Latest Finance Assistant Vacancy at The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on 2016

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

In light of the displacement in the north eastern part of Nigeria, NRC is about to start up an emergency response programme in Nigeria to respond to the humanitarian needs.

In the coming months, the main focus for NRC would be conflict affected populations including IDPs, returnees and the local communities in Borno State. NRC will initially be starting activities in the area of food security, water and sanitation and shelter/NFI sectors. NRC is therefore seeking a Finance Assistant in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The Finance Assistantreports to the Finance Officer.

POSITION : Finance Assistant 

Tasks and Responsibilities

Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbook and guidelines.
Ensure proper filling of document
Assist Finance Officer to prepare and develop reports as required by management
Establish good and considerate working relationship with all staff within the programs, demonstrating respect for their own roles and responsibilities
Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
Ensure that all supporting documents are complete and accurate before the financial transaction is done.
Ensure daily, weekly, monthly and periodic cash count is done
Assist Finance Officer in tracking advance and ensure that clearance of advance is done on time.
Take day to day responsibility of managing cheque payments.
Take day to day responsibility of managing petty cash and cash box
Maintain up to date records, project accounts on the system to ensure that timely, accurate and appropriate information is available and reported.
Preparation of payment vouchers for cash and cheques and ensure timely settlement of all undisputed invoices.
Facilitate and assist finance Officer to perform cash and bank reconciliation.
Ensure an effective filling system such that the files are updated, complete and safe guarded.
Any other duties that may arise to support NRC’s goals and objectives


Experience from working as a Finance Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context
Degree in Accounting or related field
Professional qualification ICAN, ACCA will be an added advantage
At least 2 years of experience working in an accounting department (preferably NGO)
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word
Must be able to work under pressure

Personal qualification

Relevant experience in Finance and knowledge in Microsoft Office and accounting software (Agressor).
Excellent inter personal and communication skills
Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
Highest standards of ethics and integrity
Organised and a good planner and possess significant understanding of complex emergencies
Ability to work in insecure environments
Communicating with impact and respect
All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable

We offer
Contract period: 6 months

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidate can submit their application letter and updated CV to the following e-mail The title of the position (Finance Assistant – Maduguri) must be indicated in the subject line of your e-mail. Please notice that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are particularly encouraged to apply to this position.