Senior Financial Accountant

at Goal international
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted December 1, 2019
Category Accounting
Job Type Full-time
Currency UGX


GOAL is currently seeking to hire competent persons to join our Uganda team. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to use your skills. If you are familiar with working within the international development aid sector and have a strong background in the areas mentioned, then you are the one we are looking for! All positions are contingent to funding.

Senior Financial Accountant

About the Role

The Senior Financial Accountant will be responsible for the management of Uganda Finance Team ensuring: Timely, accurate and high-quality financial reporting on all activities,  donor funds are effectively managed in pursuit of agreed objectives, Budget holders are supported and provided with timely information that enables them in monitoring and controlling their budgets, effective systems and controls are in place for financial management and reporting Continuous improvement and development of the finance team and ensuring that the Kampala Finance Team and Field Office Finance Teams have sufficient capacity to meet the above requirements

The key responsibilities of the role will be:

  1. Oversee Financial Management within GOAL Uganda

o   Management of the day-to-day financial reporting to facilitate on-time reporting to Donors and Dublin HQ

o   Lead the Monthly Sage Accounts Process

o   Lead the Monthly Donor Status Report (DSR) Process

o   Lead the Monthly Rolling Budget Process

o   Lead the Monthly Payroll Process

o   Ensure the Field Office Finance Teams are supported by the Kampala Finance Team and they make their submissions on time

o   Coordinate with Dublin HQ on Funds Request and local banks on Currency Contracts

o   Advise the GOAL Uganda Management Team on Tax Related Matters

o   Forward planning with the FC

  1. Assist with Donor Proposals and Grant Management

o   Assist the FC with the preparation of Financial aspects of Donor Proposals

o   Coordinate the preparation of Financial aspects of Donor Reports

o   Alert the FC and Coordinators to any upcoming deadlines

o   Provide Technical Support on Donor budgets, Donor reporting, Guidelines & Regulations to GOAL Uganda Management Team

  1. Lead Annual Statutory Audit and Specific Project Audits

o   Facilitate timely completion of the Annual Statutory Audit and Financial Statements

o   Facilitate timely completion of Specific Project Audits

  1. Supervision of GOAL Uganda Finance Team

o   Supervise the finance team on a day to day basis

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualified accountant. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA or equivalent
  • Minimum of three(3) year’s professional working experience in a similar role with an international NGO at a senior level
  • Budget and report writing experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, with emphasis on planning, working to tight deadlines, providing training, facilitating capacity building and supervising team activities
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills


  • Working knowledge of Sage
  • Good team player, flexible, tolerant, committed, Self-motivated, organized and innovative and capable of working within a multinational and multicultural team
  • Ability and willingness to produce financial information in a format that non-technical staff can understand


Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.

GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

Remuneration Package and Benefits: Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24 hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.

Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 4 reference contacts (3 from the last three employers, and 1 character reference), and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL Uganda:  indicating the title for the position applied for in the subject line


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