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Technical Director

Job Description and Specification

Position – Technical Director – AG-02

Station: Lusaka, Zambia

Contract Duration: 5 Years renewable based on performance.

Eligibility: All AG Member Countries.

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Areas of Focus: Strategic Implementation, Stakeholder Management, Brand Positioning, Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Research and Innovation.

Job Purpose

Technical Director; To lead the technical function in AG to facilitate the voice of African Accountants General in informing national development through thought leadership on policy reforms in the accounting and reporting systems of Governments across Africa. The ultimate aim is to improve the quality of financial and non-financial (value creation) reporting in the public sector to foster trust in accounting information. It is expected that such value created will help enhance efficiency and effectiveness in Africa. The role may also be called upon to oversee the administrative performance of the organization.

Key Performance Areas

a.    Lead AAAG’s involvement in the development of international standards and good practices at the global, regional, and continental levels.

b.    Contribute to the development of the AG strategy, implementation plan, and budget in consultation with key stakeholders and ensure implementation thereof.

c.    Support the CEO in designing, developing, implementing, and reviewing the corporate governance framework for the AG.

d.    Contribute to the development and maintenance of the AG risk management strategy.

e.    Support the CEO in the implementation of the annual communications and outreach plan.

f.     Identify and take the actions necessary to implement the relevant activity plan(s) in a timely, economical, efficient, and effective manner; in doing so, be sensitive to the diverse needs of the Accountants General in English, French, and Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa.

g.     Assist the CEO in the positioning of AG as a trusted advisor of Governments on policies relating to Financial Accountability, Risk Management, Governance, and Internal Controls.

h.    Lead and implement research programs to ensure AAAG becomes and remains a Thought leadership organization.

i.      Develop and implement strategies that will ensure greater transparency, accountability, and good governance in the public sector.

j.      Lead AG efforts to support the adoption and implementation of sound accounting and reporting systems, including the accrual basis of accounting in Africa.

k.     Promote the services rendered by the AG in line with established strategic priorities to ensure they are utilized, and their intended outcomes/impacts are realized;

l.      Report every quarter on progress against plans, budgets, risk management, and KPIs.

m. Establish and maintain strong relations with Accountants General and other key stakeholders to advance the implementation of the relevant activity plan(s); manage relevant Memoranda of Understanding and identify and pursue opportunities for new collaborations.

n.    Establish and oversee the implementation of training and capacity-building strategy for the AG.

o.    Establish and manage relations with development partners and donor organizations to secure funding for AAAG activities aimed at creating continental public goods to inform the AAAG strategic focus areas

p.    Assist the CEO in developing and implementing a stakeholder management program that assures stakeholder satisfaction in a manner to enhance the image of the Association.

q.    Assist the CEO in establishing the internal policy framework of the AG for approval by the Executive Committee.

r.      Assist the CEO to oversee prudent management of financial resources and accountability through effective control measures.

s.     Provide executive mentorship, coaching, talent, and succession management plans to supervise staff.

t.     Assist the CEO in the development of speeches/presentations for the AG Leadership.

u.    Lead, guide, and grow staff of the AAAG to harness productivity across the Secretariat.

v.    Perform any other responsibilities allocated from time to time.

Qualifications and experience

a.    Served in a Financial, Accounting, Banking, or Audit Function in a reputable organization for a cumulative period of twelve (12) years of which seven (7) years must be in a leadership position with a track record of successfully implementing change.

b.    Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: – Finance, Accounting, Auditing, Business Administration, or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.

c.    A relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution in Africa.

d.    Holder of relevant professional certification such as CPA, CFA, ACA, ACCA, ACMA, CIA, CISA, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.

e.     Experience in management in a public sector environment would be an added advantage.

Desired attributes

a.    Fluency in spoken and written English, and language skills in French or Portuguese would be an advantage.

b.    Working experience in a professional accountancy organization would be an added advantage.

c.    Willingness and ability to work in any location in Africa.

d.    Willingness and ability to travel extensively.

e.    Cultural diversity awareness.

f.     Leadership and management skills | Team builder

g.    Strategic and critical thinker | Future-focused

h.    Ethical

i.      Neutral | Independent

j.      Diplomatic | Flexible

k.     Excellent project management skills

l.      Adaptable – able to respond effectively to a VUCA environment.

m.  Excellent communicator – ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of stakeholders at various levels of seniority.

Method of Application

For all interested candidates that meet the stated requirements, please send a motivation letter accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable professional/work-related referees with working hours contact numbers to the following email: [email protected] with the subject matter “Application for the Position Technical Director”. (Please no copies of certificates at this stage).

The one-page motivation letter should state why you believe that you are the best candidate for the role addressed to:

The Chairperson

CEO Recruitment Committee,

C/O Client Focus Advisory Limited,

Plot No 187C, 1st Floor Premium House,

Independence Avenue

Lusaka – Zambia

Email:  [email protected]

The closing date for the submission of applications is 17:00 Hours on Friday, 5th April 2024.

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