Helen Keller International (HKI) Recruits Accountant – Abuja

Helen Keller International (HKI) is an international agency whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged HKI implements a bi-annual campaign on vitamin A supplementation in 10 states of the federation, supports onchocerciasis control in Borno, Adamawa and Akwa Ibom states, and recently expanded its portfolio of programs in Nigeria in to the areas of food fortification and advocacy for the use of orange flesh sweet potato: a root crop rich in Vitamin A.

Job Title: Accountant

Location: Abuja

Job Summary:
The Accountant has oversight over all finance functions in the agency under the supervision of the Finance and Admin Manager, ensuring high quality and accuracy of work.

Reports Directly to: Finance/Admin Manager (FM)
Supervises: Finance Assistant

A minimum of B.Sc/HND in Accounting; Possession of professional qualification such as ACA or ACCA; At least 2 year working experience especially in development work.Copied: www.hotnigerianjobs.com


  • Enter data into financial accounting software on daily basis.
  • Ensure Core Costs are correctly entered in the template.
  • Deal with retirement of advances, in particular:
  • Verify/ check calculation on receipts
  • Verify/ assign accounting codes;
  • Cross check to ensure program staff assign activity codes on all retirements, then assign natural codes to same so as to ensure accurate posting by the Finance Assistant.
  • Assign sequential reference to each transaction for cross checking in the Accounting systems and receipts; this refers to sequential filling of our documents. Verify and file receipts and other work papers; Same as directly above
  • Check the accounting records for accuracy and correctness as necessary;
  • Assist in maintaining files and updating finance records. Copied: www.hotnigerianjobs.com

Financial Management

  • Prepare and verify the accuracy of the monthly report prior to submission to Finance Manager by the 8th of each month for review and submission to AFRO
  • Prepare donors financial reports according to donor requirements.
  • Familiarize with project budgets and any reporting timelines to anticipate and take action on this.
  • Prepare all other financial reports as needed.
  • Check matching expenses for compliance with donor regulations in collaboration with FM.
  • Reconcile all bank account monthly against bank statement and submit to FM for review. This should be done as part of our monthly reporting
  • Prepare monthly intercompany invoice to be sent out by 1st of every month to the country expense is incurred on behalf of.
  • Ensure requests submitted by project staff match their monthly work plans which in turn match the annual work plan. If there is any variance, CD’s approval must be sort before processing.
  • Ensure hard copy financial report including supporting document for transactions of $10,000 and above for every month are sent to AFRO in a timely manner.

Budget Management

  • Assist the administration in the preparation of office running budgetStudy the PSR sent every month and highlight any wrong information to the FM for proper follow up with AFRO/HQ
  • Assist the FM to come up with a budget monitoring process to ensure project staffs adhere to budgets submitted by them during the annual budgeting process to reduce variance in our budget execution.
  • Come up with a plan to ensure the monthly work plans submitted by project staff also agree with their annual work plan or donor budget where applicable
  • Collaborate with the Finance Manager and the Project Coordinators to create budgets for new projects. Copied: www.hotnigerianjobs.com

Project Monitoring & Reporting

  • Analyze and monitor all grants and provide feedback to Finance Manager.
  • Interact with program staff on project funding status.
  • Prepare all necessary donor reports and submit to Finance Manager for review and onward processing.
  • Monitor any sub-grant spending as dictated by the donor rules and regulations.

Human Resources

  • Check/ Prepare tax and pension deductions and ensure they are correct and paid in timely manner.
  • Check/ Prepare staff severance payment prior to entry in the accounting software.

Office Management

  • Assist in country audit as needed.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Finance Manager.
  • Stand in for FM in the event of FM’s absence
  • Execute all other tasks as assigned by the FM or CD

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely preparation of financial reports
  • Budgeting(preparation and monitoring)
  • Monthly bank reconciliations
  • General ledger maintenance
  • Reporting
  • Treasury management
  • Banking
  • Payroll and employee benefits management
  • Proper maintenance of financial records
  • Accurate review of request and claims before processing of payments by finance department;

Competencies Required:

  • Able to work under pressure minimal supervision and able to meet up deadlines.
  • Ability to use computer software such as Microsoft office, internet and accounting software.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills and a good team player.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and decision making skills
  • Demonstrated excellent personal integrity and confidentially
  • Able to provide efficient and effective support for the day to day running of the office;
  • Able to work comfortably with numbers.

Application Closing Date

COB 29th August 2013

How to Apply
All applicants should submit electronically

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Curriculum vitae should indicate at minimum applicant’s qualification and dates obtained; previous work experience and dates; age and referees
  • A covering letter

To: eudongo@hki.org by close of business of the deadline stated above. Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered.

Please note that only applications submitted electronically shall be considered

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