MRC/UVRI UK Non-profit Careers – Senior Accountant

Job Title:  Senior Accountant

Organization: MRC/UVRI
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Reports to: Finance
Manager

Position Code: SA717

About MRC/UVRI:
The MRC/UVRI Uganda Virus
Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from the
Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the research of
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to
inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific
publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

Job Summary: The Senior
Accountant will manage the daily operations of the finance section and the
accounting and financial reporting systems of the organization. He / she will
also be ensuring that the Unit meets the monthly reporting deadlines without
exception. The incumbent will ensure the integrity of the Units financial
records and enforcing internal controls as well as deputising for the Finance
Manager as required. The / she will ensure that the accounts are accurate,
reliable, free from misstatement and error and are reconciled at every month
end.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Produces
    month end balance sheet, income and expenditure sheet and cashflow
    statement for the review by the Finance Manager (FM).
  • Uploads
    Monthly Financial information into Oracle system, and imports Oracle only
    financial data into relevant MS Dynamics fields.
  • Recharges
    costs incurred on behalf of other MRC Units though the Oracle system.
  • Compiles
    and uploads the monthly deferred and accrued income for the Unit’s
    external grants into Oracle system.
  • Support
    the Finance Manager in the review and addition/deletion of MS Dynamics
    vendor and Customer details
  • Carries
    out surprise cash counts and stock verification exercises for the various
    station cash offices and stores and compares with MS Dynamics records.
    Notifies FM in case of concern that SOPs are not adhered to.
  • Presents
    monthly control account reconciliations for review of FM.
  • Regularly
    reviews the fixed asset reconciliations and signs off quarterly before
    passing to FM; ensuring MRC is notified of all asset additions and
    disposals as they occur. Ensures all backing documentation is attached.
  • Reviews
    all payments before they are processed checking for accuracy in coding,
    account details, financial authority and probity for onward authorisation
    by Finance Manager
  • Manages
    the staff payroll and payment of associated income and employment taxes.
  • Ensures
    that VAT is reclaimed monthly by the Unit correctly from URA.
  • Manages
    the production of the monthly capital expenditure report and send to
    Estates section in MRC.
  • Technically
    supports the FM with all audit team visits, URA, NSSF and other financial
    inspection teams visiting the Unit and ensures required information and
    explanations are provided;.
  • Steers
    the bi annual stock taking exercises and discusses the outcomes with the
    FM.
  • Supports
    the Finance Manager in detecting any thefts or frauds within the Unit
  • Reviews
    the monthly bank and cash reconciliations and signs along with the FM;
    follow up on unpresented payments over 6 months and errors on the bank
    statement.
  • Scrutinises
    all petty cash statements for voracity and unusual entries and brings to
    the attention of the FM where necessary. Reviews and checks all imprest
    refill requests before processing.
  • Assists
    with donor financial reporting, and deputises for the FM representing the
    finance section at Donor or Project budget and review meetings.
  • Ensures
    day-to-day supervision and management of performance for the finance
    section.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree (Bcom, BSc Accounting or
    equivalent) with a specialisation in management accounting from a
    recognised institution.
  • Professional
    accounting qualification (ACCA- professional level or CPA completed)
  • At
    least three years working at a senior level, and supervising other staff
    within a busy accounting team in a public or private sector environment,
    producing financial reports and commentaries for external donors and/or
    senior management.
  • Past
    experience working with an international donor or a non-profit
    organization
  • Highly
    advanced excel and spread sheeting skills and sound knowledge of other
    Microsoft office 2010 packages, in depth experience of using the MSD
    accounting system including the ability to build and customise reports
    within the system
  • Previous
    experience of using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System Database
    and ability to write reports in Navision
  • Analytical
    thinking; able to review work for sensibility before passing it out and
    able to analyse reports to detect anomalies, errors and omissions
    including potential fraud.
  • Thorough,
    gives attention to detail, Results Orientated and meets deadlines
    consistently every month, able to ensure staff under their control perform
    and complete tasks to set timelines
  • Service
    orientation and maintains excellent business partner relations with the
    Unit Heads of Programme and Project Leaders.
  • Personal
    Integrity forward thinker with Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Possess
    excellent communication skills especially English both written and verbal,
    Professional attitude and appearance
  • Able
    to work under minimal supervision and to a consistently high standard
  • Pro-active
    and responds to user queries quickly and professionally

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including
names, email addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees and
copies of academic qualifications should be emailed to:
recruitment@mrcuganda.org. Please quote the Position Title
in the subject line.

Deadline: 30th July 2017

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