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  • Posted on: 3 February, 2015 Deadline: 13 February, 2015
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    The British High Commission is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to deliver highest possible standards of service by selecting experienced and professional staff.




    GRADE: B3 (L)

    SALARY: N 442, 149 PER MONTH

    Main purpose of job:

    The British High Commission wishes to recruit a Finance and Programme Officer at the local grade of B3 (L). The successful applicant will join the West Africa Regional Conflict and Stability Team.

    This dynamic, three person team has a regional remit in support of upstream conflict prevention, rapid crisis response and wider UK interests. The team currently oversees a £14m p.a. programme of 25 projects located in eight countries across West Africa. From April, we will manage the new Conflict Stability and Security Fund, with c.£20m focused on Nigeria and the Sahel. The team will grow in size to around five staff.

    The Finance and Programme Officer will be responsible for the financial control and management of the projects within the remit of the Regional Conflict and Stability Team. Amongst other varied duties, the this role includes; leading on monthly and quarterly financial reporting; gathering, preparing and narrating financial data for use in London and by other stakeholders; assessing and understanding project spending profiles and managing projected expenditure against plan.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    Lead on financial management:

    • Carrying out accurate monthly / quarterly monitoring of actual and forecast spend of the programme, through liaising with project leads across W. Africa.
    • Summarising and reporting figures to London and wider stakeholders.
    • Continuous improvement of reporting and quarterly returns processes. 
    • Evaluation of proposed project budgets and assisting implementing partners in creation and maintenance of robust financial planning and reporting procedures.  Manage and account for Overseas Development Assistance / Non-ODA spend across project portfolio. Provide narrative reporting to account for variances and trends.

    Project payments and administration:

    • Liaising with London and implementing partners to assist in invoicing and procurement processes.
    • Lead on use of PRISM software, including creation of supplier sites, requisitions and Purchase Orders.

    Programme management:

    • Assist with day-to-day programme activities including support to the Regional Conflict Officer on Monitoring and Evaluation.
    • Opportunity to support our engagement with the Economic Community of West African States and analysis of conflict issues in West Africa.

    Administrative support:

    • To the Regional Conflict Team e.g. circulating documentation, organising seminars or making flight and hotel bookings.

    Key competences required for the job: 

    1. Changing and Improving,
    2. Collaborating and Partnering,
    3. Delivering Value for Money
    4. Delivering a Quality Service

    Language requirements:

    Language: English
    Level of language required: Fluent

    Other skills / experience / qualifications:

    Essential on arrival: 

    • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
    • Highly organised, able to take initiative and to work accurately withindeadlines and with limited supervision.
    • Proficient with MS Office applications, particularly Excel.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Comfortable working with figures and financial processes.


    • Knowledge of the Prism accounting system
    • Previous experience and / or qualifications in financial management.
    • Previous experience and / or qualifications in project / programme management.
    • Good customer service skills, for dealing with implementing partners and project leads.
    • Knowledge and interest in peace, conflict and security issues in Africa.

    Learning and development opportunities:

    The successful applicant will be required to undertake mandatory Prism eLearning, as necessary, and will also have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities (in-house and overseas training, e-learning, coaching etc.). There may also be the opportunity to travel occasionally within West Africa. 

    Working patterns:

    Potentially open to flexible working hours (e.g. compressed) and arrangements (e.g. laptop from home), while still being a full time position.

    Any other information (or specific local Post requirements):

    This role is Abuja based and reports to the Regional Conflict Adviser (a UK C4 grade staff member).  The salary is fixed at N442,149 per month, with the possibility of non-consolidated performance bonuses.  If the successful candidate is not liable to pay Nigerian tax there will be a 10% notional tax deduction on the basic salary.  Contributory pension and health insurance schemes are available. 

    Working hours are from 8.00am-4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am-1.00pm on Fridays. 

    Annual leave is 25 days, in addition to up to 14 public holidays annually.


    • All applicants must be legally able to work in Nigeria with the correct visa/status or work permit.
    • The British High Commission in Abuja is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
    • Staffs recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Nigerian employment law.
    • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
    • If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. 
    • Note: Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should submit a short (1 page maximum) covering letter stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position along with a copy of their CV (maximum 2 pages).

    Internal applicants should submit this along with a copy of their most recent 24 months of appraisal evidence (i.e. two full appraisals, or however many abridged appraisals, minutes etc to make up two years’ worth of evidence) to Human Resources, by email:

    The closing date is Friday 13 February 2015 and no further applications will be accepted after that date. 

    Please quote in the subject line if you are an internal candidate, or spouse of a diplomatic officer, with the Vacancy Notice No:  01/15 ABJ

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