Personal Assistant, Marketing Unit Manager, Systems Security Administrator, Satellite Unit Manager, Public Relations Officer, Chief Accountant, Regional Team Leader at SMEP Deposit Taking Microfinance Limited

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

SMEP Deposit Taking Microfinance Limited, a Christian based MFI regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya, invites applications from interested and suitably qualified candidates to fill the positions of:

Public Relations Officer
PRO/7/10/HRD/2013
This position is based in the CEO’s office and the successful candidate will be charged with the overall responsibility of overseeing public relations and communication that foster a positive company image.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate products/services promotional activities and events with appointed agencies and ensure adherence to corporate and product brand guidelines
  • Promote a positive company image
  • Participate in developing and ensuring implementation of effective customer care mechanisms that ensure responsiveness to customers’ expectations
  • Coordinate preparation of budgets and control expenditure for the section
  • Provide leadership, staff development and ensure an environment of discipline and team work
  • Maintain excellent stakeholder relations
  • Liaise effectively with electronic, print and other media for dissemination of positive Company information
  • Give leadership in formulation of Company’s communication strategy
  • Provide protocol services during Company functions and visits
  • Advise management on innovations and developments for appropriate positioning of the Company
  • Any other function as may be directed by the Management from time to time
Qualifications and Competencies
  • Bachelors degree or postgraduate qualification in Public Relations or other qualifications such as Journalism, Advertising or Marketing and Communication, Business Management, Psychology, English or Political science
  • Professional qualifications in CIPR Advanced diploma in public relations, CIPR diploma in public relations and CAM diploma in Marketing Communications will be an added advantage
  • 3 years working experience in relevant field and a busy environment
  • Should be aged between 25 to 35 years
  • Applicants must be committed Christians
Other Key Skills: This is a job that requires interacting with people of all walks of life thus should possess very good communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, good planner and organizer of events.

Personal Assistant – CEO’S Office

PA/6/10/HRD/2013

The successful candidate is expected to coordinate and manage activities, communication, information to and from the CEO’s office which touches on internal and external clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and coordinate the administrative responsibilities of the CEO’s office.
  • Ensure efficient secretarial services to the CEO’s office.
  • Monitor office operational activities and schedules to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
  • Facilitate and coordinate inter-departmental meetings.
  • Process all correspondence to shareholders, directors, partners, banks, service providers and other stakeholders and deal with routine inquiries.
  • Make local and international travel arrangements for the CEO and other staff as directed.
  • Manage the flow of internal and external information/communication within the CEO’s office.
  • Coordinate activities, functions and logistics within the CEO’s office.
  • Maintain effective filing system for the CEO’s office.
  • Keep the diary and schedule meetings in consultation with the CEO.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time.
Qualifications and Competencies
  • Bachelors degree in Business Studies/Administration, Business Management, Communication, Marketing, postgraduate diploma in Business and Secretarial duties will be an additional advantage
  • 3 years working experience in a similar position and in a busy environment
  • Possess excellent computer literacy
  • Should be aged above 25 years
  • Applicants must be committed Christians
Other Key Skills: This is a job that requires good communication and organizational skills, flexibility and ability to multi—task, ability and readiness to work under pressure with minimum supervision. The holder must uphold integrity and honesty together with excellent interpersonal skills.

Satellite Unit Manager

SUM/5/10/HRD/2013
Reporting to the Regional Team Leader, the successful candidates will be charged with the overall responsibility of overseeing the activities of the Satellite Unit.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business management, Banking, Finance or Economics
  • CPA/CPS professional qualifications will be an added advantage
  • At least 2 years working experience in credit or financial institution
  • Computer literacy in windows environment and relevant accounting/portfolio management package especially T-24 Emerge will be an added advantage
  • Be aged between 25-40 years
  • Applicants must be committed Christians

Marketing Unit Manager

MUM/4/10/HRD/2013
Reporting to the Regional Team Leader, the successful candidates will be charged with the overall responsibility of overseeing the activities of our Marketing Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promotion and marketing of SMEP DTM’s products,
  • Customer recruitment,
  • Loan appraisals and approval,
  • Custodian of company assets,
  • Staff and customer training,
  • Maintain quality portfolio,
  • Savings mobilization,
  • Field supervision
  • Liaison with collaborators and partners, Report writing among other duties
Qualifications and Competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business management, Banking, Finance or Economics from any recognized and chartered university
  • CPA/CPS (K) graduates will also be considered.
  • At least 3 years working experience of in credit or financial institution
  • Computer literacy in windows environment and relevant accounting/portfolio management package especially T-24 Emerge will be an added advantage
  • Aged 25-40 years
  • Applicants must be committed Christians

Systems Security Administrator

SSA/3/10/HRD/2013
Reporting to the Head of ICT the successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring, reviewing and ensuring systems, data and information security across the company. 

The Systems Security Administrator will be expected to put in measures to safeguard company, shareholders, staff and clients data/information across the Network on a T24 Banking System environment and other Business Systems in the company. 

The Systems Security Administrator will monitor system security installations, constantly review data/information movement to identify possible breaches or unwarranted access, proactively spearhead sealing of any loopholes, and ensure the company ICT security policies, regulatory and systems security standards are complied with. 
The Systems Security Administrator is also expected to play an integral part in the development of systems, short-term and long-term ICT goals in a dynamic business environment.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Monitor, review and secure the WAN/LAN, Internet, Website and other online resources for the company
  • Monitor, review and secure T24 Banking System and integrated Channels
  • Monitor, review and secure all Business Systems and integrated 3rd party systems
  • Develop and deploy systems security features necessary to safeguard company systems
  • Ensure the security, reliability, and availability of all company data and information, stored locally and remotely.
  • Executive recovery procedures on security breaches of systems and ensure no recurrence
  • Review and ensure secure integration of new business systems, internal and external system services and user access, as need arise.
  • Conduct reviews of data in the company systems to search for any fraudulent/unauthentic transactions or records.
  • Liaise with service providers to ensure security of all systems integrated on the network.
  • Conduct periodic tests and reviews of system security installations that have been setup to safeguard access of data/information across the company.
  • Support internal and external customers to ensure security of all systems within and integrated on the network.
  • Conduct training and awareness on systems, data and information security across the company as need arise.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by Management from time to time.
Qualifications and competencies
  • Must have BSc Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science
  • Must hold valid Certification in Systems Security from a recognised institution(s)
  • Must be well versed with T24 Banking System administration
  • Must be well versed with Systems Security Standards
  • Should have 3 years of relevant work experience in a financial institution(s)
  • Should be aged between 25 – 35 years
  • Must be a committed Christian

Regional Team Leader

RTL/2/10/HRD/2013
The main purpose for the job is to provide leadership to the Region by managing all the planning and co-ordination of activities and ensure efficiency and effectiveness in all operations within the Region assigned. 
The job involves extensive travel within the Region of one’s jurisdiction in Kenya.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Operations, the successful candidate will: –
  • Ensure organization’s policy, procedures, and business plans are clearly explained, understood and implemented within the Region
  • Set realistic targets and monitor performance management process, appraisals and evaluation for each Business Units within the Region. Must also ensure portfolio quality is maintained through effective monitoring, evaluation and follow up on the Units under their jurisdiction
  • Carry out deposit mobilization activities and initiatives in the Region.
  • Establish and nurture productive relationships with key stakeholders in the Region.
  • Ensure submission of accurate & timely monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the supervisor within the given deadlines.
  • Ensure cost effective implementation of business plans and all other activities as per the set out budgets for the Region.
  • Support the implementation of an effective staff management process is in place and operational for their Region; recruitment, induction/orientation, training, performance management, discipline and growth and development.
  • Advices the supervisor on matters related to credit operations and provide market intelligence information to guide in policy formulation and attain competitive advantage. Coordinate market surveys for new areas, potential markets and credit needs analysis within the Region.
  • Ensure adherence to effective checks and balances, procedures and clear audit trails within the Business Units and carry out other duties assigned by the Management from time to time
Qualifications and Competencies
  • Masters degree in Business, Economics, Marketing or Social Science
  • Diploma in microfinance or banking field
  • Be aged between 35-45 years
  • Have 5 years relevant work experience preferably in a financial/microfinance environment
  • Applicants must be committed Christians
Other Key Skills: Posses a demonstrated ability in strategy formulation, excellent public relations and communication skills, a team player with excellent managerial, organization and interpersonal skills including ICT skills

Chief Accountant

CA/1/10/HRD/2013
Reporting to the Head of Finance the successful candidate will supervise and facilitate payment, collection and banking of revenue and overseeing the preparation of all financial documents for annual statutory audit. 

The Chief Accountant is also expected to play an integral part in developing long-term goals including writing of proposals for investment that will help in growing business besides implementing financial strategies created by management.


Duties and responsibilities
  • Daily cash flow and treasury management and provide analysis that support management in making short and long term financial decisions.
  • Coordinate budget preparation, monitor and ensure control of the same
  • Manage all aspects of company financial records, assets and liability management, using available software e.g. for purchasing, customer invoicing, credit control & VAT
  • Should be conversant with T24 Banking System
  • Manage all aspects of the company accounting structures and processes, including support to business unit heads, other budget and P&L holders; and including preparation of monthly management accounts
  • In charge of payment and responsible for collection and banking of revenue
  • Responsible for annual statutory audit and writing of proposals for investment
  • Supervise a team of accountants
  • Manage the company ad-hoc expense payments, including petty cash
  • Responsible for Business bank account management, including bank reconciliation
  • Deputize for the Head of Finance at certain times for which delegated authority will be given
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the management from time to time
Qualifications and competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting option) or Business Finance/Administration/Economics or related field. Training in microfinance or banking field will be an added advantage
  • Must be a CPA (K) or ACCA finalist in related accounting, finance or audit field.
  • Computer literate in the relevant accounting packages
  • Be aged between 30-40 years
  • Have 5 years’ experience 3 of which in a similar position preferably in a financial/microfinance environment
  • Applicants must be committed Christians

Other Key Skills: Be flexible, self motivated team worker with high attention to detail, possess exceptional accounting competencies and complete understanding of cash flow, P&L and Balance Sheet management

How to Apply

Qualified and interested candidates who meet the above criteria should download the “Job Application Form” at www.smep.co.ke/opportunities, and send their filled applications to [email protected] on or before Tuesday, 23rd October, 2013.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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