Country Finance Manager

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

 For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV, visit our website:

Our programme in Uganda is  looking for  a senior dynamic professionals to join our team. Interested candidates should meet the basic qualifications outlined within the Candidate Profile and exhibit a strong desire to be a catalyst for change.

For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV, visit our website:

Overview of the Position

Purpose of the Job

The Country Finance Manager-CFM will ensure that all financial data and reporting are within the corporate financial guidelines and directions, donor requirements, accounting and reporting regulations aimed at timely, complete and up to date insight in the (financial) performance of the country and projects.

Typical Reporting Lines

Reports to Country Director

Manager of the country finance team existing of Finance Officers, Project Administrators,General / Finance Support Officers and Finane Assistances.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

Finance strategy for country

· Develop, seek approval and implement the Finance strategy for the country, taking into account country interests, relevant regulation, corporate standards and guidelines and donor regulations.

· Contribute to development of the country strategy, management agreement and projects.

· Critique and contribute to development of global financial procedures and guidelines.

Management of Country Finance function

·  Organize the Finance function in the country and manage the employees, activities and all aspects within the team, in accordance with the approved plan, budget and relevant procedures, in order to realise the department's objectives.

· Monitor internal and donor requirements and oversee the development and implementation of updated work methods and procedures.

· Lead and/or participate in relevant (corporate) projects.


· Act as source of expertise and business partner for management and Project Managers on issues concerning Financial Management, performance indicators and related legal issues.

· As Financial Lead in, and in collaboration with the country proposal team, develop review and refine technical budgets within the approved threshold, in line with and compliant with corporate guidelines.

· Ensure timely and proper project administration by Project Manager and Project Administrator(s) and support Project Manager in the set-up of project governance, administration and finance procedures, guided by the contract signed with the donor and in compliance with SNV PM guidelines, SNV corporate governance table and donor procedures.

 Management and donor Reporting

· Present monthly the financial consolidated reports to Country Management. Signal and advise Country Director on issues regarding the financial status of projects and participate in the discussion with responsible project managers if project profitability gives reason to.

· Report regularly on the overall country financial situation, using the corporate reporting formats and within the guidelines of the Global Support Unit Finance for management discussion.

· Analyze and interpret financial performance, country/project trends, time registration versus planning and financial status of projects.

· Support  and give guidance to project managers and project administrators in providing accurate and timely financial data to SNV donors according to donor requirements.

· In collaboration with Project Manager and Project Administrator, ensure proper financial and administrative closing of projects in line with donor and SNV guidelines.

 Financial Planning and Control

·  Lead the development, consolidation, forecasting and periodical review of the country and project budgets and funds.

·  Support budget holders in, and ensure compliance with internal- and external procedures and regulations and SNV and donor guidelines regarding the financial administration of country operations and projects.

· Contribute to ongoing efficiency improvement to bring down operating costs.

· Ensure control, monitoring and execution of all financial related activities in the country, including logistics, purchasing and ICT.

Financial Accounting & Administration

· Execute all necessary financial accounting activities and checks, assuring complete and correct allocation of costs and time, and ensure that internal and external financial reporting complies with the relevant financial standards and regulations.

· Ensure processing of accounts payable and receivable

· Ensure adherence to tax related requirements and compliance with local (tax) regulations, including corporate income tax, VAT, Sales Tax, Personal Income Tax if and where applicable.

· Review receivables for doubtful debts and set up appropriate provisions.

· Carry out reconciliation of administrations, manage the ledger accounts and manage the cash and liquidity levels.

· Carry out credit management of all donor receivables and ensure that credit due to SNV is pre-financed and invoices issued to donors are settled on time and in full.

· Ensure compliance of LCB financial transactions with ICF and all payments are substantiated with invoices, purchase orders and satisfactory evidence of work completion.

· Ensure proper registration, documentation and archiving of relevant financial documents.

· Check and consolidate financial data for the country and/or project budgets.

Management Information

· Develop and provide financial Management Information statements and financial reports and analyses to relevant internal and external parties. Respond to requests regarding financial administration and data, in accordance with corporate procedures.

ICT Services

· Monitor the delivery of ICT services within the country, based on the Service Level Agreement with external service providers and corporate ICT services.

Internal Control

· Conduct internal compliance and control assessments, identify and address risk areas, implement measures to minimize the risk of irregularities and coordinate audits, based on corporate compliance and audit procedures and in consultation with Regional Finance Controller, country management team and Project Managers.


·  Seasoned level of financial professional, with strong experience in Finance and audit and full understanding of the core financial and accountancy processes and can acts as discussion partner on project level for financial matters;

·  Advanced financial degree and professional accounting qualifications is required. Masters’ in Business Administration (Accounting or Finance)

·  At least 8 years at senior level in finance responsibilities for an international organisations or private institutions;

·  Conceptual working and thinking level with several years of experience in finance and administration;

·  Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of donor regulations and compliance issues related to management of donor funds;

·  Experience in Grant accounting/management;

· Proven experience in risk management;

· Attention to details, preciseness in the execution of tasks, solution-oriented working approach and negotiation;

· Excellent communication and organisation skills, including the ability to articulate financial data to non-financial audience;

· Ability to establish and maintain working relations in a multi-cultural environment;

· Proficiency /Knowledge of Microsoft Office and skill in the use of Excel, including complex/compound spreadsheets and other accounting package is essential;

· Experience in SAP/SAP by Design system is a clear advantage;

· Must be a member of a finance professional body like ACCA or CPA

· Excellent command of English language both written and spoken.

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time national contract with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package.

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