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Fresher Accounts Officer NGO Job Opportunities - Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Job Title:       Accounts Officer
Organization: Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 
Duty Station:  Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Accountant
Position Code: AO719

About US:
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 Accounts Officer will provide financial support to various aspects in the accounts department, the accounts officer is generally responsible for disbursing cash payments and maintaining the short term personnel payroll, in line with organizational SOPs and Policies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Disbursing Petty Cash on approved requests, and balancing the cash daily for all UGX, USD, GBP and Euro Petty Cash.
  • Entering Petty Cash transactions into the Accounting Information system (MSD) ensuring that the transactions are correctly coded in accordance with the unit expense codes and cost centres.
  • Disbursing Program and/or Travel Advances to beneficiaries as per the approved requisitions
  • Receiving, reviewing and updating staff on travel/program advance accountabilities submitted.
  • Entering into the Accounting Information System, staff accountabilities for program and/or travel advances for posting.
  • Advising the Senior Accountant on long outstanding advances for further Action
  • Preparing Month End Cash count certificates to aide reconciliations
  • Monthly preparation on the Advance Account reconciliation
  • Ensure that all NCD short contract staff payments are accurate and account details for beneficiaries are provided.
  • Liaise with the NCD project Administrator to ensure proper coding of payment requests and advise the senior accountant on any re-charges that may arise.
  • Act as bank agent for the Unit, cashing cheques, depositing funds and delivering bank correspondences.
  • Monthly filing of All Petty Cash and Advance Accountability documents as per the MRC guidelines
  • Ensuring that the Unit Safe and all its contents are at all times under lock
  • Provide supporting documentation for audits
  • Any other duties that may be assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI) Accounts Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or Accounting, Commerce or a related field
  • Experience working in an accounts/finance environment
  • Financial reporting Knowledge
  • Cash and financial management skills
  • Should have good communication skills
  • Knowledgeable in use of Microsoft Office packages
  • Experience in the use of any accounting software

  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Team Player
  • Openness to Others
  • Independence
  • Proactivity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility Towards Work

How to Apply:
The candidates should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of academic qualifications should be e-mailed to recruitment@mrcuganda.org. NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email: Accounts Officer: AO719. Please also fill the following online form accordingly after submitting the application documents on the e-mail above. Click Here

Address to:
The Human Resource and Administration Manager
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
P.O. Box, 49 Entebbe.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. Please note that the Unit became part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine effective 1st February 2018.

Deadline: 26th July 2019 by 5:00om

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