Project Accountant – ELNHA NGO Careers – Oxfam

Organisation: Oxfam
Project Name: Empowering
Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Project
Manager – ELNHA
About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an
international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90
countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve
this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments
and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we
campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working
with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with
private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in
more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad
themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods,
Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.
About ELNHA Project:
Oxfam in Uganda is
under taking a project named: ‘Empowering Local and National Humanitarian
Actors’ (ELNHA) to be implemented over three years in collaboration with
relevant district structures ard national actors in sub-regions of Karamoja
(Kotido, Kaabong), Acholi (Lamwo, Agago), and West Nile (Koboko and Zombo)
commencing January 2016. These districts face challenges from climate change
induced prolonged droughts and food insecurity as well as refugee influx as a
result of the conflicts in the neighbouring States South Sudan, CAR and DRC).
Job Summary:  The Project Accountant – ELNHA will provide
proactive, efficient and effective management support for the ELNMHA
Project.  The project aims to promote a
more equal sharing of power and resources in the humanitarian sector between
international humanitarian and local and national actors to appropriately and
sustainably support effective preparedness and response to particular needs of
women, men, children and other socially excluded, marginalized and vulnerable
groups in crisis situations. It aims at enhanced Management and Coordination of
the local and national actors empowerment initiative. The incumbent will be responsible
for overall quality of financial management of ELNHA Project; Partners
Financial Capacity enhancement; financial reporting, including of partners. The
job entails building and maintaining effective financial systems and accounting
framework that facilitates delivery of project results.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support partners in the financial management of the HRGF and
    Humanitarian Action Fund;
  • Ensure Quality and timely financial reporting for both Oxfam and
  • Preparation of monthly project financial reports for submission to
    head office
  • Identify training needs of Partners’ and LHAs finance staff and
    provide required Capacity building 
    to enable effective management of emergency response finances
  • Ensure effective support to project team to meet overall objectives
    of project
  • Interface with HR and Logistics on various elements of financial
    systems and processes related to the project activities.
  • Assisting the partner finance staff in preparation of project
    related budgets and reworking of budgets in keeping with changes in
    project plans.
  • Influence project team to adopt procedures.
  • To propose and implement agreed improvements & systems
    enhancements for financial and administrative systems and procedures to
    ensure maximum efficiency
  • Maintain coordination with colleagues in delivering project
  • Managing the project funds including processing payments and
    submission of approved payment requests to the FoM
  • Budget tracking, monitoring expenditure, expenditure forecasting and
    reporting timely
  • Ensure donor  and Govt
    compliance aspects are met in financial recording and reporting
  • Play key role in project financial reviews and audits
  • Verifications of the partner expenses in the light of donor
    requirements and reporting.
  • Consolidation of partner financial reports  for use by the Grants and Contracts in
    preparation of donor financial reports.
  • To ensure that Oxfam financial management and controls in relation
    to the project are in place and being followed by the team.
  • Be eager to and require others to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and
    values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s
    rights (click here).
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity,
    gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Oxfam Project Accountant – ELNHA job should
    preferably hold relevant academic qualifications in Accounting, financial
    management, commerce, economics or related field (A degree in Finance,
    Business Administration or Commerce) and professional certification in
    accounting an added advantage.
  • At least five years of experience of providing a whole range of
    financial management services to an organisation, with at least 2 years in
    an International NGO.
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Proven knowledge of computerised systems and demonstrable experience
    of working with computerised accounting packages and spreadsheets
  • Significant knowledge and experience of all core financial
    management activities, including accounts payable, cash management, budget
    development, statutory requirements (particularly related to Ugandan
    standards) and standard accounts
  • Proficiency in numeracy skills and good computer skills (Excel
    especially, Word)
  • Ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal
    supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining
    focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Good analytical and conceptual thinking skills with a proven
    proactive approach to identifying and resolving problems and suggesting
    improvements that continuously seek to provide a better service to Oxfam.
  • Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English
  • A high level of self-awareness, personal energy, stamina and
    flexibility.  Ability to work
    creatively, effectively and under own initiative
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and
    gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about
    the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and
    diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who
    come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications in writing,
including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not exceeding 2MB) to the HR and
Admin Coordinator at
Deadline: 22nd March 2019
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