Project Grant Accountant Job at Plan International - Career Opportunity in Uganda
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Vacancy title:
Project Grant Accountant

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Accounting & Finance ]

Jobs at:

Plan International

Deadline of this Job:
31 August 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Nebbi , East Africa

Date Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Title: NORAD Project Grant Accountant
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian not for profit organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected.
Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.
The NORAD Project Accountant works together with the Project Manager and finance team in the program area to support achievement of finance and grants compliance roles for the Girls Get Equal: End Child Early and Forced Marriage on a timely basis. S/he performs project budgeting, partner funds disbursement, liquidation of partner advances, expenditure monitoring compliance with grant condition in accordance with NORAD (Donor) Project grant contract compliance requirements and generally accepted accounting principles as per Plan policy. S/he serves as both financial management, compliance, expenditure verification and reporting resource person to the project staffs and partners.

Dimensions of the Role
• Budget management, expenditure monitoring, financial reporting and contract matters to ensure timely and effective implementation of project activities.
• Partner funds disbursements, expenditure verification, liquidation, partner capacity building in financial management, procurement and other governance related policies.
• Donor (NORAD) project compliance management and reporting on timely basis

Budget management and monitoring
• Support in the annual budget preparations for the Girls Get Equal End Child Early and Forced marriage Project.
• Participate in annual work planning process with a focus on budget preparation ensuring that all allowable costs are captured, have appropriate unit costing and that the budget aligns to activity plans.
• Develop monthly tracking tool to facilitate checking of donor compliance in respect to budget utilization and ensure the threshold is adhered to
• Reconcile the project finance and grants modules and ensure that all WBSs are linked to the grant.
Cash disbursements:
• Process cash disbursements and partner disbursements upon completion of authorization and post in the system
• Create internal orders for partner advance disbursements
• Carry out partner expenditure verifications and liquidate costs that are in line with the guidelines
• Prepare journals in the system for cash receipts, bank charges, prepayments and accruals
• Periodic Monitoring of project transactions and flag any possible over runs to the Project Coordinator/Manager.
• Support accurate project cash forecast process as per donor requirement
Financial Reporting
• Conduct quarterly partner verification and liquidation of partner advances in accordance with grants contract compliance requirement
• Prepare and submit timely and accurate financial reports in accordance with donor reporting requirements
• Analyse financial reports and provide recommendation to the Project Coordinator on future forecasts and planning.
• Reconcile the finance and grants module reports to ensure that no NRGRANT transactions remain outstanding at end of period
• Ensure that all apportioned and PU operational costs are recovered by end of period
Grants and Compliance:
• Manage all project audits and also implement all audit recommendations
• Ensure adherence to financial controls, donor compliance, processes and procedures
• Provide training and other financial management & compliance capacity building initiatives to project team and local partners as necessary to ensure compliance and audit readiness
Dealing with Problems:
• Managing a budget that is utilized by staff and partners he/she doesn’t directly supervise
Child Protection and Gender Equality & Inclusion
Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
Key relationships
The Project Grant Accountant closely works with:
• NORAD Project Manager: for day to day supervision in the performance of this role.
• Senior Grants Accountant: Consultation on grants reporting and any system reporting issues
• Program Area Finance Manager: Support the department on other finance work
• Country Finance Manager: sharing of financial reports and budget changes and performance
• Project Coordinators: to follow up on budget implementation/management and any inquiry/ input on the financial reports and also in regard to finance and budget management
• Grants compliance specialist: to ensure grants compliance requirements are adhered to and any other grants related matters.

Leadership Competencies
• Set and communicate ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International's purpose.
• Set high standards for self and others' behavior, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
• Hold self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.
• Create a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
• Collaborate with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
• Motivate and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them utilize their potential.
• Accept change and support others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.

Business Management Competencies
• Understand relevant sectorial context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan's purpose, values, and global strategy
• Manage legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security
• Manage activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
• Manage people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
• Bachelor’s degree (hons) in Commerce or Business administration majoring in accounting
• Previous experience in grants management.
• Part professional qualification in accountancy (CPA, ACCA) at intermediate or affiliate level.

• 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role working in a computerized accounting office in an NGO set up.
• NGO experience is an added advantage
• Strong analytical skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant accounting software package such SAP, QuickBooks, SUN systems, etc.

Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
• Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
• Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
• Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
• Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
• Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
• Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
• Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
• Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
• Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
• Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
• Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
• Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
• Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
• Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
• Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
• Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
• Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment
• Typical office environment

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


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Job Info
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance jobs in Uganda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: 31 August 2021
Duty Station: Nebbi
Posted: 17-08-2021
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 17-08-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 17-10-2065
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