Finance Assistant


Job Summary

Water for People is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) thatworks with people and partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutionsto the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems globally.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Deadline of this Job: 24th June 2019   

Reports to: Finance and Administration Manager
Location: Kampala-Uganda
Supervisor Duties: NONE
No. of working hours: 40 hours in a week
Water for People is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with people and partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems globally. The organization strives to continually improve, experiment with promising new ideas, and leverage resources to multiply its impact.
The Finance Assistant provides support to the Finance and Administration Manager maintaining an effective and efficient Finance and Administration Department that will support Water For People Uganda’s programs and activities. The FinanceAssistant is fully responsible for the timely processing of day to day financial transactions and other accounting activities and participates in laying ground formulation of required reports, plans, and budgets. 

Key Outputs:
• Effective and up-to-date filing systems for the (vouchers, receipts, invoices, checks etc.)
• Supports the Finance and Administration Manager to help staff understand financial documents e.g. financial policies, systems, and procedures in theorganization

• The up-to-date entry of financial transactions into the NetSuite accounting system according to the agreed framework.

• Staff advance followed up and overdue amount notified, reviewed and approved.
• Integrity is maintained in financial transactions and that all financial procedures are adhered to. (Writing checks, vouchers, soliciting quotes, etc.)
• Asset management
• Ensure that all financial transactions conform to the agreed sound financial management system (Financial Manual) and where necessary advise the head of the department to review existing policies.
• Prepare payment vouchers for approved transactions and raise checks for review by the Finance and Administration Manager and approval by the country director and advise the head of the department on further action to complete the transaction.

• Support the total adherence to the financial system by all staff and partners. In particular, ensure proper utilization of accountability of all organizational monies that have been entrusted to all staff and other persons or organizations.
• Full participation in budgeting and projecting processes.. Participate in planning and budget consolidation by providing supporting documents and facilitating other staff.
• Support timely compilation, submission of draft accounts postings and reports any challenges to the Finance and Administration Manager to support management reports to key stakeholders in time.
• Ensure all intercompany transactions (receivables and payables) posted and properly classified and all receipts for claims from different countries filed and ready for presentation whenever requested.
• Periodically update staff of their request status, process the advance and ensure timely payment of the advance that is approved and communicate any challenges thereof.
• Update staff on the overdue amount of the advances for immediate settlement and get a recommendation for any challenges to support management decisions.

• Support the filing of statutory obligations such as NSSF and Taxes with the relevant authority and give feedback of any challenges thereof.
• Process payment of salary and ensure deposit of staff salary to their respective accounts, pay slips issued to staff and respond to feedback thereof.
• Post all transactions in NS a daily basis and ensure proper classification as the perNS accounting system.
• Asset management – Ensuring all assets are labeled, well maintained and up to date register, deployment, and disposal
• Maintain a professional relationship with the bank and ensure all necessary support and feedback needed from the bank are timely communicated.

• Process all bank transactions and pay as approved to the payees and collect all supportive documents.
• Reconcile all bank and cash accounts monthly
• Help in the retrieval of financial documents for presentation to both internal and external auditors and answer audit questions, if any, on the documents.
• Help in following up on any outstanding audit questions and presentation audit evidence for proof of transactions to the auditors.
• Support the Finance and Administration Manager to follow up on the implementation of audit recommendations with responsible persons and updating action is taken and any challenges thereof.
Administration support:
• Develop and maintain a filing system for financial information and documents and information (electronic and otherwise) that will facilitate easy, storage,retrieval and ensure the safety of the said documents
• Draft minutes of meetings for the finance department for review and approval and help in follow up of resolutions of issues raised.
• Support annual verification of inventories and reconcile any discrepancies if any.
• Connects to the Mission – Embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development.
• Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity – Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
• Manages through Ambiguity – Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in responding to change and ambiguity.
• Demonstrates Cultural Awareness – Able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
• Action-oriented – Maintains an attitude of open, curious and proactive learning, continually expanding own area of understanding and expertise.
• Connects with Others – Listens and fosters open communication through questioning, dialogue, and information sharing.
• Self-confident – Demonstrates humility, mature confidence and courage to innovate, risk, and lead in their own role.

Job Skills: Not Specified 

• Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Commerce and or Business Administration(Accounting option).
• Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant field is desirable.
• Professional qualification in Accounting (ACCA, CPA) is an added advantage
• At least 3 years’ experience, preferably in a national or international NGO.
• Proven knowledge of financial accounting procedures, a clear understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and national regulatory requirements, and experience of multi-donor reporting
• Knowledge of computer application and conversant in Word processing, Spreadsheet, and at least one accounting package.
• Track record of working in a team with different backgrounds and expertise.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
• Knowledge of grant management would be a plus.

• The position is based at Water For People’s Uganda Office.
• Position requires regular travel to program sites in Uganda.

Job application procedure
Send applications to;
Deadline: Monday, 24th June 2019 at 5:00PM 

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