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  • Posted: May 19, 2020
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2020
  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
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    Cost Accountant

    The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Cost Accountant to conduct cost-benefit analyses, forecast future financial requirements and analyse full costing and full cost recovery across the Institute.


    Management Reporting:

    • Liaise with different units for inputs to aid in consolidation of monthly management reports (institutional).
    • Facilitate consolidation of internal reports and share sufficiently detailed accounts and analysis for senior management review and decision making.
    • Prepare and analyse monthly support units reports and share with budget holders.
    • Share status updates and other ad hoc reports depicting different performance areas - as and when required.
    • Continuously review reporting processes to identify opportunities for improvement.

    Full Costing

    • Accurate costing and pooling of identical services together, identifying cost drivers and ensuring full charge/recovery by users.
    • Ensure staff global costs are frequently updated with new employees, salary revisions and changes in benefits/allowances.
    • Assess different costing approaches for suitability to the Institute’s business model and to ensure each unit/project pays its fair share of costs.
    • Review incomes for selected units to ensure no recoveries are missed and liaising with unit heads to identify alternative recovery mechanisms.
    • Conduct cost-benefit analysis for different investment proposals and advise on suitability.
    • Review all the existing cost pools and ensure they’re accurately costed. Identify/ review cost drivers and ensure monthly efficient recovery from all users of services.
    • Frequently update budget templates with new recharge prices including staff global costs.
    • Maintain an updated Product Listing for all Institute services, their cost basis, current prices, users and the unit providing the services.
    • Continually monitor recoveries in all units and highlight all units that are not meeting expected targets. Provide assistance where needed.
    • Actively support implementation of the ERP in the area of responsibility.


    • Reviewing past performance records, understanding the present and analysing trends to come up with projections for the future.
    • Developing different financial health indicators and doing comparisons/benchmarking with similar organizations.


    • Manage data records and relevant databases in physical and soft copy forms;
    • Provide additional support on demand to the clients of the unit;
    • Build capacity within the department on all aspects of this job to ensure continuity;
    • Help other unit members to learn and excel in their work.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field
    • Full accounting qualifications - CPA (K) or ACCA.
    • 6 years progressive practice in Accounting with experience in reporting and costing.
    • Knowledge of computerized accounting software required.
    • Good computer and financial analysis skills.

    Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

    Terms of Appointment

    This position is at job level HG 14 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances

    Method of Application

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