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Senior Accountant - Senegal & Sierra Leone
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Pay Band: 7/F Location:Flexible - Freetown,Sierra Leone or Dakar , Senegal. Contract type:Indefinite term contract. Annual Salary: SLL 78,535,575.52 ( Negotiable). Other benefits include:13th month salary, leave allowance and Medical cover.

Role purpose:

This role is responsible for the end to end accounting process in Senegal and Sierra Leone, 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 lead role in the Financial Controlling and Accounting process which is a key function in the new organisational structure emerging from the Financial Transparency recommendations

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.
  • Complete the reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  • Ensure that local external accounting requirements are adhered to and outstanding issues/returns resolved/completed.
  • 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.
  • Lead the completion of timely Financial Control Compliance Framework (FCCF) return and address issues identified in order to improve business processes and financial compliance.
  • 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 and making recommendation for improvement.
  • 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.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Qualified/Chartered accountant (ACCA, ACA, CPA, CIMA)
  • A good level of spoken and written English at Proficiency Level B2
  • Highly organised and deadline oriented.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification experience in a similar accounting role.
  • Experience of an ERP system
  • Experience in working with a diverse team and across borders Work experience in Senegal and Sierra Leone  desirable but not essential



For more details on the job, see attached below: 

Role Profile 
BC Behaviours.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf

The British Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.

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Application Deadline: 04 July 2018 at 23:59 UK Time  

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