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Finance and Grants Accountant

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LIVING GOODS is seeking a Finance and Grants Accountant to support the budget creation, implementation, and grant management for the Ugandan office. The Finance and Grants Accountant is responsible for all aspects of financial management of grant funded projects, working collaboratively to ensure compliance with LIVING GOODS internal policies and procedures as well as donor regulations. This role will provide support to a variety of departments and will be cross cutting with business development, program and accounting teams. This is a mid-level position which will support the functional areas including, but not limited to: regulatory compliance; budget proposal preparation and grant kick off procedures; monitoring of expenditures; post-award administration; project cost analysis and compliance.

This role ensures strategic budget development and provides subject matter expertise applying methodologies and internal budgetary controls, policies and procedures and timely financial reports for management's use in monitoring of spending and available grant funds. The Manager requires the ability to facilitate all phases of the budget development process, convert and activate approved budgets for day-to-day accounting transactions and adjustments, and monitor actual expenditures.

The successful applicant will have extensive experience in financial management on donor-funded projects, complex budgeting and accounting and exceptional communication skills with the ability to convey financial information in a manner that non-finance staff can easily absorb in order to guide decision-making around resources and operations.

Essential Responsibilities – the what

The Finance and Grants Accountant will develop proposal budgets and ensure the areas of financial management and grants management for the organization or the projects.  General responsibilities will be budget creation and implementation, cost allocation, quarterly reporting grants management, and tracking support. 

Budgeting

Develops grant proposal budgets. Develop, prepare, revise, and finalize project budgets, and provide budget justification; obtain cost sharing commitment and support. Determine allowable expenses include those for overhead and administration.

Serve as liaison and active partner between development and program teams to ensure project budget aligns with project activities.

Responsible for budgetary control of grants and contracts and proper expense classification based on grantor guidelines.

Supports annual organizational budgeting process and reporting for Uganda

Grant Monitoring & Management

S/he will ensure that all financial and grants management and reporting are compliant with grants management requirements and financial management regulations.

In collaboration with the accounting team and project management team, review monthly expenditure reports for compliance, grant management and adherence of policies, flagging finance or project management issues through analysis.

Interpret complex government policies (FAR, Cost Accounting Standards, Office of Management and Budget circulars, sponsored guidelines, etc.) for and help guide other staff in interpreting complex policies.

Excellent communication skills so that non-finance staff understand the budget and expenditures and can link the implementation of their technical work to finance and ensure that the project remains within the budget.

Review and approve expenditures, advise on post award spending and commitment activity, and oversee compliance related to fund and revenue. Review payments charged to grants for conformity to budget.

Regularly monitors the project budget, informing the stakeholders on project burn rate and advising her/him on any necessary adjustments

Financial Reporting

In charge of financial reporting and financial record maintenance; preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.

Prepares funder budget, variance, and financial performance reports.

Runs complex comparative analysis of actual-to-budget. Identifies revenue and expense variances, errors to be corrected, and works with departments to research and prepare explanations.

Prepares internal and external financial, budgetary and accounting reports of considerable complexity requiring independent judgment, initiative, and extensive knowledge of the organization, accounting, and policies and procedures of the various federal, state and local agencies.

Routinely prepares financial projections with the project team in order to ensure that project expenses are in line with the budget and provide accurate forecasts.

Support funder requests with external audits & compliance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – the how

Technical

Demonstrated experience in grants management with managing complex grant proposals and reports including setting priorities and deadlines, facilitating meetings and compiling, reviewing, editing, and disseminating information Demonstrated experience with managing complex government grants and grants management and reporting.

A broad and deep understanding of the policies and grant agreements

Experience in strategic budget development and financial operations

Prior knowledge of donor regulations (in USAID). Knowledge of GAAP, and US government grant-making rules and regulations, including Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

Knowledge of accounting, bookkeeping, and monitoring and managing budgets.

Strong skills in financial analysis, excel and reporting

Strong problem-solving and analytic skills

Work with ERP systems in a complex environment.

Communication & Workstyle

Ability to meet juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure

Good collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective professional working relationships.

Team oriented; able to effectively respond to routine situations involving several university constituencies;

Expected to be responsive to customers, engaged in work production, resourceful, flexible, and respectful of others.

Ability to provide ideas and recommendations to resolve routine issues.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to clearly communicate verbally in English, read, write, see, and hear to perform essential duties. Ability to interpret complex sponsor regulations.

High level of integrity and commitment to professional responsibilities

Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. Flexible work hours required to meet unanticipated work demands and deadlines beyond routine work flow.

Strong team-player skills and the ability to ensure that policies are carried out across multiple countries

Minimum Qualifications – the who

A Degree in Finance, Public Administration Business or another relevant field in combination with equivalent professional experience. CPA desirable, although not required.

Three - five years of experience in financial grant management, nonprofit accounting and financial reporting, or financial management in Finance, Business Administration, Management, or Accounting;

Three to five years’ experience in financial management of grants with international development programs and donor funds strongly preferred, particularly Federal grant regulations.

Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, leadership, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.

Please get the details of the Jobs above, how to apply and more information about us from our Website: www.livinggoods.org/careers. Please apply only through this site. 

Deadline for receiving applications is: 15th December, 2018.  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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