Finance and Operations Officer at Creative Associates International


Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support education programs.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance and Operations Officer

Job ID: 2022-2800
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Category: Administrative / Office Support

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Position Summary

  • This position leads the Finance and Operation processes in the field office in liaison with the Finance Director and the Senior Operations Manager.
  • The position will Manage the finance activities and ensure all procedures in the field office are conducted as outlined in the finance policy and reports/postings are done in time.
  • Supervise the Operations Officer and ensure all operational activities are done conducted in line with the field operations guide and procurement manual of Creative Associates International.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • Finance and Operation Officer will report to the Regional State Advisor with dotted line reporting to the Finance Director and Senior Operations Manager in Abuja.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Review all procurement purchases within the field office level threshold and ensure that all procurement is conscientious.
  • Supervise and manage field procurement, office management, transport management and logistics activities and ensure efficiency in the activities in the field.
  • Administer petty cash operations, provide accountability and reporting in full compliance with USAID, and Creative standards.
  • Processing of check requests and wire transfers for payments to vendors in compliance   with contract requirements.
  • Review and process vendor and consultant fees/ payments in accordance with USAID and Creative account procedures and contract policies.
  • Remit and file all the statutory deductions (including processing of tax clearance certificate) on monthly basis.
  • Work closely with the Finance Director to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports and respond to any inquiries on a Monthly basis to ensure that no issue is been carried forward.
  • Implement systems and ensure proper checks and balances to mitigate potential for fraud or improper use of funds.
  • Work with the Grants Manager to implement the grants mechanism as needed.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications
Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or professional Accounting / Financial qualification is highly desired.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in grant management, including disbursements and reporting and four years of general experience.
  • At least 1 year of supervising experience required.
  • Knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations, previous experience working on USAID-funded projects highly preferred; and
  • Advanced knowledge of spoken and written English highly desired, English proficient level required.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Previous experience in similar role.
  • Proven experience directly and indirectly supervising and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls, please.

 

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