Finance Officer - Balkh

  Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme
  Afghanistan Unspecified 692
Date Posted:Jan 15, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 19, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Account/Finance
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme:


The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic and political welfare of rural society, especially the poor and vulnerable, through the provision of basic services by strengthening local governance and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth. The newly formed Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan over an anticipated 10 year time period. The program aims at building on the social capital gained under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and transforming it into economic capital. AREDP is to start full operations in January 2010. The initial stages have included a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) which is funded by the World Bank and is facilitating the preparation of the project and implementing the initial activities which include the establishment of functional and programmatic units at the project management office (PMO), in Kabul. The PMO is developing compliance manuals and operational procedures; hiring national and international staff and consultants; purchasing equipment; implementing a Pilot Project Initiative in Parwan Province; conducting training and workshops for skill development and generally building a solid base from which AREDP will grow. Initially the first phases are funded through the World Bank’s IDA facility and bi-lateral donors including DFID and others with a focus on particular regions of the country.

Job Summary:

The Financer Unit Officer (FO) a) implements and controls the day-to-day financial operations of Provincial 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.

Duties & 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 compare bank balances with books on 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 AREDP management and World Bank/IDA;

• 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.

Job Requirement:


1. Knowledge/Experience

• Experience and knowledge of financial/budget accounting and monitoring systems, particularly related to implementation of donor funded programs;

• At least 3 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.

2. Qualifications/Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree or minimum Diploma in accounting or finance;
• Excellent accounting skills
• Good skills using 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 FreeBalance, ATLAS and SQL would be an advantage.

3. 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 demeanour; and
• Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative.


Reports to the AREDP Provincial Manager and accountable to the AREDP Coordinator.

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