Accountant at Malaria Consortium


  • Malaria Consortium Nigeria is committed to tackling the large number of malaria cases and deaths in the country. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other partners, we lead and support three major malaria control initiatives in the country: Support to the National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP); NetWorks and MAPS. Our areas of focus in…

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    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
    • Experience 5 years
    • Location Kano
    • Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit&nbsp

    Role Type: National
    Length of Contract: Indefinte
    Department: Finance
    Role Type: National
    Duration: 40 Hours
    Reports To: Line Manager – Country Finance Manager
    Directs Reports: Country Office AccountOfficers
    Travel Involved: 20%
    Child Safeguarding Level: 4
    Grade: 8

    Job Purpose

    • To maintain and control the completeness and accuracy of the financial system for the Nigeria office, and provide a full accounting service to all projects in reporting all transactions to the Nigeria Head officeaccurately on a timely basis.

    Scope of Work

    • The Accountant is responsible for overseeing the internal control and compliance functions of MC Nigeria programme portfolio; including audit, financial review and compliance.

    Key Working Relationships:

    • TheAccountant will support and report to the Country Finance Manager but will interact with the Senior Finance Support Managerto ensure internal control system is adequate.
    • The Accountant will work closely with management,technicaland operations team in country. Members of the finance team in the country office, including the Accountantare five in number but the Accountant will work closely with other finance staff in all programmes in MC Nigeria portfolio, which are fourin number.

    Key Accountabilities
    Financial Administration (5%):

    • Act as the first point of contact for projects and programmes payment queries.
    • Assist the Country Finance Managerwith queries relating to all projects report.
    • Manage and oversee the entry of all Nigeria Naira payments and receipts into the GL for MC Nigeria programme portfolio2.PS

    Financial System (10%):

    • Check the correctness of coding, completeness of financial documents and review the batches of invoices and payments prior to posting to the accounting system.
    • Review all outstanding advances with the Abuja and filed offices Accounts Officers(as applicable) and ensure they are chased and cleared on the accounting system.
    • Make sure that allcollections are made using MC receipt voucher and deposited to theappropriate MC account on time.
    • Make adjustments as necessary using a Journal Voucher (JV) and keep the JV form sequentially in file, after approval by the CFM.

    Reporting (25%):
    Internal Reporting:

    • Prepare monthlyreports to the CFM to a set monthly finance timetable which comprises the following:
      • Bank reconciliation statements including copy of bank statement .
      • Aged list of outstanding Advances and Other ledger balances.
      • Fixed asset register update and Spot Check reports.
      • Authorised Petty Cash Count Certificate and reconciliations.
      • Monthly timesheet update.

    External Reporting: Donor Reports

    • Prepare donor financial reports in conjunction with project managers on a timely basis and with the frequency required by the donor.
    • Respond and take corrective action to any review comments from both the project managers and the Finance Support Manager (HQ) on the donor reports.
    • Assist project managers in the revision and realignment of their donor budgets.

    Management Accounting (25%):

    • Issue monthly project management accounts to project managers and meet with each monthly to discuss the results, amend mis‐posting and other errors.
    • Prepare a country variance report of the major variances of each project and share with the country SMT, so that they can review and approved the agreed actions for improving financial performance.
    • Assist project managers to plan future expenditure and cash needs and to take remedial action where there are overspends.
    • Work with the project managers on supporting the internal forecasting process that take place every four months to produce a financial plan linked to their work plan.
    • Prepare all mapped and phased budgets from the financial plans for inclusion in the internal forecast.
    • Analyse project expenditure to ensure value‐for‐money.
    • Maintain a database of costing to enable cross‐project comparisons to be made and to assist and speed up the preparation of new project budgets by technical staff.

    Field Offices (10%):

    • Arrange for timely fund transfers to the field offices and ensureproper accounting of transfers.
    • Review transactions and monthly returns of the field offices for error and accuracy.
    • Check correct procedures are followed for all transactions.
    • Support the field offices to close the books of accounts on monthly basis according to the finance timetable.
    • Support in the preparation and review of bank reconciliations for the field offices.
    • Carry out regular visits to all field offices to ensure quality in all aspects of finance management and support finance staff.
    • Conduct orientation of new finance staff at all levels in the field offices.
    • Act as conduit between field offices and Country Office in Abuja on issues resolution.
    • Provide training and build capacity of the project team based in thefield offices, in order to continuously improve the finance systems.

    Human Resources (5%):

    • Manage all Account Officers in the country office.
    • Work with the account officersto set personal objectives for continuous development and performance expectations in coordination with the CFM and carry out performance review at regular intervals and at an annual review including the setting of objectives for the year.
    • Manage and provide active support, capacity building, motivation and leadership to the Account Officers.
    • Approve timesheet for Account Officers and delivery to the CFM on time.
    • Manage the Account Officersto coordinate staff absences in covering all gaps and handovers priorto any leave.

    Finance Support to Additional Assigned Programme Activities (5%):

    • In consultation with the Country Finance Manager, take the lead in planning, implementing and review the finance aspect of the additional assigned programme activities.
    • Assess and mitigate any financial risk to MC in carryingout these programme activities.
    • Ensure all individual involved in these additional assigned programme activities are abreast and comply with finance, procurement and other relevant procedures of MC.
    • Ensure all advances are fully retired, budget / expenditure analysis prepared for all the additional assigned programme activities.

    Compliance and Internal Control (15%):

    • Conduct periodic internal Control review and compliance visit to the field offices to ensure all procedures are adhered to.
    • Identify compliance and internal control weaknesses and make recommendation on the way to correct lapses and forestall reoccurrence.
    • Produce monthly review report and field visit report including monthly trackers on all internalcontrol and related issues and follow up for prompt resolution.

    Person Specification
    The successful candidate will have:

    • Qualified ICAN, ACA, ACCA or CIMA Accountant.
    • Minimum of five (5) years experience in non-profit Accounting preferably with an International Organization, with at least 2 years experience at the management level.

    Work-Based Skills and Competencies:

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Knowledge of NGO donors and their financial reporting requirements.
    • Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft excel.
    • Working knowledge of accounting software .
    • Good analytical and reporting skills.
    • Strong ability to be able to manage and prioritise multiple tasks

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Malaria Consortium on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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