Background : Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments.
Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.
S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Creative Associates International has been working in Nigeria for more than a decade to support education programs in Nigeria.
Project Description : Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy Bauchi and Sokoto , launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.
Position Summary : Director of Finance provides overall financial management and administration oversight for the project.
They ensure project liquidity and establishes appropriate checks and balances to mitigate financial risks and conflicts of interest.
They ensure all records are audit ready, establish cost and fiscal controls, and enforce stringent international financial and auditing standards.
They ensure funds expended are compliant with the Creative policies USG regulations as well as local labor and tax laws.
They implement fraud mitigation practices and ensures systems and processes are implemented effectively to support the project implementation.
They provide operational support on procurement, grants, and human resources and oversight on accounting and finance, and ensure financial compliance and timely reporting.
They must fully understand cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness, USAID and USG procurement regulations, the financial responsibilities associated with grant management, and the design and implementation of financial training activities.
Reporting & Supervision : The Director of Finance reports to the Chief of Party.
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