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Finance Assistant Job at Mercy Corps - Career Opportunity in Uganda
Mercy Corps 178 Days Ago
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job: 07th January, 2019
Duty Station: KAABONG
Posted: 20-12-2018
Job Status
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 20-12-2018
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 20-12-2063
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Job Description

Vacancy title:
Finance Assistant

Jobs at:
Mercy Corps

Deadline of this Job:
07th January, 2019

Duty Station:
KAABONG , Uganda , East Africa , 256

Date Posted: 20th December 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time , Currency: Ush


Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Operating in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps has field offices in Kitgum, Gulu, Kotido, Moroto, Arua, Yumbe, Amudat and Kaabong and implements programs that cover a wide variety of program sectors including food security, health/nutrition, water/sanitation, peace building, youth, agriculture, and econdevelopment.

Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. In 2017, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.

Working in the Finance Department under the direction of Finance Officer/senior Finance officer, the field finance assistant is responsible for management and safety of assigned field office Cash, Mobile money and other assets. He/she is also responsible for compliance with Donor and MC internal policies and timely submission of quality reports as required.


  • Manage the office cash, Mobile Money (MM) and other assets, ensure they are in a secure and protected place
  • Make sure all required documents are attached; calculations are correct, appropriate approvals and reviews made per the AAM before payment of any cash or bank payments
  • Keep record of all cash, bank and advances on an excel worksheet, update every day and reconcile daily
  • Do weekly cash counts, monthly and whenever needed with Senior Finance Officer, Director of Programs, Finance Director, Country Director and official auditors directed by the supervisor
  • Make accurate daily entry of field cash transactions to the accounting software under the supervision of the finance officer
  • Make copies of all cash and Bank documents to be maintained at the field office and Submit to Kampala original copies on weekly basis as per the transaction entered in the system
  • Ensure all transactions are well coded following the standard chart of accounts and coded budget Make payments for approved and financially reviewed Online payments for field
  • Manage the bank relations in liaison with the FC/SFO as required e.g
    Bank A/c Data, Bank statement, signatory/Agent changes, A/c opening/closing etc
  • Maintain finance IN/OUT document tracker, generate and submit quarterly document processing reports to management
  • Follow up on vendor receipts/proof of payment and ensure they are attached on respective payments documents
  • Any other tasks to be assigned by the supervisor

All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination


  • Diploma in accounting or finance is required
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is an added advantage
  •  2+years’ experience in cashier, finance assistant and accounting
  • International NGO/PVO experience is preferred
  • Accounting skills and experience in general ledger, journal entries, payroll, cash/bank mgt
  • Computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and accounting software experience
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Willing to travel to Mercy Corps offices and take temporary assignments

An ability to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information is essential.A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.An impeccable professional standard of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential

Job application procedure
Submit your application through email to  addressed to the Human Resource Director, 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, 07th January, 2019. 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. This is a re-advertisement, earlier applicants need not to re-apply.


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