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Auditor ( Home-based with field mission travel to Kaberamaido, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Ngora and Soroti districts and Soroti City districts, Uganda)

Type of Contract

Short-term consultancy

Type of Audit

In depth


Home-based with field mission travel to Kaberamaido, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Ngora and Soroti districts and Soroti City districts, Uganda

Languages Required


Application Deadline

9th December 2022

Starting Date

1st January 2023

Auditing Period

From 1st December 2021 to 31st December 2022

Project Title

Establishment and institutionalisation of a Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) platform to improve agribusiness for economic viability and improved living standards for smallholder farmers in Teso sub-region in Eastern Uganda

Total Project Budget

Euro 1,500,000

Background and Organisational Setting

Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. is a Christian motivated organisation for Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation. Based in Constance, Germany, Sign of Hope is dedicated to helping those in distress and exploited people worldwide.

An audit is commissioned under the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funding guidelines for development projects run by private German executing agencies.

Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. will be the private German executing agency and the contracting party, while SOCADIDOwill be the local implementing agency.

The Soroti Catholic Diocese Integrated Development Organisation (SOCADIDO) is a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and the development arm of the Diocese of Soroti. It is a member of the worldwide CARITAS network. SOCADIDO’s activities aim to provide access to socio-economic services for communities in the Teso region and to contribute to the independent development of the local population and their living conditions.

The project objective is the establishment and institutionalization of a multisectoral development forum (MAP) with representatives from communities, development organisations, research institutions, private sector and religious organisations for the joint concerted effort to strengthen the economic power and social resilience of 75,000 households in the Teso region of eastern Uganda. Mobilisation and networking of the relevant actors among each other and with the state institutions, capacity development of the forum in areas of lobbying, fundraising and project management including Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL). Planned first interventions of the forum: Establishment of “model homes” to promote sustainable, hygienic homesteads; networking of the target population through groups, cooperatives and representatives with business, politics and research sectors to strengthen food security and adapt to the consequences of climate change; promotion of citizen participation through educational measures, development of community action plans for environmental protection.

Audit Objectives

The purpose of the in-depth audit is to provide Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. with a sound basis for its accountability, transparency and accuracy in the financial disclosure towards the funding agency BMZ.

This in-depth audit will verify the compliance with standards of the funding agency BMZ, Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V., national regulations and the international accounting standards.

The auditor will review the project’s financial documents, receipts lists, records of transactions, all vouchers and receipts disbursed, and relevant project documents in order to come up with a professional, independent opinion on the financial accounting of the project “Establishment and institutionalisation of a Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) platform to improve agribusiness for economic viability and improved living standards for smallholder farmers in Teso sub-region in Eastern Uganda”for all funds received and expended by SOCADIDO from 1st December 2021 – 31st December 2022.

Additionally, the audit shall give recommendations on strengths, weaknesses, and required improvement in the project-related financial and human resources management systems of SOCADIDO.

The audit will support the project quality assurance measures implemented by Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. and contribute to the decision-making process with regard to the project management and monitoring of finances by Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. and SOCADIDO.

Expected Deliverables

The auditor is expected to produce an audit report, an audit certificate and a management letter), which will comprise the following:

  1. Presentation of the scope and mandate of the audit, as well as the list of documents that formed the evidence for the audit,
  2. An opinion whether financial statements (statement of accounts) are issued in accordance with the financial reporting framework of the project, BMZ requirements and an internationally recognised accounting standard,
  3. A checked, signed and stamped list of all project costs receipts, sorted by BMZ budget lines (list can be provided by the local implementing partner).
  4. Recommendations on identified shortcomings, and, if applicable, comments on the follow-up of audit observations and recommendations from previous years.

Audit documents can be issued in English or German.

Scope of the Audit

The audit should focus on the following:

  • The correctness and completeness of the accounting records,
  • The financial report, showing all project related income and expenditure structured by budget lines,
  • Deviations of expenditure by budget lines. The expenditure, which exceeds or falls below the budget appropriations by more than 30 %, shall be explained separately, if the approval of the BMZ has not previously been obtained,
  • That receipts and relevant supporting documents are available for all project related income and expenditures,
  • The management of the funds made available, which includes the transfer of project funds, all interest earned from the project funds during the reporting period and further income generated by the project,
  • Reviewing the appropriate use of funds according to the project objectives,
  • Evaluation of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the usage of funds,
  • Budget adherence through the comparison between budgeted and actual costs in the currency in which the expenditure was incurred. The audit report will not convert the examined amounts into the Euro amounts,
  • Reviewing if personnel costs and social security contributions conform to the regulations in the project country and are locally comparable,
  • The economical use of the project equipment and assets,
  • The inventory and the use of capital items, their whereabouts and their purposive usage,
  • Compliance with the legal framework of the project (project agreements and annexes, contracts, etc.) and the donor requirements,
  • Compliance with the policies of the local implementing partner regarding procurement, financial administration, human resources management and travel.

Procedures and Communication

The auditor will be given access to all necessary documents in the project offices through the local implementing partner SOCADIDO as well as relevant donor documents through Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V.

The auditor will be responsible to set up a schedule in agreement with the local implementing partner SOCADIDO. Any expenses for field trips, postal and translation services and other expenses shall be included in the auditor’s proposed budget. SOCADIDO will support the auditor with logistics and arrangements, however, all payments of the contract will be made directly by Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Necessary qualification to serve as a recognized independent auditing authority,
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience conducting external independent audits of projects funded by international institutional donors in Uganda.

How to Apply

Application Process

Please submit the following documents with reference title as “DC-UGA22.01: MAP project Annual Audit in Soroti, Teso region, Uganda” to recruitment@sign-of-hope.org no later than 9th December 2022:

  • A financial proposal (EUR),
  • A qualification certificate of a recognized independent auditing authority as confirmed by a relevant institution in the project country (for example, a chamber of commerce, national association of auditors or another relevant organisation),
  • A reference list of three previous customers.

The selection of the auditor will be conducted jointly by SOCADIDO and Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V.

The audit agreement will be set up by Hoffnungszeichen | Sign of Hope e.V. and SOCADIDO. Audit agreements set up by auditors won’t be accepted.

Persons living with disabilities and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.