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Job title: Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Clash & Stability At British Council Nigeria


Job description: The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding betwixt the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and civilization, English linguistic communication, education and civil society. Each twelvemonth we attain over 20 million people face-to-face and to a greater extent than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Constitution and a UK public body.

We are recruiting to fill up the place below:

Job Title: Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Clash & Stability

Location: Abuja
Department: Financial Accounting and Reporting
Contract Type: Locally Engaged
Pay band: 8
Duration: 1 – twelvemonth Fixed term contract with opportunity of 1-year extension

Role Purpose

  • British Council Nigeria is currently recruiting a Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Clash & Stability (JCS) who will deal all financial and commercial aspects of the total cost recovery programme (FCR) in line with corporate and funders requirements using appropriate standards, policies, processes, systems, and procedures.
  • The role will guide the terminate to terminate accounting physical process across the surgical operation (including month and twelvemonth terminate shut), client reporting, and ensure consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring all financial activity is carried out accurately and effectively for the programmes. The post holder will guide on the evolution and improvement of efficient and effective standards, policies, guidance, physical process and systems, deed as the first of all dot of advice and back up for all teams working on specific projects, and guide on the financial aspects of the set-up of new work, renewals, extensions and the implementation of existing programmes and projects to ensure the European Union-funded programmes effectively deal their financial risks, meets client requirements and maximises income generation.
  • Whilst reporting to the Chief of Finance (Nigeria), the role will work closely with the Operations Managers, and the Regional Commercial Finance Manager. S/he will deal a squad of finance officers (3 Finance Officers) and assistant (1 Finance Assistant)

Main Opportunities / Challenges for this Role
The Programme Finance Manager will:

  • Direct on the delivery of a reach of financial planning, direction and reporting services required by clients / funders, partners, suppliers, direction and programme squad to the required British Council and European Union standards.
  • Responsible for providing relevant, accurate, finish, and timely financial accounting and direction information in line with British Council and funder’s requirements.
  • Direct on Financial Risk Direction, Command and Compliance processes – including managing the annual audit physical process, Financial Command and Compliance Framework (FCCF), Enterprise Risk 3 Direction Framework (ERMF), direction Command Checks (MCS), Financial Command Standards (FCS) processes, etc.
  • Oversee the financial aspects of all grants’ activities (e.g. strategy and manual evolution / review, due diligence, choice back up, contracting, disbursement, financial direction and reporting, compliance checks, capacity building, etc.) – including capacity building for external staff of partner NGOs and CSOs in line with Client’s expectations and British Council standards.
  • Deed as the key finance business partner to senior managers across the operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant local statutory regulations, including tax-related legislations, foreign exchange policies, etc.
  • The organisation requires the financial function to have a level of commercial finance acumen as we expand our income generating activities, streamline our portfolio and target to a greater extent partnership income. As a resultant, the role holder will play a key role in driving income target / performance.


  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CFA, CMA) with at to the lowest degree 4 years post-qualification experience
  • Graduate of Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, or other related fields
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a relevant managerial and projection finance surroundings with evidence of continual professional person evolution
  • A rattling detailed understanding of financial command processes relevant to client funded projection work
  • Rail tape of managing key finance function in international / multinational organisation in similar context; and leading an efficient, innovative and resultant oriented squad.
  • Direct experience in monitoring and supporting financial direction capacity building of Civil Society Organisations in receipt of client funded grants
  • Financial reconciliation for high value contracts
  • Power to interpret financial information and back up non-financial managers to deliver against financial performance indicators
  • Experience of an ERP system (SAP preferably)
  • Excel – expert science level


  • Projection Direction Qualification
  • Experience of applying financial controls and procedures within complex and high-risk operating environments to encounter challenging contractual standards
  • Experience of overseeing, supporting and significantly improving financial direction capability and performance of individuals and teams exterior of formal / direct line direction command
  • Demonstrable rail tape of planning and tracking performance and business modelling through the analysis and reporting of complex financial information
  • Experience working in European Union-funded, FCDO-funded, etc. related projects

Additional Information:

  • All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria.
  • A technical assessment and presentation to a panel will be division of the recruitment physical process.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:


  • The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reverberate the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by next both the alphabetic character and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
  • The British Council has Disability Undaunted Employer Status. We offering a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who encounter the fundamental criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight whatsoever specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment physical process.
  • The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, immature people and adults who we work with.
  • We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Conference on the Rights of the Tiddler) 1989.
  • Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks existence completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal tape checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.
  • Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply subdivision of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in instance of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

Expected salary:

Location: Abuja, FCT

Job date: Thu, 27 May 2021 04:31:07 GMT


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