Recruitment notice of an accounting assistant for the Technical Regional Coordination Unit of the LIRE project in Zinder.
The government of Niger has received a grant and a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) as part of the implementation of the NIGER-LIRE ( Learning Improvement for Results in Education) Project and intends to use a part of the funds for the recruitment of an Assistant Accountant of the Technical Regional Coordination Unit of the LIRE project in Zinder.
The Nigerien education system operates in a context marked by strong demographic pressure, limited resources and the risk of major vulnerabilities. The strong demographic growth (3.9% per year) and the massive rejuvenation of the population, with 54% of Nigeriens under the age of 15, lead to a significant flow of children of age to enter the 1st year of the school cycle. Thus, the number of children in school is expected to reach more than one million each year by 2030, against around 500,000 currently.
The priority that the Nigerien government gives to the education and training sector is reflected in the size of the budgetary resources allocated to this sector. In 2016, public spending on education represented 20.7% of the total state budget and 5.2% of GDP.
To support the efforts of the State, the Technical and Financial Partners (PTF) provide invaluable assistance in various forms for the financing of the PSEF. The World Bank is therefore planning to strengthen its technical and financial support to the Nigerien education sector through the new partnership framework (CPF) concluded between the two parties for the period 2018-2022. This provides for new support to the education sector through IDA funding to contribute to the third pillar of the CPF on improving human capital and social protection and its objective of improving access to training and quality education.
Building on the World Bank’s new approach to education and the government’s strong political commitment, the new project entitled LIRE ( L earning I mprovement for R esults in E ducation) will help eradicate education in Niger through the development and implementation of a new set of policies focused on the main determinants of the learning crisis, and on the acquisition of reading skills in education basic.
The project development objective (PDO) is to improve the quality of teaching and learning conditions in the determined regions and to strengthen the planning and management of the education system.
In order to support the Project Coordination Unit (PCU), the creation of five regional technical coordination units (UTCR) is planned, ie one in each of the following regions: Diffa, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéry and Zinder. Each UTCR will have in addition to the Regional Coordinator, a technical team composed of an accounting assistant and an internal controller and a support staff composed of driver, guard and administrative assistant.
Job Title: Accountant Assistant of the Technical Regional Coordination Unit of the LIRE project.
Hierarchical superior: Regional Coordinator.
Functional supervision : Accountant of the “LIRE Project”.
Under the authority of the Regional Coordinator and the functional supervision of the Accountant of the PCU, the Accountant Assistant of the Technical Regional Coordination Unit of the LIRE project ensures the necessary accounting and financial tasks at the regional level to facilitate the implementation. implementation of the project by the MEP and the MES, in compliance with the basic documents of the LIRE project, in particular, the financing agreements and the various manuals.
Job and contract characteristics
The position is based in the capital of the chosen region with frequent trips in the region and in the country.
The duration of the contract of the regional accounting assistant is one (1) year, with a trial period of 6 months, renewable for the duration of the project at most according to the contract he will have signed with the supervisory authority. of the project in agreement with the World Bank. Renewal can only take place if his record of service is deemed satisfactory.
Each year, the performance of the regional accounting assistant will be assessed by the Senior Accountant. In the event of performance deemed good by the Senior Accountant and IDA, an amendment to the contract will be made to integrate the decisions resulting from the annual assessment.
The project will provide the Regional Accountant Assistant with all the documents, files and tools appropriate and necessary for the performance of his mission. It will also provide the premises and equipment necessary to ensure a good service. The employment conditions will be the subject of a contract to be negotiated with the administration in charge of the project.
The Regional Accountant will have the status of consultant in accordance with the “Procurement Regulations for Borrowers seeking the Financing of Investment Projects (FPI)” of the World Bank, adopted in July 2016 and revised in November 2017 and August 2018, which stipulates in its article 3.23.d. “ On a case-by-case basis, the Bank may agree to engage public administration officials and officials from the Borrower’s country under Consultant contracts in said country, either individually or as a member of the experts proposed by a consulting firm, only when: (i) their services are unique and exceptional, or their participation is essential for the execution of the project;(ii) their engagement will not create a conflict of interest; and (iii) their commitment does not violate any law, regulation or policy of the Borrower ” .
Selection procedures and method
The recruitment will be done according to the method of selection of individual consultants (IC) in accordance with the procurement provisions contained in the “Procurement Regulations for Borrowers seeking the Financing of Investment Projects (FPI)” of the World Bank. adopted in July 2016 and revised in November 2017 and August 2018. The candidate with the best profile and after interview will be invited to negotiations for the conclusion of the contract.
Qualifications and Requirements
To carry out this mission, the Regional Accounting Assistant must have the following minimum qualifications :
- Higher-level university degree (at least 3 years of higher education) in Accounting, Business Finance, Auditing or equivalent;
- Have at least two (2) years of professional experience in the field of accounting and financial management in a private structure or in a development project;
- Have a good knowledge of accounting software;
- Have a good knowledge of the various software and current browsers (World, Excel, Powerpoint,…);
- Ability to work in a team and under pressure;
- Knowledge of TOMPRO software will be an asset;
- Mastery of World Bank procedures will be an asset
- A good working knowledge of disbursement procedures and the accounting and financial management system of the main donors would be an asset;
- Be immediately available.
- Ability to stay in rural areas
- Qualified female applications are strongly encouraged .
The application file should include the following documents:
- a letter of motivation addressed to the Coordinator of the “LIRE Project”;
- a detailed and updated CV, describing the specific experience of the candidate;
- a certified copy of higher education diplomas;
- a certified copy of the certificates of internships, seminars and short-term training;
- certificates of service or proof of the candidate’s professional experience.
The CV must include, for each experience, all the references to verify the accuracy of the information.
Job characteristics , duration of contract and place of employment
The duration of the assignment will extend until the end of the implementation of the LIRE project. The position is based in the Zinder region with frequent travel within the region and across the country.
The duration of the contract is one (1) year with a trial period of six (6) months. The contract is renewable for the rest of the duration of the project (5 years) after satisfactory performance evaluations.
Each year, the performance of the Accountant of the Technical Regional Coordination Unit of the LIRE project will be evaluated by the Head of the Education Program Coordination Unit, National Coordinator of the NIGER-LIRE project. In the event of performance deemed good by the Head of the Education Program Coordination Unit, National Coordinator of the NIGER-LIRE Project and the IDA, an amendment to the contract will be made to integrate the decisions resulting from the annual evaluation.
Date and place of filing
The Head of the Education Programs Coordination Unit, National Coordinator of the LIRE Project invites those interested in this position to submit their application in closed envelopes to the following address: Rue KK6, opposite Espace Forestier, Quartier Koira Kano, Niamey – NIGER, Phone: +227 20 37 11 09/81 24 55 39 before Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 17:30 , stating in the subject: ”Recruitment of an assistant Accounting Technical Unit of Regional Coordination of the Zinder LIRE project”, to be opened only in the preselection session.
Those interested can obtain further information at the above mentioned address from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 noon.