Finance & Compliance Officer US Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Organization: Heifer
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
International, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 in
the United States of America, works with resource constrained families in 125
countries worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the underlying causes of
hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
Job Summary:  The Finance and Compliance Officer will be
responsible for all aspects of financial and compliance management of the East
Africa Youth Inclusion Project (EAYIP). S/he will work collaboratively with
Tanzania and Uganda country team to ensure compliance with HPI internal
policies and procedures as well as donor regulations. Under the direction of
the Project Director, S/he will be responsible for financial and compliance functions
including; perform and report on internal controls, financial monitoring and
capacity building, budgeting, Donor reporting, subgrant financial management
and support the Program Department. This position will provide timely reports
and assistance to the Director of Finance and the Program team to ensure that
financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
Incumbent must
possess high integrity and trustworthiness. Must be proactive, analytical and
team-oriented. Ability to build and maintain strong work relationship skills
including the ability to communicate well on all levels. Display initiative,
flexibility, creativity, natural curiosity and a strong work ethic, persuasive
and service-oriented, and demonstrate an array of relevant technical skills.
Openness to diversity and different points of view.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Effectiveness (25%)
  • Oversee Financial and compliance function of EAYIP.
  • Provide EAYIP direction and guidance to ensure compliance to
    standards consistent with Donor Requirements and Heifer policies.
  • Capacity building in compliance conducted for EAYIP team including
    carrying out necessary training of finance and non-finance staff to ensure
  • Ensure effective, transparent use of EAYIP financial resources in
    compliance with Heifer and donor policies and procedures.
  • Support the development of EAYIP annual quarterly and reforecast
  • Review and approve project plans.
  • Prepare quarterly consolidated Donor Reports and to ensure accuracy
    and completeness of the information.
  • Create and manage effective action plan in response to EAYIP
    audit/support supervision discoveries and compliance violations.
  • Interpret project variance and Activity performance reports to the
    project team, document & follow up on action points.
Management and
Compliance (40%)
  • Responsible for ensuring full compliance with donor requirements and
    Heifer policies and for providing management with all financial and
    compliance administrative aspects of the project while adhering to local
    laws and regulations.
  • Oversee operations, financial and accounting systems controls and
    standards, ensuring that financial internal controls are sufficient.
  • Review and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of project
    operations, adequacy of internal controls, reliability of financial
    reporting, compliance and applicable laws and the safeguard of project
  • Plan, perform and report on internal verifications to ensure that
    financial control, financial guidelines of donor requirements and other
    control procedures are in place and properly implemented and managed on
    the project.
  • Carry out project risk assessment including partners, regular update
    of the risk register and follow up on the action points.
  • Advise and monitor quality standards and conduct value for money
    assessments and make recommendations.
  • Carry out investigations of alleged fraud, mismanagement, loss of
    assets or any other investigation as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the Procurement Officers to ensure all project
    procurement processes are in line with Donor’s & Heifer policies,
    procurement guidelines.
  • Support the Regional Operational Manager in providing overall
    leadership and compliance oversight of procurement and subcontracts
  • Verify partners’ systems to ensure that they understand and follow
    all appropriate procedures.
  • Ensure the project is in compliance with all tax liabilities as well
    as tax and duty exemptions the project may be eligible for as Mastercard
    Foundation implementing partner
Partnership and
Engagement (30%)
  • Support and maintaining proactive links with project partners to
    ensure compliance Donor requirements, Heifer policies and national laws.
  • Collaborate with the partner Management/Financial/Compliance
    Officers on implementing and strengthening internal control systems and
    continuous process performance improvement.
  • Monitor and, mentor subcontractors (implementing partners, hubs) in
    the requirements of proper project management in order to adhere to
    Mastercard Foundation and Heifer International programmatic goals and
    objectives; I. Provide support supervision and oversight function on
    subcontracts compliance to ensure that the overall project implementation
    complies with Mastercard Foundation and Heifer International regulations
    and policies;
  • Work closely with the implementing partner finance/Grants team to
    ensure compliance by providing trainings and regular technical assistances
    and assist with budgetary and finance needs.
  • May perform other duties as assigned (5%)
  • Performs other duties assigned by his/her supervisor or designee.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Heifer International Finance &
    Compliance Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    Accounting, Finance and Business Administration majoring in Accounting or
    its recognized equivalent
  • Full ACCA, CPA or any other relevant professional qualification is
    an advantage.
  • MS/MA degree in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration or
    its recognized equivalent.,
  • At least five to six years of related work experience.
  • At least 6 years of experience at senior level in the field of
    financial, administrative, compliance and contract management, of which at
    least 5 years should be specifically supporting international donor-funded
  • Experience in large grant management and reporting through
    Foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Good analytical skills and the ability to verify information
  • Knowledge of accounting and Statement of Financial Accounting
    Standards rules
  • Strong skills in budgeting and reporting, and the ability to analyze
    and interpret financial reports
  • Excellent management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • A good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with
    poverty, hunger and the environment, and knowledge of the context in which
    non-profit organizations operate
  • Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation
    tools, electronic mail software, and knowledge of ERP Accounting software
    (e.g. MS Office Suite, Agresso)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Skilled at strategic thinking and anticipating future developments
    and trends to incorporate them into organizational plans
  • Strong communication abilities; Excellent English writing, speaking,
    and reading skills;
  • Experience working in the non-governmental organization (NGO)
    environment in a similar position is an added advantage
  • Coaching and training abilities
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory experience of a relevant
    scope and scale with preference given to experience managing multiple
    field-based teams;
  • Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and
    attractive format with superior attention to detail
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct
  • Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and
    work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with
    colleagues both within and outside the country
  • May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for
    extended periods
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule
  • Willingness to travel both locally and internationally
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