Accounts Officer at Malaria Consortium (Gombe, Kano, Niger and Yobe).

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Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Accounts Officer

Locations: 
Gombe, Kano and Niger, Yobe
Department: Finance
Length of Contract: 3 years
Role Type: National
Grade: 6
Travel involved: 5%
Reporting to: Line manager – Zonal Project Manager

Country and project background
The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support To National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016).The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:

  • Malaria control/elimination
  • Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea
  • Nutrition
  • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

Malaria Consortium has recently become a sub-recipient for the new grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients. 

The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to preelimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria.

This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states – Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies:

  • To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020 
  • To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020 
  • To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020 
  • To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020 
  • To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018 
  • At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020 
  • To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecard

Job Purpose

  • The Accounts Officer will provide a cashier function and accounting services of maintaining proper financial records of all transactions in accordance with MC financial procedures to the respective field offices in the zone.

Scope of Work:

  • The Accounts Officer will be responsible for timely posting of all Invoices approved and paid, petty cash management and banking, filing of field office monthly financial information inclusive of payment vouchers, bank information, financial correspondence etc. S/he will also ensure orderliness within the finance department.
  • The Accounts officer will deals with all cash receipts and payments as well as advising the Project Manager, Technical Officer and Financial Accountant on the arising financial matters and sharing area of concern with suggested solution.

Key Working Relationships:

  • The Accounts officer (AO) will be a staff in the state and will report to the project manager while interacting directly with other staff including operations officer, administrative officer and other technical staff in the field office.
  • S/he will also work with stakeholders, Local government and communities in the state. Indirectly report to the country finance officer.

Key Accountabilities
Finance work (40%):

  • Prepare monthly reports to the Project Manager as set on monthly finance timetable which comprises the following:
    • Bank reconciliation statement including copy of bank statement
    • Aged list of outstanding Advances and Other ledger balances
    • Fixed asset register update and Spot Check reports
    • Authorised Petty Cash Count Certificate and reconciliations
    • Monthly timesheet updates
    • End of Month Checklist
  • Making Payments of all meetings, workshop and training participants and consultants
  • Safeguarding the organisation resources by scrutinising all payment requests, TAFs, PRFs by adhering to the MC Manual, Policies and Procedures
  • Advising the Project Manager and Financial Accountant on the arising financial matters and sharing areas of concern with suggested solutions
  • Follow up on the stock balance of financial documents (forms, vouchers, receipts etc.) and make a timely order before stock-outs occur.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Experience


Essential:

  • HND or Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a finance team, with at least one year in an Accounts Officer position

Desirable:

  • Experience in working in INGO an added advantage
  • Member of Accounting Professional body is an added advantage
  • Working knowledge of accounting software 
  • Good excel and other software skills

Work-based Skills and Competencies
Essential:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Knowledge of NGO donors and their financial reporting requirements
  • Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft excel
  • Good analytical and reporting skills
  • Strong ability to be able to manage and prioritise multiple tasks
  • Willingness to learn at all times

Desirable:

  • Working knowledge of accounting software is an added advantage
  • Trustworthiness, Stress tolerance and operational decision-making skills is an added advantage

Core Competencies
Delivering Results:

LEVEL A – Focuses on delivering contribution to Malaria Consortium and achieving own objectives:

  • Puts in effort required to ensure the delivery of own work and objectives to meet (and exceed) expectations
  • Strong self-management of time and effort
  • Checks own work to ensure quality

Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL A – Gathers information and identifies problems effectively:

  • Interprets basic written information
  • Attentive to detail 
  • Follows guidelines to identify issues 
  • Recognises problems within their remit
  • Uses appropriate methods for gathering and summarising data

Interpersonal and Communications:
LEVEL A – Listens and clearly presents information.

Salary
Competitive.

Application Closing Date
26th February, 2020.

How to Apply


Click here to apply online

Author: Austine