Position title
Finance Officer - Grants

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

The Finance Officer provides financial services ensuring high quality, accuracy, and consistency of financial report in accordance with CIFOR-ICRAF internal financial as well as donor guidelines. The accountant works in close collaboration with other team outside finance such as MSU, PMU, Country team and Research Themes of CIFOR-ICRAF, to exchange information and ensure timely service delivery. In addition, the finance officer ensure that strong internal controls are instituted in following CIFOR-ICRAF’s policies and procedures.



Monitor Budget and Actual Expenses of restricted grants

  • Maintain a complete record of all pertinent documents of each project and coordinate with other Finance Staff and various project leaders to ensure that the financial implementation adheres with all the other aspects of the project agreement.
  • Collaborate with Project leaders and PMU to clarify financial issues, answer queries and give update on the financial and budget status of the project.
  • Review and verify expenditures of restricted projects assigned to ensure adherence to budgetary and donor requirements.
  • Liaise with the Program Management Unit (PMU) regarding the development of Letter of Agreement (LoA) with partner Institutions, project start-ups and set ups in Mytree and OCS, budget update and management in OCS and project tracking & closures

Annual Budget and rolling budget updates

  • Collaborate with PMU regarding staff time allocation updated in OCS planner.
  • Collaborate with PMU on budgets for partnerships, travel, supplies, consultants, publications, and other costs based on the availability of funds of on-going restricted projects.
  • Review the overall annual budgets once posted in OCS by PMU of grants in assigned teams.
  • Bachelors degree in accounting with at least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in financial and accounting services
  • Experience in project or cost accounting
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Experience with an ERP, familiarity with Agresso Unit 4 and Vision XL is an advantage
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, database and other relevant office applications.
  • Strong analytical skills
Employment Type
Job Location
Nairobi, Kenya
Base Salary
Ksh.Competitive Per month
Date posted
December 2, 2022
Valid through
December 8, 2022
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