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Finance Officer

at World University Service of Canada
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted October 4, 2019
Category Accounting & Finance
Currency UGX


Finance Officer – Uganda
Organisation: World University Service of Canada

Closing date: 15 Nov 2019

Position Location: Kampala, Uganda, with infrequent travel to West Nile

Reports to: Deputy Program Manager, WUSC Uganda

Contract term: Full-time, indeterminate

Likely start date: Jan 1, 2020

Application deadline:Nov 15, 2019

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization with a mission to enhance education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth. We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses. Together, we foster youth-centered solutions to overcome inequality and exclusion. WUSC is working in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada (AKFC) with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to implement the Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI). This four-year project will focus on enhancing the empowerment of vulnerable refugee and host community girls in northern Uganda through life skills, mentorship programs, support to reduce financial barriers, and community engagement. WUSC will work closely with AKFC teams in Uganda to jointly implement this initiative.

General Duties

The Finance Officer is responsible for providing support to financial and administrative operations of the project, including monitoring transactions, preparing receipts, managing cash, financial reporting and consolidation, and support to administration such as flight and venue bookings and payment of vendors. The Finance Officer will ensure that all financial transactions and processes adhere to the financial policies and procedures of the organization, as well as compliance with donor regulations. Specifically, the Finance Officer is responsible for the following:

Supporting the project team in developing program budgets (including annual budget planning) and collaborate with Program Manager to ensure that project activities are within the budget allocations;
Ensuring compliance with organizational decisions, policies and procedures within the team;
Maintaining the bank file and ensuring that all bank accounts information is properly filed and kept up to-date;
Preparing monthly advance requests to ensure smooth cash flow and monitor the monthly clearance of partner and staff advances;
Ensuring the monthly closure of financial records are approved by Program Manager and sent to WUSC Ottawa, as per the WUSC Finance Manual, and conduct month-end balance sheet account reconciliations;
Review and revise as needed payment requests and expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness (per policies and procedures), ensuring expense reports are fully approved before payments are made;
Prepare monthly payroll advance documentation;


Strong pro-active communications skills;
Demonstrated experience in managing financial data (i.e. budget allocations, monitoring);
Demonstrated experience in maintaining financial records and using financial software;
Expertise in managing accounting and billing systems and reporting on project costs; and
Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills in English, Kiswahili, and ideally at least one other language commonly spoken in Uganda.

Experience Requirements

Professional certification or designation in finance or accounting;
Demonstrated 5 years or more of experience in a finance position in Uganda for international development stakeholders or projects;

Education Requirements

Advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as business, finance, accounting, logistics, or management;