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13 Jun, 2011

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Chief Financial Controller Job Vacancy

1. Project Description:
With funding provided by the World Bank, the Government of Ghana (GoG), through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) is implementing the Social Opportunities Project (SOP). The overall goal of the project is to support Ghana’s Social Protection Strategy through; developing a labour intensive public works program as a rural safety net instrument in target Districts across the country (majority of which are in the three northern regions) to increase cash income for the rural poor during Agricultural off-season; and supporting the Governments Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program.

The project has five main components namely;
(i) Rationalization of National Social Protection Strategy (ii) Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPWs); (iii) Support to the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Program; (iv) Capacity Building; and (v) Project Management and Coordination

2. Specific Project Objectives:
The objectives of the project are to:
(i) Support public works expected to create employment with priority for the poorest districts of the country,
(ii) Support incrementally, the scaling up of the Governments conditional cash transfer program (LEAP) which provides social grants to the poorest households in return for participation in education and health services; and
(iii) Develop the capacity of the government to implement safety net programs, both at the central and decentralized levels

3. Project Implementation Arrangements:
The project is managed at policy and technical co-coordinating level of a National Project Steering Committee (NPSC). At the implementation level, co-ordination is the responsibility of the National Co-ordination office (NCO), with its head office in Accra and Regional Coordination offices in Tamale, Bolgatanga, Wa, Kumasi, and Accra is responsible for defined geographical areas. Sub-project implementation, however, is the responsibility of District Assemblies and their lower structures with timely and efficient back-stopping provided by the RCCs (RPCU) staff and relevant line ministries/agencies

Job Description

Suitably qualified Ghanaian Nationals are needed to occupy the following position.
Duty Station: NCO, Accra

  • As a leader of the finance unit of the project, Financial Controller will be responsible for maintaining all projects accounts in good order
  • He/she will report directly to the National Co-ordinator and work close with the Financial Control of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural

Key responsibilities:

  1. Install appropriate accounting/reporting system to ensure that the project management is informed of on-going financial transactions/activities and that Project Management have a clear view of their financial responsibility
  2. Ensure the adherence to GoG and IDA financial provisions and guidelines by all implementing units and the prompt collation of accounting information from all the units for reporting purposes
  3. Advise the Project’s Regional Offices in matters relating to Financial management and effective accounting of project activities
  4. Providing professional backstopping to Regional Financial Management Specialists in the performance of their functions
  5. Advising the Project’s Regional Offices on the professional performance of the accounting project staff
  6. Maintain all account records in a form appropriate for regular auditing (at least once a year)
  7. Providing assistance to the Financial Department of the MLGRD to ensure efficient and effective financial management of the project funds
  8. Ensuring that effective training pro grammes in financial management are designed and implemented for district and sub-district staff
  9. Co-ordinating and Monitoring financial management activities at the National, Regional, district and Sub-district levels
  10. Follow up on issues arising form the AWP/B process and responsible for processing, documentation and follow-up of disbursement from GoG and WB to ensure that releases are not unduly delayed
  11. Ensure that funds for project implementation are disbursed in a timely manner to enable project interventions be carried out according to schedule
  12. Prepare half-yearly consolidated statements of Projects Accounts as an integral part of the management information system to be submitted to the Project Steering Committee and the World Bank
  13. Ensuring an effective linkage between the Accounting system and the overall MIS
  14. Assist in procurement for the Project in accordance with procedures laid down by the Loan Agreement
  15. Prepare quarterly reports regarding aspects of monitoring
  16. Carry out any other activities that are assigned by the Project Co-ordinator


Required Skills or Experience

  1. Professional Chartered Accountant/Certified Accountant (ICA or ACCA) with at least 10 years experience in related fields

Key Competencies:
The applicant must:

  1. Have appreciable knowledge of Ghana’s Decentralization system and proven ability in working with the structures
  2. Have experience in working on rural development programmes and be able to related well with rural communities and local government institutions
  3. Exhibit knowledge of Ghana’s Social Protection Strategy
  4. Be computer literate and proficient in the use of Accounting Software e.g. ACCPA etc
  5. Be prepared to travel extensively on regular basis


How To Apply

All interested individuals are requested to submit typewritten letters and curriculum vitae (CV) for the positions described above. Only shortlisted individuals will be contacted. Letters of interest clearly marked: “SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES PROJECT – NCO PERSONNEL” should be received by the close of work and addressed to:

P. O. BOX M.50
Note: MLGRD reserves the right not to hire for the position(s) if it determines that a candidate suitable for the position(s) was not identified. For such an event the position(s) so affected will be re-advertised.


Closing 8th July, 2011

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