ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES ASSOCIATION DES UNIVERSITÉS AFRICAINES
The Association of African Universities (AAU), an international non-governmental organization
(INGO), with headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was set up in November 1967 by universities in Africa to
promote cooperation among themselves and between them and the international academic community.
The AAU wishes to announce the vacancy of the following positions at its Secretariat in the Finance
Department. Job Title Organisational Unit Finance Department Duty Station Purpose of Post
This vacancy is a senior management position. The incumbent, who will report to the Secretary-
General and be responsible for the efficient and cost effective management of the finance and accounts
at the Secretariat of the Association of African Universities, will be responsible for the following
tasks: Main Responsibilities
Financial planning and control, including the preparation and submission of timely and
Proper management of donor funds in strict adherence to the donor grant agreements;
Managing the cash flow, including preparation of regular cash flow forecasts and ensuring
timely submission of funding requests to donors;
Preparation of the annual budget, annual report and long term financial projections for review
and approval by the AAU Executive Board;
Delineating, in accordance with the AAU Finance Policy, a Financial Strategy with guidelines
Timely and accurate completion of internal and external financial audits;
Compliance with national statutory requirements;
Ensuring safe custody of fixed assets by maintaining an accurate asset register and appropriate
Ensuring effective procurement of goods and services,
Ensuring effective advice is sought on legal matters;
Active participation in the strategic management of the AAU as a member of the senior
Providing financial analysis and appropriate advice to Management, the Board and donors on
all decisions with a significant financial implication.
Possession of an internationally recognized professional accounting qualification (ACCA,
CPA, Diplome d’ Expertise Comptable or equivalent);
At least seven years relevant post-qualification experience working in a non-governmental
organisation, public sector agency, university or multinational organisation;
Knowledge of computerised accounting systems; including accounting software packages
Knowledge of procurement procedures, especially donor related;
Proven experience of funding and reporting requirements of donor agencies or multilateral
Proficiency in English, preferably with a working knowledge of another of the official
languages of the AAU (French or Arabic).
A Bachelors Degree (or higher) in Commerce, or Accounting, or Financial Management, or
Business Administration from a recognised university;
At least 5 years experience heading an accounting unit in the public or private sector;
Knowledge of financial issues in the African tertiary education environment;
Post Graduate degree in finance, accounting or business administration;
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MS Project, Internet Skills
Duration of Appointment
The contract will be for an initial period of four (4) years, subject to a probationary period of one (1)
year, and is renewable. The position requires occasional travel outside Ghana. Conditions of Employment
The AAU offers an attractive remuneration package calculated and paid in US dollars.
The candidate will be entitled to an annual leave of twenty-one (21) working days.
Other attractive benefits include a monthly post-adjustment allowance and rent subsidy.
How to Apply
The Association of African Universities is an equal opportunity employer. As part of a conscious
effort of the Association always to reflect this, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
A statement of interest and fitness for the position
An indication of the date of availability to assume duty
A detailed curriculum vitae describing applicant’s professional experience and qualification
Application letters and other supporting documents should be sent (i) by e-mail, and (ii) in a sealed
envelope marked “Application Documents”. Each of the three reference letters must be sent under
separate cover direct from the referee, sealed and marked “Confidential Reference”. Both sets of
Website: Closing Date
Closing date for receipt of applications is April 15, 2012 The Association reserves the right to
extend the closing date if deemed necessary and the right to make no appointment.
The Association of African Universities will respond to short-listed candidates only.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview in Accra, Ghana.
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