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Head of Finance (RE-ADVERTISED)

Nairobi, icipe Duduville campus (Kenya)



icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment, and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences.  Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.  icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to addressing African food and health constraints and policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 150 graduate students and several postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit:

Please also download icipe’s Vision and Strategy 2013–2020

icipe seeks to appoint an outstanding, dynamic and self-motivated individual of impeccable integrity to lead the Finance Unit. The position is tenable at the icipe Duduville Campus in Nairobi, and is available to commence immediately. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, which is renewable subject to funding availability for the position and performance of the staff member.

Living in Nairobi
A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, child education allowance up to university first degree, comprehensive health and life insurance, an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation, return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year, and duty free

privileges. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in the city. icipe employs a number of international staff. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million and hosts all the urban and social amenities and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. There are a wide variety of excellent international schools, and well-equipped medical facilities that are open 24/7 in Nairobi. The city is also accessible by various reputable international airline carriers. Nairobi has a thriving international research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. Although it is important to be conscious of security, Kenyans are warm and welcoming of visitors.

Overall purpose of the job

The Head of Finance (HoF) will have primary day-to-day responsibility at the Centre to ensure the existence and adherence to fundamental principles of financial management—financial accountability, internal controls, recordkeeping, compliances, financial integrity, planning, budgeting, cash-flow management and financial reporting. The HoF will support planning, monitoring and decision making processes to achieve best value in utilising resources, and providing quality information, financial analysis, training and professional advice.


  1. First, provide overall supervision of the processes of recording, classifying and summarising financial transactions and interpreting the results, ensuring that all transactions of the Centre are recorded, and that there is easily accessible supporting original documentation for all the transactions. Second, provide necessary approvals for transactions and processes within set policies. Third, provide custodianship to all financial policies and procedures.
  2. Review and provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends and forecasts, including identifying fixed costs, cost centres, and return on investment.
  3. Continuous development and improvement of all supporting financial and management information systems for the Centre, ERP systems, project costing, and mapping of accounts codes and analysis codes.
  4. Ensure that effective internal controls are in place to safeguard financial assets of the Centre, and ensure records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards.
  5. Ensure compliance with all applicable financial regulatory laws and rules for financial reporting in all jurisdictions where the Centre operates.
  6. Oversee the coordination and activities of independent external auditors for the Centre and project audits, ensuring that all compliance issues are met and that the preparation of annual financial statements is in accordance with the Centre’s standards and international standards.
  7. Oversee the preparation of periodic financial statements, financial management reports, cash flows, special analyses, and information reports for use by the Centre’s Senior Management Committee (SMC) and Governing Council Members. Equally important, ensure that the finance unit is capable of meeting all financial reporting requirements—statutory, management and contractual—on a timely basis.
  8. Establish and maintain strong relationships with programme/project managers, identify their needs, and deliver enhanced business solutions. In the same way, provide support to other business support units in financial related matters. Additionally, provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and business opportunities. Finally, analyse costs and expenses and guide programme/ project managers, as well as analyse financial statements to pinpoint trends and potential problem areas.
  9. Analyse cash flow, monitor banking activities, manage the investment of cash deposits in line with set policy, as well as other short and long-term investments to ensure adequate cash flow to meet the Centre’s needs.
  10. Establish and implement short and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for the Finance Unit.
  11. Oversee financial management of all stations, including the development of appropriate financial and budget policies and procedures that incorporate all regulatory requirements.
  12. Evaluate and advise the SMC on the impact of new programme/strategies and regulatory changes.

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Represent the Centre externally to government and funding agencies.
  2. Serve on tender, planning and policy-making committees.
  3. Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate Finance Unit staff.
  4. Lead in the implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) process.


  • § A master’s degree in finance or accounting.
  • § Ten (10) years of experience in a senior-level finance and accounting position.
  • § Professional accounting qualification – CPA, ACCA, CA, or similar accreditation.

Core Competencies

  • § Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
  • § Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles, including international standards.
  • § Solid project cost accounting and project management skills.
  • § Ability to analyse financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections.
  • § Ability to participate in, and facilitate, group meetings.

Other desirable attributes

  • § Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage at all levels of the Centre, particularly with staff at all locations.
  • § Experience working in a senior position in a donor funded international research centre.
  • § Strong problem solving skills, and the ability to provide sound advice based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • § High level of integrity and dependability, with a strong sense of timeliness and results orientation.
  • § A high level of professional written and verbal communication.
  • § Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes, and simultaneously manage several projects/tasks.


This position reports to the Director of Finance & Administration (DFA).

The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.


Applications will be accepted up to 7th August 2017, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter, (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities, and skills.

Candidates are required to apply online through:

icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: ICIPE - International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology
  • Location: Nairobi, icipe Duduville campus (Kenya)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Administrative support
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-07

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