Grant Management Controller Job Placement - Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust

Organisation: Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Finance

About US:
The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust is supporting agribusiness development in the private sector to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda's Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS). The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda. The mandate of aBi Trust is to support the private sector actors to increase their contribution to the agricultural sector by increasing land and labour productivity, and market competitiveness thereby contributing to poverty reduction through economic growth, wealth, and employment creation.

Job Summary: The Grants Management Controller is responsible for ensuring that the financial performance of grants that are awarded to successful implementing partners is as presented in application and that technical support is provided throughout the grant life cycle/project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the leadership of the Head of Finance, develop and manage a robust grants management system that reliably identifies suitable implementing partners and ensures precise monitoring of projects to ensure grant objectives are achieved:
  • Keeping up to date with developments in international best practise in grants management, with donor requirements and relevant legislation
  • Maintain an up - to - date system of a database of grantees, including a tracking system that provides frequent updates on fund-flows, reporting requirements and budget revisions
  • Monitor and prepare accurate forecasting of the projects
  • Provide accurate and timely delivery of financial advice that ensures appropriate grant management decisions are taken
  • Maintain a database of key financial variables in each of the value chains aBi is involved in, to enable cross-project comparisons to be made and to assist and speed up the preparation of new project budgets by technical staff
To lead and manage the Grants Management team, including consultants, in a manner that empowers them to deliver aBi's goals and objectives:
  • Communicate to the Grants Management Team a clear and exciting vision for the work of the organisation
  • For each aspect of the Grants Management work plans, ensure that appropriate staff and/or consultants are deployed and given clear expectations
To develop and implement strategies for bridging the partner capacity gaps that have been identified during partner assessments
  • Tasked with reviewing partner capacity assessments in order to identify themes of common difficulties; liaising with Accountable Managers in order to develop plans and budgets for addressing key issues
  • Developing and overseeing the roll-out of tools, training interventions, learning materials and other strategies which will improve partner capacity
  • Working with mixed teams to ensure that they have plans for developing the capacity of each partner on an individual basis
Ensure that staff and partners involved in projects follow best practice in grants management
  • Actively contribute to the design and appraisal of new projects/programmes and provide procedural guidance
  • Ensure that aBi funds are used according to their intended purpose by providing thorough and diligent oversight
  • Train the mixed teams in appropriate methodologies required for their roles in the grant making process such as financial modelling, budgeting and budget control etc
  • Assist project managers to plan future expenditure and cash needs; take remedial action where there are overspends or underspends
  • Monitoring compliance with best practice and taking assertive corrective action as required; reporting any difficulties to the appropriate accountable manager
Ensure that aBi's Department and Project Managers are provided with quality financial information and advice in order to aid their decision making concerning partners:
  • Liaising with the Department and Project Managers in order to understand their implementation plans and potential partnering requirements
  • Ensuring that assessments of financial capacity have been carried out for all of aBi's potential partners according to procedures for due diligence found in the Funding Manual
  • Supporting Project Managers and the Evaluations, Performance & Results Department with financial information and insight as they make appropriate decisions concerning partners and draw up contracts
  • Ensure annual reviews and project completion reviews are carried out on a timely basis


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a first degree in Accounting and/or Business Administration ACCA or CPA
  • Proven ability to carry out performance measurement
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and ability to apply them
  • Knowledge of current industry trends in financial and business management (agribusiness preferred)
  • Data management skills; experience in developing and managing financial information systems previous experience in working for International Development Organisations, giving insight into Donor expectations and reporting requirements
  • Experience in training / capacity building managers in finance management

How to Apply:
If you feel you meet the above requirements, please send your application enclosing detailed curriculum vitae giving three referees and copies of academic and professional certificates /testimonials by e-mail only to vacancy@abi.co.ug.

NB: The attached documents should not be more than 2 MB. Only Shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be contacted.

Deadline: 19th January 2018 by 12:00 Noon


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