CRA Financial Analysts, Communications Officer, and Research Assistants Jobs in Kenya

Commission on Revenue Allocation

The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) is an independent commission set up under Article 215 of the Constitution of Kenya. 
Its core mandate is to recommend the basis for equitable sharing of revenues raise nationally between the National and County Governments; sharing of revenue among the County Governments and make recommendations on other matters concerning the financing of, and financial management by county governments. 
The Commission seeks to recruit qualified and competent staff to fill the following vacant positions.

1. Senior Analyst, Revenue Enhancement Program

The successful candidate will provide technical expertise and leadership in the execution of the county revenue enhancement and administration programs. 
The Advisor is responsible for providing technical leadership and guidance to county staff in the implementation of sustainable and affordable revenue administration practices.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design, develop and assist counties in the implementation of sustainable and affordable revenue administration practices and transparent and accountable systems;
  • Develop and deliver capacity building programs in revenue planning and generation for counties
  • Develop guidelines / toolkit for county taxes /fees collection; lease of properties; publicprivate sector partnerships and enterprise development;
  • Facilitate knowledge building and information / experience sharing
In addition, the successful candidate must;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promote knowledge management and learning
  • Demonstrate development and operational effectiveness
  • Demonstrate leadership and self- management
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • A Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Economics, Public Administration or related field.
  • Professional accounting qualification.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant progressive working experience in public sector or tax consultancy
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in a supervisory position
  • Previous engagement with local authorities and experience in database development will be distinct advantages
  • Able to use computers programs / applications (MS. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
2. Senior Analyst, Financial Management

The successful candidate will provide technical expertise and leadership in the Commission’s program on strengthening public financial management. 
The officer is responsible for providing technical leadership and guidance to county staff in strengthening public financial management practices.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design and provide sound financial management assessments / reviews, advice and support to county governments
  • Develop and deliver quality Public Finance fiduciary services, capacity building support and analytical work to county governments
  • Promote Public Financial Management reforms
  • Facilitate knowledge building and information / experience sharing.
In addition, the successful candidate must;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promote knowledge management and learning
  • Demonstrate development and operational effectiveness
  • Demonstrate leadership and self- management
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • A Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, Economics, Public Administration or related field.
  • Professional accounting qualification.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant progressive working experience in public sector financial management
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in a supervisory position
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Public Sector Accounting Standards, International Standards on Auditing and awareness on current issues in financial management.
  • Able to use computers programs / applications (MS. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Membership of an accounting professional body of good standing.
3. Senior Analyst, Macroeconomics and Public Finance

The successful candidate will be in charge of the macroeconomics and public finance division, which covers both policy analysis and econometrics/modeling sections. 
The Senior Analyst will monitor developments at the macro economy and their impact on CRA’s constitutional mandate. 
She/he is also expected to work with other institutions dealing with macroeconomic management, develops a suite of models for policy simulation and forecasting, and conducts research on thematic areas.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Day-to-day running and management of the division (macroeconomics)
  • Work with the director in running the department
  • Develop a suite-of-models for policy simulation and forecasting
  • Conduct policy analyses on macroeconomic management, debt policy etc.
  • Monitor and report on national and county economic developments
  • Conduct research to inform decision making and publish in appropriate media-refereed journals, Staff working papers, etc.
  • Collaborate with partner institutions in generating objective policy research
  • Work jointly with the statistics division to update CRA’s socio-economic database
  • Perform capacity building and mentoring of junior staff within the division
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in economics or any related field from a reputable university
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant progressive experience in policy analysis and economic modeling
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in a supervisory position
  • A good research publications record
  • A good understanding of econometrics theory and ability to use standard econometrics software to conduct research and modeling such as Eviews, Stata/SPSS, RATS and CATS.
4. Senior Analyst, Revenue Allocation and Budget Analysis

The successful candidate will develop and maintain the revenue allocation formula, monitor and evaluate expenditure and revenue trends at both national and county governments.

During the transition period, the division will also work with relevant stakeholders in county preparedness work.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the division
  • Works with the director in running the department
  • Develop and maintain the revenue allocation formula (First generation and second generation formulae);
  • Monitor and evaluate expenditure and revenue trends at both national and the 47 county governments-budget out-turns, exchequer issues etc.;
  • Work jointly with the County Affairs department in the revenue enhancement mandate of CRA;
  • Work jointly with the econometrics section to perform revenue forecasting at national and county governments
  • Monitor the devolution process and in particular public finance management
  • Collaboration with partner institutions in generating objective research.
  • Conducting thematic research to inform revenue allocation and roll out of the county governments
  • Capacity building in the division
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics or Finance from a reputable university
  • A minimum of seven (7) years relevant progressive experience in fiscal policy development and /or implementation such as the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, Kenya Revenue Authority, and Parliamentary Budget Office e.t.c.
  • An understanding /keen interest in the devolution process
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in a supervisory position
  • A good understanding of how to conduct research
5. Communications Officer

Reporting to the Director Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for both internal and external communication processes.

Key responsibilities:
  • Develop writing and editing content for the intranet, staff newsletter, team briefings, annual reports, notice boards and other internal communications channels;
  • Day-to-day management of the Commission’s website, including updating and on-going monitoring, gaining input from other members of staff as necessary;
  • Media Relations;
  • Coordinating exhibitions and visits;
  • Advertising and production management;
  • Reputation and stakeholder management;
  • Events management;
  • Corporate social responsibility management;
  • Development of the Commissions corporate identity, and ensuring it is applied consistently throughout the organization;
  • Develop, promote and adhere to best practice and to agreed systems and procedures across all areas of work;
  • Undertake other duties as required commensurate with the level of this position.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, postgraduate diploma in Communication, media studies or any other related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years working experience in a similar role.
6. Research Assistants (Replacements)

Successful applicants will report to the Director of Research and will be involved in programmed research, basic policy analysis and statistical/data collection assignments.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Data Analysis;
  • Assist in reporting and monitoring the contemporary issues on the developments in county and national government resources and revenue generation, and core functions of the Commission;
  • Compiling data on the fiscal devolution function of the Commission;
  • Assist in the research of the fiscal development strategies within the developed economies;
  • Compile data on developments in the devolution processes;
  • Provide technical assistance to members of the Commission and Directors along adopted CRA thematic areas.
  • Assist in collection and collation of data.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
  • A good bachelor’s degree in Economics, or Economics related field from a recognized University.
  • Masters qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of how to conduct desk, laboratory or field research
  • Ability to conduct statistical analysis and interpret experimental data
  • Excellent computer skills in spread sheets and word processing
  • Knowledge of a statistical application package will be an added advantage.
  • He/she must be a person of integrity and demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work well with others in a busy work environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure/deadlines
  • Aged between 24-35 years.
  • At least two years’ experience
General Competencies

All applicants to the above positions should possess the following general competencies:
  • He/she must be a person of integrity, demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be a team player;
  • Strong managerial skills, including motivating, developing, coaching and leading teams;
  • Demonstrated high ethical standards;
  • Competent and organized;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant computer software and applications and;
  • Ability to work in a team-modulated and collaborative environment.
Terms and Conditions of Service

The successful candidates for the above positions will be offered a competitive remuneration package and will be appointed on three year contract term renewable on satisfactory performance.

Application Process

If your training, experience and competence match or exceed any of the above minimum requirements, please send (2) separately secured copies of your application, a detailed upto-date curriculum vitae, indicating current remuneration, e-mail and telephone contacts, together with copies of certificates and testimonials. 
You should also give the names of three referees who must be familiar with your previous work/academic experience indicating their telephone, postal and email addresses. 
The application cover MUST clearly indicate the position being applied for.

Application should be addressed to the Commission Secretary, CRA and be sent by post or hand delivered to the Commission offices at 14 Riverside Drive by latest Friday 27th July, 2012 as follows:

Application for the position of ___________ (insert appropriate position)

To The Commission Secretary
Commission on Revenue Allocation
14 Riverside Drive
Grosvenor Block
P.O. BOX 1310 – 00200
Nairobi.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
If you do not hear from us in the next three months from the date of this advertisement then consider your application unsuccessful.

The CRA is an equal opportunity, gender sensitive and compliant employer.


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