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Budget Officer at West African Power Pool

West African Power Pool, are required suitably qualified candidates to fill the post of:

Position Title: Budget Officer

Department:     Finance & Administration

Location:         Cotonou, Benin

Report to:         Director, Administration & Finance

Subordinates:   Accounting Assistant, Accounting Clerk/ Bookkeeper

Job Summary: Lead the drafting of annual budget, coordinating the input of other Department; and work with Director, A & F to secure approval, and monitor the implementation of, WAPP’s annual budget

Essential Duties:

(1)     Examine budget estimates or proposal or proposals from across WAPP for completeness and accuracy, as well as conformance with established procedures, regulations and organizational

(2)     Employ cost- benefit analysis to review financial requests, assess program trade- offs, and explore alternative funding methods

(3)     Examine past and current budgets and research economic and financial development that affect the organization’s spending

(4)     Transcribe departmental work programmes into budget estimates

(5)     Consolidate individual departmental budgets into operating and capital budget summaries, containing comments an

(6)     Submit budget summaries to Director A & F for approval, and provide assistance in analysing the proposed plan and devise possible alternatives if projected results are unsatisfactory

(7)     Monitor the budget periodically throughout the year by reviewing reports and accounting records to determine if allocated funds have been spent as specified

(8)     Draft reports as needed if deviations appear between the approved budget and actual performance, providing reasons for variations along with recommendations for new and revised budget procedures

(9)     Recommend program cuts or reallocation of excess funds to avoid or alleviate deficits

(10)   Recommend program cuts or reallocation of excess funds to avoid or alleviate deficits

(11)   Participate in long-range planning such as projecting future budget needs

(12)   Participate in developing guidelines and policies governing the formulation and maintenance of the budget

Minimum Qualifications/ Skill and Knowledge Required:

Education: A professional qualification in accounting (ACCA, CIMA, CA) with a minimum of 5 years working, experience or a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration, economics or statistics with minimum of seven years’ experience. (A post graduate qualification such as MBA, MSc in the relevant field would be an added advantage prefer masters or MBA)

Years of Experience:

Minimum of 5-7 years (or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience may be concerned)

  • Demonstration statistical, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Several years’ relevant experience in small or medium-sized organizational (up to 100 employees); at least one-year budget-related or finance-related work experience desired
  • Experience with word-processing programs and financial software packages used in budget analysis. Knowledge of Sunsystems accounting software is highly desirable
  • Strong oral and written communications skill with a proven ability to convey information clearly and concisely, and to defend budget proposals to decision maters
  • Ability to coordinate cross-departmental effort to achieve common goals on time
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work load, handle multiple tasks simultaneously and attend to detail
  • Demonstrated integrity, objectivity, and confidentiality

Language: Fluent in English or French with good working knowledge of the other

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply through WAPP’s official website at jobs@ecowapp.org on or before 20th April, 2018 at 6:00 Benin time (GMT+1). Enquires should be sent to ictsupport@ecowapp.org . Late application will not be considered. Female candidates are encouraged.

Due to the large number of application expected, only applicants shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment process shall be contacted.




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