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The East African : Apr 19th 2015
The EastAfrican ADVERTISEMENT APRIL 18-24,2015 45 British Institute in Eastern Africa ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Applications are invited for this full time post to be based in Nairobi on a 2 year contract, from June 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should have the right to work in Kenya. The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Applicants should consult our website (www.biea.ac.uk) for further information about the BIEA and its work. Further particulars for this post can be accessed here: http://biea.ac.uk/job-opening-assistant-director/#more-3888 The post holder will play a key role in maintaining the high profile of BIEA into an internationally recognised British Academy centre for research excellence in African studies. S/he will be responsible for • Pursuing his/her own research • • • • • Supporting graduate trainees and researchers. Organising BIEA stands at international conferences. Overseeing the organisation of BIEA’s Nairobi seminars and workshops. Overseeing the development of the BIEA’s online strategy Deputising for the Director. The successful candidate must possess a doctorate. Applications will, however, also be considered by candidates whose doctoral thesis has been submitted and will be examined on or before 1 June 2015, subject to their supervisor’s reference. S/he should demonstrate a commitment to research in any of the subject areas of interest to the BIEA, including anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies, history, law, political science and public health, in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa. S/he should be able to demonstrate the potential to publish their research work to international standards of excellence. Administrative experience and good IT skills are essential. It would also be useful for the candidate to have a knowledge of the UK and / or eastern Africa academic research environment. A full driving licence is essential. Terms and Conditions The post holder will be expected to reside in Nairobi and will be based at the BIEA headquarters there. Gross Salary will be between 230,000KSH – 250,000kes/month, depending on experience/qualifications. Includes medical benefits and provident fund. Application process Please apply by sending; covering letter, Curriculum Vitae, A statement of interest. The names, addresses, email addresses and contact telephone number of TWO referees. Please email the above to email@example.com All applications must be received by 6.00 PM [East African Time] 1st Short listed candidates will be invited for interview by 15th May 2015 INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD IN NAIROBI ON 29th May 2015 Start date, mid to late June 2015, or soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation. May 2015 • • • • • • • JOB ADVERTISMENT FAIR CONSTRUCTION originally launched its building and civil works operations in Uganda in 1986 but was established in Rwanda in 1995. A pioneer in the indigenous large scale construction industry here in Rwanda, today we are still one of the leading construction firms in Rwanda visit us at www.fairconstructionrw.com. We are therefore seeking for applications from suitable qualified auditors for the position of Internal Audit Managers. POSITION: Internal Audit Manager (2 candidates) ROLE & PURPOSE STATEMENT ROLE PURPOSE STATEMENT: To formulate, maintain, enforce and control internal audit policies, systems, procedures and processes to ensure compliance with professional and statutory reporting requirements. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES • To design, develop and maintain internal audit systems, procedures and processes, which ensure that all accounting documents in the company provide systematic audit trails of all transactions to facilitate effective management control and follow up. On an annual basis, prepare and agree with immediate manager an audit timetable to review implementation of audit guidelines in the day to day management of company operations and present the reports and recommendations to the immediate manager for follow up with audit policy committee for adoption and implementation. Design and produce a systems and financial audit operating manual for the company and oversee its company wide application. Continuously review formulation and implementation of operational controls in all operating departments to detect and prevent any errors. Design and implement the use of all accountable documents in procurement and internal usage/movement of consumable materials e.g. fuel, building products and other fast moving stock items to eliminate loss through pilferage and other forms of misuse. Oversee the implementation of sound financial controls at all company building sites to ensure that the management of all projects undertaken comply with company operational guidelines to avoid potential abuse and expensive cost overruns. Carry out regular operational audits in all areas including human resource deployment, physical and financial security systems to protect the company from potential losses due to laxity in internal controls. Also carry out random tests to verify whether or not cash and check payments are processed in absolute compliance with audit policy guidelines Carry out other duties that may be assigned from time to time by immediate manager. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS EXPERIENCE • • University graduate and professionally qualified accountant preferably with experience in practical audit Minimum 8 years accounting experience, five of which must be in a busy organisation. Relevant professional and industry experience. Qualified candidates can apply on line by submission of their application letter, CV, copies of their academic qualification documents to: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com not later than 2nd May 2015. Use the references given What do you do when, after you have exhaustively interviewed job candidates, you end up with a list of, say, five candidates who equally fit the one vacancy you have in your company? Quite a dilemma, isn’t it? Nevertheless, don’t get stuck. You still have a very important tool in your hands — the referees given. They are very important in the job selection process. This is the point at which the references presented by the candidates come in handy. Use them to sieve through the candidates. To eliminate and hire the most suitable. For best results, be consistent in your questions to each referee. Typical queries will include those meant to establish how long they have known the candidate, the relationship between them, and the referee’s perception of the candidate’s professional skills and personal attributes. Ask them if they would hire the candidate if they were in your shoes, and why. Get it in writing Don’t put all your eggs in one basket of verbal job offers, even if it’s from a trusted employer. You should never resign from your present job on the basis of such an offer. Wait until you get a written commitment. Unforeseen events may occur in between and influence the decision of your prospective employer. You could then end up without a job. The absence of a written commitment makes it easy for them to rescind an offer. Learn from your mistakes There is no harm in asking an employer who has just written you a regret letter to share with you the reasons that may have influenced them not to consider you as the candidate of choice. Tell them you want to improve on your weaknesses. A good human resource manager will share this information with you. Make use of any advice presented. Register with job alert sites The Internet is well endowed with sites that offer free job alerts. Many of these sites give subscribers the option of narrowing down their alerts to regions and careers of choice. It’s time to give them a try. Most of these sites don’t charge for the service, so there is nothing to lose (apart from a few adverts that will cram your inbox) by subscribing to them and getting frequent notifications. You may just get a good job out of the arrangement. Make impressive presentations Impressive presentations on a subject, idea, design, product and service can yield splendid responses, and even become the turning point of your career. If you are in a position that will at one point or another require that you make presentations, then you need to acquire good oral skills, if you haven’t done so already. Start by understanding who your audience will be, so that you specifically design the content of your presentation to their needs. Develop a relevantly captivating approach to the presentation, and rehearse this in front of a mirror, or before friends and family. You could record your rehearsal to listen to later, and make improvements, as necessary. During the actual presentation, capitalise on your strongest skills. This will ensure that any shortcoming is overshadowed. Dress sharply to stand out, but don’t overdo it as this may divert attention. Express confidence, even if you have to act it. Be pleasant and remain calm. Dramatise your examples. Speak as if you are addressing the person furthest from you, if you are not using a microphone. Obviously, you must be heard, which also means that you must speak clearly. Work checklist Do you forget to do some assignments at work? Don’t take it lightly. Soon, you might miss out on a breakthrough deal for the simple reason that you forgot to make a phone call at the crucial moment. Forgetful or not, it is good practice to draw a checklist of the work you have set out to do in a day or week, particularly if the assignments are many. The checklist will help you audit your progress for better efficiency.
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