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Senior Accountant - Senegal & Sierra Leone
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Pay Band: 6/G; Location:Freetown, Sierra Leone; Contract type:Indefinite term contract; Annual Salary: SLL 52,810,560; other benefit include:13th month salary, leave allowance and Medical cover.

About the Job:

The Senior Accountant is part of the senior management team and is key to the successful delivery of the overall British Council Senegal and Sierra Leone operation. The post holder will play a vital leadership role in driving the timely delivery of key projects as the organisation transitions to a more efficient operating model.

Role purpose:
The post holder is responsible for the provision of efficient and effective administrative, financial and facilities support. He/She will be responsible for the timely management of British Council premises and resources to high quality standards, obtaining value for money that results in a safe, clean and professional operating environment, accurate recording of accounting transactions and adjustments, making sure that all corporate and audit standards are achieved. The post holder will render support with human resources administration tasks ensuring proper record keeping in country. S/he will support Exams as required by the country office to ensure an efficient management of Exam confidential materials.  

Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties

The post-holder will (across operations in Senegal and Sierra Leone):

  • Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month end process, being accountable to the Financial Controller for the pre-closing and month end closing steps, including maintenance of accounting records. As part of this the role will also be responsible for carrying out all accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Inter company accounting, ensuring appropriate use of these in line with accounting rules.
  • Assist with manual journals and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
  • Assist with reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  • Ensure that local external accounting requirements are adhered to.
  • Preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns to Financial Controller for approval.
  • Support in identifying issues and resolution in relation to financial accounting matters.
  • Produce periodic reports relating to financial accounting for the operation as requested by Financial Controller.
  • Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy addressing issues in a promptly manner.
  • Supports Financial Controller with the creation of billing documents once the process has been initiated by the countries operations.
  • Support the process of Income in kind submissions including maintenance of supporting documentation. 
  • Responsible for provision of information to internal / external auditors.
  • Assist in the implementation of audit recommendations.
  • Responsible for ensuring integrity of cash collection process.
  •  Responsible for ensuring integrity of customers refund process.
  • Ensure compliance with treasury policy.
  • Manage fixed assets registrar (FAR) and reconciliation.



Regional and Functional Team Working:

  • Ensure Performance Management process in undertaken to meet corporate requirements.
  • Contribute to ensuring the policies, procedures and systems are delivered with integrity.
  • Work closely and effectively as part of the regional and global finance teams.
  • Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times. 


If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post then please see the documents below: 

Role Profile 
BC Behaviour.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf

Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 28th March 2018 (23:59 UK Time) 

Our Equality Commitment:
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies, and resources as a function is absolutely committed to this.  

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.  

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