Director of Finance Jobs – World Education, Inc. (WEI)

Job Title:    Director of Finance

Organisation: World Education, Inc. (WEI)

Project Name: The USAID Integrated Child and Youth Development Activity (USAID ICYD Activity)

Project Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor, OVC

About US:

Since 1951, World Education, Inc. (WEI) has been working to improve the lives of the poor through education and social and economic development programs. The Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. is a recognized leader in delivering integrated comprehensive interventions to improve HIV outcomes and the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and families affected by HIV and poverty. Rooted at the grassroots level, WEI/Bantwana builds the capacity of communities, civil society and governments to coordinate and deliver integrated comprehensive services for vulnerable children and families while strengthening structures and service delivery across the HIV continuum of care.


About USAID/ICYD Project:

The Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. is a recognized leader in delivering integrated comprehensive interventions to improve HIV outcomes and building capacity. The USAID Integrated Child and Youth Development Activity (USAID ICYD Activity) aims to improve learning outcomes, advance HIV epidemic control in Uganda, and ensure that children and youth have the opportunity to lead resilient, healthy and productive lives. The USAID ICYD Activity will deliver critical HIV/GBV/violence prevention and response services to children and youth and their families in communities, clinics, and schools.

Job Summary:  The Bantwana Initiative of World Education (WEI/Bantwana) seeks a seasoned, senior candidate for the role of Director of Finance based in Uganda under the USAID ICYD Activity. The ideal candidate brings deep experience managing multimillion dollar programs with multiple partners under PEPFAR programming. WEI/Bantwana is managing a sub contract under the ICYD Activity Prime award led by the Education Development Center (EDC). Under this fast-paced PEPFAR/USAID-funded program, the majority of funding and service delivery is channeled through local partners. The Finance Director is responsible for ensuring that the project functions efficiently and effectively in all financial, administrative, and operational matters. This includes empowering and supporting the Finance and Contracts team and the programs team to regularly track and address local partner spending and accountability cycle delays to improve performance and compliance. The Director of Finance will support capacity development action plans for initiatives for national partners across administration and finance with the aim of preparing them to pass NUPAS and become direct USG funding recipients.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Finance and Operations Leadership and Oversight:

  • Provide senior leadership for planning, budgeting, and managing all financial and administrative activities under all a large, complex, PEPFAR/USAID program
  • Develop, oversee, and monitor all financial and accounting systems, policies, procedures, and internal controls, adapting them as necessary to minimize risk of non-compliance, meet changing regulations and best practices
  • Oversee implementation of finance and administration policies and procedures of the program.
  • Prepare and execute action plans to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of finance and administrative operations and to mitigate operational and compliance risks
  • Lead the annual budgeting process, which includes but is not limited to: overseeing and reviewing the work plan budget, budget tracking, and financial communication/reporting process and systems.
  • Ensure management and compliance of the subcontract in line with financial requirements for USAID, World Education policies, and the laws of the Uganda government.
  • Support targeted finance and operations TA to prepare local partners to prepare for and pass NUPAS
  • Organize annual external audits for the project as required.
  • Implement human resource policies and procedures for World Education financial management.

Empowering and supervising Finance, Procurement, Contracts, and Administrative teams to drive spending aligned to project performance

  • Empower and deliver clear guidance to the Finance, Procurement, Contracts and Administrative teams to drive and tailor spending to meet performance goals with programs and local partners focal leads, including close oversight of project’s finance and regular financial analysis and accounting management
  • Supervise and empower supporting Finance and Operations/Administration staff (including but not limited to the Finance and Contracts Managers, Finance Officers, and Accountant).
  • Support and supervise staff to carry out day-to-day finance and administration functions.
  • Work with other project staff to ensure a robust budgeting and financial management and tracking system that adequately recognizes and effectively accounts for project funds.
  • Deliver targeting training, coaching, mentoring and guidance to staff on financial controls and operational systems.
  • Strategic and rapid response to financial requests from the Prime/USAID.
  • Manage and submit timely strategic responses to from the Prime and/or USAID.
  • Populate the PEPFAR expenditure tracking sheet for timely submission to the Prime.
  • Ensure complete documentation, stewardship and accountability of financial transactions.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Director of Finance USAID Project job placement must hold a Master’s degree in management or business-related field or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years professional experience in project financial and administrative management.
  • At least 5 years’ experience managing multi million; multi-partner PEPFAR funded programs with multiple local partner subcontracts.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, including management experience in large complex international development projects with extensive field operations. Supervisory experience required.
  • Experience with USAID funded subcontract administration, including familiarity, experience and interpretations of USG rules and regulations.
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID financial management rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications and databases.
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, and written communication skills in English.
  • Ugandan candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

NB: Applicants must be based and have a valid work permit to work in Uganda.

How to Apply:

All qualified and interested applicants should submit their CV and supporting materials to bantwanaICYD@ug.worlded.org with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


Deadline: 17th September 2021 on a rolling basis until the position is being filled.

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