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  • Job Vacancy at Finca International

  • Posted on: 16 February, 2015 Deadline: 27 February, 2015
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  • FINCA International is seeking an experienced accounting professional who thrives in dynamic environments to be part of the establishment and management of FINCA’s regulated microfinance bank start-up in Owerri, Nigeria.

    Chief Accountant


    The Chief Accountant is a senior member of the Finance and Administration department reporting directly to the Chief Finance Officer. S/he ensures the overall supervision of the section, safeguards the company’s physical and financial assets with the aim of maximizing returns. S/he reviews the inventory as well as (he accounts records. S/he further oversees the smooth running of the department in the absence of the CFO/Finance Manager.


    • Supervise the preparation, recording, control, monitoring, maintenance and reconciliation of financial transactions and provide overall management of the accounts of the company
    • Ensure timely preparation and fair presentation of accounting records, financial statements and tax/statutory withholding returns in accordance with internal procedures and policies, IFRS accounting standards and all applicable regulatory requirements and avail financial reports and records to Management, the Board or other stakeholders as required.
    • Evaluate and improve work processes to improve efficiency, quality and reliability
    • Supervise, train and manage performance of staff within the department

     Qualifications and Experience:

    • Degree in Accounting, CPA/ACCA or Chartered Accountancy Equivalent is required (Master's Degree is preferred)
    • Minimum of 3 years' experience in financial management of or accounting in a company (preferably a financial institution) and at least 2 years’ experience supervising accounting functions
    • Experienced with at least one type of accounting software; experience in management of accounts in a core banking system (especially FLEXCUBE retail) is highly beneficial
    • A sound knowledge of microfinance and principles and banking practices
    • Proficient in MS-Office Suite (especially Excel); Experience in Microfin is beneficial
    • Fluency in English is required; fluency in Igbo or other local language desired

     Candidate Profile:

    • Commitment to establishing a successful function within a growing organization
    • Willingness to relocate to or within Nigeria and to travel within the country (up to 15% of time)
    • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
    • Highly attentive to detail with excellent organizational and documentation skills
    • Results-oriented, with the ability to drive projects from inception to execution stages
    • Enterprising personality with the ability to adapt and acquire new skills
    • Strong fit to FINCA’s desired corporate culture and values, and is committed to furthering FINCA’s mission and vision.  In particular, must demonstrate a commitment to transparency and integrity
    • Understands the needs of a start-up, with willingness and ability to perform duties beyond the scope of work

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