Saturday, November 1, 2014

Volunteer Accountant

Accounting for International Development (AfID) is a social enterprise that offers experienced finance professionals the opportunity to use their skills to make a difference as volunteers and to gain rewarding hands-on international development experience. Individually tailored assignments, ranging from 2 weeks to 12 months, form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of charities and non-profit community organizations across the world.
Background: The partner organization in Zambia helps poorest communities to send their children to school and pay for medicines by providing small loans (average GBP 50) and ongoing business training and support. They empower women in rural Malawi and Zambia to set up self-sustainable businesses. The profits from these businesses enable the women to work themselves and their families out of poverty. They provide an innovative approach to poverty reduction in areas that are often neglected.
AfID is seeking a Volunteer Accountant. S/he will be responsible for performing a financial health-check and assisting them with reporting, budgeting, and ensuring that they are making the most of their accounting software. 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Perform an internal audit;
  • Help train the more junior members of staff on basic accounting functions.
Interested candidates can send their resume and to

Digital Financial Expert – Mobile Money for the Poor

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is a multilateral donor agency under the administration of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It promotes a sector-based approach to financial inclusion and is both a facilitator and an investor in the industry. UNCDF offers a unique combination of investment capital, capacity building, and technical advisory services to promote microfinance and local development in the least developed countries (LDCs). It is channeled primarily to poor rural areas in the LDCs where poverty reduction, capacity, and governance challenges are typically the greatest.
Background: With support from Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ('DFAT' formerly AusAid) and by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UNCDF launched Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) in March 2012. It is a global thematic initiative to address the opportunities and challenges of implementing branchless banking and mobile money in challenging markets in Africa and Asia. MM4P’s long-term mission is to help low income and rural households in LDCs increase their financial security through appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money through these digital financial services (DFS). 
UNCDF is seeking a Digital Financial Expert – Mobile Money for the Poor. S/he will be responsible for supporting in developing, implementing, and updating joint MM4P and FSDZ country strategy and work plans for digital finance. S/he will report to technical specialist digital finance Zambia (TS DF). 
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Act as primary DF technical resource in the joint UNCDF/FSDZ digital finance team:
    • Manage range of technical activities implemented by the team;
    • Become the DF technical point of contact in country for all stakeholders willing to enter or expand in the DF market;
    • Provide high quality technical input on various DF topics (regulatory, product design, agent network, etc.).
  • Assist in the development and the implementation of activities at country level (ecosystem activities) to raise stakeholders knowledge and capacity on DF:
    • Support TS DF and FSD Zambia to set-up and animate a DFS working group gathering key DF stakeholders (central bank, government, banks, MFIs, telecom operators, donors, etc.), providing technical input and support, so that it may act as the key coordination body on all DF aspects and promote communication between all stakeholders;
    • Through regular contact and training, build a strong relationship with the central bank and raise all departments’ knowledge and capacity. Promote open and innovative DF ecosystem and continuous communication between public and private sectors;
    • Based on the work plan, take lead role in implementing ecosystem activities.  Plan, organize, animate, and participate in various workshops/trainings on DF topics open to all stakeholders to raise their knowledge (strategy, agent, customers experience, product development, partnerships, etc.).
  • Assist all stakeholders in the development of innovative ideas, plans, and projects to enter or expand in the DFS (ecosystem, regulatory, customer, high volume, agent work streams) to develop a pipeline of projects:
    • Take the technical lead in identifying, vetting, and developing DF projects and monitor their progress;
    • Build good and continuous relationship with all existing and potential DF stakeholders and have regular contact (at least monthly) to be aware of all DF market dynamics;
    • Assist specific stakeholders individually on DF related topics according to their needs.
  • Support and participate in direct technical assistance to selected partners (providers workstream):
    • Support DF TS in procuring consultants and consulting firms for DF projects at selected partners, by drafting TORs, defining outputs, and timelines;
    • Work closely with other consultants and consulting firms working with MM4P and FSDZ partners. Provide the necessary program knowledge in order to have consultants aligned with program objectives in country.
  • Coordinate and support TS DF on reporting at country and stakeholders level:
    • Plan, organize, and animate the monthly progress call with TS FD and MM4P key people. Prepare agenda for the call and write meeting minutes. Develop monthly action plans;
    • Plan, organize, and animate the quarterly progress call with MM4P partners.
  • Master’s degree in Technology, Economics, Public/Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related discipline or the equivalent experience;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in progressively more responsible positions in the financial services and/or telecommunications field;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with branchless banking and mobile financial services;
  • Experience in working with the implementation of branchless banking and mobile financial services projects;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in Zambia, East ,or Southern Africa is a plus;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are necessary;
  • Proficiency in French preferred;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Fluency in  English.

Accountability Lead - Zambia

Role profile

We are seeking an experienced Accountability Lead for the upcoming DFID-funded programme ‘FP2020: monitoring and accountability at the national and local level’. The programme aims to ensure that country-level commitments made at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning are met. It will do this by supporting strategic national and local accountability mechanisms that build the capacity of a) civil society to advocate for, and, where appropriate, b) the state and service providers to respond to civil society actions to ensure and accelerate the delivery of those commitments.

Key responsibilities

  • This role will be responsible for directing and overseeing the work of one cluster of country programmes. The Accountability Lead will work closely with the implementation advisors to:
  • Provide overall leadership and management on the implementation of the FP2020 programmes to the countries that fall within their cluster.
  • They will facilitate the country teams to develop and operationalise the country operational plans
  • Ensure effective coordination between local and national level accountability mechanisms and ensure that the implementation advisors and country level are effectively linked into and mobilising the networks of the consortium partners and beyond.
  • Work with the Technical Support Unit Leads to identify and facilitate the inputs of STTA and FP2020 Partners
  • Develop and facilitate the delivery of any capacity building plans developed to support increased capacity of civil society, government or service providers within their cluster.
  • Oversee the Cluster M&E Leads to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place in line with those established for the programme
  • Link with AFP in the identified linking country to ensure effective coordination and lessons learned.
  • Oversee the technical delivery of any projects funded at country level through the “opportunities fund”

Qualifications and experience

The Accountability Lead will have substantial experience in management of multi country programmes and have the skills and leadership required to oversee operations in focus countries that fall within their cluster. They will have had substantial experience in delivering programmes to a high level and oversight, monitoring and quality assurance of technical inputs from short term technical assistance and from partner organisations. They will have a deep understanding of accountability mechanisms and have successfully delivered programmes which seek to utilise both long and short route accountability mechanisms operating on both demand and supply sides of accountability. They will have substantial experience of working effectively with teams at a distance and ideally within a multi-country programme. Experience of supporting capacity building of government and civil society at the national and sub-national level is essential.


Application process

To express your interest in the role, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to Kathy Samuel at before 6 November. Please note that CVs will be reviewed as they are received.

Working at the United Nations: Insider Application Tips

Interested in working with the UN or other international organizations (IOs), but wondering how to strengthen your application?  Competition is stiff with applicants from across the globe competing for some very attractive positions.  So what can you do to get your application into the hands of a hiring manager and ace that interview?  Just last month we had the opportunity to meet with HR officials from several UN agencies who shared their insight into the hiring process along with the following application tips. 
Target your applications to jobs you really want.
Applying to UN positions can be time consuming so be selective and dedicate more time and effort applying to the jobs you really qualify for.  These organizations typically receive hundreds of applications for each vacancy and do an initial screen out of applicants who do not meet the basic qualifications including language, education, and years of experience.  Apply to positions you’re truly interested in and thoroughly complete your online application profile.  You may not have the opportunity to provide a separate resume or other supporting documents so take full advantage of the space provided to give the most comprehensive picture of your skills and experiences.  Don’t sell yourself short.
Emphasize teamwork in addition to individual achievements.
While it’s important to highlight individual on-the job successes, remember to balance your applications, and interviews for that matter, with concrete examples of teamwork and collaboration.  The organizational culture of the UN is more we than I and you’ll be a stronger applicant if you can demonstrate success while working in a team. 
Focus on concrete skills and experiences versus aspirations.
While working at the UN may be your dream job and a means to further universal principles, spend less time expounding on aspirations and visions, and more time on concrete examples of how you can complete the day-to-day requirements of the position.
Language, language, language!
There are six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), and the most competitive applicants speak more than one language proficiently.  Start brushing up on those language skills and, when completing your online application profile, be sure not to underestimate your abilities.  Hiring managers don’t expect every applicant to be proficient in several languages, but a demonstrated interest in and commitment to learning languages is an advantage.
Get out into the field.
Every single HR official we spoke with emphasized gaining field experience.  IOs want employees who have lived and worked in a foreign environment and possess the cross-cultural skills to succeed in a multi-cultural setting.  Be sure to include all overseas experience on your application, including study abroad programs.  Additionally, consider applying to positions in field locations rather than at Headquarters -- there’s often less competition for these jobs and you’ll gain the field experience needed to be a more competitive applicant in the future.
Consider short-term contracts, consultancies, and internships.
Applying as an external applicant, with no hands-on experience with the UN, can be a disadvantage.  Get your foot in the door by considering short-term and consultant opportunities.  Hiring processes for such positions tend to be less cumbersome and time consuming, and the on-the-ground experience may give you just the exposure you need to gain familiarity with the culture and structure of the organization, build your network, and get your name and expertise known.  Additionally, current and recent students may want to consider internship opportunities.
For more information about working at the UN and other IOs, check out International Organization Careers, and follow @State_IO on twitter for more job tips and postings about vacancy announcements. 
About the Authors:  Christina Breuer serves as a Multilateral Outreach Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and Douglas Sun serves as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva.

Senior Voucher Examiner at the American Embassy, Lusaka

Application [DS-174]
To apply, you must use the above application DS-714
The following employment opportunities are now available at the American Embassy, Lusaka:
  1. Senior Voucher Examiner FSN-8, FP-6*. (This advertisement closes on Wednesday, November 05, 2014)
Submit Application to:
The Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Subdivision 694/Stand 100, Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka District,
P.O. Box 31617, Lusaka. (Emailed applications preferred, but not required).

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