Project Accountant, SOS at SOS Children’s Villages Uganda

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is a child-focused, social development, non-governmental organisation with a strong reputation for fulfilling children’s right to quality care and protection, education and health. Since the beginning of its work in 1991, SOS Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youth and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self-reliant and contribute significantly to their families and communities.

Mental Health Uganda (MHU) is an indigenous, non-governmental, membership-based disabled people’s organisation; an organisation of people with a lived experience of mental health problems.
MHU was established in 1997 and formally registered as a national NGO in 2001. MHU is based in all regions of the country and works for equal access to services and opportunities for people with mental health issues. MHU is the biggest organisation of people living with mental illness in Africa with over 25,000 members.



The 2 partners will implement a 3-year project from January 2023, primarily targeting young people between the ages of 13 to 19 in 10 selected secondary schools (5 from Gulu district and 5 from Wakiso district). The project seeks to: normalize mental health problems and reduce stigma and discrimination; facilitate access to psychosocial support in the targeted schools; and contribute to improved policy and legal framework in favour of young people experiencing mental health problems in Uganda.

Youth active participation and empowerment is a key proponent of the project, ensuring that youth lead the development and implementation of project activities. For the delivery of this project, SOS and MHU are recruiting suitably qualified and competent Ugandans to fill the following positions:

Job Title: Project Accountant, SOS
Reporting to: The Head of Finance and with coordination with the project coordinator
Work station: Entebbe
Contract Type: Full Time, Two – Year Term (with a possibility for a 1 – year extension)
Working hours: 8:00am- 5:00pm (Monday – Friday)
Salary: Commensurate with experience, knowledge and skills
Start date: January 2023

Job Purpose
The Accountant supports the Head of Finance to manage daily financial and accounting tasks. The Accountant is part of a team of professionals working to maintain order and transparency of the organisations finances. The overall goal of the position is to contribute to the overall efficient operation of the Finance Department to enable SOS Management to be fully aware of its financial condition to make the decisions to successfully achieve its objectives. S/he will oversee and control
financial matters and assets, analyse and prepare financial statements and document all financial transactions. The ideal candidate is well versed in accounting principles and should be able to work comfortably with numbers, giving attention to detail.

 Provide all the necessary financial information including approved budgets, monthly and quarterly financial statements for good and effective financial management
 Carry out financial forecasts and risk analysis and submit to the Head of Finance by the 28th of every month and follow them up to obtain timely feedback
 Prepare monthly and quarterly financial statements with analysis by the 7th day of the incoming month or quarter to support timely decision making at all levels
 Prepare monthly bank reconciliation for the project bank account
 Post and process all journal entries to ensure all business transactions are recorded
 Update Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivables, carrying out timely reconciliations and issuing invoices appropriately
 Monitor cash flow and ensure that adequate funding for all project activities has been received
 Interpret financial policies, regulations and follow internal controls ensuring that staff are well versed with such policies and guidelines in their day to day work
 Review expenses, payroll records, accountabilities
 Verify all payments within approved budget lines to ensure proper authorisation and that they contain relevant supporting documents
 Prepare and submit monthly reports on implementation, budget status and other project requirements to initiate timely decision making
 Update financial data in databases and ensure that physical accounting documents and other financial information is accurate, properly documented and stored in a manner which facilitates easy retrieval
 Manage petty cash and carry out regular cash counts in accordance with set guidelines
 Maintain an up to date fixed asset register and ensure that all assets are properly labelled and recorded.

Minimum Requirements
 A University degree in accounting, business administration, commerce with Professional Qualification up to at least ACCA, CPA Level 2 or Full Professional qualification in accounting
 At least 2 years accounting experience in a busy organisation/setting
 Excellent organizing skills
 Great attention to detail
 Deadline-oriented
 Good communication and report writing skills
 Analytical and research skills
 IT Skills and familiarity with any accounting computer software.

Application process
Interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 8 pages for the Project Coordinator and 6 pages for all other positions), not later than 4:00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 via email to and copy to – subject line is the job title e.g. “Project Coordinator”. Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images, or any other that do not adhere to these instructions and or late applications, will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The motivation letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, including those with a lived experience of mental health problems.

1. The commencement of these positions is subject to the availability of funding.
2. SOS and MHU promote zero tolerance for discrimination/harassment based on gender, religious beliefs etc. All staff and volunteers shall adhere to strict guidelines in order to facilitate “silent” inclusion. Staff and volunteers also adhere to safeguarding provisions – a set of procedures and practices designed to ensure that no harm comes to project beneficiaries as a result of contact with MHU’s programs, operations or individuals.