Job Title: Financial Controller
Organisation: Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Fisheries (National Oil Seeds Project)
Duty Station: Kampala/ Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
The Public Service Commission is established under the provisions of Article 165(1) of the
1995 Constitution. In fulfillment of its functions under Article 166, the Commission is required to make a report to Parliament in respect of each year’s performance of its functions.
About the Project:
The Government of Uganda (GoU) has received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) towards financing a ten-year National Oil Seeds Project (NOSP). The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) as the Lead Project Agency, in partnership with Ministry of Local Government (MoLG) other agencies, private sector and farmer Organizations. The Project will be implemented in six area-based hubs: West Nile, Gulu, Lira, Karamoja, East and Mid- Western Uganda.
The project goal of the NOSP is: “inclusive rural transformation through sustainable development of the oilseeds sector”, while the Development Objective is “to accelerate commercialisation in key oilseeds value chains and thereby improve the livelihoods and resilience of the smallholders engaged in oilseed production and marketing”.
Job Summary: The Financial Controller will be responsible for financial management of the project and for maintaining all project accounts in good order. The incumbent will be in charge of all matters in the project accounting cycle that includes financial-related inputs in AWPB preparation and budget control, committing funds, disbursements and cash flow management in an effective and efficient manner, financial reporting to ensuring smooth audits and facilitation for supervision missions on all financial management aspects. The jobholder will be responsible for expediting all loan management and disbursement activities through MAAIF systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Installation of appropriate accounting/reporting systems to ensure that the PCU and especially the Project Manager are regularly informed of on-going financial status and transactions.
- Ensure timely capture of NOSP in the GoU budget IFMS as required by the GoU budgeting processes and calendars to be able to access counterpart funding.
- Communicate to all implementing partner institutions, service providers and districts their financial responsibilities, the funds available and how to access them, and the requirements of reporting and record keeping in accordance with prevailing government practices which are acceptable to IFAD.
- Ensure that all project funds are used in accordance with the conditions of the financing agreements, with due attention to economy and efficiency, and only for the purposes for which the funds were provided.
- Ensure that all necessary supporting documents, records and accounts are kept in respect of all project activities, with clear linkages between the books of account and the financial statements presented to the financiers.
- Ensure that designated account and operational accounts are maintained in accordance with the provisions of the financing agreement and in accordance with the financier’s rules and procedures.
- Contribute to the preparation of the Project Implementation and Financial Manuals.
- Ensure the Project’s Financial Procedures as detailed in the Project Implementation and Financial Manuals are strictly adhered to by all Project staff and executing agencies at the national and local levels.
- Ensure that the financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards as adopted in Uganda.
- Liaise with external auditors to audit the project accounts to meet the required submission dates by both GoU and IFAD.
- Liaise with the District Accountants from the Project districts and the lead Project agency to ensure that SOEs are prepared in timely manner and forwarded to Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.
- Process documentation and follow up on disbursements from the government and IFAD to ensure that releases are not delayed. Ensure that funds for project implementation are disbursed in a timely manner to enable project interventions to be carded out on time.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant must hold a Master’s degree in economics, finance, or accounting, and must be a certified public accountant, duly registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).
- At least eight years of relevant work experience, including at least four years as a financial manager or accountant in government/donor programmes or large institutions;
- Managerial skills and demonstrated capacity to manage people and interact with a wide range of private sector partners and government representatives
- Knowledge of work planning, budgeting and reporting;
- Knowledge of IFMS desired;
- Excellent quantitative and analytical skills;
- Computer-literate including accounting packages and well-versed in the use of Excel, Word and basic data base set-ups.
How to Apply:
All candidates send their written applications with copies of academic credentials, testimonials and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating contact details of (03) referees addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and hand delivered to the Ministry Registry located at Plot No.14 Lugard Road Entebbe, P.0. Box 102, Entebbe – Uganda
Deadline: Monday 3rd January 2022 by 4.00pm