Accountant (Maternity Cover) 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 (Maternity Cover)

Location: Lagos
Contract type: Fixed Term (until June 2020)
Department: Finance
Job Category: Finance
Role Type: Advisory, Policy and Expertise
Pay Band: Pay Band 4
Report to: Senior Accountant – Nigeria

Role Purpose

  • The post holder is a maternity cover and will be a member of a team of accountants responsible for the end to end accounting process in Nigeria including month, quarter and year end close.
  • The role holder will guarantee regular, accurate and detailed financial accounting experience in line with largely accepted accounting values and corporate strategies. This is a support position inside the Financial Control function.

Role Requirements

Threshold requirements:

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  • Passport requirements/Right to work in country – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria.

Assessment stage: Shortlisting

  • Direct contact or managing staff working with children? – No

Assessment stage: N/A

  • Notes: Some travel may be required but is not expected to be significant.

Person Specification
Language requirements:
Minimum / Essential:

  • 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 take the APTIS test and demonstrate a B1 level of English proficiency.

Assessment stage: Shortlisted and interview


Minimum / essential:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any numerate course of study.


  • Fully qualified with a recognised accounting board e.g ACCA, ACA etc

Assessment stage: Shortlisting

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience

Minimum / Essential:

  • Highly organised and deadline oriented.
  • Proven accounting experience.
  • Experience of an ERP system.
  • Above average knowledge of Microsoft excel


  • Experience working with SAP

Assessment stage: Shortlisting and/or Interview

Application Closing Date and Time

  • 27th October, 2019. (23:59 UK Time)

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How to Apply for Accountant (Maternity Cover) 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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