Common Services Officer (Finance)

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Job Description

Job Ref: 3608

Job Title: Common Services Officer

Salary: NGN 10,338,250 gross per annum

Vacancy type: Term/Indeterminate

Term Details: This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Nigeria.

Level: Officer

Classification: LE-07

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Closing date for applications:

27-09-2019 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1


Summary of position:

The Common Services Officer, under the direction of the Management Counsellor, ensures the implementation of program objectives and functionally supervises the Embassy’s administrative functions, including finance and human resources. The incumbent directly plans and administers the Embassy’s budget, contracting and projects, as well as conducts research and analysis to advise Management on financial matters. 

The incumbent is responsible for the management and oversight of the budget, the monitoring of expenditure trends, the financial position report (FINSTAT) of the mission, the preparation of the regular forecasts and the annual budgets for part or all of the common services. The incumbent of the position also provides for the mission the provision of financial services, as well as those for payroll and procurement. He or she provides guidance and support services to a diverse clientele on issues related to the Government of Canada’s financial policy. They will also identify improvements to the mission's financial procedures, guidelines and systems and apply them. 

The Common Services Officer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the mission's financial system and professional relationship with the mission’s bank, other financial institutions, local government agencies and other diplomatic missions.

He or she will research and write reports and summaries of information as required; maintains statistics for the purpose of analysing and improving the overall effectiveness of administrative methods and procedures; and provides guidance on information management methods, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements.

Only online applications will be reviewed. For information visit the provided links.

English -

French  -

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Desired Course
Other Requirements

The CSO will supervise 1 or more employees.

Essential Qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience, management of a team and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. 

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g. Economics, Business, and Finance).

High level of proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)

•    Minimum of five years of recent*, significant and/or combined experience in financial management.
•    Recent* experience in procurement and contracting from suppliers and service providers;
•    Recent* experience in an administrative role establishing and maintaining filing systems, maintaining accurate records, processing financial transactions, interpreting and implementing policy guidance. 
•    Recent* work experience in managing a team in an operational and/or customer service environment.

* Recent is defined as within the last five (5) years.

Rated Requirements:
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

•    Knowledge of budget management
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
•    Materiel Management 
•    Basic knowledge of procurement 
•    Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices

•    Effective communication skills
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and client focus
•    Sound judgment
•    Superior problem-solving
•    Results-focused, with the ability to see long term projects to completion
•    Adaptability/Flexibility (flexible and able to adapt to changing work pressures and range of tasks)
•    Superior organizational skills

Asset Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
•    Fluency in French (oral and written)
•    Graduate-level degree in a relevant field (e.g. Master’s in Public Administration, Labour Relations, and Finance)
•    Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in Computer Science
•    Knowledge of Nigerian legal and regulatory practices related to human resources and labour relations
•    Experience in contracting, property, and/or physical resource management
•    Experience in working with SAP (Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing)
•    Experience in working with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software
•    Experience working with a diplomatic mission or international organization
•    Experience working in a Canadian government office

Organizational Needs:
Operational Requirements:

  • Ability to work overtime
  • Ability to work on Nigerian holidays when the Deputy High Commission is open 
  • Working hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
  • Ability to travel and attend offsite meetings
  • Annual leave may be restricted during busy periods due to operational requirements.

Condition(s) of Employment:

  • Eligible to legally reside and legally work in Nigeria
  • Eligible to obtain and maintain a Reliability status (security screening)
  • Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.


Please refer to the link provided for further information and requirements

Only online applications will be reviewed.

English -

French  -

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About Deputy High Commission of Canada
The High Commission of Canada in Nigeria is the diplomatic mission of Canada to Nigeria....
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Job Summary
September 18, 2019
Offer Type
Full time
Minimum of 5years
Salary Range
N10,000,000.00 - N10,500,000.00K
September 27, 2019
Finance / Accounting
NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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