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Chief Accountant Vacancy at ACDI/VOCA Nigeria

ACDI/VOCA – Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 45 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $174 million.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief Accountant

Location: Kano
Project: Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project

Job Description

  • ACDI/VOCA is seeking experienced and talented professionals for the Chief Accountant position. The position will be based in Kano.
  • This is an administrative & technical position.
  • The position will be responsible for day-to-day management of project accounting/finance functions.
  • She/he will also be responsible for training 4 Farm Management Centers (FMCs) in basic accounting & finance practices pertaining to FMCs.
  • For the project, this position maintains accounting systems, standards, records and enforces policies, procedures, and internal controls.
  • Coordinates with bookkeeper in a sub office in Abuja to ensure that sub office financial/accounting matters are executed efficiently.
  • Maintains internal controls over receipts, disbursements, & management of all financial resources.


  • Maintains the financial records of the field office including day-to-day field office operating expenditures, financial and accounting transactions, and bank accounts:
    • Ensures correct and timely payments to vendors, landlords and service providers.
    • Maintains banking relationship, including preparing bank deposits & correspondence.
    • Prepares monthly reconciliations of bank account.
    • Prepares vouchers and checks/wire transfers for payments. Ensures all supporting documentation and journal entries are accurate.
    • Ensure payments are allowable, allocable and compliant with local govt., donor and ACDI/VOCA regulations.
    • Ensures ledgers are accurate and compliant with applicable cost principles.
    • Prepares statutory monthly/annual tax return reports for local tax authorities
    • Processes/prepares employees’ travel advances & ensures advances are liquidated.
    • Reconcile all balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis.
    • Makes per diem payments to trainees, training/workshop participants and facilitators.
    • Follows VAT guidelines and requirements regarding payment of VAT in country. Prepares regular VAT claims for submission to the donor & assist in preparing tax return reports
  • Prepares regular and ad hoc financial documents and reports as requested:
    • Prepares/submits field office financial reports, supporting documentation, field cash reconciliations, and monthly cash projections/advance requests
    • Reviews contract and grant budgets and related financial reports and documentation.
    • Assists in preparing financial budgets, tracking sheets, & other financial documents.
    • Prepares financial information for the Quarterly and Annual reports as required.
  • Ensures the proper accounting and internal controls are maintained:
    • Maintains systems & procedures to accomplish internal auditing tasks & ensure financial files are audit ready. Creates & maintains audit ready, well-organized filing system
    • Maintain internal controls of receipts, disbursements, & mgmt. of financial resources.
    • Ensures that accounting documents such as official receipts, local purchase order are secure.
    • Keeps confidential all financial and sensitive information.
    • Ensures effective filing of accounting documents to facilitate access and retrieval.
    • Maintains accurate financial records in manual and electronic accounting ledgers
    • Ensures submission and processing of finance-related implementation documentation.
    • Participates in regular Finance staff meetings, conferences, workshops as assigned.
    • Travels to participate in audits and budget modifications as required.
    • Verify the office petty cash fund and the monthly report.
    • Performs other duties and undertakes other projects as may be assigned
    • Execute budget tracking and financial planning of office resources
  • Set up finance and accounting (F&A) systems for the Farm Management Centers that will provide a range of services to the farmers. The centers are yet to be created:
    • Set up appropriate finance and accounting systems for the FMCs
    • Participate in the section of the FMCs’ accounting and finance staff training
    • Train FMC staff and management in F&A matters as pertaining to running an FMC.
    • Periodically audit finance and accounting functions of the FMCs

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited institution. ACCA, ICSA, CIMA, CPA or other recognized professional qualification.
  • Minimum five years of progressive experience in financial management with a minimum of two years in an international non-governmental organization. Experience with donor project procedures, policies and compliance requirements a plus.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of either US accounting standards (GAAP), International Accounting Standards (IAS), or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Knowledge of USG regulations (22 CFR part 226; 2 CFR part 200; Sub grant mgmt.) a plus.
  • Proven knowledge of applicable local tax laws. Ability to interpret governmental regulations.
  • Advanced working knowledge in Excel; with a proficiency in Word, QuickBooks.
  • Demonstrated understanding of accounting and spreadsheet software
  • Good analytical skills & ability to gather/analyze info recommend appropriate actions.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate with others on varied and occasionally complex issues.
  • Good writing skills to effectively develop, compile, and present information.
  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Can work effectively in atmosphere of multiple tasks, shifting priorities, & deadline pressure.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral and ability to travel as required.

Application Closing Date
7th February, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Resume to: [email protected] Please include the position title in the subject line.


  • The resume and related application documents shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone.
  • Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.
  • ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. EOE.


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