Grant Management Controller Job Placement – Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust

Organisation: Agricultural
Business Initiative (aBi) Trust
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Head of
Finance
About US:
The Agricultural Business
Initiative (aBi) Trust is supporting agribusiness development in the private
sector to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda’s Competitiveness
and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS). The Trust is a multi-donor entity
jointly founded by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda. The mandate of aBi
Trust is to support the private sector actors to increase their contribution to
the agricultural sector by increasing land and labour productivity, and market
competitiveness thereby contributing to poverty reduction through economic
growth, wealth, and employment creation.
Job Summary: The Grants
Management Controller is responsible for ensuring that the financial
performance of grants that are awarded to successful implementing partners is
as presented in application and that technical support is provided throughout
the grant life cycle/project.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the leadership of the
Head of Finance, develop and manage a robust grants management system that
reliably identifies suitable implementing partners and ensures precise
monitoring of projects to ensure grant objectives are achieved:
  • Keeping
    up to date with developments in international best practise in grants
    management, with donor requirements and relevant legislation
  • Maintain
    an up – to – date system of a database of grantees, including a tracking
    system that provides frequent updates on fund-flows, reporting
    requirements and budget revisions
  • Monitor
    and prepare accurate forecasting of the projects
  • Provide
    accurate and timely delivery of financial advice that ensures appropriate
    grant management decisions are taken
  • Maintain
    a database of key financial variables in each of the value chains aBi is
    involved in, to enable cross-project comparisons to be made and to assist
    and speed up the preparation of new project budgets by technical staff
To lead and manage the Grants
Management team, including consultants, in a manner that empowers them to
deliver aBi’s goals and objectives:
  • Communicate
    to the Grants Management Team a clear and exciting vision for the work of
    the organisation
  • For
    each aspect of the Grants Management work plans, ensure that appropriate staff
    and/or consultants are deployed and given clear expectations
To develop and implement
strategies for bridging the partner capacity gaps that have been identified
during partner assessments
  • Tasked
    with reviewing partner capacity assessments in order to identify themes of
    common difficulties; liaising with Accountable Managers in order to
    develop plans and budgets for addressing key issues
  • Developing
    and overseeing the roll-out of tools, training interventions, learning
    materials and other strategies which will improve partner capacity
  • Working
    with mixed teams to ensure that they have plans for developing the
    capacity of each partner on an individual basis
Ensure that staff and partners
involved in projects follow best practice in grants management
  • Actively
    contribute to the design and appraisal of new projects/programmes and
    provide procedural guidance
  • Ensure
    that aBi funds are used according to their intended purpose by providing
    thorough and diligent oversight
  • Train
    the mixed teams in appropriate methodologies required for their roles in
    the grant making process such as financial modelling, budgeting and budget
    control etc
  • Assist
    project managers to plan future expenditure and cash needs; take remedial
    action where there are overspends or underspends
  • Monitoring
    compliance with best practice and taking assertive corrective action as
    required; reporting any difficulties to the appropriate accountable
    manager
Ensure that aBi’s Department
and Project Managers are provided with quality financial information and advice
in order to aid their decision making concerning partners:
  • Liaising
    with the Department and Project Managers in order to understand their
    implementation plans and potential partnering requirements
  • Ensuring
    that assessments of financial capacity have been carried out for all of
    aBi’s potential partners according to procedures for due diligence found
    in the Funding Manual
  • Supporting
    Project Managers and the Evaluations, Performance & Results Department
    with financial information and insight as they make appropriate decisions
    concerning partners and draw up contracts
  • Ensure
    annual reviews and project completion reviews are carried out on a timely
    basis



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant must hold a first degree in Accounting and/or Business
    Administration ACCA or CPA
  • Proven
    ability to carry out performance measurement
  • Strong
    analytical skills
  • Considerable
    knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and ability to apply
    them
  • Knowledge
    of current industry trends in financial and business management
    (agribusiness preferred)
  • Data
    management skills; experience in developing and managing financial
    information systems previous experience in working for International
    Development Organisations, giving insight into Donor expectations and
    reporting requirements
  • Experience
    in training / capacity building managers in finance management
How to Apply:
If you feel you meet the above
requirements, please send your application enclosing detailed curriculum vitae
giving three referees and copies of academic and professional certificates
/testimonials by e-mail only to vacancy@abi.co.ug.
NB: The
attached documents should not be more than 2 MB. Only Shortlisted candidates
who meet the criteria will be contacted.
Deadline: 19th January 2018 by 12:00 Noon

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