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Jean-Marie Placide Ahouadi
Consultant , Government Agency, NGO/PVO
Abomey-Calavi, Benin
A seasoned bilingual (English and French) Financial Manager, Fulbright Alumnus, who studied, lectured, and practiced Accounting and Financial Management in Africa and in the U.S., totaling more than 35 years of experience (including 20+ years with USAID), is looking for an opportunity to share his skills and knowledge with an organization working in development. Can relocate immediately.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
- From Sept. 2018 to present: Consultant in Financial Management Capacity Building
- From Sept.1997 to Aug. 2018: Financial Analyst of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Benin) which manages the U.S. Government development assistance to Benin.
- From January 1996 to August 1997:
• Consultant
• Accounting Lecturer at Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the Public Administration School of the National University of Benin.
- From 1985 to 1993:
• Accounting Teaching Assistant in the Public Administration School, and the Law, Economics and Political Science College of the National University of Benin.
• Auditor of SAFECO, a CPA firm. Supervised four Junior Auditors.
• Auditor of BEG, a CPA firm.

- From 1983 to 1985: Account Manager in the Controller's Office of the Ministry of Finance (Benin). Ensures the proper implementation of Benin National Budgets in compliance with the Appropriation and any applicable laws.
Education:
University:
- Period: 1993-1995
- Place: The American University,
Kogod College of Business Administration
Washington, DC (USA)
- Diploma: Master’s of Science in Accounting in 1995.
- Period: 1978-1983
- Place: Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Politiques de
l’Université Nationale du Bénin.(Law, Economics and Political Science
College of the National University of Benin)
- Diploma: Maîtrise ès Sciences Economiques -(Option Gestion des entreprises) en
1983- Mention Assez Bien. (Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Major:
Business Administration- With honors)

CONTINUING EDUCATION


? July 2018: Consultants Training organized by ACEF in Cotonou (Benin)
? June 2015: Internal Control Course, organized in Bangkok (Thailand) by USAID/RDMA
? August 2013: Advanced Financial Analysis Course, organized in Bangkok (Thailand) by USAID/RDMA.
? June 2011: Government to Government Implementation Course organized in Accra, Ghana by USAID/Washington (Host Country’s systems appraisal to assess its capacity to manage USAID’s direct assistance);
? May 2011: Local Capacity Development Training organized in Accra, Ghana by USAID/Washington to enhance participants’ skills in designing, awarding, and managing USAID’s direct assistance to local NGOs/PVOs;
? November 2009: Financial Analysis Workshop organized in Cairo by USAID/Egypt;
? June 2008: Project Design and Management (PDM) course organized in Antananarivo by USAID/Madagascar.
? February 2008: Cognizant Technical Officer (CTO) Certification (project managers training) organized by USAID/West Africa, Accra, Ghana.
? September 2007: Programming Foreign Assistance (PFA) course organized by USAID/West Africa, Accra, Ghana.
? November 2006: Financial Analysis Workshop organized in Cairo by USAID/Egypt;
? February-March 2006: Phoenix Training (New USAID Accounting Software) organized in Dakar by USAID/Senegal;
? January 2006: Appropriations Law course organized in Accra (Ghana) by The Graduate School, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
? July 2005: Training on “Cost Estimating for Technical Personnel” and “Writing Performance Work Statements” conducted by Management Concepts (USA).
? June 2005: Training on “The Integrity Act: Management Accountability and Control “conducted by Management Concepts (USA) on the U.S. Integrity Act and how it applies to funds managers.
? September 2004: Performance Management Plan Workshop. Organized by par IBM Business Consulting Services.
? May 2004: Financial Management Overview. Organized by The Graduate School, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
? October 2003: Financial Analysts Workshop and Financial Management Implementation Workshop for USAID Recipients- organized by USAID/Egypt and sponsored by USAID/Botswana, Gaborone.
? September-October 2003: Training
Affiliations and Achievements:
- USAID:
• Monitors USAID/Benin’s Strategic Objective teams’ budgets implementation to ensure actual outlays do not exceed planned expenditures;
• Drafts accounting/financial procedures to ensure consistency in the processing of transactions and compliance with the generally accepted accounting principles;
• Provides technical assistance and training to USAID staff , contractors and grantees on financial management;
• Tracks Mission’s disbursements to its grantees/contractors and determines grantees/contractors’ burn rates and projected expenditures;
• Detects and reports to Mission management all grantees/contractors’ failures to comply with the financial terms of the grants/contracts;
• Liaises, on a proactive basis, with USAID/Benin Mission’s strategic objective teams as well as other technical teams and the front office to ensure they are implementing the financial policies as mandated by the USAID Automated Directives Systems (ADS) and the applicable federal laws and regulations;
• Assists project managers in elaborating Government Cost Estimates;
• Develops budgets for USAID-funded activities;
• Assesses programs/activities proposals submitted by prospective grantees/contractors;
• Conducts pre-award assessments of prospective grantees' financial systems, to determine whether their accounting and internal control systems meet USG standards;
• Conducts financial reviews of USAID/Benin's grantees;
• Assesses the internal control systems of USAID/Benin Mission by performing the verification, on a sample basis, of all types of transactions including payment documents, and the related journal vouchers to ensure compliance with international accounting standards;
• Prepares the Annual Audit Management Plan and Audit Universe for the Mission as requested by the Regional Office of Inspector General based in Pretoria;
• Coordinates all audits performed by external auditors;
• Ensures the implementation and timely closure of audit recommendations;
• Compiles statistical data to substantiate various financial analysis requested by Washington.

- STATECO, CPA firm:
• Prepared the financial statements of Gras Savoye Benin, an insurance company.
• Participated in the installation of a Budget Implementation Tracking System for the Port Autonome de Cotonou.
- SAFECO, CPA firm: Participated in various accounting engagements:
• Société Béninoise de Manutention Portuaire (SOBEMAP), Cotonou;
• Port Autonome de Cotonou (PAC);
• Société Gras Savoye Bénin, etc;

- Controller Office of the Ministry of Finance: Tracked the National Budget implementation to ensure funds availability before the commitment of the Government of Benin.

AWARDS/PRIZES

- Aug 2018: U.S. Flag Award for 21 years of Exemplary Services at U.S. Embassy to Benin
- May 2016: US Embassy Cotonou- Eagle Award for outstanding support and professionalism leading USAID/Benin teams in pre-award assessments;

- April 2012: Team Performance Award in recognition of the dedication, professionalism and hard work displayed by the Office of Financial Management Team that help lead the Mission efforts to successfully complete the rapid appraisal of Host Country’s Public Financial Management systems.

- April 2007: Performance Award in appreciation of my enormous contributions and creative innovations to improve USAID/Benin’s financial operations, which have resulted in greater transparency and accountability, significant savings, and more efficient use of Mission resources.

- December 2005: Performance Award in appreciation of the outstanding collective performance and demonstrated effective teamwork of the Office of Financial Management

- January 2005: Performance Award for my sustained superior performance and outstanding work in developing effective solutions to enhance USAID/Benin’s financial operations.

- June 27, 2003: Meritorious Exceptional Step Increase in recognition of my significant contributions to the successful operati

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, French
    Nationality:
    Benin , United States
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