Finance Officer at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance Officer

Job ID: 220000HT
Location: Abuja (FCT)
Job: Finance
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Employee Status: Individual Contributor
Job Type: Full-time
Job Level: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Summary

  • You will support the Finance department’s management of accounting systems, policies, and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable.
  • As part of an experienced finance team, you will help coordinate daily financial activities through preparation and delivery of financial services.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Help ensure maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned accounts in INSIGHT financial accounting package.
  • Assume the Accounts Payable Specialist PERSONA in INSIGHT and be responsible for all payment processing assigned under this level access.
  • Record delegated financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review various accounts to detect irregularities.
  • Help evaluate subrecipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and help strengthen capacity of partner in financial accounting and transactions.
  • Support the CP’s programs team by providing technical and administrative support from pre-award stages through to close-out of grants
  • As the account payable specialist whose role is pivotal to ensuring sound financial system in the CP, shall diligently review and analyze supporting documentation of financial transactions to ensure that all required documents are accurate, complete and that appropriate projects, task and expenditure type are charged.
  • Prepare various, periodic, and ad hoc financial reports, as needed, and perform variance analysis to assist with decision-making and proper management of financial resources.
  • Supporting project grant accountants and programs staff to formulate responses to donors on matters relating to grants, contracts, agreements, and other compliance requirements
  • Support Implementation of all grants-related policies and procedures in compliance with donors’ policies and requirements.
  • Working closely with the project grant accountants to manage grants, sub-award financial reviews and closeout procedures
  • Supporting project grant accountants and programs staff in formulation of responses to donors on matters relating to grants, contracts, agreements, and other compliance requirements
  • Support in the drafting and review of contracts, agreements, and other contractual documents for partners and vendors.
  • Monitoring all changes to federal regulations as well as government policies and adapt same for effective and efficient management of CP’s grants and operation
  • Periodically, through training share basic information with staff, vendors and subrecipients on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and support capacity strengthening.

Basic Qualifications

  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration is required.
  • Professional Certification in accounting (ICAN, CPA, ACCA or equivalent) will be preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years accounting experience, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institute.

Required Languages:

  • English.


  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies
  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory Responsibilities: None
  • Internal: Program Manager(s), Finance and Grant Team, Deputy Country Representative
  • External: External Auditor(s) and Donor Representative(s)

Application Closing Date
18th July, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
  • Disclaimer:This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
  • All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.
  • CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.
  • CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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