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Senior Finance Officer Jobs – Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

 

Job Title:    Senior Finance Officer

Organisation: Ministry
of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 

About US:

The Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) is an international partnership
that provides grants to lower income countries with high disease burden such as
Uganda. Specifically, it focuses on prevention and control of the three
diseases HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. The Funds Coordination Unit (FCU)
was set up under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
(MoFPED) as the Principal Recipient (PR) to provide oversight over
implementation of the Grants. Implementation of the programs is a
responsibility of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

 

The overall
objective of the FCU is to support MoFPED to ensure effective and efficient
operation of the interventions supported by the Global Fund resources and it is
intended to strengthen the decision by the Government of Uganda (GoU) to use
its national mechanisms, as articulated in the 2006 Long Term Institutional
Arrangements (LTIA) strategy. The FCU functions are vested in Public Financial
Management (PFM) Reforms Coordination Unit (RCU)

 

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Programme Finance Specialist,
the Senior Finance Officer(SFO) will facilitate the Principal Recipient’s
oversight over the Global Fund Grants including; Grant Financial Management,
Financial Risk Management, Fiduciary Assurance, and Financial Data Integrity
among others.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Facilitate
the timely documentation of the financial risks, including appropriately
identifying root causes, the risk mitigating measures and their related
timelines as well as possible mitigation responses.

·       
Review
accuracy and completeness of financial data such as grant budgets, expenditure,
cash balances, proposed reallocation, and the associated financial indicators
(Absorption, Budget Execution, Agreed Management Actions and Management Letters
Response Times, etc.), for the Funds Coordination Unit as assigned by the Principal
Recipient.

·       
Support
the Ministry of Health (MoH) in reconciliation and follow up of advances to
staff and sub-recipients.

·       
Provide
technical guidance to the program finance team in the financial management
activities of the assigned programs.

·       
Take a
proactive role facilitating ‘no objection approvals’ so as to assess the
adequacy of inputs into the financial management systems.

·       
Facilitate
the review of program management commentary for various assurance teams, and
provide follow up mechanism on financial management aspects as documented in
management letters, performance letters, implementation letters, appraisal
reports and other Grant documents.

·       
Participate
in the grant writing process and ensuring financial management issues are taken
into account in the grant agreements and the associated documentation.

·       
Participate
in the monitoring and validation of the country co-financing commitments as per
the grant agreements and resource mobilization initiatives.

·       
Foster
innovation and support efficient implementation that will deliver better funds
utilization by monitoring internal controls, and rapid problem identification
and action planning.

·       
Undertake
program finance spot checks and desk supervision reviews using a risk-based
approach and generate quarterly oversight supervision reports aimed at
enhancing performance ratings by the Global Fund.

·       
Coordinate
the oversight role of optimal non-compliant expenditures and timely settlement
of any demand letters as communicated to the Principal Recipient by the Global Fund.

·       
Support
PR efforts aimed at tracking the Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM) related
disbursements towards accurate financial reports and fully reconciled delivery
schedules.

·       
Facilitate
the Public Financial Management Reform interventions across the Global Fund
grants portfolio with formal escalation of exceptions to management.

·       
Perform
any other duties as assigned by management from time to time.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, with and
advanced degree in finance (Masters in Finance or MBA Finance) or a related
qualification, OR Professional Accounting Certification or Finance
Certification (ACCA, CPA, CA, CIMA, CFA).

·       
Membership
of “Good Standing” category with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants
or a similar an international professional accountancy body is required.

·       
A
minimum 6 years of relevant experience in the program finance with similar
reputable institutions, with particular expertise in supporting and implementing
financial management operations for donor funded projects/programs.

·       
Sound
knowledge of health, social or public finance sector interventions.

·       
Experience
in supporting multiple donor funded operations.

·       
Experience
in the review of financial management policy documents.

·       
Proficiency
in Microsoft Office computer applications and operational knowledge of
automated financial management Systems is required. Hands on experience with
Government of Uganda integrated financial management system (IFMS) is an added
advantage.

·       
Expert
knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs),
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Standards
on Auditing (ISAs) will be added advantage.

·       
Good
understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond financial management (e.g.
procurement, governance, programming, monitoring and evaluation, donors’
practices) in the public sector.

·       
Strong
planning, organization, and time management skills.

 

Competencies

·       
Well-developed
analytical skills and the ability to synthesise information quickly.

·       
Highly
organized, reliable attention to detail and ability to work independently.

·       
Excellent
communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to establish and
maintain effective working relationships with a multiplicity of stakeholders
(colleagues, partners, external actors and allies).

·       
Ability
to work under-pressure, meet deadlines, prioritize workload and multi-task.

·       
Mature
work practices, highly motivated, demonstrated sound judgment and the ability
to respond positively to mentoring and direction

·       
Capacity
of performing all assigned tasks with self-sufficiency and minimal guidance.

 

How to Apply:

Applications must
include cover letter, CV, certificates and testimonials, and be addressed as
below and submitted online to reap@finance.go.ug

 

The Coordinator

The PFM Reforms
Coordination Unit

Ministry of Finance,
Planning & Economic Development

Floor 3 Finance
Building, Office 3.4

Plot 2/ 12 Apollo
Kaggwa Road

P O Box 8147

Kampala. Uganda

 

Please Note:

·       
Terms of
reference for the positions have been updated and individuals who previously
applied are encouraged to reapply.

·       
Email
subject should indicate file position applied for.

·       
We are an
equal opportunity employer, any form of lobbying shall lead to disqualification.

·       
Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Deadline: 4th December 2020

 

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