Accountant NGO Career Jobs - Dwelling Places (DP)

Job Title:         Accountant
Organisation: Dwelling Places (DP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Director Finance

About US:
Dwelling Places (DP) is a registered Christian Non Governmental Organization
(NGO) which specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation, reconciliation, resettlement and follow-up of children living on the streets. The overall objective of DP is to have a society where every child has a chest to rest their head on and a place to call home.

Job Summary: The Accountant will provide a professional accounting service to the organisation ensuring that sound financial internal controls are in place and adhered to and financial transactions are carried out in accordance with recognised International Accounting Standards and organisational policies and procedures ensure the Accountancy & Procurement sections deliver on the agreed objectives as per the annual approved Work plan

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Ensure a robust system of internal control is developed and adhered to:
    • Assist with external audit process and ensure recommendations are acted on
    • Oversee internal audit process. 
    • Ensure the accounting ledger (Quickbooks) is accurately kept up to date and a regular backup carried out.
    • Ensure that sound financial controls are implemented in line with the financial policy.
  • Oversee the professional development of the accounts and procurement staff:
  • Ensure a balanced, approved budget is developed and adhered to
  • Ensure all incomes are accurately recorded and appropriately accounted for and banked in a timely manner. 
  • Process all payments in line with the financial policy and in a timely manner to ensure activities can be carried out:
    • Prepare the monthly payroll for approval
    • Collate all payment requests (requisitions and staff expense claim forms), ensuring they are appropriately authorised, in line with approved budgets, have supporting documents attached and value for money is obtained
    • Prepare a weekly update of the organisation’s cash position for management, listing pending requisitions, anticipated funds and future liabilities
    • Arrange payment of approved requisitions
    • Aid the organisation in the objective of reducing and minimising liabilities
  • Oversee the maintenance of the asset register:
  • Report on the financial performance of the organisation in line with statutory, donor and organisational policy:
    • Oversee the preparation of the annual accounts and the audit process as required
    • Ensure regular monitoring reports for donors are prepared by deadlines, responding to ad-hoc requests for information as required
    • Prepare monthly financial reports for budget holders, seeking explanations for variances
    • Produce financial reports for the quarterly work plan review process, as well as the regular Monitoring & Evaluation report on progress against the workplan
    • Prepare reports for management/ BOD as requested
    • Prepare all Uganda Revenue Authority and National Social Security Fund schedules/ returns by the deadlines
    • Ensure all cash and bank reconciliations are done as stipulated in the financial manual
  • Organise basic financial training for other staff members within the organisation where required and play a mentorship role to the finance team
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Country Director

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant for the Dwelling Places (DP) Accountant career opportunity should preferably hold a four-year college or university degree with a major in accounting, finance, economics, or a related field
  • At least five years of general accounting experience with management experience desirable
  • Two years’ experience in non-profit sector is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of budgeting, accounting and auditing practices and principles
  • Knowledge of computer applications related to the work (i.e. Microsoft Excel and Word, accounting packages)
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and procedures
  • Ability to effectively communicate in person, over the phone and in writing
  • Able to maintain accurate and up-to-date financial records
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports for different audiences
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Ability to organise own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, managers, subordinates and donors to convey information and to receive work direction

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send the following;
  • A handwritten application letter with and updated CV with academic qualifications
  • A church recommendation letter (Should be God fearing)
  • LC 1 letter
  • Two passport photos
Deliver your applications to: Dwelling places head office - Off Nalukolongo Masaka road near Mutundwe police station or email to: or call 0312-513701

Deadline: 31st July 2017

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