Finance Specialist

  ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 2199
Date Posted:May 28, 2017
Reference:Reference: 08/MAIL/SGR
Closing Date:Jun 9, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
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
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project:


Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms. The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013. Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector. Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

Job Summary:

The Finance Specialist is working under the direct supervision of the SGR Project Director and will be responsible for the entirely financial issues of the SGR Project.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibility to build financial and expenditure management system of SGR project to improve the relationship with the Ministry of Finance (MoF).

Supervise the SGR project finance unit with overall developing, planning and managing of financial management activities /financial budget activities related to the SGR project.

Arrange financial and accounting information, and ensure proper record keeping supporting SGR project expenditures.

Maintain adequate and updated books of records of all financial related documents of SGR project.

Establish a proper management system of all the SGR project assets.

Ensure transparency and accountability in all budget expenditures and authorization and maintains an efficient and transparent financial filing system.

Ensure obtaining timely allotments and timely processing of payments.

Adjustment of tax according to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) regulations.

Preparation of timely and periodic replenishments to the designated account.

Manage financial accounting monitoring and reporting systems of the SGR project.

Actively participate with the management team in the planning managing controlling and reporting to the financial issues.

Assist in preparation of annual work plan and budget plan for the SGR project.

Responsible for preparation of SGR project monthly, quarterly, annual or as per required basis financial statements and reports.

He/she will report to the SGR project director.

Undertake any additional tasks and responsibilities that may be assigned by the SGR Project Director.

Job Requirement:

The Finance Specialist must have the following basic qualification and working experience:

Bachelor or Master Degree in Business Administration/ Finance/ Commerce or any other relevant field.

At least 5 years relevant experience Mater degree or 7 years’ experience Bachelor degree with World Bank and MoF is preferred.

Fluency in local languages (Pashto and Dari) as well as English Language.

Able to operate MS office computer programs (Windows, Word, Excel and Email).

Must have full knowledge of program budget and financial management rules and procedures of Afghanistan.

Proven work experience as finance specialist or similar role.

Experience on World Bank, MoF, public project financing or similar projects preferable.

Knowledge of financial regulation.

Understanding of budget and budget cycle.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to work under pressure and work extra hours when required.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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