Financial Controller Job Opportunity – Project for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)

Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Financial Controller will primarily be
responsible for financial management of the project and for maintaining all
project accounts in good order. As head of the finance unit, the financial
controller will take charge of all matters in the project accounting cycle. The
project accounting cycle to be overseen by the financial controller starts from
financial-related inputs in AWPB preparation and budget control, committing
funds, disbursements and cash flow management in an effective and efficient
manner, financial reporting to ensuring smooth audits and facilitation for
supervision missions on all financial management aspects The Financial
controller will be responsible for expediting all loan management and
disbursement activities through MoLG systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure
    the installation of appropriate accounting/reporting systems to ensure
    that the PMU and especially the Project Coordinator are regularly informed
    of on-going financial status and transactions.
  • Ensure
    timely capture of PRELNOR in the GoU budget yellow book as required by the
    GoU budgeting processes and calendars to be able to access counterpart
  • Routinely
    communicate to all implementing partner institutions, service providers
    and districts their financial responsibilities, the funds available and
    how to access it, and the requirements of reporting and record keeping in
    accordance with prevailing government practices which are acceptable to
  • Make
    sure that all project funds are used in accordance with the conditions of
    the financing agreements, with due attention to economy and efficiency,
    and only for the purposes for which the funds were provided;
  • Ensure
    that all necessary supporting documents, records and accounts are kept in
    respect of all project activities, with clear linkages between the books
    of account and the financial statements presented to the financiers;
  • Ensure
    that designated account and operational accounts are maintained in
    accordance with the provisions of the financing agreement and in
    accordance with the financier’s rules and procedures;
  • Ensure
    that the financial statements are prepared in accordance with
    International Public Sector Accounting Standards as adopted in Uganda;
  • Work
    closely with external auditors to audit the project accounts to meet the
    required submission dates by both GoU and IFAD;
  • In
    charge of handling all documentation and follow up on disbursements from
    the government and IFAD to ensure that releases are not delayed. Ensure
    that funds for project implementation are disbursed in a timely manner to
    enable project interventions to be carried out on time:
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Financial Controller should hold a good Bachelor’s degree in accounting
    from a recognised University / Institution and must be Certified Public
    Accountant duly registered with the Institute of Certified Public
    Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ experience, including at least four as a financial
    manager or accountant in government/donor programmes or large
  • Excellent
    managerial skills and demonstrated capacity to manage people and interact
    with a wide range of private sector partners and government
  • Working
    knowledge of work planning, budgeting and reporting;
  • Excellent
    quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Computer-literacy
    skills with proficiency in accounting packages and well-versed in the use
    of Excel, Word and basic data base set-ups.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 14th August, 2015
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