|Date Posted:||Jul 16, 2020|
|Reference:||ACSC /TPMA /ARTF /FMO/14|
|Closing Date:||Jul 25, 2020|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||14|
|Salary Range:||As per company salary scaleAF|
|Years of Experience:||1 Year|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Contract Type:||Project Based|
|Probation Period:||2 months|
About Alfalah Consulting Service (ACSC):
The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was established in 2002 as a multi-donor trust fund to support immediate stabilisation and reconstruction needs in Afghanistan, a country affected by fragility, conflict and violence to fill the large financing gap in both the operating and development budgets of the Afghan Government, and to provide a platform for pooled on-budget financing and coordinated implementation support to the government. The World Bank acts as trustee and administrator of the ARTF.
Seventeen years after its establishment, the ARTF is Afghanistan’s main multi-donor mechanism for on-budget financing of non-military expenditure. Two ARTF windows provide “on-budget” funds to the Afghan Government:
· The Investment Window (IW) funds investment projects that are implemented by Afghan Government line ministries and agencies. The Government is primarily responsible for project design and implementation, including monitoring and updating results frameworks, establishing adequate, monitoring and evaluation arrangements, and reporting progress towards agreed project development objectives and results targets, with support from the World Bank task teams. For each project, the Government is also responsible for maintaining financial management and procurement arrangements acceptable to the Bank, as agreed during project appraisal and negotiations.
The Recurrent Cost Window (RCW) finances a large portion of the Government’s non-military recurrent expenditure through policy-based budget support.
The primary objectives of financial monitoring are to assure value for money of World Bank-funded investment projects through integrated oversight of project implementation performance and fiduciary and safeguards compliance and if, requested/agreed, through “special” tasks to review specific aspects of project management, implementation and impacts.
The scope of this assignment includes:
Recurrent Cost Monitoring
· To verify the eligibility of recurrent expenditure for financing under the RCW, based on agreed sample-based reviews of relevant financial records; and
· To assist in minimising weaknesses in payroll management including possible inaccuracies in the Government payroll records through physical verification of Government employees based on agreed sampling procedures.
Project implementation monitoring
· To conduct regular monitoring of the investment projects, using an agreed site selection/sampling method with monitoring content tailored to project-specific requirements. While the project-specific monitoring protocols will guide the site selection planning, the specific sites to be visited as well as the distribution of the number of sites across projects, are subject to adjustments throughout the year.
Site-specific fiduciary reviews
· For each site/sub-project subject to on-site monitoring, to review financial transactions that relate to the specific site/sub-project to assess whether the financial execution is in line with physical progress (i.e., excess payments vis-à-vis physical progress) and identify possible “red flags” in terms of financial compliance (e.g., payments processed without proper supporting document). Visits to review documentation, interview people at project sites may be conducted as needed. For the project implemented by communities review the records maintained by communities at project site;
· To review procurement transactions, on a sample basis, for sites selected through a risk assessment process. The objective of the review will be to assess whether procurement carried out were consistent with the Procurement Plan approved by the World Bank and whether these were carried out in compliance with applicable procurement guidelines. This review will also be done for any contract amendments made during the project implementation period; and
· Review the Statement of Expenditure for each project submitted to the Bank for replenishment. The review will entail assessing completeness of underlying expenditure supporting documents, compliance with applicable procurement regulations and control framework, and completion.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities of Financial Monitoring Officer will be as follows:
· To assist Provincial Senior Financial Monitoring Officers to monitor expenditures of the government and projects to ensure that funds are disbursed for the purposes provided (Grant Agreement eligibility and fiduciary criteria);
· To verify transactions through site visits and representative sampling for each category of expenditure including procurement, salary, operation and maintenance costs, advances and petty cash, and other developmental/project costs and capital costs;
· To draft monitoring working papers as per the required information;
· To ensure timely submission of draft working papers and reporting of the monitoring observations for review by the Senior Financial Monitoring Officer and managers;
· To assist Senior Financial Monitoring Officers in reviewing financial and internal controls to determine the existence, adequacy and operation of controls related to the management of all funds received by projects;
· To complete work as per the monthly working plan;
· To report daily activities undertaken to the Line Manager;
· To carry out any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager.
· Bachelors’ degree in Accounting, Finance, Audit or Economics.
· MBA or ACCA ongoing (with at least 3 papers qualified).
· Knowledge of Government of Afghanistan Financial and Procurement Laws, Rules and Procedures.
· Good working knowledge of MS Office packages (MS Word, MS Excel)
· Ability to communicate in writing and verbally in Dari/Pashto and English.
· Knowledge of World Bank procurement guidelines and financial policies preferred but not required.
· Able to travel from zonal offices to provinces