Finance Officer Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:   Finance Officer
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Finance
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which
implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult
places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and
continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps
is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity
needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing
factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID), DFID, Mastercard Foundation, WALMART
Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, and
Nike Foundation.
Job Summary: The Finance Officer
is primarily responsible for assigned GHG program finance activities, in
particularly supporting the Karamjoa Strategic Investment Fund (KIF), compliance,
budget monitoring, reporting, resources management, coordination with others,
etc. The incumbent is also responsible for updating and tracking all assets and
finance files. He/she is responsible for ensuring that all AAM, segregation of
duties and policies and procedures are respected as per the FFM, procurement
manual, assets mgt and other manuals/policies and procedures.
Key Duties and
  • Follow all Mercy Corps policies,
    procedures, grant compliance and documentation requirements.
  • Implement and make sure all Mercy Corps
    FFM, procurement, assets mgt, HR policies and procedures are implemented.
  • Implement and Make sure all respective
    donors and local Gov’t rules and regulations are respected.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAPs, Ugandan and
    US law and standard accounting practice.
  • In charge of monitoring costs as per the
    available grant and budget details and monthly budgets vs actual reports.
  • Provide on-going orientation, training and
    support to all Mercy Corps program and finance staff on Mercy Corps and
    respective donor’s rules and regulations.
  • Keenly review and track all grants/budget
    purchases and contracts and other commitments for the office.
  • Provide financial review for all advances,
    purchase requests, quotation analysis, purchase orders, expense report,
    payment requests and others within his/her limit, in particular, those
    related to the KIF
  • Code all expenditures following the
    standard chart of accounts, coded budget and record to the accounting
    software or recording system and send to main office for review and
    posting every week.
  • Match invoices with GRN and other required
  • Actively participate in preparation of
    operating and grant budgets.
  • Make frequent site visits and work with
    the program team for physical check and to ensure payments are being made
    accordingly and procurements are properly made whenever necessary.
  • Maintain all donor files and ensure they
    are well labeled, fully updated with all contracts, submitted reports,
    governing clauses and all other relevant documents.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to take new
    tasks and new assignments as requested from time to time.
  • Conduct himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy
    Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Assist other finance functions and offices
    when ever need arises.
  • Any other tasks to be assigned by the
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps
    Finance Officer job opportunity should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree
    or equivalent in accounting or finance is required.
  • At least four years’ experience in grants
    and financial management and accounting.
  • A minimum of three years international
    NGO/PVO experience is preferred.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of donor
    rules and regulations is required.
  • Strong accounting skills and experience,
    including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll,
    payables and balance sheet.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with
    financial reports preparation and presentation and proven ability to
    translate technical financial data into informative reports.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office
    programs, particularly Excel and accounting software experience.
  • Prior management experience and strong
    organizational skills preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps
    and sub grantees field offices and project sites approximately 50%.
  • An ability to support programmatic
    objectives with timely and meaningful financial information is essential.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, meet
    deadlines and process information in support of changing program
    activities is necessary.
  • An impeccable professional standard of
    finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to
    enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary
requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of
academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal
Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  4th January 2017

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