INTERNAL CONTROLS MANAGER


INTERNAL CONTROLS MANAGER
This position is for existing Zambian residents only
Location: Head Office, Lusaka
Reports to: AFC Chair
Minimum Qualification: Degree in Business/Accounting/Finance/CIM/ACCA
The Company
Agora Microfinance Zambia Limited (AMZ) is a licensed microfinance lending company that currently operates in the Western and Central provinces of the country. The mission of AMZ is to ‘Contribute to the economic well-being of the poor through effective provision of appropriate financial services.’
The Company currently operates from 4 branches in Mongu, Chibombo, Kaoma, and Mumbwa and has a support office (head office) in Lusaka with total staff strength of forty-five (45) across all locations.
Job Overview
As a member of the Management team and under the direct supervision from the Audit and Finance Committee, the Internal Controls Manager is responsible for designing and implementing the internal control systems within AMZ. A secondary role is to provide reliable, value added and independent assurance and advise to the senior management team, the Board, and other stakeholders (typically external auditors and regulators) over the effectiveness of controls, mitigating current and evolving high risks and in so doing enhancing the controls culture within the AMZ.
Requirements
  • Fully or part qualified ACCA / CIMA. CIA qualified would be an advantage. Member of Zambia Institute of Certified Accountants (ZICA) and/or an internationally recognized institute is desirable.
  • Minimum 3-5 years internal audit and/or external audit experience
  • Experience working in finance and operations and a solid understanding of financial structure and the impacts of operations on finance
  • Computer literate – must possess high level of computer literacy in Word, Excel Access and recognized accounting packages.
  • Familiarity with change management, internal controls practices and concepts and a positive attitude toward change
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical skills and ability to stand behind tough decisions
  • Insightful, proactive and future focused
  • Results Oriented – meet deadlines on assignments, juggle multiple demands and work effectively with all types of positions within the organization.
  • Acts as a Team Player – Collaborate and support colleagues and peers across the organization, while still being able to work independently when needed. Ability to lead teams in the future, through process redesign efforts, including resolving issues and guiding team members to successful outcomes;
  • Willingness to travel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Major Responsibilities
  • Establish and execute an annual internal audit/controls plan
  • Plan scope of audits, determine techniques to be used, coordinate and schedule audit activities with the appropriate staff/managers/clients
  • Complete reports highlighting key findings ensuring that proper supporting documentation is provided and that any issues are correctly identified/assessed.
  • Communicate findings to AFC and coordinate responses/action plan with senior management for addressing any audit deficiencies; follow-up on issues identified to reporting on the timely completion of the agreed action plans.
  • Responsible for investigating any suspected fraud or other irregularities
  • Create clear and accurate documentation and workflows of IT related processes in the business as well as testing results and exceptions.
  • Design and develop moderately complex computer-assisted data extraction routines and analyze data requirements to support technical components of detailed audit testing, as needed.
  • Maintain effective communication and support the on-going mitigation of any audit risks and control gaps (collaborating in the design and implementation of enhanced internal controls).
  • Co-ordinate an annual risk assessment process, summarizing key findings and follow-up on the recommendations/action plans agreed on.
  • Ensure that audits are carried out in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Please send through your applications to the address below;
samba.kapambwe@agoramicrofinance.co.zm
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 21st June 2016 at 17:00hrs.
AMZ is an equal opportunities employer
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