Jobs – Finance Officer at US Freedom House

Job Title: Finance Officer
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists.  We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.  With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.
 Job Summary: The Finance Officer will technically support a five-year project to which will influence civil society, the judiciary, and the media in Uganda. The Finance Officer will be responsible for financial and administrative functions according to the regulations, policies and procedures of donors, the Ugandan government and the organization in support of Freedom House’s programs in the country.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Serve as the key liaison with Freedom House headquarters finance and program staff on finance and grant compliance issues.
  • Update and maintain the integrity and ensure accuracy of all financial data including reviewing and posting entries to General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
  • Work closely with the Senior Grants Manager, technical specialists, and headquarters program and finance staff, assist the financial and grant compliance component of sub-grant programs including assessment of sub-grant applications, assisting in creation of sub-grant documentation and monitoring of financial reporting.
  • Carry out financial analysis and prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports and statements.
  • Assist with monitoring cash flow and managing Freedom House’s financial status.
  • Ensure all accounting records and systems are in compliance with funder requirements as well as requirements of the Ugandan government.
  • Ensure adherence and compliance with programmatic objectives, financial obligations and reporting requirements according to grant agreements.
  • Render support in the preparation of an annual audit required by local authorities.
  • Assist with the effective functioning of the office support systems including negotiations with the landlord, vendors and other service providers in the most cost effective manner.
  • Assist with maintaining internal controls to ensure compliance with financial policies and regulations.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, economics, or related field.
  • At least six to eight years’ experience in grants compliance monitoring.
  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word, and Quickbooks.
  • Past experience working with NGO accounting in a fast paced finance department.
  • Prior experience working with the financial and grant compliance aspect of sub-grant programs.
  • Past exposure and experience mentoring local organizations to build their financial and organizational capacity strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Ugandan accounting and financial laws.
  • Knowledge of USG financial and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of all accounting principles, GAAP, and automated accounting systems.
  • Ability to analyze financial information efficiently and accurately.
  • Ability to effectively write reports, maintain documentation, and complete required forms
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
How to apply for the job: 
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send an updated resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary. Please Click at the link below to Apply Online.
The candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above. Only candidates who send respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position.

NB: Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
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