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Senior Financial Accountant NGO Job Opportunities - GOAL International

Job Title:          Senior Financial Accountant
Organisation: GOAL International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Supervises: Two (2) Finance/Admin/Logs Officers, and one (1) Finance Assistant

About US:
GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.  We are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation. GOAL Uganda country project focuses on two of GOAL’s three strategic sectors: Health (including WASH and health accountability programming); and Livelihoods. GOAL Uganda mainstreams HIV, gender, child protection and the environment/DRR across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach, and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with local civil society organisations, private sector partners and District Local Government to give effect to our mission. GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong, Lira and Agago Districts. We are funded by a number of donors who include DfID, Charity: water, Irish Aid, Master Card Foundation, GOAL and a number of small foundations.
About DYNAMIC Programme: 
Under the Livelihoods programme, GOAL leads a Consortium with Mercy Corps, VSO and Restless Development to implement the Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. DYNAMIC is a five-year program (2015-2020) that aims to increase the employment, self-employment, income and resilience of youth aged 15-24 by promoting effective and efficient agricultural market systems for and with youth.

Job Summary: The Senior Financial Accountant will play a central role in financial management, internal controls, financial reporting, coordination of budget preparation and alignments, consortium member engagement on financial issues.   The Senior Financial Accountant will line manage three finance staff under the DYNAMIC programme. In particular, the successful candidate will ensure timely submission of monthly reports to Kampala Office and receipt of financial reports from consortium members to allow timely preparation of Management Accounts and Donor Reporting and other ad hoc reporting to relevant authorities.  As a key member of the Programme Management Unit (PMU), the Senior Financial Accountant will contribute to the overall implementation and running of the DYNAMIC programme.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Supervision of DYNAMIC Finance Team:
·         Ensure team is efficiently functioning at all times
·         Play a central role in job description development, updates, appraisal processes and recruitment
·         Identify staff development needs and contribute to the Finance team staff development plans
·         Oversee training and capacity building
Oversee Financial Management within the program implementation fields:
·         Ensure proper financial systems are followed to record and report field office expenditure
·         Maintain full compliance with accounting procedures and policies and actively monitor internal controls to minimise organisational risk.
·         Ensure appropriate cash management procedures are in place and operating effectively, including regular cash counts and timely preparation of monthly cash projections
·         Monitor actual expenditures against approved budget
Oversee DYNAMIC consortium member Grants Management:
·         Maintain overall responsibility for DYNAMIC Grants Management across consortium members
·         Carry out due diligence/ financial assessment of partners prior to funding
·         Coordination and review of consortium members’ budgets and consolidated budget realignments to ensure they are in line with the disbursement of funds
·         Review all partners finance reports and follow-up queries before forwarding for FC approval
·         Make timely updates of the grants disbursements tracker
·         Handle DYNAMIC consortium member financial related queries
Financial Lead for Donor Reporting:
·         Preparation of donor financial reports (and scanning of supporting documentation) in line with donor guidelines and regulations for timely submission to HQ
·         Engage with and respond to donor and other regulatory body queries
Lead Annual Statutory Audit and Specific Project Audits:
·         Facilitate timely completion of the Annual Statutory Audit and Financial Statements
·         Facilitate timely completion of specific project audits
·         Work closely with consortium members on external audits as stipulated in the grant agreements
Private Sector Agents (PSAs) Monitoring and Management:
·         Conduct financial monitoring of PSAs.
·         Maintain PSA tracking system of financial disbursements against contractual milestones
·         Identify and/ or mitigate any potential frauds and financial mismanagement within the PSAs
Others: Any other duties as required by Management

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·         The applicant for the GOAL International Senior Financial Accountant job placement must be a qualified accountant with ACCA, CPA , CIMA, or ACA
·         Seven or more years of professional experience, of which 2 must be at management level
·         Previous experience of working with INGO
·         Demonstrable knowledge of advanced excel
·         Previous experience in dealing with consortia funded programmes
·         Excellent interpersonal, motivational and management skills
·         Self-motivated, organised and energetic
·         Working knowledge of Sage is desired
·         Prior experience in dealing with Mastercard programmes is an added advantage
·         Previous exposure and experience in managing cultural differences and conflict is also an advantage
·         Excellent analytical and report writing skills and command of English

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their applications which must include at least 4 reference contacts (2 professional, 2 character references, including your supervisor and the most recent/previous employer), and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL Uganda via E-mail to:

NB: Please do not attach certificates and indicate the Position applied for in the email subject as” Senior Financial Accountant Recruitment.’

Deadline: 22nd November 2017

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