MANDATE - ABIOGeT 2021
CPAs Without Borders
CPAs Without Borders (CPAWB) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2013. CPAWB was founded by a group of CPAs, with the goal of using the skills of CPAs to contribute positively to the well-being of foreign communities in need.
CPAWB aims to, by its projects and field mandates, train and develop staff at foreign not-for profits, in fields of expertise related to the CPA profession. More specifically, in matters of financial management, governance & ethics, and sustainable development amongst other topics.
Beginning of mandate
May first, 2021
Duration of mandate
To be determined
Number of CPAWB field volunteers
1 manager - a volunteer from CPAWB
1 staff - a volunteer from CPAWB
OBJECTIVES OF THE MANDATE
CPAWB has entered into a partnership with the organization ABIOGeT (Actions pour la Biodiversité et Gestion des Terroirs) in order to provide ABIOGeT CPAWB’s pro-bono services.
About ABIOGeT : https://www.abioget.org/
Based in Maroua, Cameroon, ABIOGeT’s mission is to combat desertification, climate change and food insecurity within Cameroon and other areas of Africa. ABIOGeT does so through its programs and projects which focus on agroforestry, environmental education, water management and humanitarian work.
Internationally, ABIOGeT assists in Tchad at the Binder-Lere Wildlife Reserve. Throughout its existence, ABIOGeT has signed partnership agreements with allowing it to operate in several locations. For example, partnerships with the University of Laval in 2019, World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in 2020, the Government of Canada in October 2020 and recently the University of Quebec in Rimouski in February 2021.
In the opinion of ABIOGeT, sustainable development starts with making organizations cognizant of its importance, training organizations to operate in a sustainable manner and improving the standard of living of marginalized populations.
Reinforcement of management and governance practices within ABIOGeT
CPAWB has agreed to partake in a series of mandates with ABIOGeT. The first, to assist ABIOGeT with a self-diagnosis (current state analysis) whereby ABIOGeT will identify improvement opportunities regarding its accounting, management, and governance practices with regards to its local operations (in Cameroon).
This first mandate will allow CPAWB and ABIOGeT to establish a plan and scope for subsequent mandates, which will assist ABIOGeT in the following areas;
Adoption of appropriate and efficient accounting practices
Optimization of ABIOGeT’s management and decision-making process
Analysis and planning of future projects
Conformity regarding accounting operations
Description of tasks to be performed
As an expert in management and governance, the selected candidate(s) will work directly with ABIOGeT’s CEO based in Quebec (Mascouche) and Cameroon and will assist in strengthening the local team’s skills relating to the daily management of the organization.
The selected candidate(s) will primarily perform the following tasks;
First introductory mandate;
Solidify the relationship between CPAWB and ABIOGeT
Perform a SWOT and current state analysis of ABIOGeT’s current situation
Provide recommendations regarding ABIOGeT’s short and long-term objectives
Establish an action plan for subsequent mandates between CPAWB and ABIOGeT
Assist in the implementation of best practices and process improvements relating to governance
Document mandate milestones (Diagnostic/Current State Analysis, recommendations, implementation of recommendations, etc.)
Planning of subsequent mandates;
Participate in the recruitment of CPAWB volunteers for subsequent mandates
Assist in training the CPAWB selected for the subsequent mandates and ensuring a smooth knowledge transfer
Ensure that the subsequent mandates are completed and perform a follow-up with ABIOGeT to validate the effectiveness of the mandates.