USAID ASSIST Project Finance Director Careers – University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Title:     Finance Director
Organisation: University Research Co., LLC (URC)
USAID Applying
Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project
Kampala, Uganda
Chief of Party
University Research Co.,
LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health
care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit
affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45
countries, including the United States.
The USAID Applying Science
to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is a five-year cooperative
agreement (October 2012-September 2017) awarded to University Research Co., LLC
and is dedicated to improving health, population and nutrition services through
technical support to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health,
USAID country missions, and cooperating agencies.
The Finance
Director is responsible for the financial management, internal control systems,
and reporting requirements of the organization in the finance department. The
post is also responsible for the disbursement of donor funds ensuring strict
compliance with all financial and budgetary procedures. The Director has
overall responsibility for managing the Finance department and ensuring that
the objectives of the team are appropriately fulfilled.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    leadership and supervision to the finance team in Kampala as well as
    branch offices.
  • Lead
    the finance team in a way that result in successful implementation of
    projects in Uganda.
  • Provide
    overall control to the projects’ accounting function in Uganda.
  • Ensure
    that the finance processes and procedures are robust, compliant and
    supports the current activities of the project in light of the applicable
    rules and regulations.
  • Establish
    a highly motivated and functional finance team.
Accounting & Reporting:
  • Lead
    posting financial transactions in Quick Books financial reporting package
    & updating the system on a daily basis and ensuring proper coding and
    numbering of receipts.
  • Lead
    preparation of the monthly expenditure reports, bank reconciliation, and
    monitor petty cash accounts in line with organizational and donor
    requirements and deadlines.
  • Prepare
    and submit timely financials reports and technical advice in related
  • Review
    monthly Quick books reports to ensure that expenses are posted correctly.
  • Review
    and approve all the periodic reports, budget requests and manage all the
    communication with URC Home Office.
Manage finances &
  • The
    jobholder will lead the preparation and distribution of cheques to
    appropriate authorities including URA, NSSF, PAYE.
  • Ensure
    appropriate maintenance of the bank accounts, confirm receipt of funds and
    oversee the project petty cash fund.
  • Prepare,
    distribute and track travel advances for staff and outside coaches/facilitators
    on site visits and workshops and follow-up on money/accountability owed.
  • Keenly
    review of staff Accountabilities.
  • Receive
    and deposit funds and ensure execution of checks for payments of approved
  • Prepare
    tax payments and social insurance contributions for local employees and
    consultants as required.
Internal control, Audit
Functions and Policy compliance.
  • Uphold
    to the Organization’s Financial & internal control systems.
  • Maintain
    financial systems and controls to ensure the efficiency, integrity and
    transparency of the office operations in accordance with URC guidelines,
    national legal requirements and internationally accepted accounting
  • The
    jobholder will establish and implement financial procedures in line with
    the organizational requirements.
  • Assist
    and support the Director Operations in ensuring the field expenditures
    meet URC and international donor Requirements and remain within the
    approved plans and budgets.
Supervision & Staff
  • Supervise
    and manage the performance and development of the Finance team.
  • Ensure
    continuous professional development for the finance team including formal
    training and on-the-job coaching.
Record Keeping &
financial and accounting records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile
expenditures, balances, payments; statements and other day-to-day transactions
Other Duties:
  • Provide
    on-going support & mentoring to project Staff with regard to project
    financial systems & procedures.
  • Perform
    any other duties as may be assigned.
Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicants for the USAID ASSIST Finance Director job placement must have
    at least seven years of related government contracting/USAID experience,
    with five or more years of financial and staff management experience.
  • Broad
    knowledge of GAAP, the FAR and OMB Circular A-133 reporting, and
    transactional requirements
  • The
    applicant must be proficient in QuickBooks, MS Excel, and Word
  • Proven
    experience conducting business in an international developing country
  • Excellent
    track record of working with teams in the field and mentoring staff.
  • Proven
    ability to work well with executives, diverse staff at all levels.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills, with a
    problem-solving attitude who works both independendy and as a
    collaborative team player.
  • Previous
    experience working well under pressure with flexibility to adapt to
    changing work requirements are essential.
  • Candidates
    must be skilled strategic thinkers, and performance management driven.
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel to the field and work with field staff as
This job is open to both local and international candidates.
to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send application letters, updated CVs, and
relevant academic documents as well as names and contact information for three
professional references and day time contact numbers to:
The Human Resource Officer-
University Research Co.,
LLC, Plot 40, Ntinda II Road, Naguru,
P.O. Box 28745, Kampala,
19th August 2016
Please indicate the position in the subject if you are sending electronically.
Applications will be shortlisted as they come in and only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.
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