Accountant (KaLMA) at British Council Nigeria

The British Council is the UK’s international group for cultural relations and educational prospects. They establish friendly knowledge and understanding among the folks of the UK and other nations. They do this by carrying out a positive contribution to the UK and the nations they work with – transforming lives by creating opportunities, building connections and promoting trust.

They work with more than 100 nations across the world in the areas of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Every year they reach more than 20 million people face-to-face and over 500 million people online, through broadcasts and publications. Established in 1934, they are a UK charity administered by Royal Charter and a UK public body. They are hiring to fill the following positions described below.

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Job Title: Accountant – Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator (KaLMA) Nigeria

Location: Kano
Contract type: Fixed Term (Until December 2020)/
Department: Finance
Job Category: Finance
Role Type: Advisory, Policy and Expertise
Pay Band: Pay Band 4
Report to: Senior Accountant & KaLMA Operations Manage

Role Purpose

  • The post holder will act as the finance business partner to the programmes team in their quest to deliver KaLMA (the project) or any other description ascribed to it in line with the funder’s requirement.
  • The holder will ensure thorough adherence to financial processes, keeping a balance between efficiency, accuracy and completeness of transactions processed.
  • The post holder will support the procurement process to onboard delivery partners, provide value for money guidance, ensure accurate reporting to the unique needs of the funder and provide efficiency and assurance to the project manager in the first instance and the programme director by ensuring delivery partners, internal stakeholders and funders are satisfied with the finance deliverables inherent in the projects.

Role Requirements

Threshold requirements:

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  • Passport requirements/ Right to work in country – Current Right to live and work in Nigeria

Assessment Stage: Shortlisting

  • Direct contact or managing staff working with children? – Suitable Child Protection assurance checks consistent with British Council policy

Assessment Stage: N/a


  • Some weekend and unsocial work required
  • Travel around Northern Nigeria, Nigeria and other locations will be required from time to time

Person Specification

Essential Desirable

  • Proficiency in written and oral English: Shortlisted applicants will either prove they have satisfied the required standard via presentation of an agreed English language certificate or will be needed to sit for the APTIS test and show a B2 level of English proficiency.

Assessment Stage: Shortlisting and Interview



  • Relevant undergraduate degree from a recognized institution or equivalent professional experience.
  • Qualified accountant with relevant   accounting qualification such as ACA, ACCA and ACMA etc

Assessment Stage: Shortlisting

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience 


  • Minimum of 3 years working experience in an active finance function.
  • High levels of personal effectiveness and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines.
  • Experience of an ERP system.


  • Experience working with donor funded programmes.
  • Experience working with SAP.
  • Experience of operating in a complex, multicultural context.
  • Computer skills – A good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

Assessment Stage: Shortlisting and/or Interview

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Application Closing Date and Time

  • 28th October, 2019. (23:59 UK Time)

How to Apply for Accountant (KaLMA) at British Council Nigeria

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Note: In your application form, please indicate clearly and explain how you satisfy the essential and needed skills, qualification and experience requirements mentioned in the person specification column of the role profile. This will assist us decide your fit for the position and improve your application’s chances of success.

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