African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - NEI: Head of Finance and Internal Control

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 2 July, 2012
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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African centre for post-graduate training and research providing advanced, broadly applicable mathematical skills to talented students recruited from all over Africa.

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) is the coordinating body for a network of innovative pan-African centres of learning for postgraduate teaching, research and outreach in the mathematical sciences across Africa.

Next Einstein Initiative (NEI) is a core programme of AIMS that involves the establishment of a network of fifteen centres of excellence across Africa that is focused on the teaching of mathematical sciences to African university graduates.

AIMS-NEI secretariat seeks to appoint a Head of Finance and Internal Control, based in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

This is a full-time contract position for up to two years.

The person will report to the Director of Finance and Operations. S/he will be responsible for ensuring high levels of transparency and control across the network; working with the finance managers and accountants in the centres to ensure that best practice procedures are implemented and that all reporting is received on time and to a high level of accuracy.


Maintaining financial systems and controls across a pan-African network of centres which includes

  • Ensuring the right policy framework is in place at centre and network levels to guide decision making;
  • Establishing financial systems and processes in new centres including training of staff and adapting the finance manual to local requirements;
  • Training of staff at centre level;
  • Carry out financial risk analysis at centre and network levels.

Reporting and Budgeting support in a multi-centre, multi-currency and multiple-donor environment including

  • Overseeing internal audits until the internal audit function is established;
  • Consolidation of network-wide reports.


  • BCom (Hon) Acc;
  • CA/CAM;
  • Accounting designation;
  • Minimum of four years working experience in accounting, and financial management;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Sound knowledge of not-for-profit organizations;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, a collaborative style and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels;
  • Excellent ability to integrate different financial information and present them as a whole comprehensive piece;
  • Ability to develop systems, processes and policies to support the achievement of them in a cost effective manner;
  • Knowledge of accounting systems;
  • Experience giving training in use of financial systems and financial management;
  • Ability to work with non-finance professional and communicate financial information non finance professionals;                         
  • Enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software;
  • Audit background.

Starting date: 1 August 2012 or as soon as possible.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter with "Head of Finance and Internal Control" in the subject line to  AIMS-NEI Hiring at or post to AIMS-NEI, 5 Hillcrest Road, Muizenberg, 7945.

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Should you not hear from AIMS-NEI within four weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

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