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Senegal: Regional Accounting Quality Support

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Senegal
Closing date: 21 Nov 2017

Position Title : Regional Accounting Quality Support

Duty Station : Dakar, Senegal

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 November 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Regional Resource Management Officer (SRRMO) at RO Dakar, Senegal in coordination with the Accounting Division (ACO) at HQ, and with Manila Financial Services (MFS) and working closely with the particular country missions of the West/Central Africa, the incumbent will be responsible for improving the quality level of the mission’s accounts for all countries of the WCA region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cap Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with Regional Accounting Support (RAS) team of MFS and the SRRMO, provide guidance and support to the Finance staff in the region, with regards to ensuring compliance IOMs accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures, including those related to periodic closure of the accounts, to processes and documentation as well as to donor financial reporting, especially through capacity-building, training, and general support.

  2. Act as the RO Dakar Focal point for WCA mission’s questions related to the IOM accounting processes and procedures. Respond, verify, guide and support the mission’s staff in a better understanding of end to end accounting processes in IOMs SAP based ERP software.

  3. Serve as an expert resource in the area of accounting. Analyse and resolve complex accounting issues of the country offices in the region in accordance with IOM accounting principles and procedures.

  4. Support country offices in addressing accounting issues identified via the central review processes (project balance review, periodic checklist review, month-end reviews) and audits, to ensure high quality and consistency of accounting transactions and documentation.

  5. Contribute to building the accounting and financial reporting capacities of IOM staff in the region the area of finance and administration through a combination of formal training and on-the-job mentoring

  6. Conduct in-depth reviews of accounting and financial reporting functions of IOM offices in the region via field visits and with a view to increase effectiveness and to optimize local process flows. Identify gaps, duplications and potential areas for synergies and provide recommendations to the RRMO, CoMs and RMOs with regards to necessary enhancements.

  7. Identify, develop, manage and implement trainings in both English and French to improve the quality of the accounts as needed, ensure coordination and create understanding and ownership of both the accrual accounting as well as of the IPSAS principles.

  8. In coordination with the Senior Regional Resource Management Officer (SRRMO), help with the selection and recruitment of finance staff; with guiding local finance staff and with evaluating the staffing needs in the area of finance.

  9. Review donor financial reports submitted to the Regional Office for consistency and accuracy and ensure proper information exchange between the RO and the Country Offices.

  10. Inform the RD and the SRRMO, and the Accounting Division if applicable, about internal controls and accounting quality related concerns identified at the IOM country offices well as about best practices that could be replicated at other locations.

  11. Provide consistent review and competent advice to the Regional Resource Management Officer and the local Chiefs of Mission on the overall performance of the finance departments to ensure effectiveness, coherence, and integrity.

  12. Undertake duty travel and perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Auditing or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

• Professional certification as chartered accountant (CA) or certified public accountant (CPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will be a distinct advantage.


• Experience in the following Finance, Audit, Training, Archiving, SAP;

• Familiarity with financial and business administration;

• Experience with international institutions coupled with experience with International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and/or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS);

• Knowledge of IOM/UN accounting systems, software and procedures is desired;

• Knowledge of the region is an advantage;

• Computer literacy, especially SAP or another ERP software.

• Sound and proven capacity of preparing and delivering trainings on relevant subjects.


Fluency in French and English is required.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 21 November 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 08.11.2017 to 21.11.2017

Requisition: VN 2017/246 (P) - Regional Accounting Quality Support (P3) - Dakar, Senegal (55233262) Released

Posting: Posting NC55233273 (55233273) Released