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Since 2009, Nigeria has been the scene of attacks by Boko Haram against the population. In particular, the north-east of the country is affected by destruction and displacement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.2 million people are displaced from their communities.

The project “Support to the internally displaced and resilience of host communities in the north and north-east of Nigeria” will be financed by the BMZ and the EU. It is in the context of Germany's commitment to "fight causes for displacement – stabilize host communities - support refugees". The project is in line with the EU action plan against refugee crises and with the national indicative programme of the 11th European Development Fund.

The project’s purpose is to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP), the population in host communities and of IDPs returning to their communities of origin in north-eastern Nigeria.

The project focuses geographically on the federal states of Adamawa and Borno in north-eastern Nigeria where an estimated number of 5 million people is in need of support. With its measures of rehabilitation and development the project is complementary to humanitarian assistance which is provided by other actors. The planned interventions are closely coordinated and harmonized with other donors and stakeholders.

The project will be active predominantly in informal IDP camps and host communities and communities of origin of IDPs. It promotes the linkage of rehabilitation and development. The aims of the project are to stabilize living conditions in the IDP population and population of host communities, allow the resumption of social and economic life of IDPs while they return to their communities of origin as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities. Access to formal and non-formal education, to health services, to energy, water and sanitation, the rehabilitation of road and other built infrastructure, the recapitalization of destroyed agricultural production materials, social transfers (cash transfers) and the revival of local economy are examples for areas of intervention. For the rehabilitation and reconstruction in communities of origin, the project will apply a community based and participative approach to draft community development plans. For its implementation the project will collaborate with consultants as well as consortia of international and national non-governmental organizations.



The accounting professional is responsible for

  • Ensuring that financial administration functions well in accordance with GIZ standard procedures
  • Effectively coordinating with the staff of the finance team or the Commercial Affairs Department at GIZ Head Office
  • Cash payments and deposits at the bank
  • Financial planning, monitoring and accounting for GIZ-assisted projects 


The accounting professional performs the following tasks:


  • Financial services
  • The accounting professional
  • Monitors income, expenditure and the monthly bank reconciliation
  • Manages the processing of letters of credit 
  • Monitors real accounts (payables, receivables) and reports regularly to the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation and the accounting manager 


Internal control

The accounting professional

  • Checks the vouchers and receipts submitted by the projects/programmes for completeness and allocation to cost units and categories, and corrects these where necessary 
  • Advises on financial aspects of projects 
  • Carries out internal controls in accordance with GIZ’s internal controlling manual


General services for GIZ-assisted projects/programmes 

The accounting professional

  • Prepares monthly and annual budgets and monitors deviations
  • Carries out accounting tasks using WINPACCS accounting software and prepares monthly end-of-period accounts and bank reconciliation vouchers
  • Submits the end-of-month accounts from the project accounting, cash books and account balance vouchers (through or from WINPACCS) to the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation and forwards them to GIZ Head Office
  • Routinely monitors costs using GIZ AMS software in accordance with project requirements 
  • Prepares quarterly/annually analyses of expenditure compared to total project budget (budget monitoring)
  • Prepares financial contributions
  • Assists with the transfer of funds to projects 


Other duties/additional tasks

The accounting professional

  • Reports all problems with financial administration and compliance without delay 
  • Is responsible for filing in accordance with GIZ rules 
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management 


Required qualifications, competences and experience


BA in accounting and auditing or similar area


Professional experience

At least 3 years’ professional experience in a comparable position


Other knowledge, additional competences

  • In-depth knowledge of accounting software 
  • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Confidential handling of data and information
  • Basic knowledge of one of the European languages widely used within the GIZ, ideally German. Knowledge of Hausa would be an added advantage 
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management 


Duty station



GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Accounting / Audit / Tax

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years