Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Cost Share & Sub-Awards Finance Officer
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Reference Number: ABV / OPS / 2020 / 0025
Position Status: Full-time
Program / Department Summary
- The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Nigeria, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance
- The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures. In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
General Position Summary
- Working directly under direction of Director, Finance & Administration and with parallel/dotted reporting line to the Sub-award Manager, the Cost Share & Sub-awards Finance Officer will dedicate full time to supporting the Small Town Wash (STW) Program in adhering to the compliance procedures related finance, match/cost share management and documenting, sub-awards, etc.
- The Cost Share & Sub-awards Finance Officer in close coordination with the Program Lead, will be responsible for securing the required match documentation from MC complementing programs/activities and STW partners, review and analyzing match/cost share financial records, coordinate timely match reporting and files archiving, generate financial statements, monitoring of sub grants and ensure adequate internal controls are in place to mitigate risks in compliance with laws, regulations, donor requirements and Mercy Corps policies and procedures
- S/he is responsible in ensuring the achievement of the cost share component of the award by ensuring adequate documentation and reporting of the cost share to the donor.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Cost Share / Match Management:
- Work with the COP, Sub-awards Manager and Finance team to develop a Cost Share Plan
- Collate and document all cost share documents according to the match plan
- Prepare cost share reporting for MCG HQ for use in donor financial reporting
- Manage, track and document cost share transactions and files as per the Mercy Corps cost share/match internal policies and donor requirements
- Maintain an auditable cost share filing system as per Mercy Corps record retention policy.
- Ensure effective and transparent use of financial resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures
- Review payment requests and other financial requests as per the AAM.
- Assist the Program team and the finance director to develop annual work plans and the budget for submission to the donor
- Review program procurement and program transactions, contracts and other documents for compliance requirements and ensure these requirements are met.
- Ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donors regulations related to sub granting, including issuance, management and monitoring of subawards as well as training team members on processes and guidelines.
- Set up physical grant files and ensure all grant documents are properly filed, both financial and program reports
- Prepare sub-award JE and enter same on navigator for subgrantee liquidations
- Review subgrantee financial reports for correctness and completeness and ensure that reports are submitted on time.
- Provide financial review for all local partner financial reports and follow up with any missing documents.
- Identify areas of improvement for partners to work on and include in their implementation plans.
Strategy & Vision:
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
- Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
- Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
- Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
- Provide team members and sub-awardees with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Influence & Representation:
- Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
- Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
- Mercy Corps has zero tolerance of every form of abuse and expects team members, operations and programs to do no harm to the people and communities with which we work or put anyone, especially vulnerable populations at risk of abuse or exploitation.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
- to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
- Reports Directly to: Director, Finance & Administration with dotted line to the Sub-Awards Manager based in Abuja.
- Works Directly with: Program and operational teams in Adamawa State, finance and sub-award teams in Abuja and across South Borno.
Knowledge and Experience
- Four or more years of compliance and finance experience is required.
- Experience with USAID awards with cost share reporting preferred
- Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
- Prior management experience and strong organizational skills
- Excellent oral and written English skills.
- A University Degree in Finance, Accounting or equivalent is required.
- Two years’ experience in the compliance Department of an international NGO is preferred.
- Demonstrated competency with computerized general ledger software
- The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
- In particular, the successful candidate will be willing to travel to locations within Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the LGAs outside the state capitals according to the needs of the Mercy Corps program. This will mean sometimes staying and working in stressful environments with very basic living conditions, strictly following security protocols at all times and sometimes working long and irregular hours).
- Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: [email protected]
Application Deadline: 5th June, 2020.
- All applications must include the position title and Reference Number in the subject line
- Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview
- We are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position