Finance Manager US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
Reports to: Finance
About US:
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been
fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an
office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of
Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation
Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in
the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
Job Summary:  The Finance Manager will support program
implementation West Nile refugee response programming, based in Yumbe Town, by
working with the Mercy Corps team and implementing partners. The Finance will
work very closely with staff and all partners to ensure accountability,
adherence to donor compliance requirements, oversight on of office financial
operations, staff capacity building and internal controls enhancement and
enforcement in the operation of the program. The Finance Manager works under
the guidance and supervision of the Finance Director and with direct
interaction with the Programs Team, the Grants & Contracts Manager, the
Finance Manager, and partner organisations (up to ten in any given month).
Support the Programme Director/Managers based in Yumbe in managing all
financial operations of the project, including accounting and reporting, cash
management, and budget management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Manage financial operations of West Nile refugee response programming
  • Prepare and submit monthly management reports to the Finance
    Director and the Director of Programs.
  • Ensure that the project financial operations are in compliance with
    all donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures. Donors may include
    ECHO, DFID, EU, NetHope, among other donors.
  • Ensure that monthly transactions are reviewed and entered in the
    General Ledger accurately and on timely basis.
  • Assist with monthly review and reconciliations of balance sheet
    accounts (receivables, payables, advances, bank & cash reconciliations,
    etc.) and all the program related expenditures.
  • Review procurement, contract and payment documents, and other
    supporting documents ensuring their compliance with the local laws, donor
    regulations and MC Uganda internal policies.
  • Be prepared to respond to any budgetary and financial inquiries from
    the donor, implementing partners and Mercy Corps senior management.
  • Prepare monthly cash flow projections and request funds from the
    country office.
  • Provide financial advisory on overall strategic program decisions.
  • Work closely with the Grants & Contracts Manager and Senior
    Finance Officer to oversee and coordinate management of sub-grant
    agreements and financial management of sub-grants.
  • Keenly review and track expenses and proper documentation as per
    Mercy Corps procedures and donor requirements for record keeping and
  • Work in liaison with the program team to verify and track budget and
    expenditures to ensure proper and accurate reporting, and that
    expenditures are properly coded and charged to appropriate budget lines.
  • Convene and document monthly review of expenditures against budgets,
    ensuring proactive forecasting is in place to avoid any significant
  • Coordinate program expenditure verifications and project audits

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Finance Manager must hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA, ACCA or equivalent
    professional association preferred. A Master’s degree would be an added
  • Five years of experience in grants and financial management and
    accounting and 3+year’s supervisory experience.
  • Strong management Skills, Technical & Supervisory Skills and
    experience required.
  • Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the
    general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.
  • Adequate understanding of donor rules and regulations is required,
    in particular DFID, EU, and ECHO.
  • International NGO/PVO experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with financial reports preparation
    and presentation and proven ability to translate technical financial data
    into informative reports.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
    and accounting software experience.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps and sub grantees field
    offices and project sites approximately 20%. Regular travel to Kampala
    head office as needed.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy
Corps Uganda to:
Deadline: 21st November 2018
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