The Programme for Agriculture and Livelihoods in Western Communities (PALWECO) is a bilateral five-year-programme covering Busia County, which comprises the Sub-Counties of Busia, Bunyala, Butula, Nambale, Samia, Teso South and Teso North. 
The Programme aims at reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and living standards of the population of Busia County.
The Programme seeks to recruit qualified and experienced candidates to fill the following vacant positions;
 
1. Programme Accountant

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of programme accounts
  • Preparation and submission of periodical financial reports
  • Verification of supplier’s invoices for payment, including service providers request for funds, and timely implementation of payment procedures
  • Timely posting of all project accounting vouchers on the accounting software
  • Exercise proper custody of all posted vouchers and other accounting documents
  • Verify finance reports and reconcile returns from sub counties and partner organizations
  • Conduct regular financial monitoring visits to sub counties and partner organizations
  • Facilitate financial audit and implementation support missions
  • Advice the management on accounting matters
  • Perform any other duty assigned by the Supervisor
Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in accounting and finance from a recognized institution plus a professional accounting qualification ( CPA (K), ACCA or equivalent)
  • At least 5 years practical experience in a programme financial management set up and acquainted with accounting procedures in GoK accounting and financial systems and bilateral financed programmes
  • Good knowledge of computer applications in accounting such as ACCESS , SUN and QUICK BOOKS
  • Good communications and interpersonal skills
  • Used to work under pressure and meet crucial deadlines
  • Fluency (reading, writing and speaking ) in English and in Kiswahili
Location: Busia, Kenya
Reporting to: Financial Management and Procurement Specialist
Period: One year with possible extension
 
2. Supply Chain Officer – Procurement
 
Responsibilities
  • Ensuring compliance with the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and Regulations
  • Maintaining database of approved sources of supply, and research into new and alternative sources;
  • Advising management on all matters regarding value for money on all procurements
  • Receiving all the tender applications and compiling them for the Tender Committee;
  • Conducting market research and advising on market forces; and any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
  • Preparing Purchase requisitions Local Purchase Orders (LPOs); Cash/LPO procuring and proper storage;
  • Conduct regular financial and procurement monitoring visits to sub-counties and partner organisations
  • Generating procurement reports and providing appropriate recommendations to management
  • Copy and file monthly payment vouchers, receipts and finance reports
  • Keep the agreements and contract files up-to-date
  • Facilitate financial audit and implementation support missions
  • Undertaking the capacity building of the Programme’s partner organizations in the field of public procurement
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Procurement related studies from a recognized institution plus a professional procurement qualification (CPA II/Basic CIPS)
  • At least five years practical experience in a programme procurement set up
  • Knowledge of GoK financial systems and procurement procedures
  • Experience in computer application and software packages
  • Basic knowledge of accounting
  • Good communications and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet crucial deadlines
  • Fluency (reading, writing and speaking ) in English and in Kiswahili
Location: Busia town and all Busia Sub counties, Kenya
Reporting to: Financial Management and Procurement Specialist
Period: One year with possible extension
 
3. Junior Expert in Agricultural Value Chains
Responsibilities
  • Planning and implementation of agribusinesses in support of small livestock, horticulture and high value trees.
  • Support the formation and institutional organization of crop and livestock producer groups and individuals for efficient access to farm inputs and produce markets.
  • Support development of business training materials for SMEs (farmers, collection centers operators, input suppliers)
  • Assist in designing and implementing community business plans to either start or expand their businesses.
  • Identifying and establishing linkages between buyers, input suppliers, financial institutions and extension support.
  • Participate in other tasks relevant for implementation of the Programme.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas: General agriculture, Animal production, Horticulture, Agribusiness, Economics, Business management, Food science and technology, Nutrition.
  • At least 3 years working experience in the field of agriculture value chains desirably agribusiness development
  • Maximum age of 32 years
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest and willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment and in rural setup
Location: Busia, Kenya
 
Reporting: Chief Technical Advisor
Period: One year with a possible one year extension
Interested and qualified candidates should send letters of applications, CV accompanied with copies of academic and professional certificates, and testimonials.

Applications should be in an envelope that clearly indicates the post applied for and send to the address below so as to reach on or before 17th October 2014

Programme Director
Programme for Agriculture &Livelihoods in Western Communities (PALWECO)
Off Alupe Road
Off. Tel: +254552322166
P.o Box 306,50400
Busia, Kenya

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted







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