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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) is an independent trust set up by a Presidential Directive. It started operations in 1995 as a non-government policy research institute. BIDPA focuses mainly on Research and Policy Analysis and Capacity building in policy analysis. The focus of BIDPA work is informed by the Institute’s mandate as defined in the deed of trust that formed the institution.

BIDPA seeks to recruit through the Technical Assistance Programme, qualified and self-driven citizens for the following positions which are tenable at the Office of the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development: 

1. PROJECT ACCOUNTANT (3 POSITIONS)

Main Purpose of the Job: The Project Accountant is a work stream technical lead for the transition from cash to accrual basis of accounting project, with the ability to manage the successful implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and ensure realisation of intended outcomes and benefits. The Project Accountant is responsible for the identification of issues and potential solutions in complex areas of accounting, such as Property Plant and Equipment, and will provide operational management of the related transition implementation processes. He/she is responsible for managing all technical activities of the work stream, including guiding and reviewing the work of team members, and facilitating all project consultants and contractors to ensure that contracts and agreements are executed accordingly. In addition, the Project Accountant will work closely with stakeholders across government and government entities in accordance with the project communication plan on matters related to the transition from cash to accrual basis of accounting.

Description of Responsibilities:

The Accountant will be responsible for, but not limited, to the following:

  • Planning, directing, coordinating and leading work stream activities of the transition from cash to accrual accounting project to ensure that objectives and all elements of the transition roadmap are accomplished within the prescribed timeframe and funding parameters within the contract term;
  • Monitoring and tracking work stream performance against agreed plans and taking corrective action required to meet defined objectives;
  • Interpreting reporting requirements covered by IPSAS and their application to Botswana Government circumstances;
  • Facilitating in-house training on IPSAS application;
  • Reviewing financial information resulting from policy and procedure implementations for compliance;
  • Identifying system and procedure implications, solutions and changes arising from required policy positions;
  • Planning and reviewing work stream reports;
  • Building the capacity of project team members by guiding and supervising their activities under each work stream;
  • Identifying and solving potential problems to enhance project efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Determining the communication needs of different stakeholders and ways to address them;
  • Risk identification, assessment and analysis for purposes of establishing mitigation measures
  • Reviewing, refining and improving the Chart of Accounts and budget classification in accordance with IPSAS and Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM) 2014 requirement.
  • Working closely with other teams and advisers providing assistance under the Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFMRP), to ensure that the project activities are fully consistent with, and link to the overall PFMRP.
  • Attending to all project assignments as directed by the Project Specialist.

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates should have a professional accountancy qualification such as CIPFA, ACCA, CIMA, BICA or equivalent. Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards is essential.

PROFESSIONAL BODY MEMBERSHIP:

Candidates should be members in good standing of a Professional Accountancy body recognised by IFAC. Registration with BICA is a requirement to practice as an accountant in Botswana.

EXPERIENCE:

  • At least ten (10) years’ relevant experience in public or private sector accounting or auditing roles.
    • Knowledge, practical application and implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards;
    • Specific experience of engaging with complex areas of accounting and identifying solutions to implementation challenges;
    • Knowledge of Financial Management Information Systems and their architecture;
    • Previous experience of delivering change/transformational projects successfully;
    • Coordinating and managing work stream activities.

COMPETENCIES:

  1. Analytical and strategic thinking
  2. Deciding and initiating action
  3. Teamwork and partnering
  4. Communicating effectively
  5. Supervision and accountability
  6. Planning and execution
  7. Innovating and driving change
  8. Delivering quality services

REMUNERATION

A competitive and negotiable salary package is offered including medical aid and gratuity. Salary will be commensurate with work experience.

TENURE

The appointment would be for an initial period of 3 years with the possibility of renewal contingent upon need.                      

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should submit a narrative letter describing their suitability for the position applied for, as well as their experience and achievements, a detailed CV, certified copies of educational certificates, and three references to:

The Executive Director, BIDPA,

Private Bag BR-29,

Gaborone, Botswana.

 

Applications may also be submitted through E-mail to recruitmenttap@bidpa.bw;

 

CLOSING DATE:  18 December 2018

 

The Institute will only respond to short listed applicants.


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