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Fiscal Agent Manager

Crown Agents

Deadline

May 4, 2014

Location

Accra, Ghana

  • Crown Agents provides direct assistance, management consulting, and human and institutional development for public and private sector clients in customs and trade facilitation, public financial management, procurement, logistics, and health systems strengthening.

Classification

Other

Duties

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) provides US government grant assistance to countries that demonstrate a commitment to investing in their people, ruling justly and promoting economic freedom. Eligible countries develop Compacts with MCC to reduce poverty by supporting sustainable, transformative economic growth. The Government of Ghana (GOG) has submitted a proposal to MCC that, pending the successful outcome of diligence and availability of funds, would result in a Compact between the GOG and MCC pursuant to which MCC would provide a five year, multimillion dollar poverty reduction grant (a "Compact").

Specific Responsibilities
The Fiscal Agent Manager will be responsible for the financial management of Ghana’s Compact funds; supporting the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) with a broad range of financial management services. The Fiscal Agent Manager will oversee and discharge all services necessary to ensure that financial management is conducted in accordance with the principles, rules, and procedures set out in the Compact, including budgeting, financial management, internal controls, accounting, cash disbursements, financial reporting and account reconciliation to ensure the proper, efficient, effective and transparent use of the funds to be provided under the Program. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides financial management of MCC Funding to implement the Program efficiently & effectively.
  • Establishes a single chart of accounts for the Program, segregating financial information by project, activity, sub-activity, task, object of expenditure, sources of funding, and geographical areas.
  • Establishes and implements internal control mechanisms which provide assurance of accomplishing objectives, adhere to related accounting principles, promote effectiveness, and efficiency of operations.
  • Establishes a pre-selected automated financial accounting system and ensures that recorded financial data is monitored/maintained.
  • Assists MiDA in designing, implementing, and updating a Fiscal Accountability Plan.
  • Prepares/assists in preparing budgets, plans, reports, disbursement requests, certifications, or other financial reports as required by MiDA.
  • Prepares/assists in the preparation of financial documents, such as budgets, work plans, reports, requests, or certifications as requested by MiDA.
  • Transfers knowledge and provides training to MiDA project managers, project implementers, and other designated/authorized persons on financial procedures, reports, and systems implemented.
  • Advises on the financial activities of the Program, including reviewing contracts related to procurement of goods, infrastructure works, and services.
  • Protects financial management activity from fraud, waste, and abuse through the establishment of clear procedures, training for staff and enforcing appropriate preventative and disciplinary mechanisms.
  • Responds to complaints about timeliness of payments and resolves payment issues as timely as possible.

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. in business, economics, finance, accounting, public administration, or a related field.
  • Minimum 10 years' experience as a finance management professional particularly serving as Finance Manager, Controller, Chief Accountant, or in a similar senior position responsible for accounting, budgeting, financial management, and reporting.
  • Certifications in Accounting such as ACCA, CA, CPA or Master's in Finance.
  • Proven experience in setting up financial management operations.
  • Extensive experience and proficiency in budgeting and accounting software applications.
  • Advanced computer literacy in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Word, Project, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge and experience of project based financial management, grants management, contract management and procurement procedures would be an advantage.
  • Proven leadership qualities and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with high level of government officials and business executives.
  • Previous working experience with international donors or development agencies, particularly experience with MCC, World Bank, USAID desired.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Previous experience in a developing country context is required; previous experience in West Africa, specifically Ghana, is preferred.

Additional Information

Full-time; Internationally based

Application Instructions

For more information and to apply, email your CV to careers@crownagents.com and include your name, along with the title of the position you are applying for, in the subject line. Visit our website at www.crownagentsusa.com for more information about our company. No phone calls, faxes or walk-ins please.

Crown Agents USA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Crown Agents USA will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualified disabilities in accordance with the ADA and local labor law as applicable. If you require a reasonable accommodation for our application process, please contact our Recruiting department directly. Requests will be kept confidential and shared strictly on a need-to-know basis only.

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