Job ID : 13-10585
Location : Nigeria-Abuja
Group / Office : PDG (Program Delivery Group)
Dept / Unit : PDGGEN - Program Delivery Group
Project / Program : A000 - None Specified
Reports To : Director Internal Audit
The Senior Compliance Officer will provide leadership to the compliance team in monitoring the performance of all financial and operational functions within MSH Nigeria RSSH project.
The position holder will ensure that all staff are well versed in donor and MSH policies and procedures, and are adhering to such standards.
S / he will identify gaps in existing internal control systems, and provide recommendations to strengthen them; will identify gaps in staff’s knowledge and skills in MSH Policies & SoPs;
will provide recommendations for training; and may provide training directly to staff.
In coordination with the Director of Internal Audit, s / he will develop a plan and evaluation tools, and then carry out independent appraisals and verifications of the effectiveness of MSH and donor policies, procedures and standards, and applicable Nigeria law, by which MSH Nigeria financial resources are managed.
S / he will review and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting, compliance with applicable laws and the safeguarding of assets.
S / he will plan, perform and report back on internal assessments to ensure that financial control, financial guidelines of donor organization and other control procedures are in place and are being properly implemented and managed on the RSSH project.
S / he will also be responsible for advising and monitoring quality standards of operations and value for money.
S / he will monitor and following-up on recommendations from the internal and external auditors to ensure the recommendations have been implemented and adhered to.
Under the direction of the Director of Internal Audit (and MSH General Counsel where necessary), s / he will conduct thoroughly documented investigations of whistleblower cases, and suspected fraud and will directly interface with the Director of Internal Audit on these or other specific cases.
Ensure that MSH Nigeria project financial and operational activities are in compliance with Nigeria law (tax laws, CSA laws and government pension agency laws), donor rules and regulations, and MSH policies and standards.
Develops an annual customized compliance monitoring plan, including evaluation tools, standards, ethical considerations, and schedule to evaluate all project locations, and to revisit sites needing extra attention.
Develops compliance framework for the project; including compliance checklists for the various business processes, transaction classes, country laws governing NGO operations, and specific donor requirements.
Periodically reviews and updates the compliance monitoring checklist and other tools to stay current with MSH procedures and policies.
Examines the effectiveness of internal controls and compliance within MSH Nigeria policy framework and identifies gaps in procedures and controls systems and provides recommendations to the Country Leadership Team for strengthening them.
Follows-up on recommendations to ensure they have been implemented and adhered to.
Tests internal controls, targeting high risk areas, including workshops, vehicle usage, inventory control and cash advance management, payroll and Fleet Management.
Documents internal control weaknesses and compliance deviations and their impact, and makes recommendations to address these weaknesses.
Identifies gaps in knowledge and skills and provides recommendations for training.
May be requested to provide training directly to staff.
Prepares detailed reports of each compliance review and other task assignments, with prioritized findings and recommendations.
Presents final reports to the MSH Nigeria Country Leadership Team.
When necessary, collaborates with internal and external audit on investigations of whistleblower cases, suspected fraud, mismanagement, loss of assets, etc.
Follows-up on recommendations from the internal and external auditors to ensure the recommendations have been implemented and adhered to.
Stays abreast of laws, directives, and current trends in the local legal and NGO environment.
Provides risk assessment for financial and operational landscape. Identify high risk, high probability events, and provide recommended mitigation plan.
Provide ad hoc risk assessments for specific scenarios by request.
Provide ad-hoc advice, helping staff to achieve the goal of establishing sound risk management and internal control systems;
offer practical advice on how best to comply with financial policy and donor guidelines.
Lead and coordinate the compliance team.
Prepares quarterly audit, investigations, and status of audit recommendations reports for submission to Director Internal Audit and Nigeria Country Representative, if applicable.
Meets with Project Directors on a regular basis, or as requested by the Country Representative.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Internal Audit.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Business Management or related area.
Advanced degree preferred
Professional certification in Accounting, Internal Audit, and Fraud Examination
Six plus years of experience in compliance, risk management or audit
Extensive familiarity of grant rules and regulations.
Experience in international development programs preferred.
Excellent planning, management, and organizational skills.
Proven leadership and interpersonal skill.
Professional proficiency in English required
Availability to travel domestically and internationally as needed. Up to 50% domestic travel required.
Deadline : 12 April, 2019
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