Assistant Accountant (AUC-PCRD) at the African Union (AU)

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The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

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Job Title: Assistant Accountant (AUC-PCRD)

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Requisition ID: 1007
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Reports to: Administration and Finance Officer
Directorate / Department: African Union Centre for Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development (AUC-PCRD)
Division / Unit: Finance and Administration
Job Grade: GSA5
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Under the overall supervision of the Administration and Finance Officer, the Assistant Accountant shall provide support in the management and monitoring of finances of the African Union Centre for Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development.
  • His/Her functions shall include helping to set up and maintain a professional system of financial accounting, records keeping and reporting to ensure an effective and transparent administration of funds.

Main Functions

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  • Provide timely technical and operational support in line with the Centre’s mandate;
  • Implement technical and operational activities as scheduled and report;
  • Assist in the follow up of activity implementation and provision of updates, facilitate logistical arrangements linked to the area of work;
  • Liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Assist in the creation, improvement and maintenance of systems relevant to the area of work; gather data and information and do preliminary analysis and research for consideration by the bigger team and the supervisor;
  • Prepare office communication linked to the area of operation and assist in compiling data and information for reporting and analysis purposes. Follow up decisions and correspondence outcomes and ensure their implementation;
  • Follow up on the provision and upkeep of tools and materials linked to the area of work.

Specific Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Accountant will include the following:

  • Classifying, coding and posting of transactions into the Accounting Software;
  • Analyzing accounts and establishing correct balances;
  • Verifying the correctness and completeness of supplier invoices, contracts and orders before entering into the Accounting Software;
  • Assist in proper processing of fund transactions and in financial reports preparation, both for donors and internal management;    
  • Assist in the process of ensuring that fund disbursements are made for expenditures indicated in the budget/workplan for executing programmes/projects as specified;
  • Assist in budget drafting, monitoring and control;
  • Perform any other relevant duty/ responsibility assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A minimum of a Diploma in Accounting or Finance or any other directly related field from a recognized educational institution. Any additional related qualification in Finance and Accounting or related certification is an advantage. Candidates with Diploma level of qualification must have a minimum of at least three (3) years relevant practical work experience in accounting, finance and budgeting in a major Government, International or Public Sector organization(s).

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  • Candidates with a Bachelor Degree level of education in the above fields are required to have a minimum of two (2) years relevant work experience in accounting, finance and budgeting in a major Government, International or Public Sector organization(s).

Required Skills:

  • Very good knowledge and practical use of Computer applications (especially MS-Excel; knowledge);
  • Excellent oral and communication skills, ability to express ideas or facts clearly;
  • Very good planning and organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability and willingness to share knowledge, learn and allow continuous improvement;
  • Able to adapt readily to change, seek better ways to get the job done;
  • Appreciates compliance against specified procedures to complete tasks; shows accountability towards successful completion of tasks; takes initiatives as and when required;
  • Very good ability to work in a team setup and collaborate;
  • Ability to trouble shoot, break problems into simple lists, tasks or activities without assigning values or priorities. Uses common sense and past experiences to approach problems and support decision making.
  • Proficient in any one of the African Union working languages i.e. Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish; knowledge of a second African Union working language will be an added advantage.

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating Clearly.

Functional Competencies:

  • Trouble shooting
  • Job Knowledge Sharing
  • Task Focused
  • Continuous Improvement Awareness.

Languages:

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  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$ 15,758.00  (GSA5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (48% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 16,813.44  (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

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Application Closing Date
4th April, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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