Finance Manager – MADE II at Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI)

Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines.

Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Finance Manager – MADE II

Job Code: 3451
Location: Port Harcourt
Project Title: Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) Phase II
Reports to: Deputy Team Leader/Operations Manager
Start date: March 2018

Programme Overview

  • Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) II is a 2 year phase II of an earlier 4.5 year programme that uses the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach to generate pro-poor and inclusive economic growth in the non-oil sectors of the nine Niger Delta States. The programme’s stated objective is to raise the incomes of at least 155,000 poor people, 50 per cent of whom will be women, by up to 15 per cent.
  • MADE II will also, identify and address livelihood and economic factors contributing to human trafficking, forced labour and modern day slavery in the region, particularly in Edo State. MADE II will pilot interventions aimed at tackling the root causes of MDS, strengthen efforts to combat slavery and reduce vulnerability.
  • A target of increasing incomes or providing livelihood opportunities to 30,000 people (as part of the target to add 155,000 incomes increases) within at risk geographies and demographic groups. MADE II will focus on sectors such as ICT, hospitality and the creative industries to support investment and growth in sectors that are seen as ‘aspirational’ and attractive to potential victims of trafficking, and thus reduce drivers for emigration
  • The programme’s base is Port Harcourt, with project offices in Abuja and Benin City.

Scope of work

  • The Finance Manager will be responsible for overseeing the financial and administrative activities of the program.
  • This will include providing technical assistance to the staff in implementing financial procedures and to ensure compliance with national regulations and DAI procedures. The Finance Manager will be located in Port Harcourt for the duration of the program.


  • Manage payroll functions (possibly in cooperation with an outsource agency)
  • Manage, process and account for all expenditures under the Programme with final authorization from DTL
  • Ensure non-billable requirements are kept to a minimum with final authorization of DTL
  • Provide to DTL with annual budget of expenditure as well as quarterly and monthly forecasts against budget statements
  • Provide actual spent on a weekly basis to DTL
  • Allocate projects funds among various program activities with the authorization of the DTL
  • Oversee and ensure adequate programme burn rate per line of budget
  • Set up and refine financial systems to DFID requirements with the DTL
  • Prepare regular reports for appropriate management as necessary or requested
  • Any other reasonable requests from the DTL, Project Manager or Project Accountant in London
  • Oversee and manage financial and administrative tasks of Finance and Administration Officers in Benin city, Port Harcourt and Abuja.


  • Monthly financial reports to the DTL
  • Payroll preparation to the Outsource Agency for payment of salaries
  • Review monthly and quarterly budget forecasts for Program activities with the technical team for final approval by the DTL
  • Weekly update on the spent for DTL’s review
  • Monitoring of administrative tasks
  • Make sure procurement is done via TAMIS

Key Skills & Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Economics, Accounting or related fields.
  • 10 years’ overall finance experience working in development programs in Africa preferably in Nigeria.
  • Experience managing administrative tasks
  • Experience working with Oracle-based accounting and financial management preferred
  • Proven knowledge and experience working on donor programmes, preferably DFID
  • Demonstrate experience in similar complex programs
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Fluency in English

Application Closing Date
30th January, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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