Finance Officer – Disbursements at the African Union (AU)


The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance Officer – Disbursements _AfCFTA

Requisition ID: 1101
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Senior Disbursement Officer
Directorate/Department: Finance
Division: Accounting, Budget  and Financial Management
Number of Indirect Reports: 4
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To provide technical support managing and processing payments in accordance with African Union Financial Rules and Regulations.

Main Functions

  • Research and recommend new developments on areas of improvement in budget matters and policies
  • Contribute in conducting analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the respective Unit/Division and AfCFTA’s internal use.
  • Assist in the following up on the activities of the division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan.
  • Responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas.
  • Participate in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Engage with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop working relationships
  • Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets.
  • Assist in drafting reports and participate in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Unit/Division
  • Provide technical support to internal and external stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Generate SAP ERP payment runs and be subject matter expert in the Financial Management Unit;
  • Ensure that all vendors (corporate and staff) data and bank details are accurately and completely updated in SAP;
  • Reconcile transactions paid through a run to actual transfers made to the bank and submit the report to the relevant authority;
  • Provide support in ensuring that there is the provision of professional services to vendors/suppliers in an efficient manner.
  • Ensure that financial systems and controls in place within the office are adequate and operate all the time;
  • Provide support in maintaining and updating all the financial documents and ensure confidentiality of the financial information;
  • Post/release parked transactions in SAP ERP and release the payment vouchers;
  • Maintains the SAP exchange rate table in SAP ERP on the first day of each month;
  • Support the audit process and all other related assignments by ensuring data veracity for all transactions posted and vendor records maintained;
  • Respond to internal/external audit observations and implement successfully audit recommendation;
  • Process salaries after Payroll is run by Payroll Unit;
  • Process all payments (15 Series) in SAP after posting of 10 or 19 series;
  • Process all payments from Travel (Tickets) and P&P from procurement and down payment to vendor;
  • Perform Payment Run process in SAP to generate disbursement of funds;
  • Systemic verification and processing of MM invoices and FI documents on timely basis;
  • Ensure that all payments are authorized and legitimate supporting documentation are provided;
  • Coordinate SAP enhancement projects under the Financial Management Unit of Directorate of Finance;
  • Manage and improve the procedures and controls in relation to the timely processing of all payments;
  • Monitor, analyze, and manage open items; monitors and reports status of open items to supervisor
  • Supervise Assistant Accountants in the Financial Management Unit;
  • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field with 5 years of relevant work experience in a national or international organization. or Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field with a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in a national or international organization.
  • Experience with financial systems/finance module of enterprise resource planning (ERP) such as SAP or similar ERP is required.
  • Hands-on experience in establishing financial management function in an international organization is highly desirable;
  • Advance knowledge in the application of Microsoft Office Suite particularly Excel and PowerPoint.

Required Skills:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Able to successfully manage ambiguity
  • Able to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitivity
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight.
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules.
  • Learning Orientation..
  • Communicating with Influence.
  • Functional Competencies
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for result.
  • Continuous improvement focus.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Indicative basic salary of US$  31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
9th May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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