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Call for Application: Finance Manager

Call for Application: Finance Manager

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Application Deadline: February 13th, 2024.

Type of Contract: Full-time

Department: Finance

Post Level: Managerial

Languages Required: English   

Duration of Initial Contract: One year initially (Extendable)

Yiaga Africa stands as a non-profit civic hub comprised of change-makers dedicated to advancing democratic governance, human rights, and civic engagement. Headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria, our organization delves into comprehensive research, critically examines pivotal democratic and governance issues, formulates practical solutions, and provides training to empower citizens to drive positive change within their communities. Through various innovative programs, we actively promote citizenship, safeguard human rights, and enhance democratic governance. We prioritize building networks and social movements to instigate social change and transformation.

With leadership structures and members spanning all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria, Yiaga Africa is committed to cultivating a diverse, vibrant, innovative, and engaged workforce. Our overarching goal is to realize a people-driven, developed, and democratic Africa. We champion diversity in terms of gender, nationality, religion/belief, culture, and other facets.

In encouraging applications for this role, we particularly welcome young women and individuals with disabilities. All applications will be handled with the utmost confidentiality. At Yiaga Africa, we vehemently oppose sexual exploitation, harassment, abuse, and discrimination. Consequently, all selected candidates will undergo thorough reference and background checks, coupled with comprehensive training.

Overview:

In our aspiration to embody the future vision of Yiaga Africa, we are in search of a candidate with a keen creative mind and a robust financial background to join our dynamic team.

Job Opportunity

We are currently seeking an outstanding individual to assume the role of Finance Manager, providing crucial support to our Finance Department. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Finance Manager will play a key role in ensuring compliance with operational and program-related procedures, overseeing Yiaga Africa’s financial implementation, and establishing robust internal controls. The candidate will be responsible for ensuring adherence to laws, regulations, donor requirements, and Yiaga Africa’s internal policies and procedures.

If you possess the requisite skills and experiences to thrive as a Finance Manager within our organization, we invite you to submit your application now!

Details

This position is initially for a duration of twelve (12) months, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon performance and funding availability. The role entails a commitment of 40 hours per week and offers a competitive salary in line with industry standards.

  • Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with the Head of Finance to optimize the efficiency of the current control system and address any identified compliance gaps.
  • Aid in reconciling overall program budgets and budgets of implementing partners.
  • Conduct accuracy checks to verify the precise entry of transactions into the accounting software.
  • Assist in the preparation of Monthly Payroll and facilitate the accurate and timely payment of related statutory remittances (PAYE, Pensions, NHF, NSITF).
  • Contribute to the preparation of the country’s financial management reports.
  • Assist the team in conducting Monthly Balance Sheet Reconciliations.
  • Review timesheets for coding, leave, holidays, etc.
  • Manage Finance archiving and ensure monthly updates of the finance archiving index.
  • Provide support for audits (donor, internal, external, statutory) by retrieving and refilling documents.
  • Execute payments on the bank platforms, print all payment vouchers, and match them with the documents for filing.
  • Coordinate with Program officers to collect necessary documents and ensure proper documentation after returning from field activities.
  • Ensure compliance with all income taxes, withholding taxes, VAT, and other taxes by withholding and paying them accordingly.
  • Work closely with the Finance and program departments to ensure adherence to Standard Operating Procedures for voucher redemption.
  • Assist in monitoring expenditures to ensure they stay within authorized levels. Review requests for increased imprest levels and prepare disbursement vouchers to replenish imprest accounts.
  • Investigate erroneous charges and take appropriate corrective accounting actions.
  • Scrutinize source documents for completeness, accuracy, and validity of charges.
  • Assist in financial management, tracking, preparing payment letters, drafting financial statements to donors, and recording them appropriately.
  • Participate in and provide financial reporting for annual budget planning, audit reviews, and assessments.
  • Conduct oneself both professionally and personally to uphold the reputation of Yiaga Africa and safeguard its humanitarian mission.
  • Undertake any other responsibilities as assigned.

Core Competencies:

  • Integrity: Exemplifies integrity by embodying the values and ethical standards of Yiaga Africa.
  • Promotion of Vision: Actively promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Yiaga Africa.
  • Diversity and Sensitivity: Displays sensitivity and adaptability to gender, region, religion/belief, race, nationality, culture, and age, fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge Sharing: Actively shares knowledge and experiences with peers and colleagues.
  • Continuous Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to continuous personal learning and development in one or more practice areas. Proactively follows a learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Financial Services: Proficient in performing various standard tasks related to the provision of financial services.
  • Regulatory Knowledge: Possesses a strong understanding of Yiaga Africa’s financial rules and regulations.
  • IT Skills: Exhibits proficiency in IT skills relevant to the role.
  • Client-Focused Results: Prioritizes achieving results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Positive Attitude: Consistently approaches work with energy and maintains a positive and constructive attitude.
  • Resilience: Remains calm, in control, and good-humoured even when working under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, or any related field
  • An advanced degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field is desirable
  • Must possess professional certifications, e.g. ACCA
  • At least seven (7) years or more experience, including 3 years in a managerial position in an NGO’s finance/compliance department or experience managing donor funds, is preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Must have excellent organisational, supervisory, leadership, and managerial skills.
  • Familiarity with office machines (e.g. scanners, printers, etc.)
  • Knowledge of office management and basic bookkeeping
  • Proficient in English (oral and written)
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office packages (especially Excel and Word)
  • Strong communication and people skills
  • Good multi-tasking abilities
  • Problem-solving skills.

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in Hausa or French will be a plus.

How to apply

Interested candidates should fill out the job application form and upload their detailed resume containing their LinkedIn ID, Age, Address, and the contact of referees in MS Word documents here. Submission should be concluded on or before February 11th, 2024.

Only applications sent in the required format will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: Application will be considered on a rolling basis.

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