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7 Ways to Grow your Personal Brand

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If you want to promote your name and your company online, you have to begin by building your personal brand. You have to begin thinking of yourself and your name as a brand. If you start there, everything else is easy.
How do I know? I've spent years building my own brand, and I'm going to show you how to do it.

1. Do a little preliminary research.

Before you can build a positive personal profile online for yourself, you need to know what is already out there about you. Did you write a mean op-ed in college that has now made it into Google's cache? Do you have some unsavory photos floating out there in the world wide web?
Set up Google alerts using your name. Try to clean up any negative press or posts. You may even want to consider changing your name slightly -- such as by using your middle initial or dropping our your nickname to build your new profile. Get your name as clean and professional as possible before you begin building your brand online.

2. Get a website.

If you're going to make a name for your brand online, you need a site where your audience can visit so they can learn more about you. So, get a personal website with an "About me" page. There are lots of tools that you can use and websites you can visit to help you build your own website. Some of them are free. Some are paid, but remember,  you get what you pay for.
If you want your website to be dynamic and professional-looking, make sure that you allot enough time, effort (and even money) into it. Use high-resolution photos of yourself and keep your copy short and engaging.

3. Think about your audience.

Who are you trying to reach? This is called your target audience.
If I've learned anything in my years of marketing, it's that you need to define your audience early on. Are you trying to direct people to your personal website so they can learn something from you? What do you have to offer them?
By answering these questions, you'll be able to get a better picture of your audience, and this will give you direction on how you communicate with them on your website and on social media.

4. Make friends with influential people online.

Influencers are some of your best assets as you build your personal brand. Over the years, I've made friends with people online who have big audiences in my industry. By building these relationships, my influencers are more willing to share or retweet my social posts to their audiences.
If you get free exposure to an audience that you are already trying to target, it's a win-win for both parties. Try out this technique to see if it works for you. If you have the right influencers in your circle, you'll get more traffic to your website and more engagement in your social posts.
5. The more people you meet, the better.
When you are building a personal brand, the people you know can help promote you. You can't limit these relationships to online. Perhaps you will reach out to some influencers online, and that is perfectly acceptable. I do that all the time, and it is rewarding to see these friendships form. But, you also need to do everything you can to meet influencers in other ways. Go to local events related to your industry. Network at happy hours.
Tell everyone what you do everywhere you go, from the waiter at your favorite restaurant to the people you sit beside at church. Expand your circles -- and your personal brand -- simply by being present with others.

6. Be you and only you.

I'm offering you this advice because I learned the hard way. When you are building a personal brand, you do want to put your best face forward. But you also don't want to create an online presence that isn't true to who you really are. Social users are savvy about honesty -- and they can tell when marketers are not being vulnerable and genuine.
So make sure you are putting forth an honest profile of who you are. When you do this, you’ll effortlessly build trust.

7. Capture information.

Once you have started building a relationship with your online audience, it will be time to collect some of their information. This will be useful in building an email list, for example, so you can communicate more directly with your target audience.
You can test this using creative ways. For example, once you have proven yourself as an established, trusted voice who offers valuable content, you can ask your audience to sign up for your monthly newsletter. You can also create videos to share your brand story. Incentivize this by offering a free giveaway or running a contest to generate excitement around free prizes. Make it fun for your target audience to participate.
It can feel overwhelming as you get start building your personal brand. But, it takes less than a week to try out these tips. It's easy to try one new strategy, and it won't be long before you have a great target audience listening to you and looking to you for advice. That's what a personal brand is all about.              -(Credit: Entrepreneur)

FG Unveils Plans to Support Talented Youths in the Arts Sector With Start-up Loans

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The Federal Government on Sunday night unveiled plans to support talented youths in the arts sector with N300 million start-up loans. 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure at the “Spoken Words Open All White Finale’’, a poetry and music platform to encourage talents that held at Onikan, Lagos. 

Mohammed said that poetry and music performances showed creativity that the government was willing to support. “We have succeeded in securing a N300 million loan from the Bank of Industry to support young talents in the arts sector. ‘’Very soon, we are going to make available information to Nigerians how to access these funds. “These loans are for start-ups to support young artists in the creative industry. “Spoken word is a form of poetry and a lot of talents have been displayed here tonight,’’ he said. 

According to the minister, the lead poet, Mrs Titilope Williams, is one of the hidden exponents of “Spoken Word’’, a form of poetry in Nigeria. He said that he had monitored her works for four years and commended her ability to capture some special issues, both social and political, intelligently. “This is what makes this country what it is; as an abode of abundant talents and creativity and we must, as a government, try to support it.’’ Reflecting on one of the poems, “Who am I?,” the minister commended the sequence of the narrative that captured the efforts of black women and the prominence of African civilisation. “She has been able to invoke in us, things to be proud of our qualities.’’ According to the minister, it takes an intelligent and gifted person to be able to do this. 

Mohammed also commended other artists, who did various songs, assuring them that their talents would attract support from the government. 

Williams, the lead performer during her displays, said that being open was an opportunity to diffuse negative energies that could lead to frustration. “I realised that people feel afraid, a lot of them are anxious and I am here to help them find direction through the spoken word,’’ she said. She explained that the second edition of the event was possible because of the support of youths who needed an opportunity to express themselves.
-(Credit: Punch)

Experienced Job Recruitment At Citibank Nigeria Limited

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Citibank Nigeria Limited, the leading global financial services company, provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Liquidity & Investment Product Manager
Job ID: 17054259
Location: Lagos
Job Function: Product Management
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Purpose
  • The Liquidity and Balance Sheet Manager is responsible for the development and day to day management of the products assigned within account services, interest rate pricing and liquidity management.
  • The role is also responsible for all cash management balance sheet activities including transfer pricing issues, and working with implementation to deploy Liquidity Management Solutions.
  • Identify and drive implementation of liquidity management solutions to enhance growth in liabilities, meet the global liquidity management requirements of our global corporates within the constraints of local institutional framework and regulatory provisions.
  • Be the catalyst for replication of existing Global liquidity management capabilities in Nigeria.
  • Develop and consistently update Nigeria Country profile document, issue a Newsletter quarterly on market developments, new product roll-out by Citi within the quarter, information on market indicators and projected impact on the GTS Cash business.
  • This role has major revenue responsibilities as account services accounts for over 50% TTS (Treasury and Trade Solutions) Nigeria Cash revenues.
  • The Product Manager will be responsible for the management of the Cash Balance sheet. This implies a significant measure of accountability for business performance and to optimize the returns for Cash Management through policies in conjunction with Treasury and regional partners.
  • Support other Product Manager in driving sales for market segments assigned in line with the penetration strategy of the TTS Cash business.
Key Responsibilities
  • Management of Cash Balance Sheet and Account Services PandL. Preparation of plans, forecast. Analysis of results vs Plan and providing explanation for differences.
  • Participating in pricing/deal review and providing sales support. Consistently monitor account services pricing in line with market developments, proactively initiate price changes for review and approval and drive to closure in a timely manner.
  • Preparation and execution of marketing plans.  Conducting marketing research whenever appropriate. Issue a quarterly newsletter to disseminate information on market developments, impact on the Cash business, provide regular updates on market and product information that impact account service revenues. Consolidate and provide information for senior management and to other stakeholders via the medium of the quarterly newsletter.
  • Develop and implement an optimal TTS Hedge strategy. Initiate and effect re-pricing for enhanced returns on liabilities.
  • Proactively manage current account balances within the context of the liquidity environment with a view to understanding the implications of rapid market changes and initiating appropriate responses for optimal returns for the TTS business.  Initiate and implement liability growth initiatives to enhance access to targeted liability pools in the market, in liaison with relationship management teams and Sales.
  • Develop and understand cost structure of each product and propose alternatives to reduce expenses.
  • Prepare and ensure Product Programs are approved in a timely manner.
  • Product development and innovation including overall coordination with Legal, Operations, Technology, Client Delivery and Sales in order to make account services as successful as possible.
  • Implement and manage analytical tools/processes for adherence with and optimization of transfer pricing policy. Work closely with Treasury to fine-tune and optimize transfer-pricing policy.
  • Identify the investment needs of customers and develop investment products that address their liquidity management needs.
  • Implement global Initiatives on liquidity and Investment management in Nigeria within the context of market regulations and system constraints. For example, The Global Concentration Engine.
  • Develop a liquidity management product proposition by working with Legal, Operations and Treasury to evolve optimal account pooling structures.
  • Year on year growth in current account liabilities in Lcy and Fcy. Projection to double average balances over the next 3 years.
Qualifications
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Strong operations and product management background will be key to performance in this function.
  • Good understanding of IT infrastructure that drive the payment system is a key requirements.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills, good appreciation of the Treasury function, advance excel and PowerPoint skills are important requirement as well.
  • Minimum of 8 years post qualification working experience with at least 5 years’ experience in banking plus IT related function is a prerequisite to meet the requirements of this role.
  • Experience in analysis and development of business case – ROI, Cost-Benefit analysis.
  • Strong creative thinking  and ability to function and deliver solutions with minimal supervision
Qualifications:
  • A BSc / BA degree.
  • A postgraduate degree and relevant professional qualifications will be an added advantage.
Skills:
  • Good presentation skills – excellent in use of spreadsheets, PowerPoint  packages.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal / written).
Thinking Complexities:
  • Good interpersonal skills with strong ability to organize and harness the strength of the team to meet set objectives and goals
  • Strong influencing skills as well
  • Exceptional candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience.
  • Valuing Diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of a diverse workforce. Appreciates differences in style or perspective and uses differences to add value to decisions or actions and organisational success.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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8 Fresh Vacancies At Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional grouping with 15 Member States in West Africa (three landlocked and one island) with a population of about 300million and an annual economic growth rate of around 6%. The ECOWAS Commission is one of the eight Regional Economic Communities supporting the African Union to coordinate the implementation of continental and regional integration and development programmes in the West African region.
We are currently seeking to employ suitably qualified candidates to fill the vacant position below: 
1. Job Title: Economist (Budget)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/005/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Accountant (Budget), the Economist has a responsibility for the execution of financial and budgeting policies and regulations in the area of Budget formulation, preparation, execution and monitoring for the ECOWAS Commission and Community.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is the performing or managing of daily, weekly, and monthly Budget activities that are required for the proper review, approval and payment of expenditures and other commitments of the ECOWAS Commission.
  • The Economist will be responsible for generating accurate, timely and complete Budget information reports each month/quarter as required by the Financial Regulations highlighting variances as well as providing explanations for these variances.Revenue and expenditure forecasting will be a core competence for this task.
  • In addition, the Economist would spend time supervising the work of his staff, including providing solutions to expenditure processing problems as they arise from time to time. Providing guidance, motivating and mentoring of staff would be important to the success of this position.
  • He/She will play an active role both in reserve mobilisation and utilisation.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the formulation, preparation, coordination, execution and monitoring of the Budget.
  • Implement budgetary control procedures and ensure that expenditures approved for payment are properly committed in the Budget.
  • Prepare quarterly budgetary control reports including budget versus actual analysis.
  • Liaise with respective departments & directorates in providing information on the level of budget implementation.
  • Prepares comparative analyses of operating programs by analysing costs in relation to services performed during previous fiscal years and submits recommendations for budget revisions.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the strategy of the Finance Department.
  • Participate in meetings on behalf of the Finance Department to provide substantive expertise on budgetry issues.
  • Ensure that all commitments are properly coded and reconciled with the Accounting codes to identify all outstanding commitments for subsequent monitoring and implementation.
  • Ensure that expenditures on any Budget Heads are checked and appropriate transfers are proposed within the limits allowed by the financial regulation as well as budget and expenditure reviews.
  • Participate in resources mobilisation endeavour.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • At least A Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Public Finance (or equivalent academic qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience.
  • Experience in resource mobilisation especially Customs operations will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with forecasting techniques and tools.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Previous experience in Budget-related activities will be a distinctive added value.
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial and managerial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key budgeting and managerial decisions.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.
Annual Salary
USD 36,901 – USD 44,469.
 
2. Job Title: Accountant (Payables & Advances)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/001/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Accountant (Accounts payable), the Accountant has a responsibility for the execution of financial policies and regulations in the area of Accounts Payable and other contract expenditure processing including payment of advances and update of related books of accounts for the ECOWAS Commission.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is supervising staff to review invoices as well as check payment requests;
  • Sort, organize and match bills and check demands;
  • Set invoices up for payment;
  • Monitor Institution accounts to ensure payments to be up to date;
  • Resolve bill discrepancies;
  • Vendor document maintenance;
  • Respond to vendor enquiries;
  • Put together and process Institution accounts payable check, reconciliation of obligations;
  • Prepare analysis associated with accounts;
  • Produce monthly reports;
  • Assist in month end and annual closing.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining all vendor master records in the financial system;
  • Supervise and train Accounts Payable staff for maximum efficiency and output;
  • Review the work of Payables staff to ensure all payables are properly documented, properly approved, coded to active and valid codes in accordance with the ECOWAS Financial Regulations and the Manual of Accounting Procedures;
  • Act as liaison between Vendors, Consultants, Employees and/or Internal Sectors/Departments and Accounts Payable within the Finance Directorate and offer impeccable customer service;
  • Review/reconcile vendor statements on a regular basis;
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports for management review;
  • Investigate Vendor, Consultant and Employee inquiries and track down delinquent invoices;
  • Process all employee/consultant claims for travel-related and other expenses;
  • Monitor ageing and due dates of payables and arrange to account and pay in a timely manner;
  • Ensure accurate and timely filing of all AP related vouchers and records to enable easy retrieval of documents and ensure proper archiving of prior fiscal year documents;
  • Retrieve and furnish all relevant vouchers and details for internal and external audits.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Being a professional accountant (CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CA etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control and Accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Ability to operate standard Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access).
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers. Proven record of experience in multicultural environments will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial issues.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

3. Job Title: Accountant (Payables & Advances)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/001/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Accountant (Accounts payable), the Accountant has a responsibility for the execution of financial policies and regulations in the area of Accounts Payable and other contract expenditure processing including payment of advances and update of related books of accounts for the ECOWAS Commission.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is supervising staff to review invoices as well as check payment requests;
  • Sort, organize and match bills and check demands;
  • Set invoices up for payment;
  • Put together and process Institution accounts payable check, reconciliation of obligations;
  • Prepare analysis associated with accounts;
  • Monitor Institution accounts to ensure payments to be up to date;
  • Resolve bill discrepancies;
  • Vendor document maintenance;
  • Respond to vendor enquiries;
  • Produce monthly reports;
  • Assist in month end and annual closing.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining all vendor master records in the financial system;
  • Supervise and train Accounts Payable staff for maximum efficiency and output;
  • Review the work of Payables staff to ensure all payables are properly documented, properly approved, coded to active and valid codes in accordance with the ECOWAS Financial Regulations and the Manual of Accounting Procedures;
  • Process all employee/consultant claims for travel-related and other expenses;
  • Monitor ageing and due dates of payables and arrange to account and pay in a timely manner;
  • Act as liaison between Vendors, Consultants, Employees and/or Internal Sectors/Departments and Accounts Payable within the Finance Directorate and offer impeccable customer service;
  • Review/reconcile vendor statements on a regular basis;
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports for management review;
  • Investigate Vendor, Consultant and Employee inquiries and track down delinquent invoices;
  • Ensure accurate and timely filing of all AP related vouchers and records to enable easy retrieval of documents and ensure proper archiving of prior fiscal year documents;
  • Retrieve and furnish all relevant vouchers and details for internal and external audits.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Being a professional accountant (CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CA etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control and Accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Ability to operate standard Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access).
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers. Proven record of experience in multicultural environments will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial issues.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

4. Job Title: Accountant (Financial Reporting & Reconciliation)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/002/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Accountant (Reporting & Reconciliation), the Accountant has a responsibility for the execution of financial policies and regulations in the area of production of financial statements including Income & Expenditure statements, Balance Sheet and other reports as may be required by management.
  • Ensure all ledger reconciliations and maintain an up to date record of all accounts.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is performing or managing the daily, weekly, and monthly financial activities that are required for the proper preparation of financial statements.
  • The Accountant will be responsible for generating accurate, timely and complete financial statements, weekly/monthly/quarterly as required by the Financial Regulations.
  • In addition, the Accountant would spend time on the supervision of the work of his staff including providing solutions to bank reconciliation problems as they arise from time to time. Providing guidance, motivating and mentoring of staff would be important to the success of this position.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervise and produce the requisite monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements with related notes;
  • Supervise an up to date reconciliation of all ledgers so as to ensure the validity of financial statements in accordance with extant regulations;
  • Supervise and review posting of transactions into the accounting software;
  • Check and certify the correctness of the bank reconciliation statements and ensure that they are filed safely for the review of both internal and external auditors;
  • Liaise with the bank for any errors or misstatements found on the bank statements;
  • Supervise staff working on reconciliation statements and ensure that they are provided with all the logistics needed for the proper accomplishment of the job;
  • Ensure that guidelines and policies for cash operations are adequate and effective, and that such policies prevent significant errors in cash management;
  • Ensure efficient and effective functioning and maintenance of the accounting software;
  • Liaise with the banks to provide weekly and monthly bank statements for all the bank accounts and ensure prompt update and reconciliation of each bank account;
  • Provide reports on all dormant accounts and ensure prompt action is taken on them;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Knowledge, skills and abilities Required
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Being a professional accountant (CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CA etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of Financial Reporting, Financial Statements Analysis, and Financial Control techniques.
  • Ability to operate standard Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers. Proven record of experience in multicultural environments will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control and Accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial issues.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

5. Job Title: Accountant (Receivables)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/003/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Senior Accountant (Receivables), the Accountant has a responsibility for the execution of financial policies and regulations relating to the recording of amounts due to the Commission and to follow up and regularize any advances due from staff and other debtors.
  • The incumbent will be required to ensure all ledger reconciliations and maintain an up to date record of all accounts.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is performing and managing the daily, weekly and monthly financial activities that are required for the proper preparation of financial statements.
  • The Accountant will be responsible for generating accurate, timely and complete financial statements on receivables in accordance with the Financial Regulations.
  • In addition, the accountant would spend time on the supervision of the work of his/her subordinates including providing solutions on regularisation of advances and recovery of amounts due from debtors. Providing guidance and motivating and mentoring staff would be important to the success of this position.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervise and produce the requisite monthly, quarterly and annual statements of all receivables due to the ECOWAS Commission;
  • Follow up on staff and other debtor ledgers with a view to collecting and regularizing all amounts due to the ECOWAS;
  • Supervise and review posting of transactions into the accounting software;
  • Liaise with staff and other debtors to ensure that all outstanding amounts are settled promptly on their due dates;
  • Ensure efficient and effective functioning and maintenance of the accounting software.
  • Check and certify the accuracy of the receivable ledgers and ensure reconciliation from any discrepancies observed;
  • Supervise subordinate staff working on reconciliation statements and ensure that they are provided with all the logistics needed for the proper accomplishment of the job;
  • Perform other related duties as required;
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Being a professional accountant (CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CA etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control and Accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Ability to operate standard Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers. Proven record of experience in multicultural environments will be an added advantage
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial issues.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.
Annual Salary
USD 36,901 – USD 44,469.

6. Job Title: Accountant (Treasury Management)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/004/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Accountant (Cash & Banks), the Accountant, Treasury Management has responsibility for an efficient and effective management of the Commission’s funds.
  • He should ensure that the Commission’s funds are managed and disbursed in accordance with the Financial Regulation of the ECOWAS Commission.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is spent in analysing finances of the Commission and proposing strategies for cost reduction.
  • The Accountant (Treasury Management) oversees the organization’s investments. He also oversees financial operations such as lease financing if any, which includes analysing bid proposals, negotiating bid terms and determining how payments will work.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervise the Treasury section and ensure that principles of management and safeguard of funds in the custody of the Commission are carried out in accordance with the Financial Regulations;
  • Implement Accounting Policies and plans that ensure accounting practice in operation responds to adequate control over cash management of the organization;
  • Oversee the preparation of Cash Flow statements to determine periodically, the net cash position of the Commission;
  • Provides cash management and investment skills to help increase short-term and long- term financial value of the Commissions’ funds;
  • Oversee the operation of the Treasury Unit and make proposals on the best form of investment for surplus funds at the level of the Commission;
  • Supervise and ensure that staff working on bank reconciliations are provided with all the logistics necessary to achieve the objective;
  • Take steps to propose changes or improvements to existing financial controls, financial and management reports that would enhance the treasury management system. Partner periodically with the accounting, audit and investment analysis staff to ensure that controls and internal procedures in treasury systems are adequate and operational;
  • Monitor bank charges and income on investments and ensure that these are accurately reflected in the Accounts of the Commission;
  • Supervise, check and certify the accuracy of Bank reconciliation statements for all the Bank accounts of the Commission and ensure that they are safely filed for both the Internal and External Auditors;
  • Liaise with the Banks and monitor, evaluate, investigate and document everyday financial transactions, and promptly resolve any errors or misstatements found on the Bank statements;
  • Carry out periodic surveys and recurrent review of bank charges and interest rates on investments;
  • Represent the Finance Department at inter-departmental and inter-institutional meetings during the absence of the Director of Finance or as and when delegated;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • In addition, the incumbent would spend time on the supervision of the work of his/her staff including providing solutions to cash management problems and other treasury problems as they arise from time to time.
  • Providing guidance, motivating and mentoring staff would be important to the success of this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or equivalent qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Being a professional accountant (CPA, ACCA, CIMA, CA etc.) will be an added advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control and Accounting will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Ability to operate standard Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
  • Good inter-personal skills and team working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers. Proven record of experience in multicultural environments will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial issues.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.
Annual Salary
USD 36,901 – USD 44,469.

7. Job Title: Economist (Donor Funds)
Reference: ECW-FIN-REC/P/006/2017
Location: ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Finance
Directorate: Finance
Grade: P3
Supervisor: Principal Accountant
Duration: Two years (with extension subject to “Staff Regulation” of the ECOWAS Commission, satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Job Objective
  • Reporting directly to Head of Donor Unit, the Economist (Donor Funds) has responsibility for assisting with the development of financial policies and the execution of these policies relating to the management of Donor funds.
  • The incumbent shall also be responsible for the recording and reporting on all donor funds in accordance with respective agreements with such donors.
General Description
  • A major responsibility of this position is liaising with Donors and managing the Donor financial transactions that are required to produce the periodic Donor financial reports.
  • The Economist will be responsible for generating accurate, timely and complete financial information monthly/quarterly as required by the Financial Regulations and this would include the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Key Performance Indicators Analysis, etc.
  • In addition, the Economist would spend time on the supervision of the work of his staff as well as providing guidance, and motivating and mentoring, which would be important to the success of this position.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure that all donor funds are recorded and reported on a timely basis in accordance with the extant donor agreements;
  • Supervise the production of quarterly donor financial statements including income and expenditure statements, balance sheet, analysis of advances and related reports on a timely basis;
  • Implement financial policies and plans and ensures that financial management practice is in operation and adequate for the management of donor funds in the custody of the Commission;
  • Recommend for approval, financial controls, which would include approvals and authorization and a review of all financial processes and financial systems;
  • Recommends for approval refinements to managerial and accounting aspects of the reporting process (including electronic data processing) to maximize the benefits of management information obtainable from the financial database;
  • Manage and ensure that all financial activities leading to the final accounts are carried out in a proper fashion including the preparation of Bank reconciliation statements and management of Donor Assets including Recording and Management of Advances and Accounts Payable and Receivables;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and projects;
  • Participate in the mobilisation of resources and partner to support ECOWAS integration Agenda;
  • Liaise with project implementers/owners and sponsors
  • Plan, integrate and coordinate the work of staff responsible for the work leading to the reporting on donor funds and monitor objectives of reporting improvements.
  • Assist to develop, implement, modify, and document record keeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
  • Prepare, examine, or analyse accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Represent the Finance Department at inter-departmental and inter-institutional meetings during the absence of the Director of Finance or as and when delegated.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (or equivalent academic qualification) with additional 5 years of relevant record of professional experience. Basic accounting knowledge will be an advantage.
  • A higher degree will reduce the number of years of experience to three (3);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluent) in one of the official languages of the ECOWAS Community (English, French and Portuguese). Good working knowledge of a second Community language will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Experience with EU Pillar Assessment on Internal Control, Accounting, Procurement and Grants at both the Institution and programme and project levels will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and/or of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset.
  • Minimum of 2 years of previous work with donor funded projects (EU, WB, USAID, DFID, GIZ, etc.), and good knowledge of Donors’ accounting, disbursement and reporting procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of Programme and Project Reporting, Financial and Economic Analyses and Financial Control techniques.
  • Good inter-personal skills and team-working ability necessary to enable effective interaction in performing key financial activities of other team members and supervise their works, including peers.
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to write high-quality reports.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines including strong ability to manage multiple tasks to completion and with set deadlines.
  • Ability to make recommendations on key financial and managerial decisions.
Language:
  • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Commission; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.
Annual Salary
USD 36,901 – USD 44,469.

8. Job Title: Bilingual Secretary
Reference: ECW-CDC/BSEC-G/2017
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Administration & Finance
Directorate: Administration & Finance
Grade: G5
Supervisor: Administration & Finance
Duration: Permanent
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Management of the Supervisor’s schedule: receive and welcome visitors; organise and manage appointments; keep the Supervisor’s timetable; make telephone calls; verify in-coming calls to ensure their importance and possibility to respond; manage the Director’s diary and schedule;
  • Administrative management: organise meetings; receive, draft, type and make follow-up on administrative letters; meeting room bookings; provide supplies to the office;
  • Management of mail: create a recording system of in-coming and out-going mails; ensure archiving and filing of documents; manage documents (in-coming and out-going, filing of letters); ensure follow-up on documents submitted to the Director for signature;
  • Undertake any other duty assigned by the superiors.
Qualifications/Experience/Skills
  • Vocational Training/Diploma or equivalent in Secretarial work or Administration;
  • At least 6 years’ experience in a similar position;
  • Excellent command of computer applications: MS-Office (Windows, Word, Excel, Internet);
  • Document and database management skills;
  • Sense of confidentiality;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • able to work under pressure in a multicultural environment;
  • organised and high sense of responsibility and relations;
Language:
  • Fluency (written and oral) in two of the official languages of ECOWAS: French, English and Portuguese. A working knowledge of a third ECOWAS language would be an advantage
Age:
  • The officer should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment
Annual Salary
USD USD 19,388 – USD 25,781.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the “Application Form” below, fill the form and send it as an e-mail attachment along with their CV’s to: ecorys@ecowas.int
Application Deadline: 29th August, 2017.
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