Finance Officer at Creative Associates International


Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges.

BACKGROUND

Creative Associates International Inc. is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 30 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted Creative Associates International to implement the Northeast Connection activity to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to violent extremist infiltration and conflict. By targeting communities not yet under the control of violent extremist organizations (VEOs), this activity will seize the opportunity to mitigate the grievances that make communities vulnerable to violent extremism, while building social cohesion within and across communities in northeast Nigeria. In addition to helping northeastern Nigerians create a stronger foundation against the violent extremist and conflict threats, the activity is designed to develop local capacity to respond to emerging threats. In order to enable flexible and adaptive management of the activity in a complex environment, the activity includes a focused effort on research and analysis of the threats and coordination around programmatic opportunities and responses

POSITION SUMMARY

The Finance Officer is responsible for providing effective financial support to the project assuring compliance with internationally recognized finance policies and procedures. The scope of the position includes but is not limited to assisting with entering local transactions in accounting software, running monthly reports, processing travel advances, processing payroll, reviewing expense reports, monitoring receivables and payables, ensuring compliance with Nigerian and international finance regulations, ensuring adequate cash balances to cover project activities and processing wire transfer requests. This position will be based in Adamawa,State. This position will be based in Adamawa State. Limited travel may be required to programming locations in Yobe and Borno.

REPORTING & SUPERVISION

The Finance Officer is supervised by the Finance Manager in Adamawa State.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Apply internationally accepted accounting principles and procedures to analyzing financial information and prepare accurate and timely financial reports.
  • Ensure appropriate accounting control procedures.
  • Monitor cash balances, prepare advance account reconciliations and bank reconciliations.
  • Review local expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance with internationally accepted financial practices before reimbursement.
  • Coordinate with program and administrative staff to ensure transactions are properly coded.
  • Maintain a good system of records.
  • Prepare wire transfer requests, if any.
  • Coordinate with the bank for information regarding balance account, bank statements, exchange rates, etc.
  • Work with the Finance Manager to ensure compliance with internationally accepted financial practices and procedures.
  • Prepare financial reports, as required.
  • Communicate information in a way that demonstrates a basic understanding of development assistance work, project culture, values, and practices.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • University degree in accounting, finance or related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in accounting with at least 5 years of general experience is required.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Experience with computerized accounting systems is required.
  • Strong analytical skills are required.
  • Multi-tasking with positive attitude is required.
  • Knowledge of payroll and tax issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, sustainable relationships with project staff and bank officials, as well as the development community is required.
  • Prior experience with international organizations or international-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is required.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: Recruitment@connection-nigeria.com using the position as subject of email.

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