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Position Title: Finance Officer
Reports to: State Team Leader
The Finance Officer has oversight responsibility for coordination of a treasury functions of the SCiN, which includes operational cash flow functions, banking and custody of funds, collection and insurance.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Ensure timely and appropriate cash flows, transaction journals, matched with the operational needs of the state office and budget forecasts, and in line with SC policies, and requirements.
- Manage the electronic spreadsheet/format for receiving and disbursing funds; coordinate the preparation and timely submission of monthly financial reports and other reports to Abuja as required. Ensure accurate keeping of account books (electronic and paper) for the state office.
- Ensure that timely and accurate information is generated and disseminated accordingly to the project team, to inform activity planning and forecasts.
- Process all banking activities in the state office, ensuring that bank account records are accurately maintained, and that bank statements are obtained on a timely basis.
- Process all payments (cheque and/or cash) to vendors, service providers, and partners in line with SC policies requirements. Ensure all financial transactions in the state office are appropriately approved, authorised and administered, in line with SCI and programme policies.
- Maintain the office cash box and disburse cash payments. Ensure weekly cash counts are done and properly documented by non-finance staff.
- Facilitate statutory payments to the relevant authorities such as PAYE, WHT, and pension deduction and ensure adequate documentation is kept in the office.
- Conduct state level finance induction for all new staff on finance policies, systems and procedure.
- Support the state teams to provide administrative and technical support to the partners to ensure that all financial documentation and reports are prepared and submitted on a timely basis in line with SC policies, project agreements.
- In collaboration with the line manager support the training in financial management in accordance with SC’s financial management policies.
- Work with the state team to establish basic systems/procedures for state office support functions, such as: communications, documentation, records and file-keeping, publications, training resources and informational materials, inventories for office supplies and equipment, etc.
- Provide support in coordinating all state-level procurement activities, basic administrative functions, and asset/property management in line with SC policies and liaise with other external stakeholders as needed.
Additional Job Responsibilities:
- The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Behaviours (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
Required Qualification and Skills
- Level of Education – B.Sc, B.Tech/HND or equivalent
- Specified Study Area – Finance / Accounts / Business Administration
- Experience in working with an INGO or partners accountable for grants and other financial support provided to implement project activities, particularly at community level.
- Excellent verbal communication and listening skills.
- Language Requirements: Spoken English-Excellent; Written English-Excellent
- Must be able to speak at least one local language predominant in that state (Hausa).
- 3 years’ experience working in Northern Nigeria and familiar with the terrain, a plus
- Level of IT and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)- AGGRESSO, SAP, PRISM, GLACOS etc
- Excellent using MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
- Professional certificate in accounting and finance – ACCA, ICAN or NAN
Application Deadline: 28th June, 2018.
Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be assessed as received and ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.