Overview

BACKGROUND

Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE) Programme is a Government of Malawi 6-year initiative funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) whose overall goal is to contribute to improved sustainable livelihoods of rural people in Malawi through Value Chain commercialisation and resilience of rural poor and smallholder’s producers”.

TRADE Programme specifically seeks to: (i) increase.production and productivity by smallholder farmers; (i) functionally upgrade smallholder farmers and the rural poor to undertake new functions such as processing, storage, packaging to capture more value; (ii) improve horizontal linkages by strengthening the capacities of cooperatives to provide market access functions to smallholder farmers; and, (iv) improve vertical linkages between stakeholders at different functional levels of the commodity chain, including private sector.

TRADE intends to support rural entrepreneurs, focusing on youths and women to develop and sustain their agribusiness enterprise opportunities and ensuring that commodities are nutrition sensitive.

This objective will be achieved through targeted support to smallholder farmers and non-farm actors to benefit from commodity markets, improved access to rural financial services, market and business development services and partnerships with the private sector.

The programme directly contributes to Pillar 1 of MW 2063 and Strategic objective 2 of the Malawi Country Strategic Opportunity (COSOP 2016-2021) “Smallholder households access remunerative markets and services”. It also contributes to Strategic Objective 1 of the COSOP “Smallholder households become resilient to natural shocks” by focusing on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and the mainstreaming of nutrition in all project activities. Under the Ministry of Local Government as lead agency, TRADE will be implemented under 3 interlinked components namely: sustainable producer-private partnerships; enabling environment for smallholder commercialization and component; and, institutional support and programme management. With a total target of 300,000 households,.

TRADE will initially cover 11 districts (Mchinji, Ntchisi, Dedza, Blantyre, Kasungu, Nkhata-Bay, Rumphi, Karonga, Lilongwe Rural, Thyolo and Chitipa) placed into Sclusters namely Thyolo-Blantyre; Ntchisi-Kasungu-Mchiji; Karonga-Chitipa; Rumphi-Nkhata-Bay; Lilongwe-Dedza focusing on7 commodities (groundnuts, soyabeans, sunflower, Irish potato, dairy, beef and honey).

It is in view of this background that TRADE Programme is looking for highly motivated and experienced candidates to fill different positions tenable in various TRADE Programme Offices as follows:

POSITION: ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT

No of Position: One (1)

Reporting to: Financial Management Specialist

JOB PURPOSE

To provide financial management support services in the Programme and act as the contact person for most financial transactions in the PMU office.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Keeping track of records for all financial transactions is key to ensuring transparency and accountability that further creates trust from stakeholders. Like any other reputable institution, TRADE Financial Statements shall be prepared in accordance with International Public.Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), Donor terms of agreement and financial provisions.

The Accountant.shall be responsible for the following duties:

  • Post of accounting transaction into the accounting system and production of periodical management reports therefrom;
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliation statements for all banks;
  • Dispatch of cheques, cashing and depositing of cash;
  • Prepare withdrawal applications for review by the Financial Controller;
  • Prepare and submit of monthly cash controls to the Financial Controller
  • Preparepayment vouchers and cheques for the signature of the Programme Coordinator and Financial Controller;
  • File all accounting documentation;
  • Support the preparation and conduct of internal and external audits;
  • Control and disburse petty cash upon approval by the Finance Management Specialist and conduct monthly stock counts;
  • Provide support in supervising recipients of grant funds; and
  • Process transfer of funds from Holding Account to the Operating account where expenditure takes place.

MINIMUM ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/ EXPERIENCE

  • A holder of relevant first degree and in the final level studying towards obtaining an internationally recognized accounting qualification such as CA (MW), ACCA or CIMA. A qualified accountant will have an added advantage
  • Be a member of the Institute Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM)
  • At least five years experience as accountant in a donor funded project.
  • Experience with IFAD funded projects will be an added advantage
  • Working knowledge of ACCPAC accounting software is a requirement.

APPLICATION MODALITY

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications together with copies of certificates, CVs and names of three traceable referees clearly indicating the position being applied for on the email heading (for emails of envelopes (for hard-copies) not later than 18th May 2022 to:

The National Programme Coordinator

Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE)

P.O. Box 2135

Lilongwe.

Or Email: administration@tradeprogramme.org

Area 9 Plot Number 328.

TRADE Programme is an equal opportunities employer.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.