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Finance Resources Officer Job at BBC Media Action, Abuja

BBC Media Action is the international development charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC), working in over 25 countries across the world. BBC Media Action works in partnership with local media agencies, civil society organisations, and governments to achieve long term development goals. We produce creative media content to inform and engage audiences, and strengthen the media sector by building professional skills and technical capacity.

The positions are Abuja based but may involve travelling to the focal states in Nigeria. The projected start date is June 2015 with a probation period of 3 months. Initial contract is for 1 year with possibility of renewal subject to availability of project funding.

BBC Media Action, the international charity arm of the BBC, is seeking talented professionals with the right experience to join our Nigeria team as:

Job Title: finance Resources Officer

Location: Abuja

Job Purpose
Assist the Head of finance in ensuring proper management of BBC Media Action’s assets, support all procurement processes and support the daily activities of the Finance Department.

Main Duties

    Reconciliation advances.
    Report any delinquent advances and ensure that all retired advances have the necessary support documentation.
    Cash withdrawal from banks
    Make sure that all files and physical records are properly arranged in the finance office
    Cross check all postings by the finance assistant to make sure they are posted to the right sap codes.
    Supervise and assist the finance assistant is disbursing cash on the field or in the office when needed.
    Prepare supporting documents for audit
    Request for needed equipments and stationeries for the finance office
    Update the assets register monthly.
    Ensure safe keeping of all BBC Media Action fixed and movable assets
    Reconciliation of all prepayments
    Regular update of the assets movement register
    Support all procurement processes.
    Making sure that there is enough cash for disbursement for project activities.
    Perform any other accounting and financial tasks as may be assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required

    First Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or in related field.
    Considerable working experience in the Finance or Procurement department of a reputable international NGO.
    Proven ability to manage procurement asset processes.
    Proficiency in M/S Office programmes;
    Fluency in spoken and written English;
    Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
    Progressive working experience in budgeting and financial management systems;
    Experience in donor funded projects;
    Demonstrate good judgment and sound financial ‘common sense’;
    Ability to communicate accounting and financial information clearly and concisely;


    Energetic and personable;
    Possess friendly and service-oriented personality;
    Maintain composure under intense pressure while working to meet deadlines;

Key Competencies

    The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
    Analytical thinking Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
    Resilience Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
    Influencing and persuading Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
    Managing relationships and team working – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
    Strategic thinking Can identify a vision along with the plans that need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues, etc. in the short, medium and longer-term.
    Decision making is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
    Imagination/Creative thinking is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
    Planning and organisation Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should please send in their application/cover letter with a capability statement stating their capability for the job, as well as a detailed curriculum vitae (word document please) with names and addresses of at least 2 professional referees (including their telephone, fax and email addresses) to: with the position applied for clearly stated on the application letter


    Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline  26th May, 2015

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