Project Accountant – ELNHA NGO Careers – Oxfam

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Organisation: Oxfam

Project Name: Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Manager – ELNHA

About Oxfam:

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.

About ELNHA Project:

Oxfam in Uganda is under taking a project named: ‘Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors’ (ELNHA) to be implemented over three years in collaboration with relevant district structures ard national actors in sub-regions of Karamoja (Kotido, Kaabong), Acholi (Lamwo, Agago), and West Nile (Koboko and Zombo) commencing January 2016. These districts face challenges from climate change induced prolonged droughts and food insecurity as well as refugee influx as a result of the conflicts in the neighbouring States South Sudan, CAR and DRC).

Job Summary:  The Project Accountant – ELNHA will provide proactive, efficient and effective management support for the ELNMHA Project.  The project aims to promote a more equal sharing of power and resources in the humanitarian sector between international humanitarian and local and national actors to appropriately and sustainably support effective preparedness and response to particular needs of women, men, children and other socially excluded, marginalized and vulnerable groups in crisis situations. It aims at enhanced Management and Coordination of the local and national actors empowerment initiative. The incumbent will be responsible for overall quality of financial management of ELNHA Project; Partners Financial Capacity enhancement; financial reporting, including of partners. The job entails building and maintaining effective financial systems and accounting framework that facilitates delivery of project results.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Support partners in the financial management of the HRGF and Humanitarian Action Fund;
  • Ensure Quality and timely financial reporting for both Oxfam and partners;
  • Preparation of monthly project financial reports for submission to head office
  • Identify training needs of Partners’ and LHAs finance staff and provide required Capacity building  to enable effective management of emergency response finances
  • Ensure effective support to project team to meet overall objectives of project
  • Interface with HR and Logistics on various elements of financial systems and processes related to the project activities.
  • Assisting the partner finance staff in preparation of project related budgets and reworking of budgets in keeping with changes in project plans.


  • Influence project team to adopt procedures.
  • To propose and implement agreed improvements & systems enhancements for financial and administrative systems and procedures to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Maintain coordination with colleagues in delivering project activities


  • Managing the project funds including processing payments and submission of approved payment requests to the FoM
  • Budget tracking, monitoring expenditure, expenditure forecasting and reporting timely
  • Ensure donor  and Govt compliance aspects are met in financial recording and reporting
  • Play key role in project financial reviews and audits
  • Verifications of the partner expenses in the light of donor requirements and reporting.
  • Consolidation of partner financial reports  for use by the Grants and Contracts in preparation of donor financial reports.
  • To ensure that Oxfam financial management and controls in relation to the project are in place and being followed by the team.


  • Be eager to and require others to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights (click here).
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Oxfam Project Accountant – ELNHA job should preferably hold relevant academic qualifications in Accounting, financial management, commerce, economics or related field (A degree in Finance, Business Administration or Commerce) and professional certification in accounting an added advantage.
  • At least five years of experience of providing a whole range of financial management services to an organisation, with at least 2 years in an International NGO.
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Proven knowledge of computerised systems and demonstrable experience of working with computerised accounting packages and spreadsheets
  • Significant knowledge and experience of all core financial management activities, including accounts payable, cash management, budget development, statutory requirements (particularly related to Ugandan standards) and standard accounts
  • Proficiency in numeracy skills and good computer skills (Excel especially, Word)
  • Ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Good analytical and conceptual thinking skills with a proven proactive approach to identifying and resolving problems and suggesting improvements that continuously seek to provide a better service to Oxfam.
  • Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English
  • A high level of self-awareness, personal energy, stamina and flexibility.  Ability to work creatively, effectively and under own initiative
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications in writing, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not exceeding 2MB) to the HR and Admin Coordinator at

Deadline: 22nd March 2019

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