Finance Assistant (Borno) at Mercy Corps Nigeria


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance Assistant

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time, Regular
Reports Directly To:Senior Finance Officer
Works Directly With: Finance & Compliance department in Abuja, program and operational teams in Nigeria.

Program / Department Summary

  • The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Abuja including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance. The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.
  • In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.

General Position Summary

  • Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Senior Finance Officer- Accounting and with close coordination with the program team, the Finance Assistant will assist MCN in adhering to the compliance procedures for financial, procurement, accounting process and ensure adequate internal controls are in place and in compliance with laws, regulations, donor requirements and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the Senior Finance Officer to enhance the efficiency of the existing control system and ensure any identified compliance gaps are corrected.
  • Enter transactions (PIs, GJs etc) into the accounting software accurately
  • Ensure the accuracy of all Navigator recorded transactions by following Navigator entry procedures and by referencing coding against the standard chart of accounts and coded budgets.
  • Prepare Amortizations of prepaid expenses and tracking of prepaid benefits for compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and reconciled the banks and cash for both Naira and USD.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAPs standard accounting practices.
  • Assist in Mail delivery to banks and other financial institutions, submission of cheques to the relevant government institutions for remittance of statutory returns.
  • Daily print out of payment vouchers for onward attachment to supporting documents.
  • Ensure proper archiving of all documents.
  • Weekly checking of all MCN Navigators entries against miscoding of LIN, Fund, Office, GL and following for corrections.
  • Maintain the AAM file with up-to-date signature specimen.
  • Give maximum support towards a successful month and year-end process.
  • Always imbibe the culture of audit readiness.
  • Make sure all income taxes, withholding taxes and other taxes are withheld and paid accordingly.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to take on new tasks and new assignments as requested from time to time.
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor or designee.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by the country leadership.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A Degree in Accounting or a relevant Business field.
  • Two (2) or more years of accounting or bookkeeping experience, including experience with double-entry accounting
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Familiarity with computerized, double-entry accounting software.
  • Strong organizational skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills.

Success Factors

  • A clear understanding of finance, accounting, organizational skills as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential.
  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.
  • Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together.
  • Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
  • We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • Mercy Corps is an equal-opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis.
  • We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
  • We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

  • Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
  • We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC.
  • We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members.
  • As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
  • Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Application Closing Date
15th November, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Applicants should have their CVs and Cover Letters in one document addressing the position requirements.
  • Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.


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