Call for CVs - Finance and Administration Manager
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a Pan-African think tank that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner. MINDS' mission is to provide a forum for dialogue, information dissemination and networking, underpinned by rigorous research in order to inform and influence policy and practice on governance, economic development and the evolution of African institutions.
MINDS seeks to appoint a Finance and Administration Manager based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The person will manage and optimise finance, administrative and human resource systems and processes within MINDS, in line with its policies, procedures and legal requirements.
· Monitor and report on MINDS' financial activities by preparing and analyzing all financial reports (internal and external) and any financial information required by management and donors.
· Liaise with external auditors and other stakeholders as required.
· Review and monitor budgets as well as oversee and co-ordinate the annual budgeting process.
· Manage the receipt and disbursement of funds in line with MINDS' policies in order to ensure cost control and maximize the efficiency of operations.
· Ensure that financial, taxation, payroll and any other reporting to government departments is done timeously and accurately.
· Supervise the management of petty cash.
· Prepare and present detailed and realistic financial and organisational development plans.
· Manage the administration function of the organisation in line with MINDS' processes, policies and legal requirements.
· Oversee recruitment and personnel management processes in collaboration with each department including the selection, orientation, training and appraisal of staff members.
· Manage and process employee compensation.
· Manage and maintain employee records.
· Monitor and keep up to date with employment legislation and regulations; advise senior management on pay and conditions, retention rates and policies affecting employee relations.
· Advice line managers on performance and disciplinary issues.
· Review the Policies and Procedures Manual annually, provide training to staff each time the Policies and Procedures are reviewed/amended and support the Executive Director with the enforcement thereof.
· Support programme staff to ensure that programme activities are conducted in compliance with policies, laws and regulations, and to ensure that internal and external deadlines are strictly adhered to.
· A strong commitment to furthering MINDS' goals as well as the organizational development of MINDS.
· A minimum or equivalent of a Bachelor's degree qualification in Accounting and/ or Financial Management.
· At least seven years' experience in financial management as well as strategic financial and human resource planning.
· Strong knowledge of South African statutory rules, laws and requirements related to both financial management and reporting, and human resources/ labour issues.
· Strong knowledge of Pastel and Microsoft Office packages.
· Fluency in written and spoken English.
· Ability to work in a multicultural environment, inspire team spirit and resolve conflicts.
· Ability to support and guide staff, work with sensitive information, work with minimal supervision.
· Ability to deal with stressful situations and meet deadlines.
· Proactive and results orientation.
To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter with remuneration expectations in South African Rands to firstname.lastname@example.org stating 'MINDS PM-EG' in the subject line before 17:00 CAT on the 13th May 2016.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process to applicants and/ or shortlisted candidates.
MINDS reserves the right not to appoint anyone for this position.
MINDS North and West Africa Civic Education Workshop
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) hosted the North and West Africa Civic Education Workshop on the 19th and 20th of April 2016. The workshop, held in Dakar, Senegal, was attended by 28 participants from 18 North and West African countries.
#MINDSWorkshop attendees had the opportunity to engage with Senegalese journalist and Y'en a Marre Founder, Fadel Barro. Y'en a Marre is a movement that was birthed in Senegal and was instrumental in mobilizing young people to challenge a government they deemed ineffective.
Award-winning journalist, Sheriff Bojang Jr. from West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) invited some of the #MINDSWorkshop participants to take part in a radio panel interview. The panel engaged on different issues surrounding youth involvement in elections in their respective countries. Listen to the interview here: WADR and MINDS Alumni radio panel
MINDS 2016 North and West Africa Civic Education Workshop participants
MINDS announces a unique Scholarship Programme
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies is pleased to announce that it will be launching a Scholarship Programme for leadership development in Africa in 2017. The Institute will partner with donors and African universities to sponsor African university students to study within Africa, but outside of their own country. The first phase of the Programme will focus, although not exclusively, on post graduate studies.
The aim of the Scholarship Programme is to develop leaders who have a continent wide development mindset; leaders who can facilitate greater cooperation between African countries in future. At MINDS, we believe that an integrated African economy of global scale is a sine qua non for the continent's progress.
The Scholarship Programme is structured to produce future African leaders who will be knowledgeable and comfortable with the continent beyond their national boundaries. We hope that this outlook will make it easier for these leaders to work together to create a more cohesive continent to the benefit of all its populations.
MINDS invites African individuals and organisations to support this one of a kind initiative. For more information on how you can partner with us in developing future African leaders, please email email@example.com with the phrase MINDS Scholarship Programme in the subject.
Further details on the Programme will follow soon.
MINDS Founder and Executive Chair Dr. Nkosana Moyo and the Permanent Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco Mr. Abdeljalil Lahjomri recently signed a cooperation and partnership agreement to facilitate leadership development through the MINDS Scholarship Programme.
Image source: Morocco World News