Payroll Officer at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Payroll Officer

Requisition ID: req7537
Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Sector: Human Resources
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Job Overview/Summary

  • Under the direct supervision of HR Manager, the Payroll Officer is responsible for providing support and assistance to the IRC staff and programs in matters related to Payroll through the HR department based in Maiduguri with support from the Payroll Officer in the Country Office Abuja.

Primary and Fundamental Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the preparation and processing of payroll for all National employees with information received from the field
  • Review and ensure accuracy of approved timesheets; track and deduct all and other statutory payroll deductions
  • Responsible for the coordination efforts between payroll, human resources, Finance and other departments to ensure proper flow and maintenance of employee data (including preparation/distribution of detailed reports, e.g. labour ” home” work, overtime, leave balances, headcount, and Pension contribution reports are accurate)
  • Monitor submissions of approved timesheets, ensure valid data transfers to/from payroll service
  • Establish/maintain employee records; ensure that employee changes are entered correctly and made on a timely basis; review changes for proper authorization and adherence to IRC Policy including compliance with federal/state/local regulation
  • Calculating and preparing payment request by cash, cheque or electronic transfer for Staff benefits and relocation allowance
  • Deducting tax and national insurance payments
  • Processing maternity pay, and expenses
  • Calculating Acting Pay and pay increases
  • Maintaining payroll operations by following IRC policies and procedures
  • Answering staff queries about timesheets or pay slips
  • Coordinate with Finance Department to make sure the accurate payments are made
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for payroll matters and liaise with other departments and individuals on operational and programmatic matters concerning the Payroll
  • to maintain confidentiality and professional ethics for all personnel paperwork, records and issues pertaining to staff in the Field Office
  • Perform other duties as needed or requested by the HR Manager


  • Degree in  Human Resource Management / Business Administration / Finance required
  • 2 plus years’ experience in  Payroll Management  performing all payroll functions;
  • Excellent skills using MS Word, Excel, Access, and Internet Explorer
  • Strong skills using and understanding the flow of transactions in an integrated and automated payroll accounting system
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise extreme discretion
  • Excellent problem solving/judgment skills, and high level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet all deadlines

Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access and Microsoft Outlook
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and time management skills
  • Ability to organize tasks simultaneously, prioritize work and ensure tasks are completed by the deadline.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Honest, reliable and trustworthy
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Hausa
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of discretion and confidentiality
  • Willing to adhere to and carry out the IRC rules.
  • Confidence with numbers
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Skills in the use of database management, word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to cope with basic living conditions during a field trip.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: HR Manager
  • Position directly supervises:
  • Indirect Reporting:

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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