Assistant Financial Controller – Kampala  

Assistant Financial Controller – Kampala  


About the Role: GOAL is currently seeking to hire a motivated and proactive individual to serve as Assistant Financial Controller joining our team in Kampala under the Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme. In this role, you will be assisting the Financial Controller in managing the finance department’s operations, oversee daily financial management activities and provide guidance to the Finance Team.  If you have the right skills and experience, then this role is perfect for you!


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  To be successful in this role, you will need:

Essential Criteria

  • Qualified CPA (U), ACA, ACCA or CIMA.
  • Minimum of 5 years post-professional Qualification experience.
  • Previous experience as head of finance within an International NGO, and/or leading large consortium (Single project worth USD 10M and above).
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (VBA, Power Query).
  • Demonstrated experience in budget preparation, monitoring, and management.

Desirable Criteria

  • Advanced university degree in Business and/or Accounting with a recognized institution.
  • External and/or Internal Audit experience preferable.
  • Ability and willingness to produce financial information in a format that non-technical staff can understand.
  • Excellent communication skills including budget and report writing experience.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, with particular emphasis on planning, working to tight deadlines, providing training, facilitating capacity building, and supervising team activities.
  • Team leader experience essential; proven staff management skills including on-the-job training and systems development.
  • Good team player, flexible, tolerant, committed, and capable of working within a multinational and multicultural team.
  • Experience in using Sage accounting system.
  • Experience in using SQL Server, Power BI, or any other equivalent analytics and reporting tool.
  • Experience in dealing with donors such as the MasterCard Foundation, USAID, Charity: Water and other Foundations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision of GOAL Uganda Finance Team

  • Provide day-to-day supervision of the finance team.
  • Collaborate with the Financial Controller (FC) to define and communicate team member responsibilities, ensuring adherence.
  • Conduct regular meetings with team members to monitor progress.
  • Facilitate Quarterly Grow with GOAL (Performance Management) reviews, document findings, and share them with the FC and HR for filing.
  • Develop individual personnel development plans for team members and ensure implementation.
  • Manage annual and study leave requests to maintain the finance team’s operational continuity.
  • Address disciplinary or personnel issues within the team as necessary.
  • Provide support from the Kampala Finance Team to the Field Office Finance Teams.

Financial Management within GOAL Uganda

  • Assist FC in the day-to-day financial management activities including financial reporting to facilitate on-time reporting to Donors and Dublin HQ
  • Coordinate Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-annual, and Annual management accounts completion Process.
  • Coordinate with Dublin HQ on Funds Request and local banks on Currency Contracts in the absence of FC.
  • Advise GOAL Uganda Management Team on Compliance and Tax Related Matters.

Assist with Donor Proposals, donor budgets, reporting and Grant Management

  • Assist the FC with the preparation of financial aspects of Donor Proposals.
  • Coordinate the preparation of financial aspects of Donor Reports.
  • Alert the FC, Budget Holders and Coordinators any upcoming deadlines.
  • Provide Technical Support on Donor budgets, Donor reporting, Guidelines & Regulations to GOAL Uganda Management Team.
  • Responsible for understanding grants compliance requirements, working with the systems team and country management teams in ensuring these are properly implemented and adhered to.

Lead Annual Statutory Audit and Project Specific Audits

  • Facilitate timely completion of the Annual Statutory Audit and Financial Statements.
  • Facilitate timely completion of Specific Project Audits.
  • Prepare and/or Contribute to any other statutory audits or reports as required from time to time.

Oversee Partners Financial Management

  • Review of consortia partners’ reports to ensure they are in line with the approved budget and donor prior to disbursement of funds.
  • Coordinating quarterly disburse of funds and any amendments to contracts to the finance partners.
  • Lead the Consortia and Downstream Partners Due diligences and Financial Assessments.
  • Completing verification checks on partner expenditure per their finance reports.
  • Timely updating of grants disbursements tracker.
  • Handling of queries relating to financial management raised by the implementing consortia partners.
  • Review of consortia partners’ reports to ensure they are in line with the approved budget and donor prior to disbursement of funds; and following up on any queries before forwarding to FC for approval.
  • Coordinating quarterly disbursement of funds and any amendments to contracts for all partners.
  • Completing verification checks on partner expenditure per their finance reports.
  • Handling of queries relating to financial management raised by the implementing consortia partners.

Other Duties as required by Management.


General terms and conditions

Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.



Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.



Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.


General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market-based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.


GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Mbale, Budaka, Kabarole, Moroto,  Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service, a flexi-work arrangement and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.


How to Apply:

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to;  indicating the title “Assistant Financial Controller” in the subject line by 10th April 2024PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.


Deadline: 10th April 2024


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Date Posted 2024-03-27
Valid Through 2024-04-10
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization GOAL Uganda
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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