordinates signing of requests;
Maintain and cash flow project statement, and alert finance and program teams on shortfalls and over-expenditures;
Assist in the preparation of program budgets to support strategic planning activities;
Maintain accounting records to be able to prepare and reconcile Qatia with MoF;
Supports, trains and mentors field office Finance Staff;
Prepare all financial reports. Assist the preparation of monthly/quarterly/yearly accounts ensuring timely and accurate reports to ASERD/BDEP management and Donors;
Assist Establishes a financial management system to be utilized by the various Provincial offices in the field to ensure timely and accurate management of project funds;
Provide support and for the MIS Finance database/accounting software related issues and undertake the data input process to ensure generation of accurate and timely financial reports;
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Skills

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Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

Knowledge/Experience

Experience and knowledge of financial/budget accounting and monitoring systems, particularly related to implementation of donor funded programs;
At least 4 years of accounting experience within Government, International NGOs, and or, UN Agencies;
Proven knowledge and experience to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; and accounting software applications such as Sun System, Peachtree, QuickBooks;
Demonstrated ability to coordinate the activities of a small, specialized financial management planning and information unit.



Qualifications/Skills

Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance;
Excellent accounting skills
Good skills using accounting software applications;
Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Internet use).
Full working knowledge of English, and Dari and Pashto languages
Ability to critically review and improve financial management and expenditure monitoring systems to increase accountability;
Familiarity with Management Information Systems (MIS) like Free Balance, ATLAS and SQL would be an advantage.



Abilities

Ability to work in a high pressure environment;
Ability to multi-task and work under pressure;
Ability to work independently and also as an effective team member
Professionalism in appearance and demeanor; and
Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative.



REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the ASERD/BDEP program director and accountable to the MRRD finance Directorate.

Reports to the Finance and Budgeting Manager and accountable to the Programme Senior Management.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through below email address:
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (775/018/HRCSD/ASERD/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.



The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email

vacancies.hrcsd@mrrd.gov.af

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