Finance and Compliance Manager at British High Commission (BHC)

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.Job Title: Finance and Compliance ManagerJob Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Operations and Corporate Services)Job Subcategory: FinanceJob Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  The British High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, is looking for a confident and proactive Finance and Compliance manager to maintain oversight of, and standards in, a £29m p.a programme portfolio across West Africa. This role is based in Abuja. Some travel might be required.This role presents an exciting opportunity to support UK foreign policy priorities in West Africa by ensuring compliance with HMG financial, risk management and audit requirements. It would suit anyone who wishes to apply strong financial, risk-management and stakeholder engagement skills in a fast-moving and challenging context.   The position is offered on a renewable contract basis until 31/3/18, subject to continued funding which will be confirmed at the beginning of each financial year.Main purpose of jobThe main purpose of the job is to work with a wide range of Nigerian, HMG and international actors to monitor, report on and improve finance and risk management across a £29m West Africa programme portfolio. This will require a range of activity, including establishing and communicating HMG requirements; strengthening systems to monitor spend and compliance; improving regional capacity; providing advice; and leading procurement, due diligence and audit processes directly as appropriate. The programme is funded through the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). This is a global fund which brings together the UK’s contribution to multilateral peacekeeping, security and defence activities in countries at risk of instability. The fund is managed by the FCO. The West Africa Programme portfolio is wide-ranging and fast moving, including a range of programme interventions in support of more secure and peaceful countries in the region.The main duties will includeMaintain a clear overview of financial and compliance performance across the West Africa CSSF portfolio, proactively ensuring compliance with all financial, risk management and audit requirements, escalating any identified risks and identified areas for improvement;Ensure programme management cycle principles and best practice are applied to support delivery of projects in line with annual milestones and targets;Provide accurate and timely financial and compliance reports for decision makers, presenting information in a clear and accessible way;Improve regional capability on finance, procurement and risk management by sharing guidance, tools and training opportunities;Provide advice on specific finance, procurement and risk management issues across the region;Ensure due diligence and audit processes are applied to protect programme funds; andImplement procurement, due diligence and audit processes directly and in a timely manner as appropriate;Manage relationships with contractors, implementers and partners professionally and effectively to ensure value for money, and to minimise fraud, inefficiency and waste;Proactively facilitate the sharing of information between FCO and partners; andProvide management and leadership to one programme administrator.

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