Embassy Jobs – Accountant – British High Commission (BHC)

Job Title:          Accountant
Organization: British
High Commission (BHC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Starting Monthly Salary: UGX
About US:
The British High Commission is
the diplomatic liaison office that aims to develop and maintain close bilateral
relations with Uganda, in accordance with British government policies. The
British High Commission is responsible for the political relationship between
the UK and Uganda, and we provide advice and guidance on political and
governance issues. BHC provides assistance and documentary services to British
nationals in Uganda. The UK Trade and Investment Section provides assistance to
both British and Ugandan businesses.
Job Summary:  The Accountant is responsible for providing
an efficient and effective accounting service to the British High Commission in
Kampala (BHC). The jobholder reports to Head of Corporate Services within the
Corporate Services Team (CST). The Accountant will work in liaison with the
Finance Regional Team in Pretoria and the Global Transaction Processing Centre
(GTPC) in Manilla to ensure that all the accounting processes and procedures at
Post are in compliance with UK Government Financial Policies and Regulations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Accounts Payable and
Accounting Information for Cash and Bank Transactions at Post
  • Work
    with budget holders/staff to enhance compliance with GTPC procedures for
    Distribution Sets, Invoices, Debit and Credit memos, miscelleanous
    receipts, and Network Post Accounts (NPAs) to enhance compliance with UK
    accounting procedures including correctly accounting for spend and
    reducing the risk of fraud.
  • Receive,
    review and submit invoices to the GTPC for processing.  Investigate problem invoices (Invoices
    on hold) and resolve within 10 days.
  • Receive,
    Review/request amendments or authorise preliminary payments
    registers/batches from the GTPS team. File/keep record of final
    communicated payments registers 
    from the GTPC team.
  • Work
    with the GTPC to ensure balance sheet accounts are reconciled on a regular
    basis to verify that all items have been correctly posted and matched.
  • Quickly
    respond to queries from the GTPC and hub on financial transactions and
    quarterly returns within agreed timelines.
  • Work
    in liaison with the Procurement Officer carry out housekeeping of the
    Goods receipted and not invoiced report, ensuring that open Pos are inline
    with the Financial Performance Compliance Indicators.
  • Maintain
    a cash box for small and or unplanned expenditure in cash and imprest
    replenishments. On a monthly basis review and replenish cash imprests as
  • Record
    all cash payments and receipts,  and
    bank transactions on the  Network
    Post Account spreadsheet through out the month and submit to the
    hub/centre at the end of the month.
  • Submit
    Payroll data to the Global Transaction Processing Centre (GTPC) for
    processing, and effect statutory payments (NSSF).
  • Ensure
    debts are collected in a timely manner, but continue to work with
    management to identify ways of minimising debts.
Cash Requirements  and End of Month – Checks/Process and
  • Prepare
    post cash forecast and funding request and supply to the regional account
    manager for implementation.
  • Work
    closely with the centre to complete monthly financial reports checks and
    month end procedures including banking and cash reconciliations.
  • Use
    FPCIs scores, OBIEE reports, Network Post Account spreadsheets and cash
    balance spreadsheet to highlight and bring to the attention of the Head of
    Corporate Services any gaps in local cash management and controls and cash
    funding forecasts.
  • Management
    of the Banking relationship including carrying out emergency Bank runs.
VAT Claims:
  • Process
    VAT returns and Excise duty for the Mission and submit to URA on a
    quarterly basis to reduce disallowed invoices. Proactively raise and work
    with the hub and centre to address any financial reconciliation challenges
    related to delayed and disallowed VAT returns.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant for the British High Commission Accountant job placement must
    hold a University degree in Accounting (BBA or Bcom)
  • Professional
    qualification in Accountancy (ACCA or CPA) is an added advantage.
  • Three
    to five years of experience in Accounting work for a busy organisation.
  • Adequate
    knowledge of Uganda tax laws and systems applicable to the organisation.
  • Knowledge
    and experience in use of Accounting Packages e.g. Knowledge and use of
    PRISM is an added advantage.
  • Sound
    practical knowledge of use of most computer applications e.g.
    spreadsheets, word and PowerPoint.
  • Required
    Changing and
    Improving, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service,
    Delivering at Pace
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who wish to join the British High Commission in the
aforementioned capacity should apply by clicking on the link below.
Deadline: 16th March 2018
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