Accounting Officer Role

What is the role of the Accounting Officer?

An Accounting Officer is a person who controls and is personally accountable to Parliament for the regularity and propriety for all resources wholly funded through the Consolidated Fund. ·

  • Responsible for the Entity's overall procurement and disposal process·
  • Has overall responsibility for ensuring procurement funds are spent efficiently in accordance with applicable legislation·
  • Establishes a contracts committee·
  • Nominates the chairperson, secretary and members of the Contracts Committee (Treasury approve). After approval appoints them·
  • The power to terminate, remove or substitute a member of the contracts committee rests with the Accounting officer.·
  • AO to inform the Authority of the composition and qualifications of the members of the CC not later than 14 days from date of appointment·
  • Establishes a procurement and disposal unit (MPS recruits the procurement staff) and informs the Authority of the membership and qualifications of the PDU staff within 10 working days·
  • Commits funds to support a procurement or disposal activity·
  • Communicates award decisions·
  • Signs the awarded contract·
  • Responsible for investigating complaints from providers and issue a decision in writing within 15 working days·
  • Ensures implementation of the contract as per terms of the award·
  • In case of termination of contract by the CC, the AO implements that decision.