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  • Posted: Oct 18, 2021
    Deadline: Oct 31, 2021
  • The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations. We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosper...
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    Finance Officer, Nigeria

    Location: Abuja, Sub Saharan Africa, NG
    Pay band: 4
    Contract type: Six months maternity cover
    Department: Finance

    Role Purpose

    • The post holder will report to the Programme Finance Manager, the Finance officer will be responsible for managing and ensuring financial processes of all FCR programmes within the justice, security and conflict sector are implemented as per the British Council and EU driven policies and providing support to the Finance Manager and assistance to programme teams to specifically support the payment and invoicing process as required..

    Main Accountabilities
    The appointed candidate will have the following accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

    • To undertake timely processing of invoices to designated workshops, meetings and events according to stated requirements.
    • Clearly communicate payment processing requirements and any changes to users and the responsible operations manager.
    • Processing payments and reconciling records according to agreed time standards for same.
    • To render advisory assistance to officers and/or consultants involved in programme delivery activities in terms of requirements.
    • To undertake the preparation and/or processing of all offline payment vouchers and cheques.
    • Maintenance of Abuja office cash imprest and support in parking and posting of Petty cash transactions on to SAP.
    • Audit travel, procurement and workshop expenses as may be directed by the Finance Manager, keeping and recording items in Finance Safe.
    • Printing, filing, scanning and updating of finance related documents.
    • Supporting all payment and processing functions of the finance team.
    • Working closely with the Finance Manager and the Country Finance Team to ensure that due process is followed and that Nigeria’s finances are managed in line with corporate and client requirements
    • Work closely with and provide advice and training on finance for non-finance staff.
    • Overseeing the activities of State Office Admin and Resource Assistants in management of Petty cash transactions and support in parking and posting of these transactions on SAP.
    • Provides coaching and mentoring for staff in the project teams, as agreed to build capability and capacity within the team and ensure the team receives the support it requires.
    • As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.

    Role Specific Knowledge and Experience
    The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a Full Cost Recovery programme finance environment.
    • High levels of personal effectiveness and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines.
    • Experience working with SAP.
    • In depth knowledge of book keeping and accounting procedures is a must along with high degree of concentration and an ability to identify accounting discrepancies.
    • Ability to maintain and update accounting spreadsheets, journal logs to ensure that it is compliant with organizations rules and regulations, and any other relevant legislation.
    • Ability to handle high volumes of financial data and information, and should be well acquainted with ways of storing and retrieving it whenever there is any need.


    • Evidence of continuous professional development in ACA/ACCA/CPA Professional Accounting qualifications
    • Experience of working in a Full Cost Recovery (FCR) project
    • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context
    • Computer skills - A good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

    Essential Requirements:

    • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

    NGN8,106,740.00 annually

    Method of Application

    Note: A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

    Interested and qualified? Go to British Council on to apply

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

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