Financial Controller IFAD PRELNOR Project Careers – Ministry of Local Government

Job Title:    Financial Controller
Organisation: Ministry
of Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Reports to: Project
About US:
The Government of the Republic
of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the International Fund for
Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project for Restoration of
Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to apply some of the
proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR will cover the
districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall goal of the PRELNOR
is: Increased income, food security and reduced vulnerability of poor rural
households in the project area. This will be through increased sustainable
production, productivity and climate resilience of smallholder farmers with
increased and profitable access to domestic and export markets.
Job Summary: The
Financial Controller reports directly to the Project Coordinator, and is
responsible for financial management of the project and for maintaining all
project accounts in good order. As head of the finance unit, the Financial
Controller will take charge of all matters in the project accounting cycle. The
project accounting cycle to be overseen by the Financial Controller starts from
financial-related inputs in Annual Work plan and Budget (AWPB) preparation and
budget control, committing funds, disbursements and cash flow management in an
effective and efficient manner, financial reporting to ensuring smooth audits
and facilitation for supervision missions on all financial management aspects. The
Financial Controller will be responsible for expediting all loan management and
disbursement activities through MoLG systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Tasked
    with installation of appropriate accounting/reporting systems to ensure
    that the PMU and especially the Project Coordinator are regularly informed
    of on-going financial status and transactions.
  • Ensure
    timely capture of PRELNOR in the GoU budget yellow book as required by the
    GoU budgeting processes and calendars to be able to access counterpart
  • Communicate
    to all implementing partner institutions, service providers and districts
    their financial responsibilities, the funds available and how to access
    it, and the requirements of reporting and record keeping in accordance
    with prevailing government practices which are acceptable to IFAD.
  • Ensure
    that all project funds are used in accordance        with the conditions of the financing agreements, with
    due attention to economy and efficiency, and only for the purposes for
    which the funds were provided;
  • Ensure
    that all necessary supporting documents, records and accounts are kept in
    respect of all project activities, with clear linkages between the books
    of account and the financial statements presented to the financiers;
  • Ensure
    that designated account and operational accounts are maintained in
    accordance with the provisions of the financing agreement and in
    accordance with the financier’s rules and procedures;
  • Ensure
    that the financial statements are prepared in accordance with
    International Public Sector Accounting Standards as adopted in Uganda;
  • Work
    closely with external auditors to audit the project accounts to meet the
    required submission dates by both GoU and IFAD;
  • Process
    documentation and follow up on disbursements from the government and IFAD
    to ensure that releases are not delayed. Ensure that funds for project
    implementation are disbursed in a timely manner to enable project interventions
    to be carried out on time

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, and must be a
    certified public accountant, duly registered with the Institute of
    Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).
  • At
    least eight years of relevant work experience, including at least four as
    a financial manager or accountant in government/donor programmes or large
  • Applicant
    should have a strong managerial skills and demonstrated capacity to manage
    people and interact with a wide range of private sector partners and
    government representatives; a good knowledge of work planning, budgeting
    and reporting;
  • Excellent
    quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Computer
    literacy skills including accounting packages and well-versed in the use
    of Excel, Word and basic data base set-ups.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications accompanied with detailed
curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts and testimonials
including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag. Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 7037 Kampala.
Deadline: 29th January 2018
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