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May 15, 2015


Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

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Senior Accountant At The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

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The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope of our work to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. CHAI has also increasingly supported governments to build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Currently, CHAI partners with governments in more than 25 countries while more than 70 countries directly benefit from the low-priced drugs and diagnostic test agreements that CHAI has negotiated.


CHAI has been supporting the Government of Nigeria to scale-up access to Essential Childhood Medicines in Nigeria since 2011. Current work focuses on increasing access to zinc and ORS for the treatment of childhood diarrhea, with some activities addressing access to antibiotics for childhood pneumonia. CHAIís strategic approach for Essential Medicines Scale-Up in Nigeria employs building a multi-stakeholder coalition for scale-up, consisting of committed public, private, and non-governmental organizations. As a key partner in this coalition, CHAI will implement a zinc/ORS scale-up program in several states in Nigeria, and will continue to play a leading role in further developing this coalition.


Senior Accountant 


CHAI is seeking a Senior Accountant, in Abuja to support the support the Essential Medicines Team in the day-to-day financial management and reporting requirements necessary for effective grants implementation. The Senior Accountant will be expected to support several critical workstreams related to budgeting, expenditure tracking and reporting, contracts management, and ensuring compliance with donor requirements.


We are seeking highly motivated individuals with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must have a thorough understanding of grants and contracts management in a health and development context. He/she must be able to work proactively with program staff and the CHAI Finance Team to ensure compliance with contractual requirements. Additionally, the successful candidates will adhere to the CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic.



Specific responsibilities of the Senior Accountant will include:

  • Under the direction of the Finance Manager, monitor, oversee, and coordinate overall compliance of Essential Medicine program execution against financial and contractual requirements as defined in pre-approved donor agreements;
  • Review monthly Essential Medicines financials to identify adjustments, variances, and other items that require attention and work with Finance Manager, and Essential Medicine Program Director to address these issues;
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports for internal and external stakeholders and ensure all funded activities are in compliance with the organization and donor requirements;
  • Track program expenditures against pre-approved donor budgets and work with the program team to identify necessary reprogramming items and initiate approval processes in advance of internal and donor deadlines;
  • Ensure accurate and timely program expense reporting by program team members;
  • Monitor overall compliance of program procurement as defined in donor agreements;
  • Collect and compile regular time sheet reporting and oversee compliance of time sheets in accordance with donor requirements;
  • Ensure accurate and comprehensive asset inventory list is maintained in Nigeria;
  • Manage and track Essential Medicines team compliance with donor travel requirements in Nigeria;
  • Assist the Finance Manager, and Program Director in the development of annual budgets and semi-annual reforecasting exercises;
  • Provide technical assistance and advise team members on the development of contracts for the execution of program activities to ensure compliance with CHAI and grantor requirements, including proper flow-down of reporting requirements and review of subcontractor budgets.


Specific qualifications and attributes sought in candidates include:

  • Bachelorís degree in business administration, contract management, finance, accounting, or other related field;
  • Minimum of 3 years related professional work experience;
  • Very strong quantitative skills, including significant experience working in excel on budgeting, financial analysis and modeling;
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills; detail oriented
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations; ability to work independently on complex projects.



  • Experience in financial compliance and/or auditing;
  • Experience in grants or financial management with international donor organizations.

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