Finance Manager (Local Nationals)

from Creative Associates International
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Finance Manager

Communities in Transition Division

Position Location: Abuja, Nigeria


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

The Finance Manager will be based in Abuja, Nigeria. She/he will provide overall financial and accounting oversight and management for the Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data in West Africa (REWARD) project, funded by USAID/West Africa. This position will also be a liaison with the Creative’s HQ to ensure full compliance with regulations and policies about the implementation of effective internal controls and ensure compliance with USAID policies and regulations.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Finance Manager reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the project meets all USAID contractual requirements and ensure compliance with USAID policies and regulations.
  • Provide financial oversight, including the maintenance and monitoring of the project budget, tracking the project expenditures and projections
  • Manage financial systems, files, and maintain Creative’s online accounting system
  • Liaise between Creative’s field and headquarters offices regarding project’s financial matters and all internal or external audit requests, as needed
  • Process check requests and wire transfer requests for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements.
  • Manage, review and process payroll, invoices and in-field fee payments in accordance with Creative accounting procedures and USAID’s policies.
  • Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting and review of project expenses, accruals, and projections.
  • Track the transfer of funds between headquarters and the field office, and manage accounting and finance records of in-country expenses, including developing tracking and monitoring all financial project activities, and maintaining current project expense data.
  • Draft quarterly and annual financial reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information and forward to Finance & Contracts for review and approval by the Controller
  • Prepare monthly field expense reports, and report monthly expenses to HQ Offices
  • Provide Project Director and the COP with project’s current financial status
  • Provide financial management and systems training for project staff.
  • Travel to field location(s) as necessary and provide oversight to field office financial systems and processes if needed.
  • Provide training and guidance to grantees, local partners, and beneficiaries, as needed
  • Review and approve the financial close-out of program activities, and verify documentation and information is complete
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Required Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or relevant field. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred
  • Minimum of six 6 years of relevant work experience preferably with USAID-funded projects
  • Experience with USAID project finances and budgeting (preferred) or similar work for other donors/U.S. Government agencies
  • Competent in using computers and financial software
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English required
  • Ability to work under pressure and efficiently handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to work under own initiative or as a part of a team

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send your CV to with the subject line "REWARD Finance Manager"