Project Accountant-SAYE

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Heifer International is a global development organization on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. We work with farmers and their communities to identify and invest in business opportunities that deliver living incomes. Since launching in 1944, Heifer International has assisted more than 40 million families to build sustainable food and farming businesses that strengthen rural economies and put people on a pathway to Sustainable Living Income. We work with local farmers, and food producers because we believe ending poverty begins with agriculture.

Heifer International started work in Uganda in 1982 and has since reached and helped over 5 million families across the country. Heifer has worked in 52 districts of Uganda and currently, we are present in 15 districts of Central, Eastern and Northern Uganda. In the last 12 years, Heifer Uganda has reached over one million families through agriculture and environmentally sound economic development programs.

About the Stimulating Agribusiness for Youth Employment Project

Heifer International in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, and four local partner organizations is implementing the Stimulating Agribusiness for Youth Employment - SAYE project in Busoga sub-region from 2023 -2029. The project targets 11 selected districts in Busoga sub-region, Eastern Uganda: Jinja, Mayuge, Iganga, Kamuli, Kaliro, Namutumba, Bugweri, Luka, Buyende, Bugiri, Namayingo.

The goal of the SAYE Project is to improve the socio-economic wellbeing and resilience of young people in Busoga sub-region by 2029. The project targets to reach 250,000 young people between 16-35 years (70% females, 3% youth with disabilities). The project will further the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Strategy (2018-2030) by addressing employment challenges in Busoga sub-region. SAYE will take two pathways towards job creation; the agri-hub development and MSME promotion to deliver three major outcomes: 1) Increased access to and utilization of market relevant skills among youth; 2) Increased growth of youth-led agriculture and service-based enterprises; and 3) Increased participation of youth in decision making, resource allocation, and utilization.

To deliver on this goal, Heifer Project International- Uganda is currently seeking to fill the below vacant positions to support on project implementation.


The SAYE project accountant will report to the Finance Manager-SAYE project. She/ He will play a significant role in strengthening core global systems by ensuring the proper accounting and reporting of resources in project implementation by maintaining systems of accountability, processing accounting information, internal and external financial reporting, cash and bank account maintenance and other financial tasks as assigned in liaison with relevant Heifer departments.

The person contributes to the program impact by preparing project financial reports and monitoring budget burn rates for effective implementation of the project. The position holder will support field offices on financial and accounting aspects and processing of routine financial transactions in accordance with Heifer policies and procedures. The accountant also ensures compliance with Heifer and Master Card Foundation requirements for the Young Africa Works Program. This position interacts with similar positions in other teams to promote consistency throughout the country and area program.


Energetic, positive, team player, result orientated, quality orientated, collaborative, leadership, pragmatic, and inspirational.


A. Program Effectiveness (20%)

  • Accountable for preparing accurate information for the program team in a timely manner to achieve the highest standard of effectiveness.
  • Interpret variance reports and expenditure analysis for project staff and management.
  • Assist project management by explaining variances in line with finance policies.
  • Monthly Budget performance report prepared, and review meeting held by 15th of every month.
  • Participate in 80% of the monthly Activity performance meeting and support program staff interpret budget variance with planned activities.
  • Monthly Budget variance analysis report shared with program staff.

B. Management and Compliance (75%)

  • Accountable for ensuring that all financial aspects of the project adhere to local laws and regulations and to donor requirements.
  • Ensure that all transactions are in line with government laws.
  • Conduct trainings and staff development workshops with the team to maintain a high standard of reporting.
  • Prepare, coordinate, and monitor the project budget.
  • Effectively manage the program/project cash flow while adhering to Heifer headquarters policies
  • Approve all SAYE Project fleet-related requisitions and review procurement requests as per the authorization policy.
  • Monitor the SAYE petty cash imprest line with cash management controls and prepare project financial reports for submission to the donor.
  • Ensure compliance with accounting principles and standards including Heifer partners, donors, local partners and HQ cost principles.
  • Maintain knowledge of required rules and regulations related to project implementation and activities that affect the budget.
  • Review payment requests for accuracy, completeness and ensure the timely processing of funds, ensuring that proper supporting documents such as receipts are maintained.
  • Establish and maintain sound financial management systems and provide administrative support to the project.
  • Ensure that an effective scanning and filing system is in place in the office, and coordinate with program staff to ensure that the project’s resources are effectively and efficiently utilized.
  • Enhanced review of all project documents to achieve 100% compliance.
  • At least 3 Capacity building trainings conducted per year and weekly formal feedback on staff requests and accountabilities provided.
  • Monthly budget reviews and performance reports shared, and meetings conducted by 15th of every month.
  • Run weekly project fund balance to update on cash levels.
  • All PRF reviewed for completeness, accuracy within 2 working days from date of receipt.
  • Complete an accurate monthly project finance report with all scanned documents shared by 15th of every month.
  • Month end Agresso reviews and timely feedback.
  • All project financial documents filed on a weekly basis.
  • Documents reviewed and filed as per the donor and HPI requirements achieving 100% compliance.
  • Payment’s disbursement including EFT, MM effected as per stipulated timeline
  • Accountabilities reviewed and registered within 2days from date of receipt.
  • Monthly feedback on areas of improvement ensure a sound system.
  • Weekly scanning and upload of scans in Agresso.
  • Monthly review and sharing of scans as per Donor reporting guidelines by 15th of every month.

C. Partnership and Engagement (5%)

  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with established processes and procedures at the highest level of accountability with project partners.
  • Provide leadership to the project Finance Assistants.
  • Timely processing of partner Requests and accountabilities.
  • Coach, mentor and manage performance of the Finance Assistant and Finance & administrative assistants at cluster level.

D. May perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or a related field is required, part II qualification of any professional course ACCA, CPA is a must and six (6) years’ experience in a non-profit organization. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these requirements.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  1. Practical experience in various aspects of accounting principles and practices with a good understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  2. Good analytical skills.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate and a good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger, unemployment and the environment.
  5. Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail software, and knowledge of accounting software (e.g.: MS Office Suite, DOS, Accounting packages such as Sun Systems, Pastel, Agresso).
  6. Strong organizational skills.
  7. Strong numeracy skills.
  8. Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  1. Ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  2. Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism when dealing with donors, project participants, staff and partner organizations.
  3. Willingness to contribute to Heifer International’s principles of transparency and honesty.
  4. Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.

Deadline for Application: 29th March 2024.

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