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Financial Controller- West Africa
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Region: Sub Saharan Africa Country: Flexible Location Location: Flexible Location Department: Finance Job Category: Finance Pay Band: PB 7 Vacancy Description Pay band: 7 Location: SSA (Flexible Location) Contract type: Indefinite Requirements: Rights to live and work in Sub Saharan Africa Region Closing date and time: 16 September 2018 (23:59 UK Tim

The Role: 
This role supports the Regional Financial Controller with the end to end accounting process across the operation; including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies. This is a key role in the new organisational structure emerging from the Financial Transparency recommendations.

About us:
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.   We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. 

Regional operating context - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA): 

By 2050 the population of Sub Saharan Africa will be 2 billion people, with the majority living in an urban environment. The region is predicted to have a middle class the size of Europe. 70% of the population is under the age of 25, and this demographic will grow at 15% year on year for the next 10 years. Generally the region is becoming more politically stable. There are on average 50 elections each year, many of which are more open and transparent than before. The majority of countries in SSA are developing economies. Gender inequality remains and life for women and girls on the continent remains challenging. 

Part of the accountabilities will manage the financial month end process, being accountable to the Regional Financial Controller for the pre-closing and month end closing steps, including maintenance of accounting records

The Person

We are looking for someone with:

• Excellent leadership and communication skills, with experience of managing a diverse team or group of  stakeholders in multiple locations

• Cross border experience with understanding and knowledge of financial markets within West African Region

• Strong organisational skills

• Excellent IT skills, including word-processing, PowerPoint, and spreadsheets

• Ability to work independently on own initiative and also to contribute as part of a team

• Willingness and ability to be flexible

•  Ability to get on well with a wide variety of people

As part of the recruitment exercise, shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical test on 20 September 2018,  interviews will be held on 26 September 2018.  

Short-listing is carried out against the essential knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience as specified in the Role Profile which accompanies this. Where required desirable skills can also be used as part of the criteria.    

For further information please view the documents below:

Financial Controller- West Africa.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf

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 16 September 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 finance 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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