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School Finance Specialist, Operations – PEAS Uganda

About PEAS

PEAS is an international education not-for-profit with the mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa’.

Since 2008, PEAS has built and operated high quality low-cost not-for-profit secondary schools in close partnership with government in communities where there is urgent unmet demand for secondary education. We currently run 28 secondary schools in Uganda and 4 in Zambia serving over 15,000 students. PEAS operations and work are founded on four strategic pillars i.e., Access, Quality, Sustainability and System Strengthening.

About the Role

To streamline and rationalize all network and PEAS Uganda school operations to achieve full capacity return on investment that enhances PEAS aspirations for a successful, exemplar and sustainable actor in the education sector in Uganda. This is a strategically placed role that will lead on actualising greater impact of operations of the school network working with senior management and particularly the Head of Operations to define optimal operational models for the schools to achieve the highest impact for Access, Quality and Sustainability in our schools.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working with project sponsors and senior management to define the overall school operating model.

  • Lead the implementation of school level transformation projects and changes targeting costs reduction and income generation.

  • Carry out research, data collection and analysis to define the optimal level of operations, income, and costs necessary for each school to operate sustainably.

  • Setting, projecting, and forecasting the optimal school fees levels and periodic increases needed for each individual school in the network to achieve financial sustainability.

  • Oversee the schools’ financial operations including budgeting, yearend financial statement closure, financial reporting, general ledger accuracy and coordination of year end statutory audits.

  • Identify and drive improvements in schools’ financial processes and internal controls systems.

  • Review overall sustainability finance modelling and refining data to define cost reductions and income increase targets to deliver the sustainability aspiration of zero subsidy/top up by 2025

  • Think through centralization and decentralization of processes aligned to greater empowerment and efficiency in operations.

  • Mentor and develop the capacity of the Roving Finance Officers and school finance staff.

Experience & Qualifications:

Essential

  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Commerce (Accounting) or other relevant qualifications

  • 5 years’ experience in a financial management role at a senior or middle level management

  • Experience leading business planning and analysis in a large school network or in an entity with similar operations.

  • Experience developing strategies and understands approaches to managing an effective change process

  • Numerate and demonstrable experience using Microsoft and google tools especially Excel, PowerPoint

  • Ambitious and desires a stretch role that provides an opportunity to get out of their ordinary finance into modelling, analytics, forecasting and developing strategies

  • Working well with senior management teams and able to influence, persuade and articulate well with evidence approaches that deliver specific goals

  • Basic experience in developing policy framework and

  • Tax planning and management experience

Desired

  • A visionary and values aligned individual is excited about transformation and able to influence others

  • Qualified Accountant with either CPA or ACCA. One can also apply if they have completed level 2.

Skills & Personal Attributes:

  • A good collaborator, team player and listener

  • Self-driven and can work largely with limited or no supervision setting own goal plans to achieve specific assignment

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications should fill out the application form no later than 22nd January 2021. PEAS is an equal opportunity employer.

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