Finance Coordinator, Uganda

Finance Coordinator, Uganda


Position type and closing date


The closing date for applications is 11 November 2018

Contract duration: 3 year with possibility for extension


Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.



The World Service is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), assisting people in need irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or gender. We implement programs worldwide, working with both local and international partners, helping communities achieve their full potential and advocate for their universal rights. Our partners include Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, the European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM) and UNHCR, with whom we are a key implementing partner. For additional information please see


Purpose of the position


The Finance Coordinator assumes overall responsibility for managing all aspects of the financial and accountancy activities of the LWF World Service Uganda country program. She/He ensures that accounting systems are maintained to provide the information required for planning and monitoring and reporting for program operations, for safeguarding assets, discharging liabilities and legal responsibilities.

Her/His direct supervisor is the Uganda Country Program Representative and she/he shall take technical advice from the World Service Global Finance Coordinator in Geneva.

The Finance Coordinator will supervise the country program finance team.


Required Qualifications

University degree in accounting.

Professional accreditation such as ACCA, CMA, CPA or equivalent is highly preferred.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in a finance position on similar level.
  • Significant working experience at management level in humanitarian assistance or development oriented programs within an international environment and preferably with church-related or non-governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of the reporting requirements of ECHO, USAID, UNHCR and government funding agencies.
  • Strong leadership, conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrated organizational, management and supervisory skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of cooperation with United Nations, governmental agencies.
  • Experience of international development cooperation and/or humanitarian assistance.
  • Team-oriented, flexible and with excellent communication skills.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Experience and knowledge of LWF or other faith-based international organizations would be an added advantage.

Language Skills


English             advanced written and oral skills

Arabic               would be an asset


Main duties

  1. Supervise and coach national finance staff and other staff as requested by the Representative; ensure that each member of the finance team has a clear job description and receives regular feedback on performance. Pursue active capacity building of the finance staff.
  2. Supervise the preparation of all mandatory monthly and yearly accounts as well as the monthly finance and management reports for the Representative and the head office in Geneva. Ensure that accounting policies are properly and consistently applied and submit accounts in accordance with the deadlines in the LWF World Service Finance Manual. Supervise the preparation of separate financial reports for funding agencies such as the UNHCR, BPRM, etc. in accordance with the terms of the contracts.
  3. Supervise the preparation of cash flow projections in accordance with procedures, and manage the cash flow of the country program in order to ensure that sufficient funds are always available. Where required, submit requests for installments of funds from funding agencies in a timely manner, ensuring a reliable cash flow for the program.
  4. Be responsible for overall control of expenditure against budget for all projects. Provide to program staff regular and accurate financial reports and analysis to ensure timely and cost-effective project management and decision-making.
  5. Assist in the preparation and verify the accuracy of budgets for all project proposals, Project Documents for Geneva-channeled (Basket-funded) projects with Related Agencies, ACT appeals for emergencies, bilateral applications to institutional donors and any other projects.
  6. Ensure the compliance with the LWF World Service Operations Manual, including procedures for electronic data storage, backups and security.
  7. Provide feedback to LWF World Service head office in Geneva on practical problems in ensuring compliance with LWF Finance, Procurement and Operations Manuals and provide suggestions for improvements/revisions.
  8. Liaise at the appropriate level with banks, tax authorities and other financial institutions.
  9. Manage the insurance policies as required by law for national staff, vehicles, as well as public liability insurance, fire insurance, etc. Prepare and submit to LWF World Service Geneva, if applicable, monthly reports on visitors and other persons to be included under the group insurance policies.
  10. Monitor the payment of salaries and allowances for the local staff; ensure the timely payment of taxes, insurance and benefits. Ensure the maintenance of accurate payroll records.
  11. Ensure that all staff settles advances in line with established policy and procedures and that all accounts are settled at the time of termination of service.
  12. Act as contact with auditors and UNHCR Verification Teams on accounting matters and, in consultation with the Representative, make available to them all records required. Ensure that internal controls are properly in place, including regular visits to project offices.
  13. Work with administrative staff and the Representative to ensure smooth office operations and cost savings where possible



Major Challenge

Assure highest standards of financial management and accountability of the Uganda country program in line with LWF World Service and donor policies and international standards.


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