Earn over 100m as one of 3 Accountant (USAID) at United States US Embassy / Mission

Job
Title:         Accountant (USAID) (3 Job
Placements)
Organisation: United
States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary Grade: UGX
102,802,449-UGX 150,709,572 per annum
About US Embassy:
The United States
Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for
over 30 years.  Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S
Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and
organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the
direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices
operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International
    Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Peace Corps
Job Summary:  The Accountant serves as the primary point of
contact and accounting specialist for all accounting for a budget comprising
program funds, Operating Expenses (OE), Trust Funds and Inspector General (OIG)
funds. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief Accountant, and serves as
the principal expert for all program, trust funds, IG and OE budgeting,
accounting, financial analysis, and reporting functions for USAID/Uganda.
Maintains all levels of financial activity for USAID/Uganda through the accounting
system, Phoenix, such as Mission budget allowances, program and operating
expense accounting records, accrued expenditure records, disbursement and
advance controls, determining the legality and validity of all potential
obligations in accordance with 5 USC Section 1311 and taking into account
General Accounting Office and USAID funding source policies. Pre-audits and
posts financial transactions from a wide variety of documents, such as
contracts and grants, purchase orders, travel authorizations, miscellaneous
obligating documents, SF1221 disbursing office reports of disbursements, and
inter-agency payment and collection (IPAC) reports. The incumbent provides
professional advice to USAID/Uganda Mission staff on USAID accounting and
financial management regulations. The incumbent provides expert advice on
financial matters relating to project and OE accounting, analysis and financial
reporting (both written and oral presentations).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Ensuring
the establishment and maintenance of financial systems, records and documents
that are legal, ethical, accurate and complete;
·        
Enhancing
effective operational and development program/project design, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation and close-out procedures by analyzing and
interpreting accounting theories, principles, systems, data and reports;
·        
Participating
in pre-award assessments and financial reviews to support the Financial
Analysts (FA) in determining the financial feasibility of and practical methods
for financing development assistance projects to support program viability and
sustainability;
·        
Supporting
the FAs in advising host country officials, as required, on special USAID and
U.S. Congress financial requirements in the implementation of projects in order
to create effective partnerships in development; and
·        
Ensuring
integrity of the accounting systems by conducting constant review and
evaluation of internal accounting and control procedures and coordinating
responses to audit recommendations including development of corrective systems
or procedures as they relate to USAID/Uganda accounting division.
·        
Providing
analytical information to and coordinates with the Program office and technical
teams on budget preparation and execution of Administration & Oversight
(A&O) and Program Design & Learning (PD&L).
·        
Preparing
and analyzing quarterly pipeline and periodic reports to the FAs, Controller
and technical teams for mission decision-making. Further, maintaining the
Phoenix MAPPR database to ensure efficient and effective mission reporting.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed
below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
·        
The
applicants for the US Embassy Accountant (USAID) job opportunity should hold a university
degree in accounting, finance, or business administration is required; and.
·        
A
professional certification, (e.g. CPA or ACCA) is desired but not required.
·        
A
minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in professional
accounting, financial analysis or auditing is required.
·        
A
thorough knowledge and understanding of professional accounting principles,
theories, practices and a thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, and
procedures governing USAID financial management is required;
·        
Must
understand USAID’s organization and operational standards and be familiar with
USAID project policies and processes; and
·        
Knowledge
and understanding of the different branches of the GOU in order to enhance
effective communication and to develop consensus on financial management of
programs/projects.
·        
Ability
to analyze accounting processes and identify practices and procedures that
require correction or modification;
·        
Possession
of sound, independent judgment with the skills to develop and effectively
implement financial procedures in a heavy workload/high paced environment;
·        
Understanding
of the capabilities and limitations of the financial accounting and budgeting
systems; effective trouble-shooting skills coupled with initiative and
resourcefulness to identify and evaluate accounting policies and practices
requiring correction and/or modification, and to formulate and implement
effective solutions;
·        
Ability
to successfully convey systems and accounting issues to OFM management and
propose well- developed recommendations and solutions;
·        
Efficiency
in formulating recommendations for maintaining specialized segments of
accounting systems. It is essential for the incumbent to have a high degree of
professionalism, discretion and sound judgement in representing the U.S.
Government given the sensitivity of USG policy;
·        
Excellent
verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy in order to establish and
develop sustainable working relations and a high level of trust with mid-level
GOU officials when dealing with Value added Tax;
·        
Excellent
mathematical and writing skills are required in order to prepare regular and
often ad hoc reports including data calls from USAID/Washington;
·        
Good
understanding of MS Excel and other computer skills in order to manage the
accounting system, analysis and financial reporting; and
·        
Good
interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team; maintain cordial and
professional relationships with staff in various locations. It is essential to
work effectively in a team environment and to achieve consensus of fiscal
policy and accounting practices.
·        
Language
Proficiency:
Level IV (fluent)
English language proficiency, speaking and writing is required.
How to Apply:
All those interested
in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and
strictly adhere to the following:
  • A signed DS-174 Employment Application
    for Locally Employed Staff or Family Member, Click Here
  • Cover letter clearly indicating the
    position for which you are applying and describing how you meet the
    minimum requirements
  • A Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts
  • Names, contact numbers, and e-mail
    addresses of three (3) professional references. At least one of the
    references must be a prior or current direct supervisor.
Submit Application
To:
Human Resources
Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov
NB: Your
application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements
including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple
Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position
number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.
Deadline: 22nd March 2019
The US Mission in
Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in
employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national
origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual
orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal
employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity
enhancement programs.
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