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Principal Accountant

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The Principal Accountant will report to the County Director Accounting Services. An officer at this level will be based at the County Headquarters and will be responsible for the coordination of activities in the Accounting Services section with key emphasis on Financial Reporting.
• Served for cumulative ten (10) years three (3) of which should have been at the grade of Chief Accountant, Job Group ‘M’ and above or in a comparable and relevant position in the Public Service;
• Bachelor’s degree in any of the following discipline: Commerce, (Accounting or Finance option), Business management, business administration, Economics, or any other relevant field.
• Registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) in good standing.
• A certificate in Senior Management Course from a recognized institution will be an added advantage;
• Demonstrated professional competence in the field of Accounting Services; and shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results;
• Must satisfy the provisions of chapter six of the constitution of Kenya 2010.
• Possession of a relevant Master’s Degree will be considered an added advantage
• Be conversant with Public Financial Management Laws and Regulations.

Responsibilities

• Providing advisory services to the departmental heads and other stakeholders on all financial and accounting matters;
• Interpreting and implementing financial regulations and procedures, Treasury circulars, letters and instructions.
• Developing supplementary financial regulations and procedures to enhance internal controls.
• Maintaining appropriate and up to date accounting records.
• Preparing management financial reports which include monthly expenditure returns, monthly bank reconciliations, revenue/AIA returns, cash flow statements, analysis of deposits.
• Submitting monthly check list confirming compliance with the requirements for preparation and submission of management and statutory reports to the chief officer.
• Authorizing payments, signing cheques, and identifying suitable cheque signatories and setting limits as appropriate.
• Monitoring implementation of Accounting Standards and systems for compliance including Integrated financial Management Information System (IFMIS) operations;
• Following up on Audit matters including compilation of Treasury memorandum in respect of all departments.
• Following up on implementation of the internal audit and external auditors’ recommendations.
• Following up on implementation of the Senate and County Assembly Public Accounts and Investment Committee recommendations.
• Preparing of Bi-annual accounts;
• Consolidating cash flow projections and expenditure returns submitted by departments;
• Maintaining a check-list of returns and reports received from departments to ensure compliance with the Law and Treasury circulars.
• Oversee and direct the activities of the treasury cash office, document examination section, financial and non-financial reporting unit, IFMIS payment unit, asset management and treasury registry units.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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