The African Peer Review Mechanism [APRM] is a voluntary self-monitoring mechanism focused on improving governance in participating countries. The APRM is the main governance programme originating from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – the socio-economic development programme of the African Union [[AU]. This implies that not all Members of the AU participate in the APRM. The APRM was adopted by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee of NEPAD in Abuja on 9 March 2003 as an instrument voluntarily acceded to by African countries as an African governance self–monitoring mechanism.
The APRM objective is to ensure that policies and practices of participating countries conform to the agreed governance values, codes and standards as a means of fostering political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration. Countries willing to adhere to this voluntary programme accede to by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the APRM. The Committee of Heads of State and Government participating in the APRM is the highest policy-making body and is referred to as the APR Forum. The APRM Panel of Eminent Persons [APR Panel] is appointed by the APR Forum to oversee the mechanism on behalf of the Forum. The APR Secretariat provides support to the APR Forum APR Panel, APR Focal points and implements APR processes under the direction of the APR Panel.
A finance strategy has been designed by the Secretariat which is seeking the expertise of a Finance/Operations Consultant for its implementation.
Under the guidance of the CEO the Finance/Operations Consultant acts as an advisor to Senior Management on all aspects of APRM management and operations. This includes strategic financial and human resources management, efficient procurement and logistical services, ICT and common services consistent with APRM/AU rules and regulations. The main role is to lead the operations, ensuring smooth functioning of the APRM programmes/ projects operations, consistent services delivery and constant evaluation and readjustment of the operations to take into account changes in the operating environment as and when needed.
The Finance/Operations Consultant leads and guides the APRM Operations Team and fosters collaboration within the team, with programme staff. The Finance/Operations Consultant works in close collaboration with programme and project teams in APRM, operations staff in AU, and Government officials to successfully deliver operations services.