Finance Specialist Job in Nigeria

 Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department.Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support education programs in Nigeria.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance Specialist

Location: Yola, Adamawa

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching (Adamawa) and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and well-being necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains. LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Job Summary

  • This Finance Specialist leads the finance processes in the field office in liaison with the Senior Finance Director.
  • The position will manage the finance activities and ensure all procedures in the field office are conducted as outlined in the finance policy and reports/postings are done in time.
  • Ensure all financial activities are conducted in line with the field finance guide and finance manual of Creative Associates International.

Essential Duties

  • Administer petty cash operations and provide accountability and reporting in full compliance with USAID and Creative standards.
  • Processing of check requests and wire transfers for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements.
  • Review and process vendor and consultant fee payments in accordance with USAID and Creative account procedures and contract policies.
  • Remit and file all the statutory deductions (including processing of tax clearance certificate) on monthly basis.
  • Work closely with the Abuja Finance Team to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports and respond to any inquiries on a monthly basis to ensure that no issue is been carried forward.
  • Implement systems and ensure proper checks and balances to mitigate potential for fraud or improper use of funds.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Required Education & Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree or professional Accounting / Financial qualification is highly desired.
  • At least 5 years of prior work experience (5+ years general work experience and including at least 3+ years of specific experience related to the position required. If supervising staff, must have 2+ years of supervisory experience related to the position.
  • Knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations, and previous experience working on USAID-funded projects highly preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of spoken and written English highly desired, English proficient level required. Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Experience working with any accounting software (such as Microsoft Dynamics/ QuickBooks/ SAP/ etc.)
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.

Application Closing Date
12th July, 2024.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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  • Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
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