Finance Officer DFID Project Jobs – Ministry Of Health

Finance Officer
Organization: Ministry Of Health
Kampala, Uganda
Reports To: Head of the Division of
Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) and to ASCEND
Country Lead
the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million investment
from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to
advance the impact and sustainability of national programs tackling neglected
tropical diseases (NTDs). To be implemented between September 2019 to March
2022, ASCEND comprises of two lots – one focusing on South Asia, East¬ and
Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West¬ and Central Africa (lot 2).
ASCEND lot 1 is implemented by a consortium of technical partners led by Crown
Agents, including Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health and the Royal Tropical Institute.
Central to ASCEND 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National
Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to
NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal
of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public
health problem.
Job Summary:  The Finance Officer will be seconded to the
NTD – Division in the Ministry of Health and will be responsible to the overall
accounting and financial management of the ASCEND project. The Finance Officer
will work closely with ASCEND- CROWN AGENTS staff, selected IPs, DVB&NTD-
MOH staff, and other NTD partners to ensure that appropriate systems and
procedures are in place to ensure that the project operates efficiently, uses
resources effectively and within the budget.
Finance Officer will report to the head of the Division of Vector-Borne and
Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD)/National NTD Program Manager and to
ASCEND Country Lead.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Maintain primary
relationship with donors and act as the principal financial Management liaison.
·       The Finance Officer must
ensure that project implementation is done in an environment of strong controls
and that the project complies with Donor rules and regulations.
·       Take the lead in
assuring the quality management of local sub grants from inception to closure
through development of adequate financial management systems and maintenance of
strong financial controls to guarantee compliance with donor regulations.
·       Ensure that programming
and operations staff improve their understanding of DFID granting mechanisms
and build their capacity to adhere to donor regulations related to reporting,
human resources, asset management, and procurement.
·       Perform on-going
monitoring and assessment of DVB’s and IUs’ (Districts) capacity to accurately
record and post all transactions and follow up actions to resolve any
identified problems.
·       Prepare and implement
training and technical assistance as needed to address local capacity needs and
reinforce grant management through on job support and monitoring,
·       Actively participate in
program meetings as appropriate to effectively plan and coordinate financial
and programmatic activities in conjunction with DVB and IUs (implementing
·       Provide technical
assistance to all project staff in preparation of annual project budgets and
narratives and sub-award budgets and modifications when needed.
·       Make sure vouchers,
monthly journals, invoices, financial reports, accruals and other financial
deliverables are well prepared and filed both in hard and electronic copies.
·       Reconcile all control
accounts on monthly/quarterly basis to ensure completeness and integrity of
financial information e.g. Bank & Cash, Prepayments, Accruals, Staff
Debtors etc. and report accordingly in a timely manner.
·       Perform Project variance
analysis and provide updated projections to support internal management and/or
donor requirements.
·       Ensure congruity and
consistency of all relevant financial policies and procedures and alert project
leadership when there is any financial risk to the project.
·       Provide support in the
review of donor contracts to ensure compliance during the execution of
·       Assist in responding to
audit requests and manage close out processes.
·       Undertake other general
finance and administrative duties as required to facilitate the smooth running
of Accounting and Project Finance activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal applicant must
hold a Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or
/Professional qualification in accountancy such as ACCA, CPA, ACIS and CPE
obtained from a recognized awarding Institution or an equivalent.
·       At least 5 years working
experience in Accounting/ procurement and Office Administration role in a donor
funded project. training will be an added advantage
·       Added advantages:
·       Training in NGO
financial management or Grant management.
·       Understanding of Public
health programs as well as understanding of the synergy between programmatic,
operational and financial components of public health initiatives.
·       Proven Knowledge of DFID
financial management guidelines will be an added advantage
·       Demonstrated knowledge
of protection, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation and the field of safeguarding
·       Experience in computer
skills especially Word, Excel and e-mail/internet
·       Excellent communication
skills (verbal and written English)
·       Accounting skills.
·       Excellent report
preparation and presentation skills
·       Experience in programme
·       Experience in
results-based management, project monitoring and reporting
·       Well-developed training
and facilitation skills
·       Ability and willingness
to work under pressure as part of a global team
How to Apply:
suitably qualified candidates should send a covering letter and a copy of your
CV to;
Deadline: 24th
January 2020
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