Job Vacancies at Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited (SCANL)

Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited (SCANL) is a leading management consulting firm focused on the agricultural and nutrition sectors in Africa. We partner with government agencies, private sector companies and leading international development organizations to conduct research, analyze policies, develop strategies and implement programs that promote sustainable food security and improved nutrition. We have worked on a variety of projects across West Africa, including in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal.

Program Finance Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience8 years
  • LocationAbuja
  • Job FieldFinance / Accounting / Audit

 

Travel: Limited travel across project States in Nigeria

About the Program
Sahel, in collaboration with other partners, seeks to catalyze the local dairy sector in Nigeria in an inclusive way through a program that will improve the livelihoods, productivity, nutrition, and empowerment of smallholder female dairy farmers and the communities in which they live. If approved, the program will span 5 years and will:

  • Advocate for an enabling environment for local sourcing through engagements with the government and relevant private sector stakeholders.
  • Increase demand for locally sourced milk through partnerships with dairy processors currently or interested in sourcing locally.
  • Improve smallholder dairy farmers’ productivity by increasing their access to technical support services and appropriate inputs.
  • Empower women dairy farmers and enable them to improve their livelihoods and that of their households.
  • Improve nutrition outcomes among smallholder dairy households through innovations in food systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Finance Manager’s primary responsibilities are outlined below. The Finance Manager is however expected to perform any tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the program.
  • Financial Management & Oversight: Establish and maintain sound and transparent accounting and fiscal control procedures for internal operations and sub-award and contracts. Ensure compliance of financial and operations systems with Sahel policies and procedures, donor rules and regulation, terms and conditions, award requirements, and the laws of the Government of Nigeria (including PAYE, VAT, Withholding Tax, Pension, and NHF).
  • Budgeting: Lead the program annual budget development process that includes managing the annual work plan, life-of-project and activity budgets and ensuring compliance of program expenditures with approved budgets; ensure the consistency, inclusion and accuracy of costs and compliance with agreed policy and practices, and work with staff in developing budgets for technical activities as necessary. Revise overall and sub-budgets as needed throughout the work plan year·
  • Cash Flow Managemen: Manage the program’s cash flow and prepare cash flow forecasts on a regular basis. Maintain complete and accurate supporting documentation for all financial transactions·
  • Reporting:Compute key business metrics and provide weekly, monthly and quarterly reports to management; create additional analyses and reports as requested. Prepare and submit periodic financial and accrual reports to the funding partners as required by the contract. Contribute to the development of high-quality work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor.
  • Grant Management: Oversee the administration of all grants, leases, contracts, and other financial obligations.
  • Compliance and Risk Management: Ensure that strong internal control systems are in place. Actively monitor all systems and ensure that staff act in full compliance with the terms and conditions of contract/award and donor requirements, local laws, and Sahel policies and standard operating procedures. Assist the Chief of Party to conduct regular and thorough operational risk assessments in country, and monitor success of risk mitigation and risk control activities. Coordinate execution of financial reviews or audits and ensure timely follow up to review or audit conclusions and recommendations in close collaboration with the project team.
  • Administration: Supervise other program-based finance and accounting staff. Ensure appropriate segregation of duties in all procurement and payment activities from initiation to final payment.Handle the acquisition of capital assets and ensure they are properly recorded, amortized, and disposed of as appropriate.

Minimum Required Skills & Experience

  • Professional Qualification: Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related field is strongly preferred;
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, including overseeing the finance and operations of equally large and complex project
  • Recognized professional certification in Accounting such as ACA, CPA etc.
  • Technical Expertise: Knowledge in generally-accepted accounting, budgeting and fiscal control principles.
  • Experience with preparing financial reports for development partners
  • Relevant skills in automated accounting software systems and database spreadsheet
  • Experience in tax and audit preparation according to Nigerian laws
  • Experience building capacity in financial management of, and demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with partner organizations

Communication & Interpersonal Skills:

  • Ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers and team members. Fluency in the English language, and excellent writing and presentation skills

Personal Characteristics and Other Requirements:

  • Excellent judgement.
  • Ability to understand current issues quickly and make wise decisions
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively and delegate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

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Operations Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience8 years
  • LocationAbuja
  • Job FieldAdministration / Secretarial

 

Reports to: Chief of Party (CoP)
Travel: Travel across project States in Nigeria

About the Program

  • Sahel, in collaboration with other partners, seeks to catalyze the local dairy sector in Nigeria in an inclusive way through a program that will improve the livelihoods, productivity, nutrition, and empowerment of smallholder female dairy farmers and the communities in which they live. If approved, the program will span 5 years and will:
  • Advocate for an enabling environment for local sourcing through engagements with the government and relevant private sector stakeholders.
  • Increase demand for locally sourced milk through partnerships with dairy processors currently or interested in sourcing locally.
  • Improve smallholder dairy farmers’ productivity by increasing their access to technical support services and appropriate inputs.
  • Empower women dairy farmers and enable them to improve their livelihoods and that of their households.
  • Improve nutrition outcomes among smallholder dairy households through innovations in food systems.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Operations Manager’s primary responsibilities are outlined below:

  • S/he is however expected to perform any tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the program.
  • Program Operations and Compliance:
  • Oversee program operations and implement sound internal control practices in all project offices.
  • Ensure the program has effective operational procedures and processes in place for office management, local procurement, assets/fleet management and logistics, consultant and subcontractor administration, etc. in alignment with global best practices, Nigerian laws and regulations, Sahel’s policies and standard operating procedures, and donor requirements.
  • Manage relationship with subgrantees and subcontractors and ensure they comply with program guidelines.

Human Resources:

  • Establish policies that promote Sahel’s culture and vision as well as encourage maximum performance and dedication among program team members.
  • Lead the development and deployment of human resources strategies, including recruitment, on-boarding, performance appraisal and off-boarding processes. Serve as a point of contact for program personnel-related inquiries. ·

Administrative and Infrastructure:

  • Coordinate program offices’ operational processes and logistics.
  • Oversee knowledge management and IT systems and processes in compliance with Sahel’s policies and standards. Manage all subcontractors and leasing contracts

Minimum Required Skills & Experience
Professional Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related field
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of senior-level experience as Operations Manager in leading organizations or in large complex projects/programs with demonstrated results, skills and a track record of delivering beyond expectations
  • Operational Expertise: Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation Ability to manage multiple priorities/tasks effectively
  • Experience leading operations, procurement, HR and admin in a complex, international organization and/or in large multifaceted programs
  • A familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality is also required
  • Leadership Skills: Experience developing and managing a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • Experience managing and coordinating teams to deliver in in a complex environment
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Strong negotiation and diplomatic skills to support effective work through implementing partners
  • Fluency in the English language, and excellent writing and presentation skills

Personal Characteristics and Other Requirements:

  • Excellent judgement. Ability to understand current issues quickly and make wise decisions
  • Possess outstanding professional reputation
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively and delegate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Willingness to travel across program states within Nigeria, with a focus on Northern Nigeria

Method of Application

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Note: The position is subject to donor approval of the program.

 

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