Finance Officer at Oxfam Nigeria

Oxfam is a confederation of 17 Affiliates committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good governance, adopting a right based approach.

Job Title: Finance Officer


  • To implement and monitor all financial aspects of the Humanitarian programme, including the management of financial risks.
  • To ensure that financial procedures are adhered to and non compliance challenged. To provide financial information and monitoring to programme staff.
  • To work closely with the Country Finance Teams to provide quality financial information, process payments and maintain comprehensive accounting records.
  • Handling (finance related) queries regarding Donors
  • Interpretation of financial information, advice to Operational Lead, Humanitarian Finance Manager, Business Support Manager and Coordinators
  • Analysing reports for programme staff and providing guidance
  • Flexibility to anticipate and resolve challenges
  • Manages and contributes to project work
  • Influences staff to adopt procedures
  • 100% focus on the Oxfam Humanitarian programme

Humanitarian Payments:

  • Ensure supporting documentation for payments is complete and correct (e.g. authorised and coded by budget holder) in accordance with Oxfam financial procedures
  • Prepare payments for authorisation by account signatories. Ensure relevant statutory deductions are made, and transactions recorded accurately on Finance System (Pastel)
  • Liaise with the Country Office Finance Team for authorisations/payments and recording on Pastel
  • Notify the Country Office Finance Team of any expenditure that needs to be moved between projects
  • Support the Humanitarian team by ensuring transfers to the field are anticipated, made in a timely manner and with safety in mind
  • Ensure payments are made in accordance with the delegation of authority limits


  • Ensure that all receipts are properly documented, e.g. by an invoice or receipt
  • Managing Humanitarian Cash Account:
  • Proactively monitor and manage cash account to:
  • Ensure that balances are sufficient to cover anticipated payments
  • Identify receipts or payments that may require further investigation
  • Maintain spreadsheets to summarise receipts, payments and balances
  • Monitor and chase outstanding floats
  • Ensure cash counts undertaken weekly, monthly, and whenever responsibility is handed to another person

Support to Donor Reporting and Donor Proposals:

  • Ensure expenditure is recorded accurately against donor budgets and reconciled with Pastel Finance System
  • Support year-end processes as required
  • Assist Finance Manager with interpreting and collating information in budgets, and monitoring spend


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or any relevant equivalent is required
  • ICAN or ACCA qualification will be an added advantage
  • 3 -5 years of progressively responsible and directly relevant professional experience, such as finance, accounting, grants management - ideally with at least 2 years in International NGO
  • Ability to understand and implement the Nigeria government tax & VAT laws
  • Proven knowledge of computerised systems and demonstrable experience of working with computerized accounting packages and spreadsheets
  • Proactive, flexible, and able to respond to a variety of questions relating to the job
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Manages own time under guidance and direction from supervisor and meet the deadlines
  • Strong analytical and planning skills
  • Strong understanding of Gender and Diversity
  • A strong commitment to Oxfam’s purpose, a broad understanding of the work culture in the “humanitarian” sector and its impact on key areas of responsibility and a commitment to humanitarian principles and action

Location: Abuja

Closing Date
7th March, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should send their application letter and Curriculum vitae as one attachment in English to: with the position title as the subject of your email.


  • Prospective candidate must be available and willing to commence work immediately.
  • Completed applications should reach us before the closing date above. 
  • Applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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