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Senior Finance Officer

Kampala

  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: Closed

Title: Senior Finance Officer
Department: Programs
Report to: Program Manager II
Duration: Full time
Job Location: Kampala/Uganda
Vacancies: One (1)

About CRS
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has been working in Uganda since 1965 and has a vibrant portfolio of projects, serving over a million vulnerable Ugandans and refugees each year through the Country Program 2030 Strategy. CRS programs in Uganda currently support five strategic priority areas, including Health and Social Services Systems Strengthening, Resilient Food Systems, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Local Leadership. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including international and local NGOs, Ugandan government departments and ministries, the Catholic Church, and community-based organizations for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 150 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Yumbe, Kyangwali, Kasese and Hoima.

Background
CRS is preparing to implement a new project titled Intensive Mixed Use Agroforestry Systems on household Plots. The specific objective of the project is to increase uptake of agroforestry in refugee host communities in 19 target districts. The key to achieving the objective is to understand the motivation of smallholder farmers in the target districts, and to instill a demand for mixed-use agroforestry uptake from the household level. By placing the household at the center of the project strategy and by connecting both environmental and economic goals, CRS and partners will facilitate the acceleration of land restoration and increase community resilience in the target districts for generations to come.

Job Summary:
You will support in coordinating and actively participating in managing the accounting systems, policies, and procedures of the Country Program (CP), ensuring they conform to CRS' established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donor regulations, and legal requirements, to enable the efficient implementation of programs benefiting impoverished and vulnerable populations. Based in the PMU office in Kampala, your responsibilities will include supervising financial management and administrative reporting for the project. You'll be responsible for documenting financial transactions, analyzing, and validating account information, preparing account entries, and offering financial reporting services. Additionally, you will
oversee financial reporting for CRS field offices and ensure that financial reports from sub-recipients adhere to CRS' agreed-upon financial reporting procedures.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
•Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place.
•Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned accounts in Insight financial accounting package.
•Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare correcting entries and adjustments, as necessary.
•Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant staff of due payments/liquidations, and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management.
•Evaluate and monitor subrecipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and strengthen capacity of partner in financial accounting and transactions.
•Prepare various, periodic, and ad hoc financial reports, as needed, and perform variance analyses to assist with decision-making and proper management of financial resources.
•Provide information to subrecipients and staff on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and contribute to capacity strengthening.
•Perform assigned treasury (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.

Basic Qualifications
•B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration with courses in accounting, or a qualification in accounting (CPA/ACCA or equivalent).
•Minimum of two years’ experience in a position with similar responsibilities, preferably with an international or local NGO, or a financial/banking institution.

Required Languages – Ability to speak English and any of the local languages.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% to the Field offices.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Knowledge of the relevant public donors’ regulations preferred.
•Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications.
•Knowledge of financial reporting software preferred.

Preferred Qualifications
•Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies.
•Accuracy and completeness with great attention to detail
•Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
•Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results oriented.
•Ability to work collaboratively.

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions.
Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:
Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

Key Working Relationships
Supervisory: None.
Internal: Admin assistants, project staff, HR, Finance Team, Drivers.
External: Partner staff, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding related topics.

HOW TO APPLY:
All candidates who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply by following the provided instructions.
•This position is for Nationals only.
•The deadline for submitting applications is March 7, 2024, no later than 5:00pm.
•Applications are received electronically through this link https://form.jotform.com/240513782489565 only.
ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

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