Finance Manager

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in more than 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Description:

The objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Activity is to improve private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria, while promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade. The Activity comprises of three main components: (i) design of a Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships; (ii) administration of the Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants; and (iii) technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives. The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID/Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives related to increasing the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria as well as USAID/West Africa’s objective to increase broad-based growth and resilience.

Position Summary:

The Finance Manager will assist the Director, Finance in developing and managing the project’s financial systems. S/he will work under the supervision of the Director, Finance and will support them in all matters related to financial management, financial reporting, and subcontracting. S/he will also assist Director Finance in ensuring sufficient funds are available for effective and efficient implementation of project activities and support programs. Specific areas of responsibility include financial report preparation, review and submission to headquarters and cash flow management.

Primary Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Supervise and ensure day-to-day accounting operations and financial management functions are performed in compliance with internal and client’s policies and procedures;
  • Ensure funds’ availability and verify that all procurement and Grants-Under-Contract actions are compliant with internal and client’s financial management guidelines;
  • Ensure that all accounting data is updated, reconciled and fully supported with backup documents;
  • Ensure timely processing of staff payroll, allowances and other reimbursements;
  • Oversee financial and administrative functions of the execution of grants to all local IPs; and
  • Monitor program and operational forecasting, establish and maintain cash controls to ensure supply of adequate funds.

Staff Management

  • Lead a team of finance professionals responsible for accounting and financial management;
  • Develop staff by encouraging individuals to be self-motivated and take responsibility for their contributions to the finance team; and
  • Conduct timely performance reviews and provide performance feedback/training to the staff.

Financial Reporting

  • Manage the finance department to meet financial reporting requirements, ensuring that all financial reports are submitted on or before deadline;
  • Produce segregated finance records at the request of Director, Finance such as expenses for specific locations or grants;
  • Ensure accurate and smooth month and year-end closing and reporting within agreed schedules; and
  • Provide financial status of project expenses and budget information when required by Director, Finance.

Budgeting

  • Assist in preparation of budgets, monitor, review and revise as required in consultation with the Director, Finance; and
  • Prepare Budget vs. Actual analysis and report variances to Director, Finance.

Internal Controls and Compliance

  • Ensure proper controls are maintained within Finance department, supervise finance staff; segregate their duties to ensure proper internal controls;
  • Ensure compliance with local laws, particularly on withholding taxes;
  • Ensure timely deposit of withholding taxes and reporting to Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS);
  • Alert potential non-compliance financial issues to the attention of Director, Finance;
  • Coordinate with Program and Grant Teams to establish proper controls for grants management;
  • Establish procedures and forms for requesting and issuance of advances for program needs; and
  • Ensure and routinely test for maintenance of audit-ready documentation.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or its equivalent with five (5) years of work experience or a bachelor’s degree with seven (7) years’ relevant experience;
  • Experience with computerized accounting;
  • Familiarity with all Microsoft Office applications;
  • Proficiency in English reading, writing and speaking
  • Experience with U.S. government (USAID preferred) administrative compliance preferred;
  • Exposure working with international operations;
  • Ability to work with and achieve results with a diverse group of personnel located in many countries; and
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.

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