Finance Officer NGO Careers – Lifewater International (LI)

Job Title:      Finance Officer
Organization: Lifewater International (LI)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Finance
and Accounting Manager
About US:
Lifewater International (LI) is a Christian water
development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children
and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water
poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve the least and last as
a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. Lifewater
International serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or
Job Summary:  The Finance Officer is responsible for timely,
accurate, and proactive management of all aspects of the Country office in
Coordination with the Finance and Accounting Manager (FAM). This position is
responsible to model the highest levels of standards in technical accounting
and provide the Country Office leaders and staff with the best advice on
technical finance management, budgeting, and accounting aspects of program
operations, especially during planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and
reporting. This includes monthly reporting and planning. Together with the FAM,
the Finance Officer is responsible for all financial matters including
procurements, financial reporting (both internal and to the Ugandan
government), and budgeting in line with LI guidelines, procedures, and
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Ensure financial management, budgeting and timely reporting
Working with the FAM to support budgeting
processes and ensure that all expenses are made in line with the approved
Review and register the completeness of
documents received by the Finance department
Timely preparation and submission of statutory
deduction payments such as VAT, PAYE, WHT
Posting transactions into the designated
accounting package
Keeping track of all un cleared advances and
escalating it to the FAM
Prepare and submit timely financial reports to
the Finance and Accounting Manager
Providing acknowledgment of receipts for wires
to project accounts from HQ
Initiate online payments and write cheques
Review accountability for correctness and
completion, prepare Journal Vouchers and submit for approval
Work with the FAM to ensure that all donor
budgets are mapped out as per specific requirements
Prepare books of accounts for internal and
external audit in time
Conduct surprise cash counts on a monthly basis
and ensure the cash count forms are completed, signed and filed.
Provision of information to field offices on the
status of payment for each of their requests
Provide regular reports as and when required
Ensure compliance with the set Finance and Procurement policies and
Collaborate with the FAM in disseminating
financial processes, policies and procedures to program staff
Identifying and communicating gaps with LI
Accounting processes and procedures and suggest improvements
Carryout quality checks on supplier deliveries /
goods to ensure they meet required contract specifications
Update Kampala office Asset Register on a
quarterly basis and ensure all new assets are engraved
Consolidate LI Uganda program asset register
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development
Support new staff finance induction
Working with all staff to enhance efficient
Supervise and motivate the Accounts assistant
Maintain confidentiality of financial
Carry out any other responsibilities assigned by

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate for the job placement must
hold a University Degree in any of the following fields: Bachelor of Commerce
(B Com), BA in accounting / Finance, Business Administration from recognized
At least four years of experience in a similar
role preferably with an NGO with demonstrated experience managing teams
Knowledge on financial regulations
Excellent practical knowledge of financial
accounting and of report development
Experience in preparing variance analysis
Proficiency in computer skills and accounting
software packages such as QuickBooks, MS Excel, Internet and Email
Excellent understanding of the reporting
requirements of senior managers and ability to convey financial concepts to
non-financial staff
Demonstrated experience managing master budgets
with many different funding streams
Experience in managing teams
Personal Attributes
Must be a born again Christian, able to cope
with cross-cultural and denominational diversities
Must be flexible and able to work both
independently and cooperatively within a team setting
Well organized and efficient in time management
whenever there is task pressure
Commitment to the core values of Lifewater
Strong ethics, with an ability to manage
confidential data
Ability to develop and maintain effective
working relations within and outside the team
Ability to contribute towards resource
Excellent command of the English language
Punctual, honest, dependable, servant leader,
trust worthy, encourager, peace keeper
How to Apply:
All candidates should apply online at the link below.
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