Senior Finance Officer NGO Jobs – Light for the World

Job Title:   Senior Finance Officer   

Organisation: Light for the World

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

Light for the World is a global disability & development organization, breaking down barriers to enrich society and unlock the potential in all of us. Light for the World (LFTW) is an international disability and development organisation whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind. We enable crucial eye health services and help empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world.


Job Summary:  The Senior Finance Officer’s (SFO) main responsibility is safeguarding the assets of Light for the World (LFTW) and ultimately the donors against fraud, loss or misuse and to ensure proper documentation and processing of the finances of the organization. The SFO is primarily responsible for, but is not limited to, payments for activities and operations, petty cash and activity advance reconciliations, and supporting the Finance and Operations Manager in carrying out the responsibilities of the finance department. The SFO is aware of and adheres to LFTW’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.


S/he reports directly to the Finance and Operations Manager (FOM) and will directly manage the Finance Officer and Finance Assistant.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that funds expended in the country is done in accordance with “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”, LFTW policy, donor regulations and requirements, Ugandan law, standard operating procedures, and best business practices.
  • Monitor the bank and mobile money accounts to ensure funds are available for operations and review and reconcile on a monthly basis.
  • Support the FOM with annual budgeting and preparing the quarterly forecast.
  • Ensures that all advances are cleared / collected on time and prepare advance analysis on a monthly basis.
  • Prepare the monthly financial report for submission to the Vienna office, project trackers and adhoc reports.
  • Ensure timely payment and filing of statutory deductions and withholding tax, prepare withholding tax certificates for all appropriate payments and distribute these accordingly.
  • Ensure that all costs and travels have adequate prior authorization and approval prior to payment remittance. Follow up all discrepancies identified.
  • Ensure that every financial transaction is properly approved by a budget-holder signatory, is properly documented, files are complete and demonstrates evidence of compliance with LFTW policy, donor regulations, Ugandan law, and standard operating procedures.
  • Ensures that all payments for purchases of goods and services are made promptly and according to LFTW regulations, and that actions are governed by the highest standards of personal and business conduct as stipulated in the Policy Guidelines and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Contribute to maintaining teamwork, discipline sound work relationships and productivity

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a degree in Accounting, Business Administration or equivalent accounting qualifications;
  • At least three years of experience in a similar role or recognized NGO role which explicitly involved donor-funded projects.
  • Capacity to multi-task, excellent time management skills and be able to adhere to tight deadlines.
  • A strong accounting experience, knowledge of QuickBooks and experience in dealing with complex budgets are added advantages.
  • Demonstrated experience to provide technical assistance to organizations and conduct trainings.
  • Experience in maintaining excellent communication with Headquarters.
  • Excellent people skills with experience in collaborating in a diverse and dynamic team
  • Innovative and strategic thinker always ready to adapt and learn.
  • Technology savvy with proficiency in the use of MS Excel and other Office software packages.
  • High levels of integrity and accountability.
  • Commitment to Light for the World’s mandate and values.


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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NB: We are an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people with disabilities and women to apply for this position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Deadline: 27th April 2022


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