Director of Finance Job at Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) | Deadline: 15th February, 2019

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Jobs in Tanzania 2019: Director of Finance Job at Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) | Deadline: 15th February, 2019
The Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is currently implementing the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) to particularly address the issues on the current low skill levels of the workforce, the future demand for higher occupational skill levels in a more diversified and competitive industrial and service economy and the need to scale up and improve the quality of vocational training and technical education. The NSDS is a ten-year strategy (2016/17 – 2025/26) and its interventions are designed to have a transformative impact on the skills supply system for industries with high potential for growth and job creation.

Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has been mandated by the Government to establish Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) for six selected economic sectors namely Agribusiness and Agro-Processing, Transport and Logistics, Tourism and Hospitality, Energy, Construction, and ICT. SSCs are expected to be platforms to promote public-private cooperation by way of collaboration with regard to skills development for the said sectors. SSCs are part of the governance structures of the “Education and Skills for Productive Jobs (ESPJ) Program for Results”, currently supported by the World Bank through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST).

ESPJ Program for Results has been developed to address specific skills challenges as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). The ESPJ addresses needs in respect of human capital as outlined in Tanzania’s National Development Vision 2025 (FYDPI & FYDPII). The strategy is closely aligned to the Education and Training Policy (ETP) 2015, as well as to other policies namely, the Integrated Industrial Development Strategy (IIDS) 2025, the National Employment Policy (NEP). 

The Institution
TPSF was formally incorporated under the Companies Act (Cap 212) as a company limited by guarantee on 4th November, 1998 for the purpose of promoting private sector-led social and economic development in Tanzania. As an apex and focal private sector organization (PSO), TPSF seeks to promote effective engagement with the government and other stakeholders on matters of policy development and ensuring sustainable provision of services to members. It acts as a common voice of the private sector to advocate and create an enabling environment for doing business and attracting investments.
TPSF therefore commands significant influence and importance locally and internationally. It has a unique position as the government’s partner in policy and advocacy, public private partnership (PPP), high-level dialogue platforms and National budget. TPSF has thus stood tall and bold on many issues of national and sectoral importance.

Application Deadline: 2019-02-15
Duties and Responsibilities
The Finance Director shall be responsible for all Financial Management aspects of the project and the position will be responsible for reviewing financial reports and position of the TPSF and Sector Skills Council Development Project, monitoring accounts, and preparing activity reports and financial forecasts. Furthermore, the position will be responsible for investigating ways and means to improve financing of operations, analyze markets for opportunities, such as expansion and acquisition of new projects etc. Detailed responsibilities shall include: –
  • Through his Finance and Accounting team, maintain clear and up-to-date books of account that meet internationally accepted accounting principles and financial reporting standards.
  • Provide overall support in establishing a proper internal control system to achieve accountability at all levels and assurance and that project funds are used for intended purposes with due consideration while observing economy, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Train and provide technical support to the Secretariat and Sector Skills Coordinators and Finance staff in fine tuning their Financial Management systems for proper internal control systems and generation of the required financial reports.
  • Regularly advise the Executive Director on financial issues through periodic reports and consultations and alert against any irregularity, lack of compliance, lack of adherence and problems whether actual or potential concerning the financial systems, operations, plans, accounting, audits, budgets and any other matter of a financial nature.
  • Train and provide technical support to the implementing agencies’ managers in preparing the quarterly financial reports i.e. financial, procurement and physical progress reports for the project for submission to Project Coordinator and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST).
  • Facilitate all financial reviews of the utilization of funds and accounts by the Government of Tanzania internal auditors, External Auditors, the World Bank and other donors’ supervision missions and provide support on audit matters as directed by the Project Coordinator and donors from time to time.
  • Maintain a working relationship and develop additional relationships with banks and financial institutions with the aim of securing the funds necessary for the operations of the organization, the attainment of its development plans and its investments.
  • Evaluate financial trends and when necessary, recommend courses of action to correct budget imbalances.
  • Act as a custodian of all Project Assets, both fixed and current.
  • Perform any other related duties and task as may be assigned by the Executive Director
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The Director of Finance should be an experienced accounting and financial management expert and should be familiar with the relevant accounting and finance policies of the Government of Tanzania as well as donor policies and procedures relating to financial management and disbursements. It is expected that the Director should have the following attributes: –
  • Possess an accounting professional qualification such as ACCA, CPA etc.
  • Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business and Finance or equivalent
  • At least five years working experience in finance, accounts, audit or related field.
  • Five (5) years’ experience working on donor funded projects.
  • Knowledge of accounting software packages;
  • Strong planning, organization and time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Strong analytical capabilities and proven skills to deal with Financial Management issues innovatively and independently;
  • Capacity to be a member of a multi-disciplinary team, to provide advice and recommend actions;
  • Proficient in preparing and presenting reports, and
  • Proficiency in communication orally and written English

Reporting Obligation
The Director of Finance shall report directly to the TPSF Executive Director. 

Key Attributes
The ideal candidate must be well organized, self-motivated, highly responsible and able to work in teams, analytical, conceptually thinking, ability to take risks and make independent decisions; ability to work unsupervised and under pressure; fluency in spoken and written English; and with good computer skills. 

Contract Duration
All these positions will be recruited on a one-year renewal basis and receive an attractive salary commensurate to the level of skills and experience. The contract may be renewed contingent upon project budgeting and satisfactory performance evaluation.

Deadlines & Requirements
The deadline is two (2) weeks after appearance of this advertisement
Please send your well written Application Letter accompanied by your updated CV.
Your submission should be made online through [email protected].org