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Head of Finance and Administration – Living Goods

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Department: Finance and Operations
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: Experienced

Reports to: Global Chief Finance Officer

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Introduction

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your advocacy skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own?

 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring lifesaving products and health services to people’s doorsteps.

We also transform community health through mobile phones.  Using the disruptive power of mobile technology, we’ve equipped and deployed 7,500 community health workers across Africa.  These community health workers treat common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.  They also provide ongoing care to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses.  In the places we work, Living Goods has reduced child mortality by 27 percent.

The secret to our success is having a winning team.  One that enables people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, meet challenges with determination and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods.

The Opportunity

Living Goods has developed and proven a cost effective, high-impact community health care model using a business-minded focus on innovation, paired with critical public health delivery. As we have grown we seek are therefore seeking a Director of Finance, Uganda. The Director of Finance role is responsible for overseeing the finances of the country programmes including donor reporting, budget preparation and all financial and management accounting and provides a link between the country offices to ensure a consistency of approach and high quality standards across all of Living Goods.

The Director of Finance will play a critical role in partnering with the senior management team in strategic decision making and operations and will report directly to the Global Chief Finance Officer with a dotted line reporting to the Country Director. The role requires strong process and fiscal management skills, knowledge of non-profit accounting management, fund accounting, governance, operations management and a strong track record of managerial capabilities. As a leader of people, the Director of Finance will also be required to lead and develop the Finance team to support the following areas: Accounting, Financial Management, Statutory Compliance, Treasury Management, the Audit function, Operational planning and budgeting, administration including the procurement and supply chain function.

Responsibilities

Planning and Budgeting. Lead the country finance planning processes – annual, multi-year and quarterly strategic planning and review processes in partnership with the Global Finance and Country Leadership teams. Serve as a thought partner to the Country Director and Senior Management team in the design of programs, emerging concepts and business models to achieve Country strategies and plans. Provide country leadership for budget strategy; development, implementation, cash flow and forecasting. Monitor progress and changes, keep the senior management and global finance teams abreast of the organization’s plans and budget.

Organizational Strategy and Financial Performance. Lead the development of the financial strategy in relation to overall country strategy. Assess country performance against both short- and long-term strategy and budgets. Oversee financial metrics to provide critical financial and operational information to the CFO , CD and stakeholders. Provide the CFO, CD and Country Management team with decision support on both strategy and operations, insights into pivotal issues like expansion and investment opportunities, contracting models, and overall operations. Provide financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and organizational drivers.

Financial Operations. Enhance internal country financial operations environment, ensuring that the proper infrastructure, policies, processes and controls are in place to effectively and efficiently run the country considering that LG is a donor funded organization. Oversee country performance of financial activities; accounting and reporting, tax/regulatory compliance, and compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Lead the country adoption of new financial processes, technology adoption (ERP, data analytics, etc.), process improvements and systems integration.

Communication. Effectively and efficiently communicate country financial information to internal and external stakeholders including the local boards, country director, CFO, country senior management team, global teams, funders, donors, partners, government organizations and other stakeholders as appropriate. Develop communication routines to keep teams abreast of the organization’s financial status.

Reporting.  Lead the development of routines and reporting mechanisms working closely with Global and country teams. Lead preparation of all country financial information. Ensure quality implementation of reporting mechanicsms, ensuring accuracy and timely submissions. Responsible for overall country finance performance progress, processes and procedures, providing analysis and insights. 

Risk, Compliance and Governance. Lead organizational risk and compliance management within the LG global framework that ensures organizational continuity while upholding Living Goods’ reputation at a country level. Research and implement LG’s global best practices, create operationalise policies and processes that effectively measure, monitor and control the risk environment. Provide guidance within the LG Global governance framework to the local Board and management on risk management and compliance activities including funding, legal, statutory and overall organizational operations.  Ensure that all Uganda office governance processes are streamlined and function within the parameters of the regulatory and donor requirements, global best practices and Living Goods’ Policies.

Country Revenue. Collaborate with the Global Finance, Business Development and other internal teams team regarding funding sources. Plan, forecast and track country donor funding. Advise and make recommendations pertaining to country overall funding.

Supply Chain and procurement. Oversee the development and management of country supply chain and procurement functions. Ensure the right infrastructure, policies, processes and controls are in place to effectively and efficiently run country programs, being congnizant of division of duties, responsibilities and risk management.

Team and Organizational Leadership. Provide hands-on leadership and management to the country finance, supply chain and procurement functions. Support organization design, communicate a vision, manage performance and change, build common understanding and align resources to accomplish departmental objectives as work evolves. Manage talent – hire, onboard, motivate and inspire others to be the best they can be. As a member of the country and global finance senior management teams, model leadership and management behaviour working collaboratively across Living Goods.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in Finance and general accounting with at least 4 years at a senior level in a multi donor, multi program International NGO
  • Excellent people management skills with a minimum of 4 years of management experience
  • Demonstrable experience in key donors rules and regulations, for cooperative agreement, contracts, procurement, and sub awards management and project administration
  • Working knowledge of not-for-profit and private foundation law and accounting regulations
  • Knowledge and experience with United States Government (USG) donor rules and regulations strongly preferred
  • Strategic Finance business partnership experience at an organizational level
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite (MS Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint)
  • In-depth experience with accounting and ERP software
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Strong attention to detail and an investigative nature

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or related field
  • CPA (K) or ACCA finalist qualification
  • Masters in Accounting, Finance or relevant field preferred

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

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