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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CR5 programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality CRS 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 CR5 operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, health and emergency programming.

FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY

The Finance and Compliance Spe...t (FCS) will ensure that CRS/Nigeria complies with Donor regulations and CRS Agency's Finance Policies and Procedure and Principle of stewardship.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

I.) Financial Management:
Assist PMs in Budget Review and Quarterly Cash Forecasting
Report Sub-Agreement commitments to be recorded in CR9 accounting system.
Review and process the issuance o project advances in accordance with CRS and Donor Policies and Procedures
Ensure Project Holder advances are liquidated on timely manner arid they are within allotted liquidation timeframe as per CRS policy
Assist in the Preparation of Detailed Protect Budget vs Actual Comparison Report including Sub-recipients Expenditures for Program and Management Review on monthly basis.
Assist in the preparations of Donor Financial Reports timely, accurately and in accordance with terms and conditions outlined in the grant agreement.
Creation of payments on the Straight to Bank platform

II.) Compliance Management:
Verify sub-recipients financial reports and associated support documentations and recommend for liquidation and/or reimbursement in accordance with Donor, CRS policies and procedures and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Report any fraudulent activities, observed as part of the review to the Unit Head immediately.
Prepare the monthly EFCC Report
Ensure Sub-recipients advances are liquidated on timely manner and they are within allotted liquidation timeframe as per CRS policy
Prepare Sub-recipients Aging Report for Program and Management Review on monthly basis
Provide onsite training to sub-recipient’s finance staff when required.
Travel to the field, to visit sub-recipient when required
Collaborate with Program Managers to document in protect files, a justification for delays in:
Issuing project advances: and
Liquidating the advances: so as to improve partner monitoring and follow up processes Ensure Project’s files both in hard and electronic copies are up to date.

III.) Sub-recipients Financial Assessment, Monitoring and Financial Support:
Lead the assessments of all sub-recipients using HQ Finance’s checklists to have a stratification of the sub-recipients for Country Program. An A-133 sub-recipient can be rated as high risk by CRS MPI, based upon its A-133 audit results, even if it fares well during the assessment.
Assist the sub-recipients in preparing a Corrective Action Plan within sixty calendar days of the assessment or monitoring visit that addresses each of- the identified weaknesses in any of the ten assessed areas scored below 75%.
Assist Program Managers in making sure that the sub recipients addresses all issues listed in the Corrective Acton Plan within 120 calendar days of the assessment or monitoring visit.
Ensure sub-recipients have in place and adheres to a schedule of planned monitoring visits of sub-recipients during each year. The basis for the selection, timing and frequency of its monitoring visit should be properly documented.
Ensure financial and programming staffs participate in the financial monitoring, including site visits, of sub-recipient activities. The trip reports must indicate the monitoring steps performed, the processes reviewed, and the result of the testing and reviews
Ensure all monitors prepare and submit a written trip report for each visit to a Sub-recipient.
Review and analyze monitoring reports on a timely manner and sign off for further follow up and record for at least three years alter the related grant or project has expired.

IV.) Financial Reporting:
In collaboration with the Assistant Finance Manager, play an active part during monthly/annual financial reporting closure.
Liaise with the program unit on deliverables required to meet month/year end closure timelines;
Liaise with the Administration department on deliverables required to meet month end closure timelines such as review of VMS and SON reconciliation, monthly personal vehicle usage computation and preparing the facility allocation table.
Coordinating the month-end closure

V.) Audit:
Ensure Project documents both Programming and Financial Records are readily available for internal/external reviewers.
Attend and facilitate Donor Representatives, especially Financial Reviewers when required.
Assist Unit Head in the follow up anti closure of the CP internal and external audit findings associated with local partners.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES
Associate member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
MBA in Finance or Business Administration.
Minimum of four years relevant experience, preferably with an International Organization.
Must be a matured, motivated, problem solving individual with high levels of initiative;
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong internal relationship management and analytical skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrate high level of initiative diplomacy and fact
Excellent knowledge of computer software - MS Office (PowerPoint and Excel especially);
Must be if flexible and be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to travel as needed

Disclaimer Clause:
This job description is not an exhaustive list; rather it is intended to be indicative of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

TO APPLY
Applicants should download the CRS Application Form below, fill and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a single file document to: NG_HR@global.crs.org Title of the position must be stated as the subject of the email.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CRS APPLICATION FORM

Note: Applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates from the North Eastern part of Nigeria are encouraged to apply.

DUE DATE: 15 June, 2016

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