Finance Officer(APSA-SP),Abuja,Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Finance Officer(APSA-SP),Abuja,Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS; www.ecowas.int), along with other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) has been implementing since May 2011 the African Peace and Security Architecture Support Programme (APSA), supported by the African Union Commission and the European Union within the framework of Africa Peace Facility (APF).
The main purpose of APSA is to promote peace and security in Africa, specifically through conflict prevention, management, resolution and peace building as as well as capacity development
APF is sponsored by the 10th European Development Fund. Under APSA, the ECOWAS Commission is benefitting from two projects, namely the APSA Support Programme (APSA-SP) up to December 2014 and the EU Support to African Training Institutions/Training Centers of Excellence (TI-TCE). Officially the two projects are expected to run respectively till 31 December 2014 and 31 January 2013.

Purpose

The Finance Specialist is responsible for ensuring that all funds under the project are properly controlled and managed and that regular and timely financial reports are produced and audits scheduled to the satisfaction of ECOWAS and its donors and Implementing Partners. He or she will work closely with Finance Officers and Accountants of ECOWAS Directorate of Finance, the recipient institutions and stakeholders and liaise with other relevant stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project. He reports to EPF Manager and the Director of Finance in the formats needed to satisfy donors and respond to the financial information and analytical needs of Implementing Partners. He will be located at the Finance Directorate.

Qualification

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management, Accounting or equivalent;
At least 5 years of relevant experience with credible organizations;
A solid knowledge of accounting systems, financial software, budgeting and strategic financial planning is required;
Excellent skills (written and spoken) in one of ECOWAS official languages (English, French, Portuguese). A working knowledge in one of the two others would be an advantage;
Computer proficiency (MS Office-Word-Excel-Access-PowerPoint; Financial Software);
Excellent financial management skills and good inter-personal skills;
Knowledge of donors’ procedures is a plus;
The Finance Officer must be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member State, immediately available, in sound health, with the ability to work under pressure in a cross-cultural & complex environment, diplomatic framework, to travel and undertake short term trips to various localities in West Africa.;
Candidates should not be 50 years old or over at the point of recruitment and must be a citizen of one of the ECOWAS member states.
Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

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Closing Date: 11 February 2013

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