Job in Abuja at The British Council for a Finance Manager – Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)

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British Council is recruiting to fill the below position below:

Job Title: Finance Manager – Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)
Pay Band: PB 7
Reports to: Operations Manager
Duration of Job: 18 months
Purpose of Job

  • To manage all financial aspects of the Nigeria Stability and
    Reconciliation Programme to agreed client and corporate standards using
    appropriate policies and procedures.

Context and Environment
NSRP is a DFID-funded programme managed by the British Council that aims
to enhance collective efforts to identify and respond effectively to
potential sources of violent conflict in Nigeria and reduce the negative
impacts of conflict on the most vulnerable among the Nigerian

NSRP supports interventions to address conflicts at the national level
and in 8 target states, namely Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna, Kano,
Plateau, Rivers and Yobe. The programme has its headquarters in Abuja
and also operates from four regional offices in Jos (Middle Belt), Kano
(North West), Maiduguri (North East) and Port Harcourt (Niger Delta).
Regional Manager will be based in the North East regional office in
Maiduguri and will be required to travel to Abuja and other regional
offices occasionally.

The programme’s operations in the North East region are largely
concentrated in Borno and Yobe states. These two states are among the
worst affected by the insurgency, which has led to the death of over
20,000 persons and displacement of over 2 million people. Although much
progress has been recorded in military operations to defeat the
insurgents, the environment remains fragile and many displaced persons
are still in camps and not returned to deserted communities. Public
infrastructure and services are being gradually restored and both
governmental and civil society organizations face serious institutional
and operational challenges.

The post will line manage the Deputy Finance Manager and Finance
Officer. The post holder must have the ability to work in difficult
environments, often with limited infrastructure or support facilities.
The post holder will work closely with both the technical and management
teams in Nigeria and the FCR unit in Nairobi, Kenya, and reports to the
Operations Manager.


  • Financial Control and ComplianceEnsuring that programme’s financial systems and
  • procedures are compliant with corporate, client and statutory standards
  • Financial Risk Management-application of appropriate risk management measures
  • Financial reporting – Responsible for the preparation and
    production of accurate and timely programme financial information,
    statements and reports
  • Generating financial data for Value for money reporting for the programme-
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Responsibilities and Main Duties

Financial management and control – 25%
Management of all aspects of financial management and control for the
programme, ensuring that control checks are adhered to in Abuja and
State offices. Responsibility for ensuring that all internal and
external programme audits achieve at least a satisfactory result.
Production and maintenance of the programme Delegations of Authority,
financial handbooks and accounting policies. 

Duties Include :

  • Oversight of all banking and financial operations (as managed by
    the Deputy Finance Manager and Finance Officer), including programme
    reconciliations, vendor down-payments, cash-flow and handling,
    remittances to other offices and posting of journals, management of cash
    imprest accounts, reconciliations of receipts, expenditure and banking
    in Abuja and in the States.
  • Oversight of all NSRP and financial processes including:
    production of monthly payroll and all payments to tax office,
    supervision of the preparation of all purchase orders and cheques,
    supervision of posting of expenditures into SAP accounts, production of
    management reports from SAP and reconciliation of all SAP reports,
    supervision of production of office cash-flow forecasts, managing
    remittance process with BC office, cash withdrawals from the bank, bank
    account reconciliations.
  • Production of monthly management reports for NSRP Senior
    Management team (SMT), including value for money (VFM) ratios for the
    quarterly reports and annual reviews.
  • Oversight of all aspects of staff and consultants travel and expenses (T&E) and audit of T&E envelopes

Contract invoicing and financial reporting – 20%
Support the Operations Manager with the management of the invoicing and
financial reporting process, including support for the following:

  • Expenditure and income, forecasting and uplift management
  • Creation of sales order.
  • Support contract amendments, as appropriate
  • Update the management information system spread sheet for the
    purposes of preparing the monthly invoices and other management

Management of grant disbursement and reconciliation – 15%

  • Support the Deputy Programme Manager (Resources) in the management of the programme’s grant processes:
  • Assist in the audit of grantees where required
  • Assist in the financial training of grantees during the programme’s quarterly coordination meetings for grantees
  • Involve in the reconciliation of grant documents submitted by grantees during retirements.

Statutory and corporate compliance – 15%:

  • Manage and lead the Financial Control and Compliance Framework
    (FCCF). Responsible for completing and uploading NSRP FCCF reports on
    the portal.
  • Act as the first point of contact in relation to processes
    involving external financial institutions and statutory bodies (banks,
    tax authorities, etc) and advise the programme on existing and new
    statutory or corporate obligations
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Training and Development – 15%:

  • Deliver financial training programmes to team members to ensure
    that all staff are fully trained in relation to their financial
    responsibilities and that staff in all offices are fully conversant with
  • Act as SAP power-user to help colleagues develop their understanding of SAP systems and processes
  • Participate as trainer in the induction trainings for new staff as it relates to NSRP financial and compliance policies.
  • State, client and corporate financial systems and procedures

Human Resource Management – 10%:

  • Lines manage the Deputy Finance Manager and Finance Officer to corporate human resources standards.

Key Relationships

  • Internal: CD Nigeria; Programme Manager; Deputy Programme
    Manager (Resources), Deputy Programme Manager (Results) Operations
    Manager; Regional FCR Unit; E&S SBU
  • External: External relationship management where appropriate
    (i.e. linked to function of role), to include: the client (DFID),
    external partner organisations; state institutions, etc.

Other Important Features or Requirements of the Job

  • Periodic travel to high-risk areas is likely to be necessary following close liaison with British High Commission /BC/DFID.
  • Regular unsocial and over-hours will be required to meet operational requirements of the post and programme.

Person Specification

  • Creating Shared Purpose (Essential). Communicating an engaging picture of how we can work together.
  • Being Accountable (Most demanding). Showing real dedication to the long-term mission of the British Council or the team
  • Making it Happen (More demanding). Challenging myself and others to deliver and measure better results.
  • Shaping the Future (Essential). Looking for ways in which we can do things better
  • Connecting with others (More demanding). Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others.
  • Working Together (More demanding). Ensuring that others benefit as well as me.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Managing Finance and Resources – level 3
  • Anlysing Data and Problems – level 3
  • Planning and Organising – level4
  • Using Technology – level 3
  • Managing People – level 3

Managing Finance and Resources:

  • 5 years’ experience in managing financial management systems and controls.

Managing People:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a managerial role.


  • First Degree or equivalent plus  Professional Accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA) or equivalent

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

Application Deadline  18th November, 2016.

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