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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

About Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF)

Background:

Harakat-AICP is an Afghan managed, multi-donor funded non-profit organisation. The lead donor is the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Harakat-AICP has inherited a seven-year legacy from its predecessor, Harakat-AICF, of delivering projects designed toremove barriers to private sector investment. This was achieved through its partnerships with the Government of Afghanistan, private sector, civil society and NGOs. By facilitating a healthy and competitive investment climate, Harakat-AICF’s sector-specific interventions have supported direct job creation, revenue generation, laws and regulations, and other programs contributing to the private sector’s improved ease of doing business in Afghanistan.

Harakat-AICP has identified a program management approach to achieving the objective of fostering an enabling environment for private sector investment by concentrating on four programme pillars: (1) Public Private Partnerships; (2) Legal and Regulatory Reform; (3) Investment Facilitation; (4) Women’s EconomicInclusion.

Through the design of specific areas of intervention for each pillar, linked to measurable outcomes and indicators, Harakat-AICP plans to attract both foreign direct and domestic investment, increase the confidence of the private sector at large, create employment opportunities and generate government revenue. By the time Harakat-AICP completes its mandate in 2023, it expects to have contributed tosignificant economic growth..

 

Job Summary

The Opportunity:
Harakat-Afghanistan Investment Climate Program (Harakat-AICP) is seeking a highly qualified and committed individualwith hands-on financial management and substantive commercial experienceto serve as Chief Financial Officer. 

This is an excellent opportunity to serve and contribute to Afghanistan’s business environment reform and private sector development agenda and be part of an organization with a focused mandate on creating an enabling environment that will allow for private sector growth and strengthening within the country and attract long-term, viable and sustainable investment.

Job Details

Date Posted: 06 Feb 2017 Reference: CFO 002-2017
Closing Date: 28 Feb 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Account/Finance Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Any Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Permanent Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 3 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

 

Duties and Responsibilities:
The CFO shall be responsible for the overall oversight and financial control of Harakat-AICP’s operational, financial and administrative functions. He/she shall report to the CEO and Board and perform the following primary responsibilities:

Key accountabilities: This new role offers an experienced financial and commercial professional the opportunity to combine oversight of a major area of corporate support to an organization with responsibility for providing expert technical advice to inform high profile government policy. 
The role has a strong leadership and strategic element, requiring quick thinking, good judgment and an ability to work proactively across the organization, with important delivery and relationship management responsibility. 
The key accountabilities are as follows: 

1. Oversight and leadership of procurement strategy – building understanding of the overall financial commitments, implications and risks associated with Harakat’s commercial arrangements and, working closely with the business, finance and technology, ensuring the Management Team is effectively managing its commercial relationships. 

2. Championing commercial capability – knowledge of procurement practice in Harakat and raising awareness of commercial issues and risks, there is scope for this role in shaping and leading this agenda;
3. Financial Management: 
• Ensure that the financial structure, policies and procedures effectively deliver on the strategic objectives and mandate as defined by the Board.
• Maintain financial records in relation to each currency in which AICP operates. 
• Work with the CEO to develop a budgeting model appropriate to AICP’s operations and funding requirements.
• Manage the budget preparation process, including the development of budgets for each programme pillar.
• Manage on-going budget revisions to reflect changing operational and financial circumstances.
• Monitor, analyze, and evaluate the performance of all financial related activities.
• Prepare timely financial reports for all functions of the organization, comparing results against budget and providing an informed commentary. 
• Work closely with external auditors, internal auditors and any other agents appointed by the Board, donors or other stakeholders.
• Link key performance indicators to financial analysis (where relevant). 
• Determine and monitor Value for Money indicators (where relevant).
• Prepare and maintain multi-currency cash flow forecasts.
• Monitor cash flow requirements and provide CEO with timely advice on when to draw down funds and perform currency transactions.
• Manage amendments to AICP’s financial procedures.
• Develop financial control and reporting mechanisms across all programme pillars.
• Ensure contracted parties are in compliance with contractual commitments. 
• Ensure implementing contractors have policies in place with respect to anti-money laundering and terrorist-funding.

4. Board Engagement
• Support the CEO to raise funds from international donors and any other parties determined by the Board. 
• In addition to reporting to the CEO, the CFO shall also have a separate line of communication to the Chairman on matters determined by the Board.
• Ensure timely submission of Board documents, including budgets, financial reports, variance analysis, work plans and operational issues.

Skills

2. Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

1. Experience of procurement in a complex organization, a solid understanding of procurement policy and practice, and ability to translate novel, timely or complex business requirements into a procurement strategy
2. Excellent stakeholder management skills and ability to effectively performance manage external providers of services to the business
3. An understanding or willingness to get to grips with policy-making, and to support a business that is working in a fast paced environment.
4. Have proven financial management skills and be capable of overseeing the various financial management elements of the organization.
5. Possess at least ten years of practical work experience, with a proven track record in financial management, budgeting, project management and human resource management. 
6. Have proven experience in the management of multi-currency cash flows.
7. Have proven experience in the design and preparation of financial performance reports.
8. Demonstrate experience in the management of contracting procedures for the award of technical assistance contracts.

Qualifications

Person specification Candidates – Please note, you will need to evidence against this section on your Application Form. 
1. Required Qualifications: 
Relevant Degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration and hold an internationally recognized accounting qualification (e.g. ACA, CPA, ACCA).

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL) 

Education:

Masters Degree, Account/Finance

Submission Guideline

Applicants must submit a complete application that includes a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for four professional references. All submissions must be made via email only and include CFO 002-2017 in the subject line of your email.

Credential review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Harakat-AICP reserves the right to screen and interview suitable candidates any time during this period. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Harakat-AICP prohibits discrimination in employment on any basis. 

Women are strongly urged to apply.

Submission Email

cforecruitment@harakat.af