Finance Officer-1 Vacancy based in Gulu/Lira/Oyam; Location To Be Determined (Open to Ugandan Nationals Only)



Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

We were recently awarded funding for a 2-year PEPFAR DREAMS program, Cultivating Safe Work, Life S**k**ills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS among young women (ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu, Lira and Oyam Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on transactional sex by providing them the skills, confidence and connections needed to achieve steady employment.


The Finance Officer is responsible for assigned field office finances, compliance, budget monitoring, reporting, resources management, coordination with others, etc. He/she is also responsible for updating and tracking all assets and finance files. He/she ensures segregation of duties; procedures are respected as per MC policies.


  1. Comply with all Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and documentation requirements;

  2. Implement and ensure all Mercy Corps FFM, procurement, assets mgt, HR policies and procedures are implemented;

  3. Ensure all respective donors and local Gov’t rules and regulations are respected;

  4. Ensure compliance with GAAPs, Ugandan and US law and standard accounting practice;

  5. Responsible for monitoring costs as per the available grant and budget details and monthly budgets vs actual reports;

  6. Provide on-going orientation, training and support to SKY program activities;

  7. Review and track all grants/budget purchases and contracts and other commitments for the office;

  8. Provide financial review for all advances, purchase requests, quotation analysis, purchase orders, expense report, payment requests and others within his/her limit;

  9. Code all expenditures following the standard chart of accounts, coded budget and record to the accounting software or recording system and send to main office for review and posting every week;

  10. Match invoices with GRN and other required documents;

  11. Prepare weekly and monthly cash requirement for the office, send to main office and make sure sufficient cash is available for the office;

  12. Manage cash and bank payments, record them and reconcile with bank statements and cash counts;

  13. Make surprise, weekly and monthly cash counts and document them as per the current MC policy;

  14. Reconcile bank balances with bank statement, all advances and send to main office with month end transactions and report;

  15. Make sure all field level income taxes, withholding taxes, VAT and other taxes are withheld and paid accordingly;

  16. Participate in preparation of operating and grant budgets;

  17. Make frequent site visits and work with the program team for physical check and to ensure payments are being made accordingly and procurements are properly made whenever necessary;

  18. Maintain all donor files and ensure they are well labeled, fully updated with all contracts, submitted reports, governing clauses and all other relevant documents;

  19. Be adaptable and flexible to take new tasks and new assignments as requested from time to time;

  20. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;

  21. Any other tasks to be assigned by the supervisor.


· A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance is required.

· 4years experience in grants and financial management and accounting.

· Adequate understanding of USG rules and regulations is required.

· Three years international NGO/PVO experience is preferred.

· Strong accounting skills and experience, including management of the general ledger, journal entries, payroll, payables and balance sheet.

· Demonstrated experience and skill with financial reports preparation and presentation and proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports.

· Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and accounting software experience.

· Prior management experience and strong organizational skills preferred.

· Excellent oral and written English skills

· Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps and sub grantees field offices and project sites.

Applications: Submit your application through email to addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Monday, 17th October, 2016. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for**.** Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Mercy Corps
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Finance and Banking
    • Finance and Banking
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-17

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