Job Title: Finance Officer
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Finance & Operations Manager (FOM)
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.
Job Summary: The Finance Officer will provide for the financial aspects of the project portfolios, the implementation and monitoring of the financial aspects of assigned projects, the management of the financial risks and opportunities, and to provide for the appraisal and analysis of the necessary financial aspects of proposals and reports for back-donors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Regularly checks and appraises the financial aspects of specific projects on internal and external risks and opportunities; communicates on the findings with the programme officer and counterparts, and makes proposal on the (method of) financing.
- Checks and appraises the financial reports and audits of counterparts; communicates on the findings with the programme officer and counterparts, and where necessary makes proposals for follow-up.
- Checks and appraises together with the programme officer the organisational structure, the (financial administrative) capacity and the used management systems of the counterparts. If necessary, makes proposals to counterparts and/or works out ideas for their improvement and strengthening.
- Actively contributes to the drawing up and implementation of the annual (partner) contract, and makes proposals in this regard for approval and spending targets. Monitors periodically the approvals, spending and performance at country level and revises the (financial) planning where necessary. Records this in the management information systems.
- Signals national developments and contributes to financial management/policy (such as the quality of audits, opportunities for getting advice in the financial area and the quality of financial traffic).
- Draws up the budget for (externally funded) project proposals on the basis of the intended project activities. When a project is approved: prepares the financial management reports in line with the standards of the back-donor(s), including a (first) analysis, and submits them to the project leader for his/her approval.
- In charge of managing and updating project information in SAP
- Keenly monitor project expenditure and in collaboration with the donor accountant helps in preparation of donor financial reports
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the Oxfam Finance Officer vacancy should hold relevant academic qualifications in Accounting, financial management, commerce, economics or related field (A degree in Finance, Business Administration or Commerce) and professional certification in accounting an added advantage.
- A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in an NGO setting.
- Significant knowledge and experience of all core financial management activities, including accounts payable, cash management, budget development, statutory requirements (particularly related to Ugandan standards) and standard accounts
- Proficiency in numeracy skills and good computer skills (Excel especially, Word)
- Demonstrated ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
- Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking skills with a proven proactive approach to identifying and resolving problems and suggesting improvements that continuously seek to provide a better service to Oxfam.
- Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English
- A high level of self-awareness, personal energy, stamina and flexibility. Ability to work creatively, effectively and under own initiative
- Keen attention to detail
- Show commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work
- Humility: We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
- Relationship Building: We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
- Listening: We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
- Mutual Accountability: We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
- Self-Awareness: We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
- Enabling: We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications in writing, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not exceeding 2MB) to the HR and Admin Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 10th June, 2016
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