Country Finance Manager Job Placement -PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)



Job Title:          Country Finance Manager
Organization: PEAS
(Promoting Equality in African Schools)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary: UGX
4,500,000 /=
Reports to:
Deputy Country Director

About US:
PEAS (Promoting Equality
in African Schools) is a UK based charity/social enterprise with a mission to
‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across
Africa’. PEAS establishes and operates low-cost secondary schools in Uganda and
Zambia in areas where access to quality secondary education is limited due to
cost and geographical barriers. PEAS’ interventions are built upon 3 pillars of
education impact; Access, Quality and Sustainability. Since opening its first
schools in 2008, the PEAS network has grown to 31 schools, and we are currently
educating over 16,000 students. PEAS Uganda has about 50 staff at the Country
Office and over 900 staff working in the network schools.

Job Summary:   The Country Finance Manager will be primarily
responsible for the overall financial health of the country’s finances. As a
member of the senior management team, you will report directly to the Deputy
Country Director. You will play a critical role in maximising the return on
financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and
reporting systems; oversees cost and general account risk management and
ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial
reporting functions.
This role will
provide oversight for cost and general accounting, accounts
receivable/collection, payroll and risk management and ensuring that the
financial personnel are both motivated and high performing. Alongside your
operational responsibilities, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to work
alongside the Deputy Country Director to deliver our finance strategic plans
and meet our sustainability aspirations for the network.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Policy and control
Environment
  • Develop and periodically review, and update as necessary, PEAS’
    finance policies, systems and procedures and ensure these meet agreed
    standards, are adequately documented and institutionalised.
  • Develop tools and training modules on finance for training of both
    finance non-finance staff on PEAS’ finance policies & guidelines
  • Design finance management systems to strengthen internal control
    environment
  • Budget and Planning
  • Leading the planning and budget process, developing tools to support
    collaborative development of country plans aligned to organisational
    objectives.
  • Final review of All Country budgets and plans & submit for
    Approval
  • Strategic allocation of financial resources across the programme
    ensuring resources are used sustainably
  • Strategic steer on the aims and principles in a fee setting process.
  • Developing a framework for fee setting at PEAS and reviewing trends
    and market dynamics to support decision making
Financial Reporting
and Risk management
  • Developing, reviewing reporting frameworks and tools to support
    operations
  • Review and analyse financial information to support managers
    understand the overall progress towards achieving the strategic objectives
    of the country strategy
  • Consolidate country financial accounts for audit and coordinate the
    implementation of audit recommendations across the network
  • Review and submit monthly financial management reports to support UK
    finance report to the finance accounting and risk committee (FARC) on a
    quarterly basis highlighting progress on financial improvement plans
    agreed on
  • Assess organisational business risk on financial health of the
    network and offer remedies
  • Responsible for overall compliance to country statutory reporting
    requirements including managing tax planning for the network
  • Overall responsibility for country annual audit
Operational Finance
  • Assess operational risks across the country programme and develop
    mechanisms to minimise impact on achievement of strategic objectives of
    the network/country programme
  • Provide oversight for the finance function ensuring efficacy of
    systems is embedded in practise and safeguards PEAS assets
  • Ensure robust system and management of treasury including effective
    controls in place to safeguard cash and bank assets across the network.
    Supporting a strong system in the management of balance sheet items as
    well timely dispatch of payments to both internal and external
    stakeholders
Line Management
  • Build a strong team spirit aligned with PEAS values and culture;
    offering leadership, motivation and support for employee development
  • Set clear goals and high expectations of those that you line manage,
    hold regular 1-2-1s to discuss progress towards goals and carry out annual
    progress reviews in line with PEAS annual progress cycle
  • Recognise and encourage strong performance of team members and
    address poor performance effectively and efficiently
  • Take ownership of your own development, actively seek feedback on
    own performance and effectiveness from those that you line manage and
    country and project teams.

Key Results:
  • Country financial improvement plans implemented and stronger control
    environment evidenced
  • All cluster schools meeting their expenditure budgets each term
  • All posting of month transactions completed within the first 5
    working days of the following month
  • % of previous external audit letter management points acted on by
    following audit
  • % of internal audit actions acted on within one term of the internal
    audit report being released
  • Feedback of at least 3.5/5 from school leaders when asked
    “Finances and cash flow are managed appropriately so that we have the
    funds as agreed in our budget to run the school effectively.”
  • All teachers paid monthly salary before final working day each month
  • % of schools making a surplus by end of financial year
  • Annual external audit completed within 3 months of closure of year




Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the PEAS UK Administrative Assistant job
    must hold an Undergraduate Degree preferably B.Com (Accounting/Finance),
    BBA (Accounting/Finance
  • Professional finance qualification (e.g. ACCA, CPA)
  • Three years of experience in senior management positions in
    accounting, finance or auditing field
  • Financial Management and strategic thinking.
  • Technical capacity and business acumen including experience using
    computerized accounting package
  • Good knowledge of managing donor funded projects such as DFID, USAI,
    UN and UK Aid and awareness of essential dynamics of successful implementation
    of such projects
  • Ethical Conduct.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to quickly draw insights from
    financial data to advise the country strategic team on financial health of
    the network
  • Ability to take solutions based approach to financial management in
    a complex and large fast growing social enterprise being a champion for a
    focus ensuring value for money is embedded in decision processes
  • Evidence of good understanding of leading and motivating teams with
    ability to achieve a good balance both strategic and operational aspects
    of the role
  • High level of integrity and strength of character, prepared to be
    disliked if that is what is needed to do the right thing
  • Willing to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally
    under strenuous conditions

Desired
  • Performance Management.
  • Knowledge of and experience using school accounting systems
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft excel
  • Ability to coordinate & multitask
  • Knowledge and experience using QuickBooks

How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates should apply online at the link below. Please submit your
CV with 3 professional referees


Deadline: 14th October 2019

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