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Finance Officer

Search for Common Ground

Accounting, Auditing & Finance

NGN Confidential
1 month ago

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Job Description/Requirements

Position Summary Search for Common Ground seeks a Finance Officer to provide finance support, liaising closely with the Admin and Logistics in the office and the finance team to ensure good recordkeeping, as well as liaising with the housekeeping staff to support the smooth running of the office.The position holder will be responsible for a range of bookkeeping responsibilities as well as providing support on finance and project budget management functions. Carrying out and recording relevant financial transactions as well as coordinating the financial coding of these transactions will all be part of your daily routine. You will oversee the maintenance and reconciliation of bank records and, as SFCG receives funding from a number of donors. You will also be responsible for maintaining ledgers and contributing to the regular financial reporting. This position is based in Jos, Nigeria with frequent field visits to Bauchi and Gombe States. 

Major duties and responsibilities

Support the Finance Lead in effective financial management of the project. Ensure proper documentation of vouchers and receipts, financial reporting, proper coding of expenses, distribution of payments, tracking petty cash distribution and bank deposits; Work closely with the Admin and Logistics unit to ensure timely payments for goods and services rendered to SFCG; Support Finance Lead to strengthen financial and accounting systems - identifying gaps, weaknesses, and issues and recommending and implementing solutions; Ensure compliance with SFCG and donor accounting requirements. Undertake regular reconciliation and other expenditures and income, according to agreed timeframes and standards. Collaborate with SFCG finance teams in order to fulfill payments and other project expenditures. Ensure that all expenditure is charged to the correct budget line.  Liaise with the Finance Lead to ensure smooth and proper coordination related to regular payments and purchases Ensure overall financial compliance and management within the office, Follow up with a partner for financial tracking and spending rate Conduct internal verification within the office to ensure cost eligibility and compliance Maintain regular communication and provide support to finance teams of Searchâs partner Support the reporting process by ensuring all documents supporting transactions are collated, reviewed, and reconciled before submission to the Finance Lead for upload to the system. Support the Finance Lead to maintain a tracker of all subcontracts and other activities under grants. Review and monitor budget performance by analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.  Manage transactions effectively and efficiently to ensure quality reporting. Carries out tasks in support of assigned activities, such as photocopying, processing paperwork, and organizing meetings.


Bachelorâs Degree in Accounting & Finance. An ICAN/ANAN Certification plus a Masterâs Degree in Accounting would be an added advantage. 1-2 years Ì professional experience providing finance, administrative, logistical, and/or operational support Experience working in an NGO or civil society is a plus Experience working with little or no supervision.

Other Relevant Requirements

Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post-conflict development contexts Excellent in English (oral and written) Ability to plan, organize work, communicate, and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally) Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation). Good reporting capacity and experience

To apply: Interested candidates should send the following to our .1.Current resume 2.Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date) The closing date should be 4th October 2023. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website: â for full details of our work.

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