Finance Officer - Oxfam

Full Time6 months ago
Employment Information
​​​​​​​JOB PURPOSE:

The Finance Officer will support the delivery of all financial management functions according to Oxfam Financial Manual, including but not limited to petty cash management, monthly monitoring of financial activities, partner management, and requirements as they relate specifically to Oxfam’s relationship with partner organisations.
S/he will check all expense supporting documentation to ensure compliance with organization’s policies and related law, prior to obtaining approvals and payment processing.  
S/he will coordinate and act as focal point for issues relating to finance at the Adamawa office.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Responsible for the management and supervision of financial administration systems and procedures, to ensure full compliance with Oxfam financial management rules and requirement
Responsible for verification of expenditure and implementation of corresponding payments and recoveries after their authorizations.      
Keeps all financial records and transactions relating to Oxfam Novib procedures and submits timely replenishment requests and reports
Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports/statements for the project in line with standard accounting principles-including budget tracking and preparation of budget variance analysis
Prepares cash flow statement and cash forecasts for the project as and when needed
Liaises with the Supply and Logistics Assistant (Procurement) and Finance Manager in Abuja to ensure optimum operations.
Designs and implements a Grant Management System for partners and ensures timely, effective financing and reporting from the same.
Supports internal and external auditing processes by providing all supporting documentation in an orderly and timely manner.
Ensures that all payment request forms, invoices, procurement documents, receipts and any other payment documents are critically checked for accuracy and correctness and meet the organization’s minimum standard.
Ensures proper and accurate coding of expenditure on all primary documentation
Processes payments and transfers once a payment has been approved.
Liaise with the Finance Manager in Abuja on the collection of bank statements in a timely manner.
Assumes full responsibility for ensuring cash books are up to date at the end of each working day.
Ensures records are filed and properly stored, (physically and digitally) as required by Oxfam Process and procedures.
Ensure detailed and accurate records of all financial transactions are maintained physically and electronically in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
To perform any other duties that may be delegated by the Finance Manager.
Manages and mentors a Finance Assistant and other administrative support staff in line with the approved organogram
Participate in regular meetings with partner organisations to ensure that the working relationship between them and Oxfam is positive, open, and conducive to the successful achievement of agreed objectives
Generate, review, track and manage Budget Vs Actuals report of expenditures and advise Country office management in order to ensure optimal burn rate is maintained.
May be required to sit on procurement committees and provide financial oversight in the procurement process

Educational, Experience & Competence
Essential

Minimum of bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Finance, Accounting or any other financial related course.
Minimum of 5 years Practical experience of all core financial management & Accounting activities, including accounts payable, bookkeeping cash management, budget development, statutory requirements and standard accounts
Ideally 3 years out of this should have been on Contract and Grant Management within an NGO setting with a proven knowledge and experience of grant accounting and sound experience with donors funding regulations, procedures and reporting requirements
Strong numerical skills and experience using a computerised financial management information system
Good analytical skills and experience using a computerised information management system (Ms. Word, Excel, Accounting software etc.)
A critical focus on providing a superior service level to managers and colleagues and delivering agreed results within time and budget constraints and to expected standards
Excellent organization skills and flexible approach to planning comprehensively, managing and prioritizing effectively a high workload and multiple tasks and deadline
Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
Good analytical and conceptual thinking skills with a proven proactive approach to identifying and resolving problems and suggesting improvements that continuously seek to provide a better service to Oxfam.
Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English and at least one main local language widely spoken in Northern Nigeria.
Ability to represent Oxfam in a professional and competent manner with external individuals and organisations
Commitment to gender and diversity and to addressing inequality in all aspects of this job.
Proven experience as a team worker and demonstrably cooperative with members of other teams, responding quickly and accurately to queries and issues
Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work

Desirable:

Recognised accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) and relevant post qualification experience
Knowledge or experience of Oxfam's (or similar organisation’s) program work, including field experience and/or with institutional donors
Knowledge and / or experience of common Oxfam norms objects, standards and tools.

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