Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its
interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development and
conflict mitigation. With the insurgency spilling over from the
north-east of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of
individuals, Mercy Corps has
decided to address the rising humanitarian
needs among displaced households and vulnerable host communities by
starting its humanitarian program in July 2014.
Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response in
north-east Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional and
varied assistance in a wider geographic area. In addition to
humanitarian program, Mercy Corps also implements adolescent girls and
boys empowerment and youth engagement programs.
Mercy Corps is recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Internal Auditor
Location: Abuja, Nigeria ; with frequent travel across Nigeria, including north-east.
General Position Summary
- The Compliance Manager will assist the Country Office Management
in reviewing, documenting and establishing effective financial and
operational controls over the “north – east” program’s administrative
and programmatic activities in its field offices and programs sites.
- The Compliance Manager will examine, review and analyze records,
reports, financial statements and management practices to ensure
adequate internal controls are in place to mitigate risks in compliance
with laws, regulations, donor requirements and Mercy Corps policies and
Essential Job Functions
- Help identify efficient and effective solutions to operational
issues which ensure compliance with Mercy Corps’ policies and donor
regulations, mitigate the risk of fraud and corruption, yet also
facilitate the achievement of program objectives.
- Assist Programs and Finance with adapting established procedures
or, as necessary, designing and documenting new procedures for program
activities which involve providing a direct financial benefit to
beneficiaries (i.e. Vouchers or Cash For Work).
- On a sample basis, regularly perform reviews of procurement and
program transactions and supporting documents to ensure transactions are
in compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures and grant
agreements and regulations;
- In coordination with country management and HQ finance, assist
with the follow-up and resolution of external audit or Mercy Corps
Internal Audit findings;
- Conduct regular anti-corruption and fraud prevention trainings to all staff.
- Stay current on the active programs and grants of Mercy Corps
Nigeria as well as their specific regulations and requirements. In
coordination with Finance and Programs, develop and/or monitor
grant-specific compliance trackers.
- As needed, draft prior approval, waiver and other compliance
requests to the donor on behalf of Mercy Corps in coordination with HQ
Compliance, the country Finance Manager and individual program
- For both the country and field offices, perform internal control
reviews of in-country processes including cash management, procurement,
logistics, and stock management including food commodities, assets
management and coordinate with the relevant departments to correct
weaknesses and improve controls as needed; prepare action plans to
address findings and monitor the status of action plan implementation;
- Prepare a Country Office Risk Register in conjunction with program managers and ensure quarterly updates;
- Perform other related special projects and duties as determined and assigned by management.
Corruption and Incident Response:
- Following Mercy Corps procedures, serve as country focal point
for the internal reporting of any incidents of fraud, corruption or
- Lead and support program teams in implementing and managing the country Complaints Response Mechanism;
- Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to
organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of
their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as
- Prepare and maintain the Country Office Fraud Register and
Dashboard and liaise with Headquarters legal, compliance and ethics
teams in the resolution of all reported incidents.
- As agreed with the Headquarters Legal department, perform
corruption enquiries and investigations to determine the facts,
circumstances and scope of any allegations raised.
- Collect, analyze and document results of investigations and
communicate observations and recommendations with the collaboration of
the Country Director and senior management team, as appropriate;
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts
towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to
international standards guiding international relief and development
work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners
in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Knowledge and Experience
- B.Sc. university degree in finance, accounting or a related business field is required; Certified Public Accountant is a plus;
- Extensive knowledge of donor rules and regulations including USAID, ECHO, DFID, etc.
- Demonstrated experience in financial and operational data analysis;
- Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel;
- Fluent written and oral communication in English. Fluency in Hausa is welcomed.
- 5 years+ related work experience with a not-for-profit organization;
- Strong background in compliance accounting and internal controls; experience in auditing strongly preferred.
- Ability to work with various administrative and program levels in the organization;
- Strong organizational and research skills with a broad understanding of various program sectors and activities;
- The successful Compliance Manager will show ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel.
- The ability to take financial data and present it in meaningful financial reports is essential.
- Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a
professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps
policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all locations.
- A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process
information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
- A high professional standard of finance and procurement ethics
as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy
Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit CV’s and
Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All applications must include the position title in the subject
line and not more than 4 pages. Only short-listed candidates will be
- We are an equal opportunity organization and we strongly encourage women to apply for this position.
Application Deadline 24th November, 2016.