Closing Date : 2017-01-13
Duty Station : Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Organization: University College London
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 13 Jan 2017

BACKGROUND
In an effort to improve the lives of the poor urban dwellers and build the capacity of urban stakeholders, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit has formed a strategic partnership with Njala University in Sierra Leone, to establish the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC).
The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, was initially funded by a core grant from Comic Relief and SLURC finance has been relatively simple. However, SLURC funding has now been diversified into multiple sources. The aim of the consultancy is to support SLURC to shift towards a more complex organisational accounting and financial system, to enable the centre to operate in accordance to the donor s and sector s standards of operation, and grow into a sustainable research institution.

SCOPE OF THE WORK:

Identify the specific financial and accounting needs of SLURC
Identify appropriate systems (including software) that could help SLURC perform its accounting, costing and financial planning
Support SLURC transition from project finance to organisational finance able to cope with multiple projects
Help establishing systems and procedures that prepare SLURC to undergo audits while comply with best practice and UCL/donor requirements
Work with SLURC directors and senior staff to ensure they have an in-depth understanding of SLURC finance and it s functioning.
Help create systems and practices that enable SLURC:
o To efficiently manage cash flow
o To easily understand financial situation, including resources available
o To identify how to cost the time of its researchers in order to cover some costs such as rent, employment costs, equipment, etc.
o To make financial forecasting and planning

OBJECTIVES

The consultant will be working directly with the recently recruited Senior Finance Administrator and SLURC project manager (based in Freetown) and the DPU project administrator based in London.
The objectives of this consultancy are (subject to recommendations and proposals):

The consultant(s) may have a number of meetings (they can be online) with the team in Freetown and London to understand SLURC needs.

The consultant(s) will need to propose the systems and procedures that would work for SLURC and justify the proposal, explaining advantages and disadvantages compared to other systems (including software).

The consultant(s) will have to spend time at SLURC to help the implementation of these new systems and procedures.

The consultant(s) will be available to support and monitor the implementation of the systems and procedures (remotely if not based in Freetown) consultant(s) will provide advise the preparation of financial documents for first SLURC audit.


How to apply:

We are asking for the submission of expressions of interest from organisations or individual consultants.
Please submit: CV(s) of consultant(s), details of previous similar work, an indication of daily rates, and a letter (max 2pages) explaining how your experience make you/your team suitable for the task and how you would approach the work.
By email to andrea.rigon@ucl.ac.ukby 13 January 2017

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