Grant Finance Assistant jobs at Concern Universal Nigeria – Benue Nigeria 2012

Concern Universal Nigeria is the Executing Agency (EA) for the WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme in Nigeria. The aim of the programme is to significantly increase sanitation coverage and attain a positive and sustained hygiene behavioural change in six Local Government Areas ( LGAs), three in each of the two participating states (Benue and Cross River State). This programme will present a model towards state wide coverage for sanitation that can be marketed and replicated in other states.

Concern Universal Nigeria is seeking experienced candidates to support the implementation of this programme under this category

Job Title: Grant Finance Assistant – Benue – (GSF – RUSHPIN)

Location: Based in Markudi, Benue State, Nigeria.  Inter State and up country travel required.

Responsible to: Finance Manager

Start Date: 1st February, 2013
Relationships with others: Will communicate and liaise closely with Concern Universal (CU) and GSF stakeholders, as necessary/ appropriate

Job Purpose

  • The Grant Finance Assistant for Benue State is responsible for supporting GSF field staff and sub-grantees in understanding and adhering to GSF-RUSHPIN financial management systems and procedures
  • A significant level of effort will be rendered in CU office in Makurdi, in with extensive travel to field locations.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.) In relation to Sub – Grantees

  • Support sub – grantees with setting up appropriate financial systems that fit in with CU/GSF requirements (including maintaining proper records of financial transactions) and identifying capacity gaps
  • To act as key reference point for financial queries relating to the operation of GSF-RUSHPIN project;  This will include:
  • Preparation of monthly/quarterly forecasts and float requests
  • Utilization of standard float retirement template
  • Understanding and utilization of appropriate budget lines for each transaction
  • All other financial queries by sub – grantees
  • Responsible for sub – grantees floats and retirements to the extent of;
  • Receiving accurate monthly float retirements and bank reconciliations, from all sub – grantees and feeding retirements into CU’s ledger.
  • Monthly and year-end verification of sub – grantee balances
  • Flagging up outstanding floats and bank reconciliations
  • Support sub – grantees procurement process by being part of their procurement committee

2.) In relation to Grant Accountant

  • To work closely with the Grant Accountant in;
  • Identifying capacity gaps and training needs of sub-grantees
  • Implementing/embedding improved Grant/Finance management systems at sub – grantee level
  • Preparation and drafting of monthly and annual budgets; and periodic forecasts, based on sub-grantees’ requirements

3.) In relation to CU Calabar office;

  • Finance Department
  • Processing GSF transactions on Sage Peachtree
  • Liaising with other CU Finance staff, as may be necessary
  • GSF Project Staff
  • Obtain authorisation for partner retirements (from Programme Manager), before processing on the ledger
  • Obtaining authorization for float requests from Programme Manager

4.) In relation to other CU/GSF Stakeholders

  • PCM (PWC) – Support the PCM with field visits as may be required
  • Auditors – To liaise with auditors and provide them with required information, during field work of programme audits.

5.) To carry out any other duties that may be assigned by the Finance Manager &/or the Country Director.



  • or BA Accounting/Finance


  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience.
  • Working knowledge of computers: MS Office tools (minimum Word, Excel, Internet browsing/e-mail operations) and an e-finance system.
  • Experience of training/coaching Finance and non-Finance staff, Experience of working with an e-Finance system,
  • Experience of working within a cross-cultural setting.
  • Excellent attention to details

Application Closing Date
20th December, 2012

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit completed application form to:

CVs will not be acknowledged or accepted.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for panel interviews. All applications should be submitted before 4pm of the closing date.

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