Thursday, April 24, 2014

Job Vacancies, Kericho Water and Sanitation

Vacancies: HR & Admin Manager, Internal Auditor, andFinancial Accountant

Kericho Water and Sanitation Co. Ltd

Opportunity in the County Government of Kericho

Kericho Water & Sanitation Company Limited (KEWASCO) is a Private Company established under the company‘s Act CAP 486, Laws of Kenya and is wholly owned by the County Government of Kericho. 

Incorporated in October 1997, we have been contracted by Lake Victoria South Water Services Board to provide Water & Sanitation services within Kericho County. 



This is through a Service Provision Agreement (SPA). 

Our vision is to be a Model of Excellence in Water and Sanitation Services provision in the sector and indeed we ranked No.5 out of 65 in Urban Water Utilities in WASREB’s Impact Report of 2011/2012. 

This was to a large extent driven by the effective implementation of automated systems, in particular setting and implementation of GIS System, Efficient Billing, Accounting and Customer Management Systems. 

Our mission is to optimally provide adequate, safe, reliable water and sanitation services to our customers at a commercially sustainable level: to this end we plan to implement world class performance, quality and efficiency management systems including ISO, Six Sigma, the Balanced Scorecard to mention but a few.

To support the implementation of these initiatives, we are seeking to fill the following positions with customer service oriented, qualified and experienced individuals who seek to be part of a results oriented team.

Human Resources & Administration Manager 

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will provide guidance in overall Human Resource and Administration management, ensuring that KEWASCO has in place the appropriate, skilled and well-motivated workforce and administrative support that can deliver our mandate.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Formulate, enforce and regularly update the human resource and administration policies including terms and conditions of service and staff welfare
  • Support the organisation with manpower planning and participate in the recruitment, selection and placement activities, ensuring employees are properly oriented on joining KEWASCO.
  • Effectively manage the staff welfare including medical, pension and other benefit ensuring cost effectiveness overall efficiency
  • Manage employee relations throughout the organisation including union matters, grievance handling and staff motivation programmes
  • Train the line managers and supervisors on labour and human resources management issues and provide advisory services as and when required.
  • Support the performance management process by continuously updating job descriptions and coordinating the appraisal process as well as implementation of post appraisal activities such as training and development
  • Manage departmental staff performance, development, training and motivation for effectiveness
Qualifications, Experience and Skills:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social science, Human Resource Management, Business Administration or equivalent from a recognized University, a Diploma in Human Resource Management and a registered member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM): a Master’s and or CPS (K), will be an added advantage
  • 7 years working experience, 3 of which should be at management level, preferably in the water sector.
  • Experience of union management and CBA negotiations is essential as is human resources planning, recruitment, training and development and performance management
  • Experience of developing and or implementing human resources information systems is a definite advantage
  • Excellent people, interpersonal and communication skills.
Internal Auditor (Re-Advertisement)

Reporting to the Board Audit & Risk Management Committee with a dotted line to the Managing Director, you will assure the integrity of the Company assets, the quality of management decisions and the mitigation of fraud and risk by ensuring the existence of appropriate systems and internal controls.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop and continuously review an internal audit manual and enforce compliance with standards acceptable to the external auditors.
  • Develop and implement internal audit, strategies and operating plans that reflect the longer-term corporate goals and priorities established by the Company.
  • Work closely with external auditors, agreeing time frames for the annual statutory audit, pre-audit activities, and on the implementation of audit recommendations
  • Regularly carry out detailed risk assessment and internal audits on computer and other operating systems to ensure reliability and integrity of financial and operating information, advising the Board and Management on appropriate action
  • Carry out special investigations on apparent breaches of internal controls, fraud, etc and making recommendations to eliminate identified weaknesses 
  • Discuss internal and external audit recommendations with the Corporate Management Team (CMT), incorporate into the audit plan and follow up on implementation.
  • Ensure that all fixed and current assets are accounted for on a regular basis through regular checks, including physical counts.
  • Manage departmental staff performance, development, training and motivation for effectiveness
Qualifications, Experience and Skills:
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting Finance or Business Administration (Accounting option) from a reputable University and a member of CIA or any other internationally recognized Accounting and/or Auditing body of good standing.
  • A Certified Internal Systems Auditor (CISA) will have a definite advantage.
  • 5+ years post – qualification experience in the profession, 3 of which should be in Audit at a Senior Level in a busy commercial environment or a reputable Audit Firm.
  • Experience of auditing ERP systems and conversant with Water Billing Systems (M@jics Billing Software) & Sage Pastel Evolution and will be an added advantage.
  • Proven people management experience.
  • Have strong communication, interactional and leadership skills.
Financial Accountant

Reporting to the Commercial & Finance Manager, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the General Ledger and all Accounting Information necessary for the preparation of Financial Statements.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Preparation of accurate, complete and valid financial records that are in conformance to reporting standards and are in adherence to financial policies and procedures
  • Computation and preparation of tax returns and payments of statutory/regulatory fees to relevant authorities
  • Analyzing business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments and obligations to support the budgeting and forecasting decisions.
  • Preparation of various monthly, quarterly, half-yearly & annual management and financial reports are required by the business
  • Support the cash flow management process through timely bank reconciliation, cash statements preparation and other general ledger reconciliations
  • Supervise and manage the maintenance of petty cash including monitoring and charging the individual imprest balance(s) to the monthly payroll
  • Oversee asset management records and capitalization • Oversee a team of accounts/finance staff performance, development and training
Qualifications, Experience and Skills:
  • A Business degree with a specialization in Accounting or Finance plus full professional qualification (CPA, ACCA) with membership ICPAK or any other internationally recognized Accounting body of good standing.
  • At least 3 years progressive experience in a busy Commercial/Finance environment.
  • Must have used an Integrated Accounting (ERP) System. Knowledge and Experience of Sage-Pastel Evolution ERP will be a definite advantage.
  • Highly accountable, self-motivated, task-oriented with an excellent sense of priority, logic and objectivity and the ability to deliver results with minimum supervision.
  • Strong communication skills, high levels of attention to detail, strong analytical skills, highly organized and with high levels of discretion
Terms of Service

The Positions of Human Resources & Administration Manager and that of the Internal Auditor on a 3- Year Renewable Contract based on satisfactory performance.

The Position of Financial Accountant is Permanent and Pensionable.

Interested candidates must:
  • Have demonstrated thorough understanding the National Goals, Policies and Development Objectives including the Kenya Vision 2030;
  • Have leadership and management capacity including knowledge of Financial Management and Strategic people management; and
  • Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity.
How to Apply

Applications should include a cover letter that demonstrates why you are the best candidate for the position you are applying for, a detailed up-to-date CV and photocopies of relevant testimonials, current and expected remuneration package, the names and addresses of three professional referees, an e-mail address and telephone number, and two (2) coloured passport size photos.

Individuals who had applied for the positions of Human Resources & Administration Manager or the Internal Auditor previously advertised need NOT apply since your Applications are already on our Database.

Applications must be sent via email to:-cmt2recruit@kewasco.co.ke 

addressed to:

The Managing Director
Kericho Water & Sanitation Co. Ltd
P O Box 1379 – 20200, 
Kericho

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Closing date: 9th May, 2014 at 5:00pm.

This recruitment is being supported by: Adept Systems, Management Consultants

Please visit our website www.kewasco.co.ke for more information.