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Project Accountant (Finance Officer) At ECOWAS Commission

Date Posted: 06/May/2014
Deadline: 02/Jun/2014
  • Department: Social Affairs and Gender


  • Directorate: Gender, Youth, CSO, Employment, Drug Control


  • Grade: P3


  • Annual Salary: USD 36,901 - USD 44,469


  • Supervisor: Principal Accountant, External Funds


  • Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/DUG-P/005/2014


  • Duration: Twelve (12) months (extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds)


  • Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria


  • Closing Date: 02 June 2014


For financial management of the ECOWAS-EU/EDF Funds relating to the project “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, related Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africa”. In this regard, s/he will work on a daily basis with the ECOWAS Drug Unit team.


Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Project Accountant will perform the following duties:

  • Support the preparation of annual project work plans and budget and monitor their implementation.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate financial records and cash flow management including  accurate forecast relating to the Project, in line with the approved accounting standards, guidelines and financial regulations.
  • Oversee and ensure timely posting of transactions into the accounting software system and delivering of financial report as required.
  • Make comparative evaluation of project budget with cost centers and indicate variance analysis over time and make reports available to superiors and relevant project stakeholders.
  • Implement budgetary control procedures and ensure that expenditures approved for payment have been provided for in the approved budget.
  • Oversee the preparation of bank reconciliation statements for the bank accounts of the Project
  • Safeguard of all vouchers including supporting documents for review by both internal and external auditors
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Finance, Accounting, Economics or Business Administration
  • A formal Professional Accountancy qualification (e.g. CA, ACCA, CIMA etc.) is also required.
  • At least, five (5) years post qualification work experience. A higher degree will substitute for two-years of work experience
  • A solid knowledge of accounting software systems, excel, power point, budgeting and strategic financial planning would be an added advantage
  • Ability to work independently with high degree of integrity, responsibility and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports at short notice
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal relations skills (team player)


Candidate 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 ECOWAS: English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of second official language would be an advantage

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