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Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Job Vacancy for a Finance Manager


Mines Advisory Group (MAG) saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a 
founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Finance Manager
Overview of Role 

  • The Finance Manager is responsible for providing strategic and operational financial leadership to the programme, to ensure the effective financial management of all funds.


  • Internationally recognised professional accounting qualification, e.g. ACA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent


  • Assist in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of annual business/project plans and budgets including the provision of rolling forecasts.
  • Oversee all Financial Accounting matters, including maintenance of the general ledger, balance sheet, receipts, payments and payroll requirements
  • Manage the short term cash flow requirements of the programme, liaising with MAG HQ to facilitate cash transfers. Monitor and report on the effects of exchange rate fluctuations between local and contract currencies
  • Ensure that the programme delivers and accounts for all activities in accordance with National, Regional and Local taxation requirements (e.g. Income Tax, Social Security, VAT, Corporation Tax etc.).
  • Assist the Country Representative in ensuring that the Country is compliant with all statutory legislation, particularly with regard to company registration.
  • Ensure a high level of financial control is in place across all activities (in all locations), including the development and maintenance of financial policies and procedures (tailored to the local context) to ensure compliance with Statutory, Client and MAG HQ requirements.
  • Ensure transparent accounting and cost allocation systems are developed and implemented in accordance with contract and HQ requirements.
  • Facilitate and provide support to all donor and internal audits in co-ordination with the Country Representative & HQ.
  • Provide training to finance and non-finance staff in financial activities/areas which benefit programme delivery.
  • Ensure that appropriate financial oversight and scrutiny is given to the development of new business proposals, taking into consideration statutory, client and HQ requirements.
  • Provide high quality, objective scrutiny on MAG’s financial performance against contract and sub contract objectives, including the provision of periodical monitoring reports.
  • Oversee the financial management of partner contracts, ensuring the partner complies with the obligations of the ‘Head Contract’.
  • Oversee the production of the Country Monthly Management Information pack (including but not limited to Project Status Reports (BVA) and forecasts, Reconciliation reports including Balance Sheet, Petty Cash), together with appropriate financial/contract variance and risk reporting.


  • As part of the Senior Management Team in Country to ensure business/project plan objectives are met in accordance with agreed timescales.
  • Providing advice and guidance to the SMT on a range of operational and strategic Financial Management and Accounting issues and ensure that due considerations are integrated into business planning.
  • Provide line management, guidance and support to the Finance team staff ensuring that all deadlines are met.
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Essential Requirements
Essential Experience:

  • At least 7 years’ professional work experience in finance, ideally in an international aid/development agency
  • Experience of financial reporting to a range of external donors
  • Experience of reporting and monitoring to tight deadlines

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Effective financial management skills
  • Knowledge of finance systems and procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of institutional donor requirements
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to coordinate activities
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including Excel
  • Proven ability to lead, manage, motivate and develop a team
  • Project management skills

Essential Aptitude:

  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach
  • Determined and committed to high quality standards
  • Ability to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work
  • Interest in and commitment to MAG’s humanitarian mandate
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Please ensure the title of the position you are applying for is in the name of the title of the email and on the title of the application document.
  • Applications which do not adhere to these instructions will not be reviewed.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications in English with their CV’s and cover letter in the same document to: magnigeriarecruitment@gmail.com 

Deadline: 11th March, 2017.


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