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Project Overview and Role
Palladium is seeking a Project Officer Finance and Administration for the newly-awarded Investment Support Facility (ISF) for Smallholder Inclusive Transactions in Malawi. The underlying motivation for the project is the critical role that investment and working capital need to play in markets to drive Malawis agricultural transformation and growth. The ISF, a key project under the Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI), aims to facilitate the packaging of investor-grade transactions, while supporting the development of inclusive, gender-equitable business models that integrate smallholder farmers.
The Project Officer Finance and Administration will be responsible for managing and directing the financial accounting, administration, and reporting of the project, as well as providing administrative, communications and knowledge management support to the ISF Team Leader. S/he will report to the Team Leader, and maintain close coordination with the Home Office Operations Manager, and Project Manager.
Maintain financial and accounting systems and procedures in accordance with Palladium policies
Examine financial documents such as invoices, vouchers, expense reports and purchase orders to ensure completeness, accuracy, reasonability, and validity of financial data
Prepare timely and accurate monthly and quarterly accruals, projections, and other financial reports as needed
Ensure that accounting documents are filed on a timely basis and that proper accounting records are maintained and compatible with standard accounting practice
Perform bank reconciliations on a regular basis and prepare reconciliation statements for all bank accounts; ensure discrepancies are accurately identified and reconciled
Update vouchers and accounting records in the system and perform quality control and check over suppliers bills/invoices to ensure calculations are correct and complete
Assist in developing annual fiscal year budgets together with Team Lead and Home Office Project Management Unit
Maintain a tracker of program advances and follow-up for timely reconciliation of advances
Process payments in line with client and Palladium processes and procedures
Provide any other financial information, as requested, and respond to any other financial queries
Undertake procurement for office supplies and logistics services, as well as other procurement needs that may arise
Maintain a register of preferred suppliers and vendors
Maintain a register of signed agreements with vendors or individuals, including monitoring contract ceilings and end dates
Maintain an inventory of office supplies and an asset register of program assets, undertaking a full asset register review a minimum of annually
Coordinate any maintenance needs for program equipment
Provide logistics support to the Team Leader, international visitors and consultants engaged on the program, including but not limited to, arranging transportation and making hotel reservations.
Coordinate events logistics under the supervision of the Team Leader
Other administrative duties, as assigned by the Team Leader
Communications and Knowledge Management
Assisting the Team Leader with project reporting
Maintaining program filling including financial, operational, M&E and technical documentation
Bachelors Degree in a relevant subject (Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, etc.) and at least 5 years of financial management experience
Microsoft office suite proficiency and the ability to operate spreadsheet and word-processing programs at a highly proficient level
Demonstrated ability and commitment to manage confidential information
Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities
Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
Ability to communicate effectively with managers, colleagues, service providers, and clients