Financial Controller NGO Careers – GOAL International

Job Title:      Financial Controller
Organisation: GOAL International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.  We are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political organisation. GOAL Uganda country project focuses on two of GOAL’s three strategic sectors: Health (including WASH and health accountability programming); and Livelihoods. GOAL Uganda mainstreams HIV, gender, child protection and the environment/DRR across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach, and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with local civil society organisations, private sector partners and District Local Government to give effect to our mission.
Job Summary: The Financial Controller is mainly responsible for the financial management, internal control systems, and reporting requirements of GOAL. The Financial controller has overall responsibility for the day to day accounting and financial management, partnership finance, and taxation requirements of the country programme. Additionally the financial controller has a significant risk management responsibility in what is challenging operating environment. In particular, the incumbent will also ensure timely submission of monthly reports to GOAL Dublin comprising the Management Accounts, Donor Status Reporting and other reports as required and also ensure timely submission of required donors reports, statutory reports and other ad hoc reporting to relevant authorities. As a key member of the senior management team, the Financial Controller will contribute to the overall development and running of the country programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Oversee Financial Management within GOAL Uganda:
·         Ensure proper financial systems are in place and implemented to record and report field and head office expenditure;
·         Ensure compliance with accounting procedures and policies and actively monitor internal controls to minimize risk to the organization. In particular ensure appropriate cash management procedures are in place and operating effectively; Financial Controller
·         Oversee all cash management, including cash counts and cash transfers to field sites and from Dublin head office and coordination with local banks on currency contracts;
·         Ensure cost allocations basis among donors are reasonable;
·         Keenly review GOAL annual and quarterly rolling budgets;
·         Review monthly management accounts including donor status reporting for submission to GOAL Head Office, Dublin, adhering to strict deadlines;
·         Maintain and keep updated Uganda Finance Manual, including a summarized and simplified finance manual for use by project managers and other field based staff;
·         Staying abreast with taxation requirements and changes in taxation law;
·         Through management of the AFC, ensure:
o   Management of the day-to-day financial reporting to facilitate on-time reporting to Donors and Dublin HQ;
o   Monthly Sage Accounts Process is completed accurately and timely;
o   Monthly payroll process is completed accurately and timely;
o   The Field Office Finance Teams are supported by the Kampala Finance Team;
o   The Field Office Finance make their submissions on time.
Oversee Partner Grants Management: The incumbent will take overall responsibility for the Grants Management team including line management of the Grants Manager. This can be achieved through delegation to the AFC.
Financial Lead for Donor Proposals and Grant Management
·         Offer technical support on donor budgets, donor reporting, guidelines & regulations to GOAL Uganda Management Team;
·         Regularly monitor and assist with the financial management and setting of programme budgets including expenditure forecasting;
·         Keenly review financial reporting to donors and other regulatory bodies, adhering to strict deadlines;
·         Review the financial sections of donor proposals, budgets and reports.
Lead Annual Statutory Audit and Specific Project Audits:
·         Facilitate timely completion of the Annual Statutory Audit and Financial Statements;
·         Facilitate timely completion of Specific Project Audits;
·         Ensure preparation and retention of documentation to facilitate the annual external audit, donor audits, internal audits and revenue audits.
Supervision of GOAL Uganda Finance Team: Ensure there is a fully operating finance team by:
·         Lead on recruitment of finance staff;
·         Ensure job descriptions of team members are outlined, updated and communicated;
·         Oversee training and capacity building of finance staff;
·         Carry out six monthly appraisals of AFC, to be filed with HR;
·         Ensure adequate field cover is provided;
·         Identify personnel development plans for team members and ensure follow through;
·         Deal with any disciplinary or personnel issues in the team as required.
Coordination with other teams
·         Act as a member of SMT;
·         Work in close cooperation with the Programmes & Logistics team ensure that GOAL Uganda is in compliance with all relevant donor and internal guidelines;
·         Offer technical support to the HR Manager on personnel and staff issues which have financial implications.
Other Duties: Perform any other duties as required by Management
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant must be a qualified accountant with ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA or equivalent
·         At least seven years’ experience with three years at senior management level
·         A minimum of three years’ experience of working within an international NGO is desired
·         Previous experience in dealing with institutional donors such as Irish Aid, DFID, MasterCard foundation, Charity water, Bank of Ireland etc.
·         Excellent interpersonal, motivational and management skills
·         Working knowledge of Sage
·         Self-motivated, organised and innovative
·         Excellent analytical and writing skills
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their applications which must include at least 4 reference contacts (2 professional, 2 character references, including your supervisor and the most recent/previous employer), and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL Uganda via E-mail to:
NB: Please do not attach certificates and indicate the Position applied for in the email subject.
Deadline: 18th December 2016

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