Senior Accountant

  • Management Sciences for Health
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 09/06/2019
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Job Description

  • Senior Accountant

    Grade: I
    Job ID: 13-10674
    Location: Uganda-Kampala
    # of Positions: 1
    Group/Office: PDG (Program Delivery Group)
    Dept/Unit: PDGGEN - Program Delivery Group
    Project/Program: A584 - MTaPS
    Reports To: Primary Supervisor: Director Finance and Operations - UgandaSecondary Supervisor: Regional Finance and Administration Director - MTaPS Program


The MTaPS Senior Accountant in collaboration with Country Project Director, Director Finance and Administration ,Regional Finance & Administration Director and focal US-based MTaPS Finance team will participate in preparation of reports for donor agencies as required.


Specific Responsibilities

● S/he will provide hands on support in budget management, financial analysis, accounting, operational and management support for MTaPS, under the supervision of the Director Finance and Operations in the country and Regional Finance and Administration Director. S/he develops routine and ad hoc reports, budget updates for different technical activities to ensure the regular flow of accurate and relevant financial information for enhanced project management and planning. This position will prepare and enter in accounting transactions, prepare payroll and make vendor payments.

● S/he will provide hands on support on all financial operations of MTaPS in country. S/he ensures that MTaPS project in country operates as a cohesive, neutral, functional unit that provides high-quality, responsive, timely and cost effective services within the framework of local laws, MSH policies and standard operating procedures, and donor requirements. S/he is a member of the Project management team and is expected to play an active role in assisting the Country Project Director and Director Finance and Administration develop a strong and strategic country presence, as necessary.

● S/he will assist in safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately the U.S. Government or other donor against fraud, loss or misuse. This position is responsible for ensuring that any money expended in the field is done in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, MSH policy, and any cost principles imposed by the donor agency. S/he is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.

● This position has primary responsibility for ensuring that MSH operations in country are functioning efficiently and effectively, and aligned to support attainment of project results, donor regulations and client expectations and MSH policies.

● Together with Director Finance and Administration, will assist and oversees core systems by implementing and proactively engaging, coordinating and working with the following HO colleagues: human resource management in conjunction with the HO Human Resources Manager, financial budgeting and budget management with MTaPS Director of Finance and Operations, and the MTaPS Finance Manager, general management and operations with the HO Senior Manager and HO Senior/Project Officer field accounting and cash management in conjunction with MSH’s regional office; payment of payroll; management of local contract, consultant and vendor agreements; procurement and purchasing with HO Procurement; travel, fleet management and logistics; security; and facilities and communication services.

● S/he will participate in preparation of payroll information. The Senior Accountant is aware of and adheres to the MSH Procurement Integrity policy and is responsible for safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately USAID against fraud, loss, or misuse.

● S/he will partner with Project Director, Director Finance & Administration, Regional F&A Director and US MTaPS HQ team to lead and conduct the annual work planning process. S/he help ensure that the work plan activities are feasible, and that all activities and costs comply with MSH’s and donor policy. S/he will assist in revising work plan budget when warranted and will work with MTaPS HQ teams throughout these processes to ensure a seamless flow of information.


Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications and Experience:


● The ideal candidate should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Management or ACCA/CPA Uganda in similar field for 6 years of relevant work experience
● Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and a similar field and 4 years of relevant work experience.

● Advanced spreadsheet skills required. Familiarity with accounting or business information systems software strongly preferred. Database skills desired. (Microsoft Office applications preferred).
● Experience in office management preferred.
● Experience in working with USAID funded projects required and knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements.
● Work experience with projects supported by international organizations.
● Ability to create and monitor budgets. Understanding of the basic tenets of Cash Control, Asset Management, and Bank Reconciliation.
● Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a Senior Accountant 
● Understanding of key aspects of accounting
● Experience creating and analyzing journal entries.
● Ability to use basic accounting software i.e. Quickbooks Online


Knowledge and Skills:

● Strong leadership, mentoring, management, analytical and organizational skills demonstrated by ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
● Understanding of the principles of adequate documentation and of audit, and of the procedures necessary to ensure audit compliance.
● English fluency required (including speaking, writing, understanding, and reading and the ability to work with vendors, staff and stakeholders).
● Excellent communication skills.
● Expert skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks or similar accounting packaging, comfortable in a Windows PC environment.
● Ability to work in a cross-cultural team and willingness to travel.


Core Job Competences:

● To continue process innovation, must be determined, self-motivated, and with excellent interpersonal skills.
● Group facilitation
● Capable of managing work with shifting priorities
● Able to manage and coordinate a variety of activities simultaneously
● Can work in a team-oriented environment while driving for results
● Perform logical analysis
● Creative problem solving
● Organized and detail-oriented
● Process oriented


Travel requirements:


Availability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.



Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Primary Supervisor: Director Finance and Operations - UgandaSecondary Supervisor: Regional Finance and Administration Director - MTaPS Program