6 Jun 2017

Finance & Accounting Job in Kenya - Council of Governors

The Council of Governors (CoG) is established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 with the mandate to provide a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments,
share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20).

To enable the Council achieve its mandate and vision, the Council wishes to recruit results oriented individual with drive, vision and creativity to fill the following position: HEAD OF FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING


  • Reporting to the Director Finance and Administration, Head of Finance and Accounting will perform the following duties:
  • Overseeing the planning of the activities and operations of the Finance and Accounts section;
  • Ensuring that adequate financial controls are in place to maintain propriety and proper accountability of expenditures;
  • Ensuring the financial transactions are properly authorized, recorded, have adequate supporting documentation, filled, maintained and can be easily retrieved for preparation of financial reports and financial audits
  • Monitoring budgets and expenditures for different departments and projects and routinely updating the departmental and project heads on a quarterly basis.
  • Overseeing all financial and accounting functions for the Council of Governors including  budgeting, asset management, cash flow management, variance and accounts analysis and  reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, financial policies and  procedures.
  • Liaising with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and the National Treasury to ensure  CoG budget is captured in the state budget and funds transferred to CoG for  implementation.
  • Providing guidance to departments for the preparation of budgets in accordance with  developed work plans.
  • Ensuring departments budgets are captured in the final CoG budget and submitted to the  Council of Governors for approval.
  • Liaising with donors supporting projects within CoG and ensuring compliance with the  donor requirements on financial matters.
  • Providing periodic updates to the Director Finance & Administration and the CEO on the financial position of the organization.
  • Representing the Council in consultation with the Director Finance and Administration in finance related activities that are relevant in enhancing the vision of CoG
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of the activities and operations of the
  • Internal Council of Governors Finance Department; Managing the external audit process for the Council of Governors in partnership with the office of the Auditor General and any other project audit as may be deemed necessary by CoG donors and partners.
  • Participate in the development of the department’s work plan;
  • Providing technical support to the Finance, Commerce and Economic Affairs Committee of the Council of Governors.
  • Supporting in resource mobilization and follow up on budgets submitted to the National Treasury.
  • Supervising staff in the unit.
  • Performing any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce Business Administration or Business Management specializing in either Finance or Accounting or any other related field from a recognized institution;
  • Master’s degree in Finance or Accounting option or any other related field from a recognized institution an added advantage;
  • Be a registered member of ICPAK.
  • Have a proper understanding of Public Finance Management.
  • Minimum of six (6) years’ experience three (3) of which should be in a similar position.
  • Experience with donor funded and/ Government of Kenya programmes is an added advantage
  • Has understanding of Principles and practices of public administration, including management, organization, planning, cost/benefit analysis, budgeting, project management and evaluation.
  • Have demonstrated a high degree in work ethics and competencies.
  • Meet the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Kenya Constitution.

Desirable Competencies

  • Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
  • Client Orientation – works effectively well with CoG clients and stakeholders;
  • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
  • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performance Management – identify ways and implements actions to improve performance of self and others;
  • Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender relatedneeds, perspectives, and concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

Contract Duration
The contract duration is for three years renewable annually subject to performance and availability of resources.

How to Apply
Interested persons should download and duly fill the COG APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT FORM and send the duly completed form, CV, cover letter, copies of ID, certificates,testimonials, current and expected remuneration, names and addresses of three referees to on or before Friday 16th June 2017 and indicate the name of the position you are applying for in the subject of the email.

Council of Governors is an equal opportunity Employer. Persons living with disabilities and Persons from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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