Job Summary / Responsibilities:
FHI/NIGERIA POSITION DESCRIPTION Title: Compliance Officer Location: Country Office Abuja Supervisor: Associate Director, Compliance Basic Functions: Under the direction of Associate Director Compliance, the position holder will carry out independent appraisals of the effectiveness of policies, procedures and standards by which FHI’s financial resources are managed. Duties and Responsibilities: Review and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, adequacy of internal controls, reliability of financial reporting, compliance with applicable laws and the safeguard of assets within FHI Nigeria’s policy framework. Plan, perform and report back on internal audits to ensure that financial control, financial guidelines of donor organizations and other control procedures are in place and are being properly implemented and managed within FHI/Nigeria’s offices. Advise and monitor quality standards and value for money and make recommendations for improvement. Test internal controls, target in particular high risk areas; document any weaknesses and their impact, and make recommendations to address these weaknesses. Follow up on the implementation of audit recommendations and management action plans. Where necessary, carry out investigations of alleged fraud, mismanagement, loss of assets or any other investigation. For each assignment, prepare a written report to present findings and conclusions to management. Prepare routine monthly financial and labor related reports and distribute to Senior Management, technical and financial staff. Respond to management queries in relation to FHI/Nigeria’s internal control environment. Perform other duties as assigned. Knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of local and donor contractual requirements and regulations Knowledge of generally accepted accounting, budgeting and fiscal control theory and practices. Budget development skills with multi funding sources and general ledger skills. Relevant software skills to include automated accounting software and database spreadsheets and Management Information Systems. Ability to work with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, and recipients of assistance. Report to supervisor on variances and status on regular basis. Work independently with initiative to manage high volume work flow. Routine coordination with FHI employees and consultants, on-site and in the field. Resourceful through technology, research skills, and relationship building among several organization teams and units and professional organizations. Perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy. Interact with diplomacy and tact and follow-up on requests in timely and efficient manner. Maintain confidentiality for sensitive issues or projects and use judgment and decision-making to execute duties and responsibilities. Handle financial and quantitative information with accuracy and precision; resourceful in gathering, verifying and analyzing financial data. Strong understanding of risk management and internal control issues. Good communication and report writing skills. Must exhibit high levels of professionalism, integrity and ethical values at all times. Time management skills, both in planning and organizing work to meet deadlines. Ability to effectively communicate financial and internal control issues to staff with little or no financial background. Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy. Ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely. Ability to travel a minimum of 50%.