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Assistant Accountant, Financial Management AfCFTA at the African Union (AU)

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Assistant Accountant, Financial Management AfCFTA

Requisition ID: 1173
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Senior Disbursement Officer
Directorate/Department : Finance
Division : Accounting, Budget and Financial Management
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: GSA5
Number of Positions: 01
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To process payments in accordance with African Union Financial Rules and Regulations.

Main Functions

  • Provide timely operational support;
  • Assist in activity planning;
  • Prepare operational work schedules and follow up implementation;
  • Coordinate and/or Engage in technical assistance and/or logistical work;
  • Assist in the creation, improvement and maintenance of operational processes and systems;
  • Prepare office communication and draft reports;
  • Handle communication at operational level and provide update;
  • Assist in the compilation and maintenance of data and information for preparation, implementation and monitoring of budgets, activities etc.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all payments are authorized and legitimate supporting documentation provided;
  • Ensure that all payment processes on timely basis;
  • Process all payments (19 or 10 series) in SAP;
  • Support the management and improvement of procedures and controls in relation to the timely processing of payment;
  • Monitor, analyze, and manage open items; monitors and reports status of open items to supervisor.
  • Post payment transactions in SAP ERP;
  • Process and verify all bank payment and ensure that the accompanying supporting documents are complete and accurate;
  • Assist in processing monthly payroll and related staff emoluments;
  • Reconcile Statutory Net Payable Account;
  • Process Interbank Transfers;
  • Review documents for completeness and process all payables;
  • Periodically review all open items in vendors and take appropriate action as required
  • Safeguard all vouchers including supporting documents for review by both internal and external auditors;
  • Provide support in the preparation of financial reports and assists in performance of various clerical duties;
  • Ensure ageing analysis of imprest and travel claims on a regular basis to keep clean and up to date;
  • Prepare responses to external and internal audit queries and assist in the implementation of audit findings;
  • Analyze and upload bank data onto the SAP Bank Module from prepared excel files;
  • Participate in the preparation of Bank reconciliation reports;
  • Follows-up periodic currency revaluation procedures on SAP system;
  • Journalize monthly exchange and bank charges on the various payments effected through Foreign and Local bank accounts;
  • Adjust the local bank balance at the end of each month;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Diploma in Accounting or Finance or related filed, with three (3) years of relevant work experience in the areas of Accounting/finance.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or related filed, with two (2) years of relevant work experience in the areas of Accounting/finance.
  • Relevant Experience
  • Experience in processing payments in AU or similar international organization is required;
  • Experience with financial systems/finance module of enterprise resource planning (ERP) such as SAP or similar ERP is required.
  • A sound and detailed knowledge of financial rules and regulations in AU or similar international organization is highly desirable;
  • Advance knowledge in the application of Microsoft Office Suite particularly Excel and PowerPoint.

Required Skills:

  • Conscientious in observing deadlines and achieving results
  • Analytical skills
  • Knowledge in Microsoft suite (Excel, Word etc.)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies
Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance

Functional Competencies:

  • Job Knowledge Sharing
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation:
  • Trouble shooting
  • Task Focused

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Indicative basic salary of US$ 15,758.00  (GSA 5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 16,813.44  (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
6th June, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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