WaterAid Nigeria (WANG) is in the process of signing a two year grant with the National Panning Commission to deliver an EU funded Grant for CSO Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSRP) 111 to be implemented in Riyom and Shendam LGAs of Plateau State.
To ensure compliance with European Union (EU) financing and procurement process, WANG requires the services of an Accountant with strong EDF experience to support the Finance Team in administering this grant.
Working in close collaboration with the WaterAid Nigeria Programmes team, the WASH Technical Lead will:
Provide leadership and coordination of WaterAid Nigeria’s technical support to the federal and state government agencies & institutions in the design of specific activities, milestones and targets that translate the WASH emergency declaration to action
Identify windows of influence and foster collaborative partnership and alliances with other WASH stakeholders to achieve the goals of the WASH state of emergency
Work strategically and maintain positive relationship with senior WASH actors and decision makers to advocate the replication of the state of emergency declaration as a potential opportunity to increase WASH access in these states
Identify opportunities for linking national WASH plan priorities with key priorities in education, health and related sectors
Work in close collaboration with the WaterAid sector Capacity & Support Manager to conduct gap assessment of key agencies responsible for driving achievement of WASH emergency declaration and identify sector strengthening initiatives to reduce/remove such gaps
To be successful, you’ll need:
A master’s degree in the Social Sciences, development studies, international development, public health or other relevant field with at least ten (10) years’ experience with at least three (3) of these in a senior role with responsibility for delivering WASH.
Proven understanding of WASH, Integrated Water Resources Management and Hygiene behaviour change issues as they relate to wider development and poverty reduction themes
Sound knowledge of development project management approaches; conducting formative researches and use of research outcomes to provide evidence for decision making
Experience working in partnership with governmental institutions and with building capacity of civil society organizations (CSO’s) and government.
Proven ability to influence key sector stakeholders and create change; an understanding of advocacy tools and approaches.
Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.
Job Title: Project Accountant – Nigeria
This role provides all round financial and grants management support to WaterAid Nigeria partners, working on the EU WSSRP III project, to ensure effective and efficient management of funding. The post holder is responsible for supporting partner organizations and their staff to develop effective partner financial processes that are in line with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP); partner organizations compliance with WaterAid and any donor specific financial policies & procedures requirement; the appropriate use of and application of grant funds and accurate and timely submission of financial reports in line with approved donor budgets.
Working within the WaterAid Nigeria finance team, the Project Accountant will:
Check /Verify requests for payments, and purchase orders, prior to payment run, to ascertain whether sufficient project funding is available and that requests are charged to correct budget lines
Provide guidance to staff and partners on EU procurement, visibility, expense eligibility and other specific donor regulations as it affects the project
Ensure financial compliance (with WaterAid, European Union and regulatory authorities) by partners through audit check of finance reports from partners and provide written feedback to partners on their monthly financial reports
Prepare accurate and timely project financial reports using standard EU grant reporting template
Monitor Partner cash flow and deal with fund transfer request by partners in a timely manner whilst ensuring proper liquidation of previous advances
Responsible for filling all Partner financial returns in a systematic and secure manner for proper audit trail and easy retrieval
Attend to queries regarding project reports/budgets in a timely manner to avoid delays to project plans attributable to late processing of partner transfers
To be successful, you’ll need:
A Bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma in Accounting
Minimum of three years’ post NYSC work experience in Accounting / Finance related role
Previous experience in managing and supporting partner organisations working on European Union funded project
Strong knowledge and experience applying European Union finance, procurement, contracting and grant management regulations.
Excellent computer skills, particularly Excel & Word (MS Office in general)
Accounting experience in an international development organisation (preferably in an organization receiving funding from European Union)
Strong working knowledge of one or more accountancy software applications( SUN accounting package especially)
Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these
Method of Application
We started because no NGO like us existed. We’ll end when no organisation like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re making great progress – since 1981, we have reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation.
We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.
In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.
If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to email@example.com with the job title as the subject of the email.
Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Nigeria.
WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.
Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.