Accountant Non-profit Careers – Compassion International

Job Title:         Accountant
Organization: Compassion International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Manager of Accounting.
About Us:
Compassion International is a Christ Centered non-governmental
organization dedicated to child development. Through a holistic approach,
Compassion International addresses the spiritual, economic, social and physical
aspects of the neediest children in communities to help them become responsible
and fulfilled Christian adults.
Job Summary: The Accountant
maintains the organization’s general ledger with the assigned area of
responsibility. She or he works closely with internal clients across the
organization to answer financial questions and provide advice on proper
accounting. This incumbent is a key contributor to the preparation of financial
statements and develops new reports in response to ongoing business needs. As a
seasoned professional, the accountant uses advanced knowledge of GAAP, internal
financial systems, and other accounting standards to conduct accounting
research and analysis, review and interpret historical transactional activity,
and take a key role in month-end and year-end close process, to include
preparation or review of account reconciliations. At this career level, the
incumbent is generally competent in several finance specialties and may be
called on to coach or oversee the work of junior accounting staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Acts
    as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect,
    nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling
    those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on
    behalf of children.
  • Uses
    independent judgment to serve internal customers, answering financial
    reporting questions, explaining accounting principles, advising on proper
    recording of transactions, and informing others of financial policies and
    procedures. Partners in problem-solving for both procedural and technical
  • Serves
    as a subject matter expert on the organization’s financial general ledger
    system, including the chart of accounts, functional allocation, fund
    balances, segments and other attributes of the system.
  • Maintains
    monthly/annual financial close processes through preparation and/or review
    of key journal entries and account reconciliations, analyzes financial
    activity for errors or misclassifications and corrects as needed. Also
    prepares and distributes financial statement reports and provides
    additional information related to reports for appropriate actions and decision-making.
  • The
    jobholder also attends training and/or accesses other means to maintain a
    level of knowledge and/or credentialing sufficient to perform all the
    requirements of this position.
  • Makes
    use of appropriate opportunities to teach other team members and internal
    clients about accounting concepts and their organizational application.
  • May
    be called on to coach or oversee the work of junior accounting staff, as
    well as coordinate tasks, as needed, with other team members.
  • Supervises
    the team that supports project accounting and financial decision-making,
    reviews forecast-to-complete and other project progress projections, and
    consults with project leadership regarding regular project cost reports
    such as variance and cash flow.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant for the Compassion International Accountant job placement should
    hold a Bachelor’s Degree Accounting, Finance, Management Information
    Systems, Business Administration, or related discipline
  • Member
    of the Certified Public Accountants of Uganda.
  • Five
    years of professional experience working in finance. In an organization
    involving international, inter-cultural operations. Experience with
    non-profit organizations preferred and will be an added advantage.
  • Previous
    experience in cash flow management and/or treasury experience required,
    including at least two years foreign exchange experience.
  • Demonstration
    of ability to develop positive and trusting cross- cultural relationships
  • Strong
    Interpersonal and Team work skills especially in cross- cultural teams.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of International Accounting standards and Risk
    Management Practices.
  • Proven
    ability to apply accounting technical skills
  • Effective
    communication & collaboration skills
  • Data
    analysis and visualization skills,
  • Ability
    to drive with a valid driving permit will be an added advantage
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover
letter, detailed curriculum vitae, three professional references, reference
letter from your current Pastor / Reverend, copies of academic qualification
documents to:
The Senior Human Resource Business Partner,
Compassion International Uganda,
Plot 8A3, Baskerville Avenue, Kololo,
P.O. Box 8936, Kampala.
Deadline: 30th January 2018 by 5:00pm
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