USAID Accountant at the US Embassy – 2 Slots

US Embassy | Job Title: USAID Accountant (Current Mission Employees only) (72062021R10017) | Announcement Number: Abuja -2021-036
Location: Abuja
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abuja
Series/Grade: LE – 4005 10
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Work Schedule: Full-time – Work Schedule is 40hrs per week
Slot: 2 Openings

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.

Overview

  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
  • Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Appointment Type: Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Five (5) years renewable, estimated to start on or after August 2021
  • Travel Required: Occasional Travel

Marketing Statement:

  • USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in the following regions of the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa (all of Africa), Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East.

For more information about USAID, visit: http://www.usaid.gov

Summary

  • The CCNPSC Project Accountant of USAID / Nigeria is responsible for appraising project management personnel of project status and provides advice on project related issues and concerns.
  • S/he interprets financial policies and procedures, reviews financial documents for management implications, provides financial support services, and assists in the formulation of program budgets. This position is required to perform travel related duties.
  • Incumbent is required to perform work-related travels.

Duties
Maintenance of financial management systems 40%:

  • Responsible for maintaining comprehensive financial management systems for USAID / Nigeria program and other special program portfolio activities including Office of Transition Initiative (OTI), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and Food for Peace (FFP).
  • Review of request for funds, preparation of funding information and providing fund availability; ensuring compliance with statutory regulations, and that all accounting transactions: obligations, vendor information and commitments are properly recorded in Mission financial systems.
  • Prepares ICASS planning budgets for various ICASS accounts and review ICASS invoices to ensure equitable allocations.

Financial reporting, funds control and pipeline management 15%:

  • Reviews all program records periodically and prepare standardize reports: accruals, section 1311 review (review of unliquidated obligations), and section 517 de-obligation/re-obligation of funds.
  • Review monthly budget matrix and emphasis areas of coding for program commitments. Perform 224 reconciliations and clear transactions in Statement of Difference (SOD) report. Investigate and resolve cash reconciliation and suspense account items.

Budget formulation and execution 15%:

  • Assists in the development of the Mission Annual Program Budget submission and preparation of Congressional notification table.
  • Assist in formulating and implementing program funded operational cost budget.
  • Monitor expiring and cancelling fund status, develop and implement utilization plans to facilitate prompt liquidation.
  • Develop and maintain reporting systems to track and control special budgets, cost centers and appropriations.

Support to program implementation 15%.:

  • Provides financial management support to Program planning and implementation and assist to respond to program queries from AID/W.
  • Participate in program Development Objective meetings, technical evaluation committee tasks and private sector engagements; and assist the Financial Analysts with pre-award surveys, financial reviews, program accounting information, and specialized project financial progress reports as required.

Capacity building and support to Operating Expense Accountant 15%:

  • Provides support to/backstop the Operating Expense Accountant to meet Mission workload needs.
  • Assist in providing financial management training to activity managers, implementing Partners and Accounting Technicians.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements
Physical Demands:

  • The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

 
Education Requirements:

  • Minimum university degree or its equivalent in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics, or related field is required.

Evaluations:

  • Knowledge: 10 points
  • Skills and Abilities: 10 points
  • Communication and Language skills: 10 points
  • Interview Performance: 70 points

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

Reference checks will be made only for the successful candidate. If a candidate does not wish USAID to contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be stated in the application letter.

USAID is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

  • All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

Qualifications:

  • Prior Work Experience: Minimum three years of progressively responsible experience in public or private accounting is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • A thorough knowledge is required of USG accounting, financial analysis and budgeting procedures, cash reconciliation, Automated Directive System (ADS) Series 600, General Accounting Office decisions, Travel and Transportation Guides, Standardized regulations, Controller’s Guidebook, knowledge of Phoenix Operating Guide, Knowledge of Laws, regulations, and procedures associated with USG is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • A high level of analytical skill and sound judgment is required. Must be capable of supervising and training Accounting Technicians.
  • Must be able to maintain effective working relations with American and CCN personnel in USAID and other USG Agencies at post and local business organizations.
  • Must be able to carry out all duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision.

Language Proficiency:

  • Level IV English (fluent) both spoken and written is required.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits
Agency Benefits:

  • As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Annual Salary Increase (if applicable)
  • Annual and Sick leave
  • Annual Bonus

Allowance (as applicable):

  • Transportation Allowance
  • Meal Allowance
  • Miscellaneous Allowance
  • Housing Allowance

Other Information:

  • USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad,” including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf
  • Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at: https://www.usaid.gov/forms
  • Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at: http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs
  • Ethical Conduct.  By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See: https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations   

Taxes:

  • The Mission emphasize to its employees of the fact that they are obliged to observe Nigerian Laws, including those concerning income and related tax obligations.  Payment of such taxes is a matter between the individual employee and the Nigerian Government. In the absence of a specific international agreement, the U.S. Government will not withhold local taxes from an employee’s salary.

Salary
NGN12,772,559 / Annum

Application Closing Date
14th April, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Important Information

  • Eligible applicants are required to complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. GMT on the closing date of this announcement.
  • Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date online, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

Required Documents:

  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Relevant Certificates
  • NYSC Certificate
  • University Degree Certificate
  • List of References

Next Steps:

  • After the closing date for receipt of applications, all applications will initially be screened for conformity with minimum requirements and a shortlist of applicants developed. Applications from candidates which do not meet the required selection criteria will not be considered.
  • A committee will be convened to review the shortlisted applications and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation criteria as stated above.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants.
  • For More Info: HR Section – 000-000-0000 ; [email protected]