Project / Grant Accountant at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Location: Adamawa
  • City: Yola
  • Job Field: Finance / Accounting / Audit  , NGO/Non-Profit 

Job Summary:

  • You will help coordinate and contribute to the implementation of the KfW Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR) Project policies and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You will efficiently perform accounting services through documenting the KfW STaR Project financial transactions by compiling, analyzing, and verifying account information, preparing account entries, and delivering financial reporting services throughout the KfW STaR Project life cycle.

Note: Depending on the project/grant portfolio (scope and complexity), the Project/Grant Accountant can be assigned responsibility for delivery of accounting and financial reporting services for either payable or receivable transactions.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Set and monitor sound accounting and financial reporting procedures for KfW STaR Project subrecipients and partners following established standards. Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned KfW STaR Project accounts in Insight financial accounting package.
  • Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place. 
  • Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare correcting entries and adjustments, as necessary.
  • Assess, evaluate and monitor subrecipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and strengthen capacity of partner in financial accounting and transactions.
  • Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant KfW STaR Project staff of due payments/liquidations and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management and compliance with set deadlines.
  • Prepare various periodic and ad hoc financial reports and perform variance analysis to assist KfW STaR Project staff with decision-making. Assist with budget maintenance for proper management of financial resources.
  • Provide information to KfW STaR Project staff, subrecipients, and partners on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and deliver training and other capacity building activities.
  • Perform assigned treasury KfW STaR Project (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.

Required Languages – English. A knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 20%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies
  • Conscientious, accurate and thorough with great attention to detail
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the relevant public donor regulations preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of Insight (Oracle) financial accounting package or similar financial reporting software preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal:  STaR Program Manager II, Component Leads, Award Management Officer, STaR Chief of Party, Head of Finance and Grants, Supply chain Manager, Administrative Officer, HR Officer, Internal Auditors.
  • External: Subrecipients, Suppliers and External Auditors

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications

  • B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent).
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a position with similar responsibilities, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institution.

Safeguarding

  • CRS is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all people who interact with our work. We uphold the highest standards of safeguarding and expect all staff and partners to respect and protect the dignity and rights of everyone from any form of harm, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. All staff are required to follow CRS’s safeguarding policies and procedures and to complete mandatory safeguarding e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Method of Application

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